Sunday, 4 January 2009

Genesis 3

My bible in a year reading plan has a quote each day and the one linked for Genesis 3 was very provocative:

Satan gives Adam an apple (fruit), and takes away paradise. Therefore in all temptation let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.
Richard Sibbes (1577 - 1635)

Equally provocative is God's grace evident in the passage. If it were not for God wisely ensuring mankind could not have access to the tree of life (v22) then we would all live forever as fallen human beings. God ensured we would die.

I don't want to die, death is, afterall, our final enemy. But because of His grace we will die, receive new resurrected bodies and no longer be subject to sin. In heaven, in contrast, we will have full access to the tree (Rev 22v2). God is good.

3 comments:

Richard Walker said...

Great quote from Sibbes!! Great comment too!

Richard Walker said...

BTW Where did you get this reading plan from?

Sean Green said...

It is called "on earth as it is in heaven - a classic bible reading guide compiled by Stephen Hill" ISBN 1-56043-797-9