The start of the year might be a good time to take a look at the start of the Bible, Genesis. Genesis 2 and 3 have always troubled me. I mean, why would God put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden if He didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from it? What’s the deal with the serpent that walks and talks? What does it mean that Adam and Eve were naked? Why does the Hebrew root for “naked” get translated as “clever” when describing the serpent – in other words, the Hebrew says that the serpent was more “naked” than all the other animals – what does that mean? How do Adam and Eve’s punishments fit their crime? These are just a few of the issues I will attempt to address in the next few weeks. I invite you, as a new year’s resolution, to jump into the Bible with me, reread the first three chapters of Genesis, and have some fun re-examining these passages that lay the foundation of the Bible. It may surprise you how they apply to our everyday lives.
Associate Pastor Emeritus, Grace Community Church Greg Zehner