Genesis 3:12-13

And God said, ‘Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’
And the man said, ‘The woman whom you gave me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’
And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’
Genesis 3:12-13
Last night we enjoyed a movie that included a humorous clip from a marriage counseling session. No doubt it was stereotypical, but it clearly presented blame as one of the couple’s most troubling issues. One complained about the other’s work-a-holic tendencies, then the other mentioned their outrageous credit card statement. She mentioned his annoying obsession with bow hunting, and he then complained of her time away from home with girlfriends. And on and on it went. The counselor finally found a whistle in her drawer to stop the argument. It was almost too familiar to be funny.
 
Here we find Adam and Eve, after they sinned and attempted to cover themselves, and then conceal themselves in the lush Garden of Life. But we also find God here, coming after them, asking questions. The conversation that followed was predictable. Each blaming someone else until they came to their final statement, where they both confessed using the exact same words, ‘and I ate’. Following their admission of wrongdoing, there were no more questions from God. It’s notable that from the moment Adam and Eve acknowledged their sin, their relationship with God changed. God did not go back and repeat his original instructions, berate them for their disobedience, or inflict shame on the couple. Only three chapters into the Book, we notice God seeking, loving, providing and forgiving the couple who blatantly sinned against him.
 
Holding someone else accountable for our sin is not unique to Adam and Eve. Many times, our strongest desire is to be right, to be justified, to hide sin and hold another liable for our wrongdoing or wrong thinking. We may accuse the government, the inept boss, the biased media, liberals, conservatives, that horrible driver, or our broken medical system. But more often, we assign fault to those who are closest, our husband or wife, the kids, even our extended family. Last week I became instantly defensive when I learned that ‘someone’ had left the garage door open and it wasn’t noticed until bedtime. I quickly began searching for someone to blame, when I noticed that the open door was on my side of the garage, only then did I confess.
 
Admitting sin did not come easily for Adam and Eve, and perhaps a willingness to confess sin is a sign of spiritual maturity. It is grace to us that God continually seeks after and forgives us, so that we may draw near and be restored.
 
For today, let’s stop blaming, but rather choose to own our sin, confess it, and move forward with God.

Linda Miller | Ministry Development 

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