Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 3
7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

3:7–13 Eating the fruit transforms the couple, but not for the better. Now ashamed of their nakedness (cf. 2:25), they attempt to clothe themselves. Conscious of the Lord God’s presence, they hide. When confronted by God regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the man blames the woman, who in turn blames the serpent.
3:8 God appears and judges Adam and Eve, anticipating the final day of judgment in Christ (John 5:22). Because of the sacrificial work of Christ, judgment can be tempered with mercy on those who belong to Christ.
3:9 the Lord God called to the man …, “Where are you?” Both “man” and “you” are singular in Hebrew. God thus confronts Adam first, holding him primarily responsible for what happened, as the one who is the representative (or “head”) of the husband-and-wife relationship, established before the fall.

Study Questions:

  • Sexual sin can lead to shame in our lives and cause us to want to hide. We hide our sin and keep secrets. We hide from our spouse. We even try to hide from God! The problem is, as long as you hide in shame you stay the same.  What can be the dangers of hiding in shame of your sin? How can it affect your relationship with your spouse? With God?

  • Even at the moment of the original sin, man was ashamed. You could even say that sin created shame. When we do something that we know isn't God's best, or we deliberately disobey him, something happens in us that makes us want to hide. For those of us that are Christians, we have the Holy Spirit in us that brings an inner conviction for that sin. But God doesn't want us to hide in shame. Note how he immediately came looking for Adam. He wanted to talk with him, work through it, and yes, bring consequences for the sin. For us it's no different. God wants us to come to him when we sin. There we will find forgiveness, and he can help us to grow and deepen our relationship with him. When you sin, is your first instinct to hide from God in shame? How can we push through that tendency and, instead, run to God for forgiveness and healing?

Pray:

  • That you would never try to hide from God because of shame.
  • That you would learn to run TO him, not FROM him.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory!

7. How can I trust that the Bible is still God’s Word today? I trust the Bible is still God’s Word today because Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God and said His words would never pass away. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired the writing of the Scripture, determined the canon of Scripture and protected the copying of Scripture so that we might know Him and worship Him to this day.
(Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

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