While chapter one is a broad overview of creation, chapter two gives us a bit more detail.

The events in Genesis took place several hundred plus years before Moses, the author, was born which means the stories were handed down from generation to generation until Moses recorded it for posterity. You know that game Telephone? The one where Person A whispers something to Person B and the message goes down the line until Person Z tries to say what Person A said? Most of the time the message at the end is nothing like the message at the beginning. Now I’m not saying that happened here, but I do wonder about this next part.

Verse 18 says, “The Lord God said, ‘it is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ But then in verse 19 God brings all the living creatures to Adam for him to name (makes you curious about what he’d been eating when he named the hippopotamus, kangaroo and platypus, doesn’t it?) and verse 20 says, “But for Adam no suitable helper was found.” Really??

Since “no suitable helper was found” amongst the animals, God created a woman. And “the man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Of course, the as-of-yet-unnamed woman wasn’t assaulted by images of movie stars or television celebrities or supermodels, either.

At this point paradise is still perfection. That’s all about to come to a swift change, however.

CHAPTER 3

Right as you start to read chapter three, you’re hit with the most obvious of questions. Was it normal for the animals to speak? Forget for a second that the snake was saying something contrary to what God had told the woman. Wasn’t the fact the serpent was TALKING TO HER a clue that something wasn’t quite right?

Verse 6 says, “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Why had he kept silent? Maybe he was so dumbstruck by the talking snake that he was left speechless. Until he was confronted by God, that is. Then he was really quick to blame everyone but himself – which was a really short list. Do you notice he says, “The WOMAN YOU put here with me…”? Way to take responsibility, Adam.

God starts handing out curses to all those involved and he tells the serpent “you will crawl on your belly… all the days of your life.” Super interesting fact here. Did you know there are some snakes who actually have hip bones? Scientists have also found fossils of snakes with short legs. You can read one such article HERE. They call it evolution. We call it God’s curse.

To the woman he greatly increased her childbearing pains – thanks, lady – though a good epidural and that problem’s solved. This may be a leap, but I’m guessing PMS is her fault, too.

And finally, God replaces Adam’s life of leisure with a life of toil. Interestingly, Eve doesn’t get her name until after the Great Forbidden Fruit Debacle. Any thoughts on the possible significance?

It’s easy for us to blame Adam and Eve for all the less than wonderful aspects of life, but really, it was just a matter of time. If it hadn’t been them to mess up it would have been someone else down the line.

Now that Adam and Eve realize they’re nekkid God makes them garments of skin – lucky for them it was before PETA. After he clothes them, he gives them the boot out of the Garden and places a cherubim and flashing sword – the ultimate bouncer – to guard the way to the tree of life so there would be no living forever.

One seemingly small act of disobedience and humankind goes from utopia to anything but in the blink of an eye. Next up – jealousy, anger, murder, curses …

 

 

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What do you think about this chapter? About Eve’s part? About Adam’s part? About snakes with legs??

 

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