This year our spiritual community at The Home Church is embarking on a Lenten God Experience.
As part of my journey, I'm sharing the lesson for today, Day #1 which is "The Dust". In today's lesson and verses, God reminds us that He created us from dust and that without His merciful saving of us through Jesus, we would return to dust.
Part of what speaks to my heart is the amount of dust in my house! I have too much stuff, and it attracts dust. I need to let go of more clutter, dust and stuff so that my heart makes more space for God and His love.
Genesis 3:14-19 (ESV)
The Lord God said to the serpent,
When we come to Genesis 3, we encounter a God who curses! He responds to Adam and Eve’s disobedience and the serpent’s treachery decisively. With the pronouncement of each curse and judgment, there is an undoing or reversal of God’s gracious creative works. Adam, who was created from the dust, is now destined to return back to it. Eve, who was created out of Adam, has now become dominated by him. The serpent, who was more crafty than any of the wild animals, is now humiliated, groveling on its belly, eating dust. In this chapter we see that sin has affected all of creation.
This text speaks to our desire to overlook our sins. God does not respond lightly to sin. Death entered the world with sin, and all manner of sorrow, suffering and despair. But the worst of the curse would fall upon a different man many millennia later as Paul said in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’” Jesus would take upon himself a curse in order to redeem humanity’s status.
Dear Father, I know you cannot take lightly the sins that I commit because you are a God of holiness who loves justice and does not allow evil to go unpunished. But I thank you for your wisdom and mercy in devising a plan that would allow the curse that was rightfully mine to fall upon your Son. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
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