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THORNS and THISTLES

March 28, 2016

Monday

 

Genesis 3:17-19

 

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

 

 

LESSON

 

Adam would have to “toil” hard to obtain a living from “the ground”. Adam already had received the privilege of enjoying the garden, but this had not required strenuous toil. “As for the man, his punishment consists in the hardship and skimpiness of his livelihood, which he now must seek for himself. The woman’s punishment struck at the deepest root of her being as wife and mother, the man’s strikes at the innermost nerve of his life: his work, his activity, and provision for sustenance.”

These punishments represent retaliatory justice. Adam and Eve sinned by eating; they would suffer in order to eat. She manipulated her husband; she would be mastered by her husband.

The serpent destroyed the human race; he will be destroyed. Adam and Eve failed. to observe the restrictions of the Edenic covenant. Innocence was lost and conscience was born. Having failed under the Edenic covenant, human beings were then faced with the provisions of the Adamic covenant. That covenant was unconditional in the sense that Adam and Eve’s descendants would be unable by human effort to escape the consequences of sin.

Unless tempered by the grace of God and changed by subsequent promises, people continue to the present time to labor under the provisions of the Adamic covenant.

 

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 7:6

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