Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:1-24
By: Dr. Dennis Wiles
My freshman year in college, I decided to take an elective course in American History. I had heard the professor was fair but hard. I was a pre-med major, and my schedule was packed with the required chemistry, biology, and math classes. However, I thought I would take an elective that would be relatively easy and mark a clean break from the sciences.
Now, at the time, I had no idea that one day I would actually earn a PhD in Church History. This particular class was more of a distraction than anything else. So, I treated it as such. Our professor was just as advertised—fair but hard. His lectures were riveting but jam-packed with information. He warned us that the first exam would be challenging. I remember doubting him, because I was a pre-med major. This was my “easy class” of the quarter!
I made a 24 on the test! I still remember it. I went to the registrar’s office and dropped the class that day. It was the only test in my academic pilgrimage (28 years) that I ever failed. Fortunately, it did no damage to my GPA and did not affect my overall academic record.
Genesis 3 is the story of a failed test. Unfortunately, this failure has affected all of creation. When Adam and Eve failed the test in the Garden of Eden, God’s judgment fell on creation. All human beings have followed suit. We have all sinned and fallen way short of God’s original desire for us.
This failure is a part of our story as human beings. It is also a part of the story of God’s great plan of redemption. Evil was unleashed on the world because of Adam and Eve’s sinfulness. This week, let’s take the time to reflect upon the reality of sin, its effect on God’s world, and God’s gracious response to it all.