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The Fall

From Dust to Dust

 And then unto Adam, the LORD God said: “Cursed is the ground because of you, for you have listened to your wife, and have eaten from the tree I commanded you not to eat. All the days of your life, you shall have to work the ground. In sorrow and sweat you shall work the ground for your food until you return to the ground from which you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
 iBIBLE Chapter 2

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 3:17–19

The consequence for Adam's sin impacts everything around him, alongwith his own physical body. The ground itself is cursed; it would no longerbe that trees would spontaneously supply food for all humans. Thorns andthistles would grow as well, making working the ground difficult andfrustrating.

The earth is “subjected to futility” (Romans 8:20) as it bears the curse.Think of all the types of things that can go wrong when growing things:blights, pests, droughts.

Adam would now have to toil and work the ground to yield food for his family. The instruction that God gave to steward creation will now be fraught with challenges. He would be tired after a long day of work. His muscles would ache, and his hands cut by briars and thorns, his brow covered in sweat from the afternoon sun. 

Moreover, this frustration would be his lot in life until he returned to the dust. Just as the breath of God brought him from dust to life, so too would his body return to the ground when he dies. Death would now happen to every human just as God had promised when He gave them the law in the first place:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, forin the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. —Genesis 2:17[ESV]

Scripture explains that through one man (Adam) came death. So too through one man, Jesus, comes life. Thorns, the signifier of the curse on all creation, were woven into a crown that Jesus bore on his own head as he went to the cross. Even though decay, sickness, frustration, and death are all part of the natural lives of humans now, there is hope. Physical death becomes a doorway into everlasting eternal life if you have faith inJesus who saves us from the curse.

And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.— Romans 5:16–17

Our Response

 

We may not work the ground as Adam did, but we work day in and day out.Perhaps by running a company, or raising children. Perhaps as a public servant, or on staff at a church. Wherever we labor, each day is filled with it's own unique thorns. When the days are long, finances are tight, or the tasks before us are difficult, we simply need to lift our eyes.

A Savior came to break the curse, He took on the thorns and conquered the grave. We labor for a short time today because of a curse brought on wayback in the garden. But, we look to Jesus whose burden is light and set our eyes on an eternity that was established for us before the foundation of the earth. In eternity, there is no curse, and our days will be full of praise for the One who set us free.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name ofthe Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:17

Even though decay, sickness, frustration, and death are all part of the natural

lives of humans now, there is hope.

A Prayer for This Week

ear Father in Heaven, as we strive to do our work in this world, pleasehelp us to see our neighbor’s needs and meet them to the best of our ability.As we are frustrated by the difficulty of work, help us to look beyond thechallenges and see the impact of serving others. Let us live lives that showYour grace and mercy to others in our various vocations and help us toalways look to Jesus Christ for mercy and redemption. Thank You for takingthe curse and giving us Your righteousness. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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