Today we hear of sin entering the world through Adam and Eve. What was their sin? Was it:
– Pride (the tree was to be desired to make one wise)?
– Gluttony (she saw that the tree was good for food)? Or perhaps…
– Power (to be like God)?
The serpent’s subtlety aided in the fall for sure. He spoke truthfully in verse 5 that, “…your eyes would be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” They indeed gained wisdom; they acquired the knowledge of guilt and shame. They saw their nakedness; they hid from God in shame.
A consequence of their sin was to turn from humility and hold on to pride. Rather than owning their mistake to God, they blame others. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if they trusted in God’s mercy and admitted they were wrong?
The story of our first parents contrasts greatly with the humble of heart we find in Mary, and Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. They were faced to leave all the comforts of home at the bidding of an angel. They trusted in the voice of God and obeyed.
Let us begin this new year accepting our weaknesses, yet, trusting in God’s mercy, begging Him to give us hearts that are pure, hearts that desire only to please Him.
May God bless you.