Daily Encouragement

January 2 – Fall and a Promise

January 2
Genesis 3:1-4:26
Matthew 2:13-3:6
Psalm 2:1-12
Proverbs 1:7-9

Day 2 – we’re glad you’re continuing on the challenge!

Genesis 3 – No sooner are we into paradise but we’re already into the fall – sin comes into the world and it just keeps spreading. But – we have a Promise. Genesis 3:15 is the Protoevangelium – the first reference to the Gospel, and is referenced in Romans 16:20.

Speaking of the Gospel, Matthew 2 talks about the seed, coming out of Egypt, who will be called a Nazarene.

Psalm 2 is great comfort when you think you are oppressed – imagine all the kings of the earth ready to attack! But “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh!” Amen!

And if you have parents, Proverbs 1:8 is a great verse to pay attention to.

Some observations that many people skip over when they start in Genesis:

Satan used the serpent to make Eve think her boss wanted to make her life miserable (Genesis 3:5). Today we have tale bearers and gossips in churches and Christian workplaces who just like the serpent are used by Satan poison people intentionally like Absalom (2 Samuel 15:2-6), or unintentionally like the co-worker who grumbles about the boss. I’ve worked in several settings – Christian and secular – and have encountered people intentionally and unintentionally trying to poison me to make me think that the boss wanted to make my life miserable, and I needed to trust them instead of the boss. We’ll even see people lying to children telling them that the governor/president/king did/will do something to poison them against their political authority. Be on the lookout for serpents in your workplace!

Where was Adam when Eve sinned? Most people think Eve was having a private conversation with the serpent while Adam was working the back 40 acres, but Genesis 3:6 says Adam was “with her.” As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Or perhaps when good men do nothing, they are not good?

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1 thought on “January 2 – Fall and a Promise”

  1. Of course there is no (good) man since the fall but the comment is not apples to apples for Adam had not yet sinned. I have not been truly satisfied with anything I’ve heard regarding why Adam didn’t say something to Eve. He was not in sin, he was not self centered, he was not fearful. We’ll ask later as for now we just need to use the Word when discerning what anyone says.

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