Learning through Life

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I love how our day-to-day life can teach us lessons to help us understand our past, challenge our today, and inspire our future. We can learn through experiences, situations, conversations, songs, books, nature ... the list is endless! Live with eyes ready to see, ears ready to hear and a heart ready to be touched.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The one where God didn't smirk

 God didn't smirk
(Genesis 3)

So, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the forbidden tree.  We all know the story.  The serpent convinced Eve it really wasn't that bad, and Eve caved.  She ate the fruit and then gave some to Adam to eat as well.  They both messed up.  God had told them not to, and they did.  Two children disobeying their Father's orders. (Here enters the fall of mankind ... but that is not what I want to draw out today)

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What do Adam and Eve do? 
Adam and Eve become aware of their nakedness and run off to find somewhere to hide.

What does God do?
He acknowledges their disobedience and dishes out their punishment - (they did disobey GOD after all!) but then...

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

He made them clothes to hide their nakedness.

Instead of smirking and watching them squirm with embarrassment - He made them clothes!


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I am not so sure I would have responded the same way.  If my children had gone out in the rain and jumped in puddles after being told not to - and were drenched - I would be tempted to say:  'well - if you had not been disobedient you wouldn't be in this mess - now you are going to be wet and cold all day!'  But that isn't how God would respond.   Yes, a punishment would be given for our disobedience, but then a dry set of clothes would be provided for us to wear.

God is Just - he cannot ignore disobedience.  But he is also full of GRACE - and loves to bless his children. Grace is right there at the beginning.

Thank you God that you give even when we don't deserve it.  Your Grace is AMAZING. 


  1. 'not profound'??? this was in fact profound and has blessed me. Thanks Jo see you soon :)

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  3. Wow that's amazing! I've read that so many times and what you just said has never occurred to me. If it was my kids I have a feeling I'd probably say, 'make your own clothes!' God is very gracious and merciful - thank you for sharing. And thanks also for linking up :) That's cool that you have Twitter friends to read through the Bible in 6 mths with. It sounds a lot more doable than the Bible in 90 days one that a lot of people are doing, but also a bit more meaty and challenging than the Bible in a year.

  4. I started the Bible chronologically in Job last year....I'm still stuck there.

    Thanks to Rhoda, I now have a Bible study guide, which I intend to follow this year.....

  5. Thanks for a completely new perspective on this passage, makes me think of how I treat others when they make mistakes. I think I'm probably guilty of smirking more than being gracious.

  6. So thankful for the Grace of God :)


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