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Day 2 – The Fall of Adam and Eve

crop woman washing green apples in wooden basin in garden

Genesis Chapter 3

1 Now, the snake was the most subtle of all the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, 'Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?'

2 The woman answered the snake, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden.

3 But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death." '

4 Then the snake said to the woman, 'No! You will not die!

5 God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.'

6 The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was enticing for the wisdom that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

8 The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.

9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked.

10 'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.'

11 'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked. 'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?'

12 The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.'

13 Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake tempted me and I ate.'

14 Then Yahweh God said to the snake, 'Because you have done this, Accursed be you of all animals wild and tame! On your belly you will go and on dust you will feed as long as you live.

15 I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel.'

16 To the woman he said: I shall give you intense pain in childbearing, you will give birth to your children in pain. Your yearning will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.

17 To the man he said, 'Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat, Accursed be the soil because of you! Painfully will you get your food from it as long as you live.

18 It will yield you brambles and thistles, as you eat the produce of the land.

19 By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground, as you were taken from it. For dust you are and to dust you shall return.'

20 The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live.

21 Yahweh God made tunics of skins for the man and his wife and clothed them.

22 Then Yahweh God said, 'Now that the man has become like one of us in knowing good from evil, he must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever!'

23 So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken.

24 He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures and the fiery flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis Chapter 4

1 The man had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. 'I have acquired a man with the help of Yahweh,' she said.

2 She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil.

3 Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering for Yahweh,

4 while Abel for his part brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well. Yahweh looked with favour on Abel and his offering.

5 But he did not look with favour on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast.

6 Yahweh asked Cain, 'Why are you angry and downcast?

7 If you are doing right, surely you ought to hold your head high! But if you are not doing right, Sin is crouching at the door hungry to get you. You can still master him.'

8 Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out'; and while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Yahweh asked Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' 'I do not know,' he replied. 'Am I my brother's guardian?'

10 'What have you done?' Yahweh asked. 'Listen! Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground.

11 Now be cursed and banned from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood at your hands.

12 When you till the ground it will no longer yield up its strength to you. A restless wanderer you will be on earth.'

13 Cain then said to Yahweh, 'My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Look, today you drive me from the surface of the earth. I must hide from you, and be a restless wanderer on earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!'

15 'Very well, then,' Yahweh replied, 'whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.' So Yahweh put a mark on Cain, so that no one coming across him would kill him.

16 Cain left Yahweh's presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

17 Cain had intercourse with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. He became the founder of a city and gave the city the name of his son Enoch.

18 Enoch fathered Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael; Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech.

19 Lamech married two women: the name of the first was Adah and the name of the second was Zillah.

20 Adah gave birth to Jabal: he was the ancestor of tent-dwelling herdsmen.

21 His brother's name was Jubal: he was the ancestor of all who play the harp and the pipe.

22 As for Zillah, she gave birth to Tubal-Cain: he was the ancestor of all who work copper and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice, wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I killed a man for wounding me, a boy for striking me.

24 Sevenfold vengeance for Cain, but seventy-sevenfold for Lamech.

25 Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Seth, 'because God has granted me other offspring', she said, 'in place of Abel, since Cain has killed him.'

26 A son was also born to Seth, and he named him Enosh. This man was the first to invoke the name Yahweh.

Psalm 104

1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and splendour,

2 wearing the light as a robe! You stretch out the heavens like a tent,

3 build your palace on the waters above, making the clouds your chariot, gliding on the wings of the wind,

4 appointing the winds your messengers, flames of fire your servants.

5 You fixed the earth on its foundations, for ever and ever it shall not be shaken;

6 you covered it with the deep like a garment, the waters overtopping the mountains.

7 At your reproof the waters fled, at the voice of your thunder they sped away,

8 flowing over mountains, down valleys, to the place you had fixed for them;

9 you made a limit they were not to cross, they were not to return and cover the earth.

10 In the ravines you opened up springs, running down between the mountains,

11 supplying water for all the wild beasts; the wild asses quench their thirst,

12 on their banks the birds of the air make their nests, they sing among the leaves.

13 From your high halls you water the mountains, satisfying the earth with the fruit of your works:

14 for cattle you make the grass grow, and for people the plants they need, to bring forth food from the earth,

15 and wine to cheer people’s hearts, oil to make their faces glow, food to make them sturdy of heart.

16 The trees of Yahweh drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which he sowed;

17 there the birds build their nests, on the highest branches the stork makes its home;

18 for the wild goats there are the mountains, in the crags the coneys find refuge.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons, the sun knows when to set.

20 You bring on darkness, and night falls, when all the forest beasts roam around;

21 young lions roar for their prey, asking God for their food.

22 The sun rises and away they steal, back to their lairs to lie down,

23 and man goes out to work, to labour till evening falls.

24 How countless are your works, Yahweh, all of them made so wisely! The earth is full of your creatures.

25 Then there is the sea, with its vast expanses teeming with countless creatures, creatures both great and small;

26 there ships pass to and fro, and Leviathan whom you made to sport with.

27 They all depend upon you, to feed them when they need it.

28 You provide the food they gather, your open hand gives them their fill.

29 Turn away your face and they panic; take back their breath and they die and revert to dust.

30 Send out your breath and life begins; you renew the face of the earth.

31 Glory to Yahweh for ever! May Yahweh find joy in his creatures!

32 At his glance the earth trembles, at his touch the mountains pour forth smoke.

33 I shall sing to Yahweh all my life, make music for my God as long as I live.

34 May my musings be pleasing to him, for Yahweh gives me joy.

35 May sinners vanish from the earth, and the wicked exist no more! Bless Yahweh, my soul.

Thoughts and Reflection

Things changed greatly for Adam and Eve. They have seen the errors of their ways by disobeying God and listening to the snake. God wanted them to live in a world of love. This shows how God wants us not only to believe in him but also belong to him. Instead, God now has to help remedy the curse of the Serpent and bring pain to Adam and Eve because they didn’t choose love. God doesn’t stop loving them because they disobeyed. He clothes them with garments that are made of animal skin, which means an animal was sacrificed for them.

Looking to the next story of Cain and Abel is more difficult. Here we have brother against brother. Why would God accept a sacrifice from one and not the other? One possible explanation is that Abel offered God the best of his flock while Cain did not. Jelously ran between them an sin soon followed. Do we offer God the same best and first-fruits of our day?

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!


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