Genesis 3:14-19 – “So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” NKJV
It is clear that there is so much more here than can be covered in a short devotional regarding the multiple curses regarding Adam & Eve’s DISOBEDIENCE and CHOICE in the Garden as well as the Serpent’s involvement. God was specific and yet we seem to miss much of what He said and the impact of what He said.
- The Serpent was Cursed and informed that the “Seed of the Woman” – CHRIST would crush him in time to come.
- The Woman received a three-fold curse.
- Multiplied sorrow.
This may well include the anxiety of the mother over her offspring not just in birth but as they develop and grow and seems to be a life-long situation.
- Pain in Child-bearing.
Since there were not births before this it seems to be that God never intended for a woman to have pain in bearing children but because of disobedience this came into being.
- Subjection to her husband.
Adam and Eve by all accounts were co-regents ruling the Earth but because she took the lead in this disobedience she was not relegated to a position of subjection to her husband. Not his slave but subordinate in the structure of God’s plan for the family.
- The Man received more than just a curse for himself.
- Adam caused the very ground in which he grew produce to be cursed and it would no longer produce at the magnitude it had before.
- He would have to labor to produce the food he would eat and that was passed on to all successive generations.
- This condition would be a life-long condition.
Disobedience brought pain, trouble, and a conflict of the genders. It also brought about a struggle for mankind in producing food and his livelihood. None of which was necessary but “SIN” brought it into play. The Garden of Eden was truly a land flowing with “milk and honey”. The productivity of the earth was something that successive generations would never know again. The physical labor of a degree that would take a significant toll on the human body and initiated the process of physical death was brought into the picture.
The Garden of Eden was a Heaven on Earth and the Choice of Adam & Eve to disobey God’s directive and follow the deception of the serpent penalized all of mankind into perpetuity. Sin has consequences! That is a subject not often talked about in many churches today but it is a valid Biblical principle. We do not have to succumb to temptation but if we do there is a consequence. We can walk in obedience to God’s Word and if we do there is a benefit. It truly is our choice!
Adam & Eve brought pain and suffering on mankind that has led to the wars and strife we see today in our world and have seen generation after generation. The earth does not produce as it did in the Garden because of their disobedience. Had it not been for the mercy of God and the coming of Christ to the Cross we would be of all men and women most miserable. But, Jesus reversed the curse of sin! Some of the elements of the curses stay with us but we are no longer under the dominion of the devil and have moved from dominance by the god of this world to the Kingdom of God’s Dear Son. We have moved from darkness into light. We have moved from hopelessness to abundant life.
So as you go through your day realize that although you may find some things difficult the ultimate promise of God found in the curse is that Jesus would and has crushed the head of the devil and WE ARE FREE! So live free!
May God bless you as you go through your day!