November 26: The Hope of Advent Day 1

Read Genesis 3:1-24

It was one of the first, but also one of the darkest days of human history.  God had created an Edenic paradise for the pinnacle of His creation, the first man and his wife. Having been made in His image, the Father gave to them an important assignment along with incredible freedom. Their assignment was simple: rule over creation, care for the garden, multiply in number, and populate the earth. Their freedom was vast. They could eat and enjoy any of the fruits of the garden. There was, however, a single restriction and a corresponding consequence of which the loving Creator warned them.  “. . . from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

But on that day, the darkness entered. Eve (with Adam at her side) listened to the tempter. Together they stepped beyond the freedom, violated the restriction, and experienced the consequence. They experienced guilt, shame, and separation from God. Their God-given labor became work.  The joy of bearing offspring would be tempered with pain. In tempting them, Satan had successfully blinded them to the devastating impact of their choice.

But Adam and Eve’s experience was only the beginning. Here is the way God expressed it to the serpent:

“I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15).

But in the midst of the prophetic mess, a divine plan emerges. It included a descendant of Eve, Jesus the Christ. It would intersect Satan’s plot against mankind at a cross atop a hill many years later, a cross on which would hang the embodiment of God Himself, Jesus Christ.

The Advent of Jesus Christ was no afterthought. God had a plan from the get-go. The moment darkness found its way onto earth, He had a rescue plan for Adam’s and Eve’s descendants that included you and me and all who would and will believe. Even at sin’s entry, God tips His hand and lets hope shine through. The hope of Advent. Hope for the world.

sbk

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