Read Genesis 3:1-19
What stuck out to you in reading these verses today?
Did the verses raise any questions as you read?
What is God leading me to know or do from these verses?
At the heart of creation was the creation of mankind, male and female, in God’s image. Adam and Eve, as the first created people, were given instructions by God in Genesis 2, but they disobeyed those instructions in Genesis 3. This is how sin entered the world.
Creation led to the introduction of sin into the world through the one man, Adam. It would seem that God’s plan was foiled immediately when the first created people disobeyed him, but that is not so. Just as God existed before creation, so God had a plan to conquer sin, even before creation. Adam points forward to Jesus.
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Cor. 15:21–22). Adam and Eve brought sin and death into the world, which would seem to doom us. God can use even sin, though, as sin displays God’s plan of salvation to an even greater extent.
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). Jesus is called the second Adam in the Bible, because he was a man who brought life to those who trust him. The second Adam, Jesus, brought resurrection from the dead. The second Adam, Jesus, makes alive those who were once dead in sin. Creation and the fall point us to Christ, just as the one who first sinned points us to the sin bearer who did not sin.