Day 28: Dust to Dust

Genesis 3:17-19

To Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to your wife’s voice,
and have eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground for your sake.
In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
It will yield thorns and thistles to you;
and you will eat the herb of the field.
By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken.
For you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

When a wife is sinning, God expects a husband to not listen to her. Adam may have thought He had an excuse, but when God told him to not eat of the tree, He didn’t say “unless your wife says it’s OK.”

God holds each individual responsible before Him. We cannot be acceptable to God through the good or bad of others.

Man was now required to work hard just to eat and after that to die. We also had to eat bread. They still had fruit, but man would now have to battle weeds and hard ground. Hard labor would become a way of life, at least until death.

This is the real predicament of mankind. Our relationship with God has been ruined and we are cursed and we must die unless we are “saved” from death somehow.