TODAY'S SPECIAL: Read: Genesis 3:8-15
TO CHEW ON: "And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.." (Genesis 3:15)
The snake that tempted Eve was not just any ordinary snake. It was God’s enemy, Satan appearing as a snake. After Adam and Eve gave in to Satan's temptation and ate the fruit from the tree God had forbidden, they were scared. They hid from God.
God soon found them. He asked what they’d done. Then it all came out. Adam blamed Eve for telling him to eat. Eve blamed the snake for tempting her. But all three got in trouble. The result of sin (breaking God’s rule) became very clear.
Adam and Eve had to leave their garden home. God had harsh words for Satan. From now on God and Satan would be at war. Right at the beginning God told him how that fight would end. The woman’s offspring (or child, meaning Jesus who would be born), would crush Satan’s head, though Satan would bruise His heel.
Who do you think wins that one?
– The one with the bruised heel (Jesus)
– The one with the crushed head. (Satan)
PRAYER: Thank You, God, that Satan and all evil are defeated by You. Amen.
SECOND HELPING: Life After Eden (Genesis 3:16-24)
Life outside Garden of Eden was different. Which sentences are true? Which are false?
1. Having babies was painful.
2. People had to work the soil to grow food.
3. There were no thorns, thistles and weeds–they came later.
4. People died.
5.Adam and Eve were allowed back into Eden once in a while.
Today is the birthday of French book illustrator Gustave Doré. He's the man who drew the picture of Adam and Eve in today's devotion.
Mr. Doré was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1832. His drawings were noticed by the time he was five. He never took art lessons, but by the age of 15 he had published his first illustrated story. At 16 he moved to Paris and became the highest paid illustrator in France. Most of his drawings are wood engravings or steel engravings.
He was given the job of illustrating an English version of the Bible. It was published in 1866. The hundreds of Bible story illustrations he drew were used in Bibles of many languages. The picture of Adam and Eve in today's devotion is one of those pictures. In the days ahead you'll see many more Bible illustrations drawn by Gustave Doré in Bible Drive-Thru.
Mr. Doré died in January 23, 1883. He was only 51.