“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”
Do you simply feel sorry for your sin? Or do you repent? Repentance is more than simply recognizing that you did something bad. It’s turning away from it as well. Change ultimately comes from God, but there is a giant difference between saying you’re sorry for your sin and then purposely going back to it, and recognizing your sin and attempting to turn away from it. Are you just sorry? Or are you repentant?
Scripture Passages: Genesis 3:8-19
Observations on the Context:
God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day to be with man. What wonder! Yet man hides himself from God’s presence because of his sin. He is ashamed of his lack of incense, of his nudity. God point blank calls for Adam and asks him asks him if he had eaten from the forbidden tree. Adam blames “the woman God gave him.” What childishness to blame his wife, Adam had willingly disobeyed. When God asked Eve, she appears to respond honestly: saying that the serpent had deceived her and, yes, she ate.
Because God is God and perfect, He had to justly deal with the ordeal. He cursed the snake to no longer be like the other cattle, but know to slither around on its belly. There would be enmity between the serpent and the woman’s descendants. Verse 15 is a prophecy that Satan would be crushed by the seed of the woman (Jesus). It is interesting to note that Jesus was the seed of the woman but not of man, for Jesus had no human father.
For the man and woman we see specific consequences which continue down to this day: painful childbirth for women, conflict due to wives not wanting to submit to their husbands headship in the home, toilsome work to make a living, sweat promised in exchange for a living, the ground would be riddled with weeds and ultimately man would return to the dust in physical death.
Do you shift blame like Adam or own up to what you’ve done like Eve? Do you deceive and manipulate like the serpent? Regardless, while God will forgive the repentant sinner, it does not mean that all consequences will be removed. Our sin even effects others who were not present. We see this for the descendants of Adam and Eve were effected as well as the ground cursed.
Father, I am naked before you in my sin. . . But you have made a way to clothe me in rightness. Christ! Christ! Christ!! Let me not wallow in self-pity and shame, let me not shift the blame, let not my heart play the deceiver’s part. Clothe me with thy rightness, O Lord, and forgive my sin. I am but dust but Thou offer to clothe me in glory–all to the glory of thy name and mercy.