I often think that the worst of the curse,
has nothing to do with these clothes or child birth;
the bruising of heels or the tilling of earth;
but the fact that the fruit didn’t keep to it’s word.
-Levi Weaver, Good From Evil
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” Genesis 3:1-3
It promises but can never deliver. It whispers sweet sounds that will leave us wanting. It denies the truth to proclaim lies. It is the Forbidden.
It is the one thing—the only thing—God tells Adam and Eve they may not have. And it becomes the one thing—the only thing—they want. They trade all for nothing. They give eternity for a moment. A moment that is ultimately disappointing. And they leave us cursed. They leave us wanting. They leave us broken.
Forbidden. Cursed. These are the words of a people who have set their eyes on a must not, rather than the freedom of the ALL they may have. A people who listen to the other rather than the Creator. A people who see, want, and take.
We are these people. We are the cursed. We long for the forbidden. We lose sight of the ALL we are given.
And so we are pulled away; ripped from relationship. The very thing we were created for, intended to be consumed by, we are removed from. By our own hand. By our own selfishness.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
And yet God comes looking. God comes pursuing. God comes for us. He knows our curse. He knows the stain of the forbidden on our lips. He knows the nakedness we hide and the lust we have uncovered. He knows us. And he comes looking.
And God sacrifices the life innocent to cover the nakedness of the broken image bearers. He sacrifices for the cursed. There is bloodshed in the perfect place; perfect no more.
It is a forth-telling of the future. A declaration of what is to come. God knew in that moment that more cursed would come, indeed that all coming would be cursed. And God knew that he would offer to cover all these cursed. That he would come looking, come asking, “Where are you?”
God knew that a Christ would be coming. A Christ for the cursed. The Christ for us.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us… Galatians 3:13
Indeed it is by grace that we have been saved. And this could never be from us, because we were cursed when we were found. The Life Innocent was sacrificed, not just to cover, but to remove our curse.
Thanks be to God