Monday, March 3, 2014

Lent 1 A - Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
“Did God say….” is the crafty question that gets Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness despite the fact that they live in paradise. On the other hand you could read the story as the ultimate set up. What was God thinking? You don’t populate paradise with naive naked people, a “crafty” serpent and a tree in the middle of the garden that was “good for food, a delight to the eyes and desired for making one wise” that btw you can’t touch. But if you read the story after the fact (as I do) you are not as concerned with the details as you are with the truth it tells. Given paradise we would want a little bit more. Maybe that is the fatal flaw of creation. In the beginning it is God who is not satisfied. Moving through the shapeless void God’s spirit sweeps over the darkness of the deep and out of God’s infinite imagination God calls forth creation culminating in a creature that is equally restless. “In the image of God humankind was created…” (Genesis 1:27) So does God touch the untouchable by eating the forbidden fruit by creating creatures capable of breathtaking beauty and equally breath-stealing cruelty? Maybe I've told too much of the truth that I see in this story but then I think that God is willing to know us better than we are willing to know ourselves. Given paradise God would give it up to touch us. 

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