The Bible is full of rich stories. Many of these stories have weaved their way in and out of our modern culture. Aside from the nativity and Easter story perhaps the most well known story is that of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. It is a primeval story, stretching back to the beginning.
The story is so well known that we do not even need to look it up in scripture to retell it. However, when we tell the story of the Garden of Eden what are we sharing? Are we telling the story as it was written and intended or have years of familiarity added layers of meaning onto this piece of scripture? Does the rich tradition of interpretation distract us from asking new questions about this story?
This Sunday we will look at the story of Adam, Eve, God and the Garden of Eden and we will peel back the layers. Be sure that in doing so we will raise as many new questions as we answer. However, I hope that you will find the journey and the process to open your eyes to a new way of viewing this important piece of scripture.
Text: Genesis 3: 8-15
Questions for Sunday:
- What themes / images come to your mind when you think about Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden?
- What important truth(s) does this story have to tell us?
Prayer for Sunday:
Heavenly Father, walk with me as I ponder your word today. Allow your Spirit to illuminate your truth. Empower me with the courage and conviction to ask new questions of old stories. In Jesus name, Amen.