Thought of the Day: Mercy in Scripture: Creation

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Mercy in Scripture

A.  Creation

Man had received a two-fold grace in creation: the grace of life as a creature and the grace of shared life with God as his adopted son. Man's response to these love gifts was non love or the absence of love, sin. God's response was justice and mercy.
1.       Justice, the consequences of sin:  

      a) separation from God, expressed twofold:

     1) they hid themselves from God: Genesis 3:8 "And when they had heard the voice of the Lord God taking a walk in Paradise in the afternoon breeze, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the face of the Lord God in the midst of the trees of Paradise."

     2) God put them outside the Garden of Paradise.   Genesis 3:23 "And so the Lord God sent him away from the Paradise of enjoyment, in order to work the earth from which he was taken."

 b) separation of man from woman: they were ashamed
of their nakedness, expressed twofold:

  1)   they clothed themselves: Genesis 3:7 "And the
          eyes of them both were opened. And when they    
          realized themselves to be naked, they joined together
          fig leaves and made coverings for themselves.

         2) Adam accused Eve: Genesis 3:12 "And Adam      
         said, The woman, whom you gave to me as a        
         companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.'"

      c) separation from creation:
         1) Eve accused the serpent-tempter: Genesis 3:13     
         "And the Lord God said to the woman, 'Why have you
         done this?' And she responded, 'The serpent deceived
         me, and I ate.'"

         2) new difficulties of human life in relationship to nature:
         Genesis 3:16 "To the woman, he also said: ' I will
         multiply your labors and your conceptions. In pain shall
         you give birth to sons, and you shall be under your
         husbands power, and he shall have dominion over
         you.'" Genesis 3:19 To Adam God said, "By the sweat   
         of your face shall you eat bread, until you return to the 
         earth from which you were taken. For dust you are, and
         unto dust you shall return.

    2.       Mercy: God's extraordinary gift, not giving man and    
         woman what they deserved, eternal alienation from    
         him, but what they did not deserve, the promise of a
         future restoration by a future Savior who would be born
         of a woman and who would defeat the pseudo-power of
        Satan over creation and restore their descendants back
        to God as an adopted sons and daughters. Genesis
        3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
        between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your
        head, while you strike at his heel.”

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