I apologize for being a little late with today’s Jesse Tree devotional. I was not feeling the greatest today so I slept part of the day away, which caused Annaliese to be late to a birthday party, and since then I have been busy running around! We have family pictures being taken tomorrow, so I have been trying to piece together outfits that mostly go well with one another. Basically I am busy and I am a mom and I am late posting. Sorry if you are actually following along! Happy Holidays.
Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Day Three (Adam and Eve Symbol)
Psalm 119:41-44, 47 “Let Your faithful love come to me, Lord, Your salvation, as You promised. Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in Your word. Never take the truth from my mouth, for I hope in Your judgments. I will always obey Your instruction, forever and ever… I delight in Your commands, which I love”
Yesterday we talked about the Creation Story and remembered all the amazing things God has made in our world. The last thing God created was a man named Adam, and a woman named Eve. God placed Adam and Eve in a garden called Eden, and it was their job to care for it. Eden was a beautiful garden filled with plants and trees that grew fruit for them to eat.
Two of those trees growing in the garden of Eden grew special fruit; one tree was called the tree of life, and the other was called the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam and Eve to eat from any tree they wished to eat from, all of the trees were there for them except for one. He told them to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. He warned them that if they did, they would surely die.
One day a cunning serpent approached Eve, the serpent asked her about God’s command to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She knew God’s commands and she loved God, but when the serpent tempted her to try the fruit Eve gave in and took a bite. She then offered it to Adam who also took a bite of the fruit from the forbidden tree. Adam and Eve were scared, they knew they had disobeyed God and they were sad that they had eaten the fruit.
Later that day God went searching for Adam and Eve. He called for them, and when they appeared He asked them what they had done. Adam and Eve confessed to God, and He became very sad and gave them each consequences for that act of sin. He then showed His mercy by making them clothing from skins to wear before He told them to leave the beautiful garden.
God loved Adam and Eve so much that even in their wrongness for disobeying Him, He took care of them by making each clothing to wear. How awesome is that, God loves us even when we make wrong choices. God also promised to send someone who would rise up to crush the serpents head. This is the first time God made mention of a coming Saviour to rise up and defeat sin. That is what we will take with us on our way to Christmas, the joyful thought – A Saviour coming!
Do you sometimes do the wrong thing even when you know you shouldn’t do that?
How can we show God that we love Him and His ways at Christmas time?
Let’s pray together thanking God for His great love and care. We can ask God for forgiveness for the times when we do wrong things, and ask Him to fill us with His goodness so we can honour Him in all we do.