Welcome to Coffee with Christ. I’m Nikol Jones and you are listening to episode 3.
If you’re new here, you might want to go back and listen to the Introduction episode. It will help you get the gist of things so there are no surprises.
But this is a place where we put normal, ordinary relationship practices to use in our time with God. Hopefully, it is a time marked on your calendars daily. If not, you have come to a great place to start making an appointment for visiting with Him each day.
First you’ll start with a few minutes of silence. This will help you slow down; settle in, clear the clutter, and breathe.
You’ll start your time with God by reflecting on what is keeping you up at night. You’ll tell him all your things and then we’ll read Genesis chapter 3.
You might be super familiar with Genesis, but it never hurts to start where it all began: In the Beginning.
I read from the New Living Translation because it sounds more like everyday English. This has helped me hear things differently, and I hope it does the same for you. Part of the reason I’m using a podcast for this is because sometimes it helps to hear things the way they were in the ancient times – when God’s word was brand new.
These episodes are around 20 minutes and the plan is to post them every work day. If you need more time on any given section, just hit pause. Not rushing is what makes this time with Him beautiful.
I promised in an earlier episodes to let you know when I had some thoughts to share on a specific passage, and today, I do. I’ll put a link in the show notes in case you’re interested or you can visit coffeewithchrist.org and search for the post called “Doubt.”
OK. Take a deep breath, release the stresses of the day, and let’s get started by being still.
What hard thing are you struggling with today?
What has all of your attention?
Use these next few minutes to jot them down or say them aloud to God. Ask Him to shift your focus from those things to the things of Heaven
Yesterday, we read through Genesis chapter 2 and heard a little bit more about the details of God’s creation.
We heard about the Garden of Eden and the 4 springs that branch out of it,
We heard why and how God created woman.
And we heard about the boundaries God put in place for the humans he created.
That boundary was a tree in the Garden.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
They could eat from any tree except that one.
The Man and Woman Sin
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’ ”
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man* and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike* your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.*”
17 And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
Paradise Lost: God’s Judgment
20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.* 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings* have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
May God bless the reading and hearing of His word.
As you listened to the fall of man and heard the details of what ensued, does anything came to mind? Does anything sound familiar?
Take a minute to share these things with God.
What did you learn about humans in this passage? Does anything they did remind you of yourself? Take a few minutes to confess these things before the One who – not only created Adam and Eve – but also created you.
As you reflect back on Adam & Eve’s journey, what stood out to you about who God is despite their failures?
Use this time to praise Him for who he was back then and who he continues to be today.
As you reflect on your life in light of God’s character, how do you think He wants you to respond? Is there anything that keeps you from responding this way? Tell God and ask Him to give you the strength to take the next step. If you don’t know how he wants you to respond, simply ask him and then listen to what He stirs up in your heart.
To ease yourself back into your day, be quiet again. The world will wait just a few more minutes.
I hope you enjoyed this third episode of Coffee with Christ. If you did, please pass it it along to your friends. I truly believe God’s word changes us. It changes us verse by verse and chapter by chapter. If you have some additional time, don’t forget to check out the link to my post on Doubt in the show notes.
I hope you have a wonderful day and that you will join me tomorrow for the next episode.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ge 3). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.