Hardship

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Genesis 3:9-21

9 But the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I instructed you not to eat?”

12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave to me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The snake deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The LORD God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall crawl, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

15 I will put hatred between you and the woman, and between your children and her children; he shall harm your head, and you shall harm his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your hardship in childbearing; in hardship you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ the ground is cursed because of you; in hardship you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

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Hardship

The term referring to the consequence of listening to the wrong words, both for Adam and Eve, is often rendered “pain.” I have chosen to translate it as hardship, because it has that connotation, as well as sorrow. Eden was designed as a place of pleasure and peace. Now humanity will live in the opposite. Peace will come to humanity again, only after our Savior comes, and takes on the hardship, sorrow and pain for us.

Just God, restore to us the joy we lost when our ancestors decided to listen to the wrong words.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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