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Adam and Eve hide after disobeying God

Adam and Eve hide after disobeying God
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Saint for Today: St. Lubin

Adam and Eve hide after disobeying God

God created the heavens and the earth. He created creatures to live on the land, fly in the sky and swim in the sea. As God examined what he had made, he decided to create someone to live in his world. Using the moisture from a stream and the clay of the ground, he formed a man. Then he blew into the figure and it came alive. 

God created a garden in a place called Eden to be the home of the man he had made. In the garden were flowers and trees that were fragrant and beautiful to look at. In the middle he planted a tree of life and a tree of the knowledge of good and bad. 

The Lord gave the man a simple guideline to live by. “You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall eat; the moment you eat from it, you are surely doomed to die.”

After watching his man tend the garden, the Lord said to himself, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So God created birds and animals, and he told the man to give each of the creatures a name. This the man did, but none of the animals proved to be a good partner for the man. 

The Lord put the man into a deep sleep and removed one of his ribs. From this rib he formed a partner for the man. When the man woke up, he declared, “This one, at last, is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

But there was another creature in the garden: a serpent, who was very cunning. When he saw the woman alone, the serpent said to her, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman told the serpent about the only tree God said they could not eat from and why.

The serpent told the woman she would not die, but would gain knowledge that would make them as gods. So the woman ate the beautiful fruit and shared it with her husband. They knew they had disobeyed God and they hid when they heard him walking in the garden.


Genesis 2 and 3

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After God created the Earth, he wanted people to live in it and enjoy it, so he formed Adam and Eve. The name Adam, comes from two Hebrew words, one meaning “man” and the other “the ground.” Eve’s name means “alive” or “living.” The name of the garden, Eden, comes from another Hebrew word that means “delight,” so Eden could be considered the delightful garden. More important than the meanings of some of the names of the people and places in the story of creation is the story itself. We know that God created the heavens and the earth and how the first people disobeyed him. Throughout both the Old and the New Testaments are stories of how God’s people disobeyed him and how time and time again God showed his great love and was always willing to forgive anyone who confessed their sins. Why? Because he loves us.

Saint for Today: St. Lubin

Lubin (d. 558) was the son of French peasants, and from the time he was able, he had to work long days in the fields. He possessed a strong desire to learn, so he went to a nearby monastery. There he was able to learn from the priests in exchange for performing tasks in the monastery. Because of his humility and devotion and the religious knowledge he acquired, he impressed the monks and gained their respect. He ended up in another monastery that was caught up in a war. Most of the monks fled, but Lubin and an old man stayed in the monastery. Raiders seeking treasure that they thought may have been hidden in the monastery, tortured Lubin and left him to die. He recovered from his injuries and found shelter in a new monastery. He rose to become a priest and a bishop, and a number of miracles are attributed to him. We honor him on March 14.

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