Monday, June 15, 2009


Eating the fruite of good and evile = epic fail. We all get it. But now that it's done, it's interesting to detangle the rest of the Genesis story, especially the conversation that occurs in Genesis 3.

"Wasn't me. Was wife."
Eve: "Wasn't me. Was snake."
God: *facepalm*

Then He outlines the following:
  1. Serpent, you're toast.
  2. Eve, childbirth's going to suck and you'll have to fight the urge to usurp your hubby.
  3. Adam, you don't get off easy. Shouldering headship = labour pains.
What we commonly refer to as the "curses" of Genesis (I've heard childbirth called a "woman's curse") were actually the repercussions of having opened the door to sin on planet Earth. Step out into traffic, you'll get hit by a car. I even wonder if God was outlining the consequences as a warning, a type of caution that might, just might, make us wonder how things might have been...

At CoffeeSwirls, I found this lucid post about the curses from Genesis 3 and a summary that I appreciated:
To wrap up, let me just say that we are not cursed by God to total destruction. There are consequences for our actions.
When Jesus came to set the cosmos right, he reported: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." If he was showing us how to live with a kingdom mentality and that the kingdom is among us EVEN NOW (interesting read here), then shouldn't we be viewing these consequences warily. Should we be asking, "Yes, but...what do these things look like redeemed?"

Practically speaking, if Jesus hung on a cross to bear all manner of curses on our behalf: what should marriage, childbirth and career look like redeemed? I've been intrigued with turning curses into blessings ever since engagement, since I didn't feel like entering marriage with a skewed opinion of headship. Now I'm interested in the childbirth since women I know have experience pain-free childbirth. PAIN-FREE. Ie: free of pain.

If we're living on this side of "the greatest overpayment in history"*, why not?

* I believe this is a John Arnottism, meaning: Jesus' death in payment for all sin, of everyone, everywhere, for all time.

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