Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
Genesis 3:16-24 (New International Version)
16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
20 Adam [a] named his wife Eve, [b] because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side [c] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
The punishment for sinning is great. Since Adam and Eve wanted knowledge, now they would know how difficult life can be. Women would now know pain during childbirth, and to make matters worse, women will desire men, and the men will rule,(usually.)
Men did not get off free even though the wife ate first. Up to that point, Adam and Eve kind of grazed on the bounty of the garden. They did not have to do anything to sustain themselves. Those days are over. Many people do not understand how difficult it can be to raise food. There is either too much rain, or drought. Weeds grow well, and farmers are always trying to keep the weeds from choking out the crops.
We toil in other ways in order to survive, in the words of the prophet-Monty Python-
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true,You'll see it's all a show,Keep 'em laughing as you go.Just remember that the last laugh is on you!
Ashes to ashes from now on, but here is the good news. After our bodies return to the earth, we go to live in paradise for eternity. God may punish, but he also forgives. So...
Always look on the bright side of life...If life seems jolly rotten,There's something you've forgotten!And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing,When you're feeling in the dumps,Don't be silly chumps,Just purse your lips and whistle -- that's the thing!And... always look on the bright side of life...Prayer- Lord, We know that we all sin. Thank you for forgiving us even when we sin against you. Thank you for sending us your son to die for us and our sins. We look forward to the day when we will be with you. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
Things to do Read Genesis 4:1-8.