Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jesse Tree: The First Sin

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-6
Event/Theme: The first sin
Symbol we use: Until this year we used a slice of dried apple tied up with ribbon. It was perfect! but it was dried fruit and went bad over this past year. Whenever I don't have another ornament to use, I just color the same picture my daughters use (but I color it as an adult rather than a preschooler) and hang it with string or an opened paper clip just like theirs.
Meditation: Whatever the fruit was, God specifically told Adam and Eve that they were not to eat it. He gave them an abundance of fruit in a beautiful garden and only kept the fruit from one tree from them. Their lives would have been very different if they had obeyed this one commandment. Yet I suspect that eventually one of their descendants would have chosen to disobey anyway and humanity would need Jesus to be our savior even if Adam and Eve had chosen to obey. We could spend our time complaining and criticizing their decision to eat the fruit, but instead we should turn our focus on our own obedience. In the choices we make today, are we obeying God or are we deciding to eat the forbidden fruit?

All coloring pictures made by Rachel.
Pictures may be printed for personal use.

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