Leanne VanDyk

READ : Genesis 3
Romans 3:23

What is this that you have done? (Gen. 3:13)

Read: Belgic Confession, Articles 14-17

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God and placed in a garden designed uniquely for them. “But,” as the Belgic Confession declares in a sentence in Article 14, weighted with tragedy, “they did not understand it and did not recognize their excellence.” Somehow, they did not know that they had been given excellent gifts by the Creator of the universe. So, they threw these gifts away when a false suitor came calling. The Belgic Confession goes on to comment – “they subjected themselves willingly to sin and consequently to death.” What a choice! – to turn away from God and to turn toward sin and death.

The story in Genesis chapter 3 hangs heavy with tragedy. The wily serpent. The foolish Adam and Eve. The moment of shock and shame. Remember the insight of Article 14 – “they did not understand it and did not recognize their excellence.” It was not until after they lost the full glory of their divine gifts that they truly understood what they had squandered. Yet God did not turn away, but launched a rescue mission that would be fulfilled many years later in a cattle shed in Bethlehem. In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the final countdown was to begin on the reign of sin and death.


Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love and tender mercy, blot out our transgressions, through Jesus’ name. Amen.