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A Family Cursed | DAY NINE

SCRIPTURE READING

“So the Lord God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. He said to the woman: I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children with painful effort. Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will rule over you. And he said to the man, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’: The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

Genesis 3:13-19 CSB

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
Sin is never just personal. When sin first entered the world it brought a level of corruption so pervasive that it affected everything it touched. The curse of sin created hostility between the serpent and man, for the woman, it caused pain in childbirth and strife in her relationship with her husband. For the man, it caused toil and difficulty just to find food and live day to day. All of this, then ultimately death, resulting from our rebellion against a holy God. These curses are real. We experience them every day. And they affect us not just as individuals, but in our families as well. Sin is never a solitary affair.

PRAYER FOCUS:
Let us confess and pray that God would help us to understand our families in light of the fall; that we may turn back to God for salvation. Pray for redemption in your family.