The anticipation for Christmas is building daily . . . in part because it's hard to look around and not see CHRISTMAS ZAZZ (I meant to say that) every which way. Happily, the use of the Jesse Tree is helping to bring the season along as well.
Yesterday we finished decorating the big tree. Little Miss got really into putting up her special ornaments, as well as the non-breakable ones I had picked up on clearance after Christmas last year. (As a rule I let the kids' soft ornaments rule the bottom half of the tree - - it saves me some aggravation as Kee-ku's favorite Christmas pastime is taking them all *off* the tree. What can I say? The kid marches to the beat of a different drummer boy.)
I have been working on more hand-sewing projects lately which has kept me out of the sewing room more and more. That and just general busyness. So I decided to set up my sewing tree downstairs in the living room in the front window where I can actually enjoy it. It's situated on the window ledge behind our love seat, which I'm hoping will be enough deterrent to keep Kee-ku's curious fingers away, as it's definitely within his actual reach.
Today we're going to hang up the ole apple & the serpent and talk about sin entering the world. Not a hot topic during the Christmas season generally, but critical when you think about it . . . after all without sin, why would Jesus need to be born in the first place?
Genesis 3:1-19New International Version (NIV)
The Fall1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor 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 fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from 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.”
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