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Curse - Discovery 7 Gospel Studies

ByTim Miller

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In this second booklet of the Discovery 7 series, we will focus our attention on the second chapter of the Biblical story, which, unlike the first, is not so happy: Curse. In this chapter, we discover the origins of the problem that plagues humanity and all creation. When God made the Garden of Eden, He filled it with many beautiful, fruit-bearing trees, which were to provide Adam and Eve with delicious food to enjoy. Of these trees, however, two had a special status, as represented by their position in the middle of the garden: The “tree of life,” and the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:9). The tree of life was God’s chosen means for keeping human beings continually renewed with life; so long as people had access to this tree, they would not die. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, on the other hand, was off limits; so long as people acknowledged God’s authority by refraining from eating the fruit from this tree, they would be granted continued access to the tree of life. To eat from this second tree was to bring death. God had made a glorious world for humanity to enjoy, but this enjoyment was a privilege and gift, not an entitlement. From the outset God made it clear that failure to recognize and honor Him as God results in punishment; disobedience and rebellion lead to death. If Adam and Eve would humbly submit to God’s command, they would enjoy life in God’s glorious presence forever; if they did not, they would die and be banished from the land of the living. Which path would they choose? The path of life, or the path of death? The cloud of weeping, mourning, and grief that casts its shadow over grave sites and funeral processions around the world each day tells the answer.


Publication Date
Apr 29, 2022
Religion & Spirituality
Creative Commons NonCommercial, NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
By (author): Tim Miller


Perfect Bound
Interior Color
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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