Posted by: Pauline | September 4, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday September 11

Genesis 3:8-21

This familiar story helps us understand why we live in a world where it often seems so much easier to do wrong than to do right, where things and lives and relationships are broken, and where we try to hide our faults rather than own up to them.

But it also offers a glimmer of hope. Sometimes called the Protoevangelium, Genesis 3:15 contains the promise of redemption. The serpent will bruise the heel of the woman’s offspring, but that same offspring will bruise (or crush, depending on the translation) the serpent’s head. Christians see the fulfillment of that promise in Christ’s suffering and death, followed by his resurrection, which defeated death.

Romans 5:12-19

The Protoevangelium of Genesis just hints at the promise of redemption, but Romans 5 spells it out clearly. The actions of both Adam and Jesus had consequences for all of humanity. One resulted in sin and death, but in Christ we have righteousness and new life.

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