What we are learning this week
As we begin a new year, it makes sense to start at the beginning and the book of Genesis.
This week we will look at the story of the Garden of Eden.
After God created the world, God created the first human, God named him Adam.
Adam gives names to all of the animals, and then is given a partner, a woman whom he names Eve. Their home is a garden called Eden. They are told by God that they may eat any of the fruit from the garden except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but Adam and Eve disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. God sends them out of the Garden of Eden.
The Bible is like a book of chapters, with different stories about God and us. This is the beginning of our story. When God created the world, all was “good.” But we turned against God. Today’s story is the story of the first time we failed God. There’s not much cheer at the end of this story, but it is
the first chapter: how we messed up. Stick around it gets really good!