Genesis 1-2 presented us with a loving Creator birthing all that we now enjoy in this universe we call home. We see God’s power and might as he fashioned a world that He said was “very good.” Mankind was blessed with being His representative in this new world. God further blessed man by giving him the gift of a marriage partner, so together they could be all that God created them to be.
Chapter 3 shows us that even in paradise, man was tempted to make a choice to live independent of the God who blessed Him. When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they were telling God they wanted to decide what was good and evil for themselves, rather than living by God’s rule and reign over them. Man’s rejection of God led to paradise being filled with sin, suffering, and death. This was not the life a loving God wanted for His creation.
Yet, in the midst of God’s word to the fallen about the cursed consequence of mankind’s rejection of God’s authority, He also gives mankind a special promise that a son of Eve would completely conquer the Tempter. There was hope for the fallen because a special Son would come. His name is Jesus!