Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
Holy Spirit, help us to be sober and vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (From 1 Peter 5:8 )
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” (Genesis 3:2-3)
Holy Spirit, please help us take to heart the rulings that you have given us in Scripture.
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
Father, even now many are being deceived by the lies of Satan.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)
Father, thank you for your mercy to us: thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross to repair the damage done by our willful sin.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:7)
Open the eyes of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and help us all know our poverty and nakedness before you, Jesus. Thank you.
A word received: I AM. I AM going before you.
Tuesday: 10, 11; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 1:(29-34 )35-42