Reading: Genesis 2: 15- 3:21
This undoubtedly is a familiar story to you. This Sunday, as we look in our gospel lesson at Jesus’ temptation by the devil, we are reminded by the Old Testament reading of the first temptation in the Garden of Eden. We are reminded how God created the earth, the day, the night, the light, and all that lived on earth. And, God made people to take care of creation. God said that it was all good!
But there was more. Adam and Eve, those people created first to be good stewards of the creation, were told not to eat of the forbidden tree of knowledge. But one day, Satan as a snake, persuaded Eve to an apple of the tree. Eve persuaded Adam. And God punished them.
What a contrast to the story of Jesus and his temptation. Jesus resisted the devil. Adam and Eve gave in. When you are tempted, are you more often like Adam and Eve or Jesus? Which should you be? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this YouTube video of a camp performance of Dem Bones, a song we sing here at Mount Luther illustrating this story.
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