Saying Yes to God

First Sunday in Lent, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

The Book of Genesis starts in primeval history with a mythological account of the beginnings of our relationship with God. The story of the Fall is the second creation story and comes from a different source than the first. It begins the pattern of humanity’s constant choosing to separate from God, despite God’s ongoing invitation to participate in creation. By following our temptations to become our own gods, rather than putting all our trust in God, we open the door to pain and suffering in our own lives and others’. This Lectionary reading reflects the first three renunciations in the Baptismal Rite: “Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 302.]

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LPTW Lent 1, Year A, Younger Children, Old Testament
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