Charles Dickens begins his classic, A Tale of Two Cities, saying, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is not only a synopsis of the time before the French Revolution, it is a synopsis of all history. Every time carries with it good and bad. The book of Genesis explains why this is the case. Ever since the fall into sin, the best and worst have locked horns. The book of Genesis looks at the tension between the best and the worst and offers hope that the best is yet to come.
Sunday, April 22 - Cain and Abel
The effects of Adam and Eve's fall into sin quickly become apparent in the story of Cain and Abel. Hatred and death quickly have their way. But in the face of evil, God both exacts justice and gives grace. He forces Cain to wander the earth, but He also protects Cain's life even though he has taken his brother's life.
Sunday, April 15 - The Fall
God's good creation was quickly corrupted by a rebellious decision. If Genesis 1 describes the best of times, Genesis 3 ushers in the worst of times and sets up a tension for the rest of the book, for the rest of the Bible, and for all of history. We live in this tension, however, with hope: for God has promised to swallow up the worst of times in His Son.
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