“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”Genesis 3:14-15
I remember a time as a kid when we ran into a dilemma while driving around in the family truck. We were approaching Grand Avenue when the truck started to sputter and my dad realized we were quickly running out of gas. He was able to safely pull over, but it was clear we were not going anywhere soon. We were not far from home, but not close enough where it would be desirable to walk. We had no gas and no gas can, and things seemed hopeless at the moment.
Needless to say, my dad was not pleased and there was some dialogue between him and my mom about who was supposed to fill up the truck. I never did find out whose job it was to fill it up with gas, but I do believe my dad was driving when we ran out of gas. Either way, this argument was futile as it did nothing to change our gas-less plight. Back then, there were not as many gas stations as there are today, and no stores nearby that sold gas cans. We had a gas can at home and my dad decided to run and get it. He said his goodbyes and headed for home while we patiently waited for his return on the side of the road, although my mom may not remember it the same way.
My dad returned sooner than I anticipated with the can and enough gas to get us to a station for a full fill up. My parents settled their differences and the family seemed to be whole again. I don’t remember another incident with my parents running out of gas again, or an argument about whose job it was to fill up the truck. I wish I could say I learned from the episode, but I myself took that same truck to empty later in life. I had no one to blame as Rebekah did not drive the truck, and I had to take sole responsibility for my own failure to fill up the tank.
This story reminds us there are consequences for our actions and sometimes for our lack of actions. The consequence could be running out of gas or being cursed above all the other animals. That first sin in the Garden of Eden brought death and the need for a remedy. Mankind was doomed under the consequences of sin, but God prophetically provided a solution. Thousands of years later, Satan bruised the heel of Christ with the crucifixion, but the resurrection three days later was the death blow to the head of the serpent. God knew sin brought the need for a Savior, and although sin brought death, through the death of His sinless Son, He would bring about eternal life.
Where are you today friend? Have you accepted the payment for your sin? Are you trying to work for something that has already been paid for? Do you make excuses for your actions or have you come to realize there are consequences for sin? God has provided a remedy for our sin, but we must accept the remedy or it will not do us any good. May we look and live to the One who is able to save us from the curse of sin, and may ever be grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.