When I am feeling sad about my own brokenness, I often think of what pastor/writer Mark Roberts calls the saddest verse in the Bible — Genesis 3:8. People often ask me, “What’s your favorite, most meaningful Bible verse?” I do have a few, but today we consider the saddest verse:
“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8
The fundamental brokenness of all humans is right at the beginning of the story — the brokenness between human beings and God. No longer are they free to enjoy God’s presence. Their response is to hide from God.
As I ponder Genesis 3:8, I feel sad for Adam and Even and also for myself. I have been in their shoes many times. I am the man and the woman. God draws near to me and I run and hide. God whispers my name, beckoning me to run into his arms. I run away.
Yes, Genesis 3 is a set up for the great story of salvation yet to come. But it’s good sometimes to sit with the sad news, the bad news of Genesis 3 … to ponder the truth of human brokenness and think about the supreme sacrifice of Jesus who now beckons us to run into the arms of our loving Creator.