Saturday, February 16, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Adam and Eve get to “pay the piper”. Now, they have to answer to God for the delicious, forbidden bite!
And God is tough on them! No hint of that “lavish mercy”! Of course, the writer(s) of Genesis had to fold a lot of explanations into this story such as:
- why we feel body shame
- why we are estranged from nature
- why women suffer labor
- why men work hard to no avail
- why we die
We know that these explanations were written originally to meet the questions of an ancient culture. They were told and retold in the form of a story with all that structure’s inherent possibilities and handicaps.
Some of us are inclined to accept “story” only as history, demanding that the events recount specific concrete people and interactions. In other words, we demand that Adam and Eve were real people with a historical identity.
Some of us accept the “story” only as myth, not necessarily integral to the foundation of our modern faith.
The great biblical scholar Walter Bruggemann says neither stance is accurate. He says that these sacred stories are “mystery” which continue to unfold through the ages in the faith-life and sharing of the living community.
As we pray with these passages, we may deepen our faith by looking for the revelations within them:
- God created us in God’s own image
- God formed a covenant of love with us
- We are called to be responsive to that loving covenant
- We sometimes fail and reap the fruits of that failure
- But God did not dissolve Creation nor the Covenant
- And so, in every age, we place our hope in Jesus Christ, the New Creation and New Covenant
Music: In Every Age ~ Janet Sullivan Whitaker