WEEK 11: BROKENNESS
“‘AND THEY HEARD THE SOUND OF THE LORD GOD WALKING IN THE GARDEN IN THE COOL [AFTERNOON BREEZE] OF THE DAY, SO THE MAN AND HIS WIFE HID AND KEPT THEMSELVES HIDDEN FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD GOD AMONG THE TREES OF THE GARDEN. BUT THE LORD GOD CALLED TO ADAM, AND SAID TO HIM, “WHERE ARE YOU?” HE SAID, “I HEARD THE SOUND OF YOU [WALKING] IN THE GARDEN, AND I WAS AFRAID BECAUSE I WAS NAKED; SO I HID MYSELF.” GOD SAID, “WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? HAVE YOU EATEN [FRUIT] FROM THE TREE OF WHICH I COMMANDED YOU NOT TO EAT?”
We've learned about this incredible paradise God made for Adam and Eve, and we've seen how God wanted humans to choose Him and His ways. So God put a tree in the garden and said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree in the garden except that one. They are tempted by the snake and decide to eat from the tree that God told them not to eat from. Adam and Eve instantly realize that they are naked when they eat the fruit and they feel ashamed. They both make the decision in that moment to hide from God.
God loved Adam and Eve and spent so building relationship with them. He was seeking to spend time with His creation, whom He made this whole world for. They had a super close relationship with God, but their sin caused them to want to hide from God. They were ashamed of what they had done. The shame and fear that was creeping through the garden showed brokenness entering into the world.
God’s beautiful relationship with the man and women was now ruined. The trust between all three of them was broken. They didn't trust God—instead they believed the snake's lie and decided to do things their way, not God's way. Adam and Eve hid because they were afraid and ashamed. They'd never been scared of God before, but without trust, we may think God is scary. We may even think God doesn't want anything to do with us because we're too messed up and broken; but that isn't true. God goes looking for Adam and Eve, He calls for them.
Brokenness is something that we might see every day in our world. You can see it when we make poor decisions like stealing, lying and ignoring people in need. Brokenness is everywhere and it's in us too! Because they didn't trust God, Adam & Eve sinned—and from sin, we see people experiencing fear, shame, guilt, anger, sorrow and pain. And we might think, with all that brokenness, that God doesn't want to come near us and that he is mad at us for all of the sins that we have committed. However, we know that this is not true, God calls to us. He loves us and wants us to bring Him the broken parts so that He can make us brand new and whole.
Isn’t it cool to know that God does just allow us to live in a state of brokenness? He sends Jesus to bring us a life that is whole, and beautiful. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Jesus came looking for us (just like God in the garden), now all our old brokenness can be gone and new life can begin.
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
Is there a time when you have feel guilt or shame? What do you do ?
Why did Adam and Eve choose to hide from God?
How do you think God might be feeling about Adam and Eve at this point in the story?
We have learned that because of the disobedience of humans, brokenness has come into the world. We know that God loves us so much that he wants to use the brokenness to make us brand new and whole. How can we remind ourselves of how much God loves us this week?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about God.
Rainbow Crayons from Broken Pieces. You will need broken crayon pieces in assorted colors, silicone ice cube trays, empty metal tin food can, a pan , water , a spoon and access to a stove.
Recycled DIY Chalk Paint. You will need a bag of broken and/or water-soaked pieces of chalk, 1 quart freezer bags, mallet or hammer, metal pitcher, water, old muffin tin, paint brushes and chopsticks.
Upcycled Butterflies. You will need an old magazine, cord or string, scissors, and a tapestry needle.