Breaking Chains: The Redemptive Journey from Eden (Genesis 3)

by | May 18, 2023 | Bible & Theology, Bible Devotional Series | 0 comments

Devotional series –Glimpses of Glory: A Spiritual Reflection on Every Chapter of the Bible”

Genesis 3: In our brokenness, God finds us, covers us, and calls us back into a relationship, back into love.

Bible Reading

Spend time reading slowly and reflectively through Genesis 3.


In the bustling heart of New York City, a young woman named Karen had made her living as an expert locksmith. Intriguingly, she often unlocks hearts as much as she does locks. Karen was known for her warmth and ready ear, offering solace and counsel to distressed customers. One day, an older man, Mr Henderson, entered her shop, burdened with a rusty, old lock. He shared his poignant story of how the lock belonged to a diary he hadn’t opened since his youth, filled with mistakes he couldn’t bear to face. Yet now, feeling the weight of his years, he desired to unlock those memories, confront his past, and seek redemption.

Genesis 3

Genesis 3 records one of the most poignant and significant chapters in human history: the entry of sin into the world. Yet, it is not just about our fall but also God’s response. Here, humanity takes a bite of the forbidden fruit, enticed by the serpent’s lies and their own desires. With this disobedience, Eden’s harmony breaks, and the human heart locks, brimming with guilt, shame, and separation from the Divine.

But amidst the shadows of this chapter, we glimpse God’s compassion, love, and grace. Just as Karen guided Mr Henderson towards unlocking his past, God doesn’t leave us to wrestle with our brokenness alone. Sophia enters our locked garden, not as a tyrant, but as a tender presence, seeking us amidst our shame.

God questions Adam and Eve, not out of ignorance but out of a desire for them to own up to their actions. This is our invitation to honesty, to bring our missteps into the open, to unlock the diary of our hearts before God. We also see God issuing consequences but providing coverings for Adam and Eve, a reflection of justice tempered with mercy.

Genesis 3 challenges us to acknowledge our failings and embrace God’s grace that meets us despite our shortcomings. It urges us to break the chains of guilt and fear, unlocking our hearts to God’s transformative love.

Following Jesus

Discipleship to Jesus involves acknowledging our brokenness and failures yet recognizing God’s merciful love in meeting us amidst our shortcomings. We must resist the enticements of sin and engage with the world with humility and honesty, aware of our own susceptibilities. As followers of Christ, we are to model grace that acknowledges wrongdoings while offering redemption, reflecting God’s balance of justice and mercy. Lastly, the life and words of Jesus call us to foster environments of truth, compassion, and reconciliation in our communities, promoting unity and understanding, and being agents of peace and justice, embodying God’s desire to restore relationships.


In our contemporary world, beset with cultural, political, and social challenges, how can we apply the lessons from Genesis 3? We live in times where the fruits of deceit, hatred, and greed often seem more appealing than those of truth, love, and generosity. But Genesis 3 calls us to resist these destructive lures and embrace God’s ways.

We, as Christians, are called to engage with our world not with a spirit of judgment but with humility and honesty about our own failings and the understanding that we, too, are susceptible to the enticements of the ‘serpent.’ We are tasked with modelling grace, a robust grace that acknowledges wrong but also offers the hope of redemption.

We can strive to create spaces for truth, compassion, and reconciliation in political discourse. In our communities, we can work towards unity and understanding, acknowledging the pain caused by our collective sins of prejudice, discrimination, and neglect. We can be instruments of peace and justice, reflecting God’s desire to cover the shame and restore relationships.


In our brokenness, God finds us, covers us, and calls us back into a relationship, back into love.


1. How do you see the consequences of the fall in your own life, and how can you invite God’s grace into these areas?

2. How can you model God’s grace in your community, political or social sphere?


Loving God, may we embrace the truth of Genesis 3, acknowledging our fallibility and Your boundless grace. Empower us to be agents of Your restorative love in our world. Amen.


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Graham Joseph Hill

Graham Joseph Hill (PhD) is State Leader for Baptist Mission Australia (Western Australia). He was formerly the Principal of Stirling Theological College (Melbourne), the Vice-principal of Morling College (Sydney), and an Associate Professor at the University of Divinity, Australia. Graham is an ordained and accredited minister with the Baptist Churches of Australia. He has planted and pastored churches and been in ministry since 1988. Graham is the author or editor of 13 books. He also directs The Global Church ProjectGraham writes at

Qualifications: Cert C&M (ACT), Cert IV WT&A (Tabor), HonsDipMin (SCD), BTheol (SCD), PG Cert TESOL (Macquarie), GradCertPS (UD), MTheol (Notre Dame), PhD (Flinders).

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