Jesse Tree – Day 3: The Fall

…is it bad that, as soon as I sat down to write this post, I had to put a child in time-out?

Still! Perhaps that is simply a reminder to me of the next Jesse Tree subject: The Fall. And no, I do not mean a reminder of how beautiful autumn can be. Instead, I mean the Fall of Mankind which caused the beginning of death, among other horrible stuff. All because our ancestors deliberately chose to sin over than trusting in God.

So! Here’s the ornament to go along with it:

Scary snake! Also, here’s the free crochet pattern for this ornament, just in case you want to make your own!

An apple with a snake curled around it ominously! Perfect symbolism for the Fall!

And now, let’s look at the scripture behind this, shall we? 🙂

The Fall

NABRE

Genesis 3

1Now the snake was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?”

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Wenzel Peter, c. 19th century. Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Vatican City.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Wenzel Peter, c. 19th century. Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Vatican City.

NABRE

Genesis 3

2The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3 it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.’” 4But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die!

Adam and Eve, c. 16th century. National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
Adam and Eve, c. 16th century. National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.

NABRE

Genesis 3

5God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” 6The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man, by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, c. 1615. Mauritshuis, The Hauge, Netherlands.
The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man, by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, c. 1615. Mauritshuis, The Hauge, Netherlands.

NABRE

Genesis 3

7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.8When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Landscape with Adam and Eve in Leaves Costume, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1640s. Private collection.
Landscape with Adam and Eve in Leaves Costume, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1640s. Private collection.

NABRE

Genesis 3

9The LORD God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you? 10He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.” 11Then God asked: Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat? 12The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it.”

The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, by Domenichino, c. 1626. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.
The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, by Domenichino, c. 1626. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.
The Temptation and Fall of Eve, by William Blake, c. 1808. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
The Temptation and Fall of Eve, by William Blake, c. 1808. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, by Charles Joseph Natoire, c. 1740. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.
The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, by Charles Joseph Natoire, c. 1740. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1620. National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1620. National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by Thomas Cole, c. 1828. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by Thomas Cole, c. 1828. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Ouch, that’s a tough story. Alas, tomorrow’s story will be even tougher to read! After all, the consequences of sin starts off with a trickle and ends with a flood.

And yes, that is a hint!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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