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.

NABRE

Genesis 3

13The LORD God then asked the woman: What is this you have done? The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.”

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.

NABRE

Genesis 3

14Then the LORD God said to the snake:Because you have done this,cursed are youamong all the animals, tame or wild;On your belly you shall crawl,and dust you shall eatall the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman,and between your offspring and hers;They will strike at your head,while you strike at their heel. 16To the woman he said:I will intensify your toil in childbearing;in pain you shall bring forth children.Yet your urge shall be for your husband,and he shall rule over you.

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.

NABRE

Genesis 3

17To the man he said: Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You shall not eat from it,Cursed is the ground because of you!In toil you shall eat its yieldall the days of your life.18Thorns and thistles it shall bear for you,and you shall eat the grass of the field.19By the sweat of your browyou shall eat bread,Until you return to the ground,from which you were taken;For you are dust,and to dust you shall return.

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.

NABRE

Genesis 3

20The man gave his wife the name “Eve,” because she was the mother of all the living.21The LORD God made for the man and his wife garments of skin, with which he clothed them. 22Then the LORD God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? 23The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. 24He expelled the man, stationing the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.

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 three, 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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