My Bible History, OT 05 – The Punishment for Disobedience

The Punishment for DisobedienceIn the Garden God called Adam, “Where are you?”

Adam came forth from his hiding place and answered. “I heard Your voice in Paradise, and I was afraid.”

God asked Adam why he had eaten of the forbidden fruit. Adam tried to excuse himself, saying, “The woman whom You gave me to be my companion gave me of the Tree, and I did eat.”

God turned to Eve and asked, “Why have you done this?”

Eve replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.”

Then God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this thing. you are cursed among all cattle and beasts of the earth.” God condemned the serpent to crawl upon the ground and to eat dust always.

God said to the serpent. “I will put enmities between you and the woman, and your seed and her seed. She shall crush your head.” In these words God foretold the coming of a Redeemer to save mankind from the devil, a Redeemer to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

God told Eve that for her disobedience she should bring forth her children in sorrow and pain, and that she should always be subject to her husband.

Turning to Adam, God rebuked him and said, “Cursed is the earth in your work. With labor and toil you shall eat thereof all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you. You shall eat the herbs of the earth. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread till you return to the earth out of which you were taken. For dust thou art. and into dust thou shalt return.”

God then clothed Adam and Eve in garments of skins, and sent them out of Paradise. At the gate He placed Cherubim with a flaming sword turning every way, to prevent their return.

Because of their disobedience, our first parents were driven out of Paradise into a world of suffering.

All the miseries we suffer on earth are the results of our first parents’ sin and of our own sins. They are the punishment for breaking God’s commands.

– from My Bible History in Pictures, by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D., 1934; it has the Imprimatur of Archbishop Michael J O’Doherty of Manila, Philippines