Small Group Tools
Contemporary Comments 2016
Texts: Genesis 1:28; Romans 8:17; Matthew 6:26; Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7, 10–19
Someone apparently thought they had permanently ridded themselves of an unwanted kitten by throwing it into their garbage can. But Tony Miranda, who works as a loader operator at a recycling plant, spotted the tiny feline coming down a conveyor belt toward a compacting machine.
The small kitten somehow made it from a garbage can into a garbage truck and then to the Cal-Waste plant where a tractor pushed trash onto a large conveyor belt. The little homeless animal fell from one belt to another when Miranda spotted her. He quickly stopped the machine and grabbed the helpless newborn kitten.
Word quickly spread around the facility and soon Heather Garcia, a shift leader employee, showed up and fell in love with the kitten. “It’s just so cute, I mean why wouldn’t you take it home,” she said. The adorable little pet was soon named Murphy after the material recovery facility. “It’s just amazing to see a little kitty survive through all this,” Miranda commented. “It made my day today, definitely made my day.”1
But not everyone who falls gets off so well. In our Sabbath school lesson for this week on “Crisis in Eden,” we learn of humankind’s fall into sin. God provided a boundary for Adam and Eve with a tree set in the midst of the garden. They could partake of all the trees in the garden—except this one. It was here that a crafty serpent, Satan, planted himself to knock the new human race—as it were—into the garbage can.
The devil’s strategy was to lead Adam and Eve to doubt God’s word. His leading question was intended to encourage Eve to wonder if the Lord might be hiding something good from them. As he led her along, he eventually lied and then handed her the forbidden fruit. She and Adam ate against God’s command.
The entire human race has suffered the consequences of the fall. We’ve all landed on the conveyor belt that leads to an eternal compactor called death. But a divine hand has spotted us and rescued us! Even in the earliest chapters of Genesis we read how the devil will finally be destroyed: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV, emphasis added).
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