“The Arraignment”

Genesis 3:8-13 


8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

2 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”


Other Scripture References:

Psalm 139:2

Psalm 44:21

Hebrews 4:13



“With irresistible power desire seizes mastery over the flesh.  It makes no difference whether it is sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for revenge, or love of fame and power, or greed for money.  Joy in God is extinguished in us and we seek all our joy in the creature.  At this moment God is quite unreal to us, He loses all reality, and only desire for the creature is real.  Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God.  The lust thus aroused envelops the mind and will of man in the deepest darkness.  The powers of clear discrimination and of decision are taken from us.  The questions present themselves: ‘Is what the flesh desires really sin in this case?’ ‘Is it really not permitted to me, yes—expected of me, now, here, in my particular situation, to appease desire?'... It is here that everything within me rises up against the Word of God.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)