The Saddest Chapter in the Bible


What’s the saddest chapter in the Bible? The Bible is certainly packed with gut-twisting stories. The seduction of Bathsheba and slaughter of Uriah by David. The complete annihiliation of the human race in a massive flood. Judas, traitor to God. Brutal stuff. Yet none of these events is as horrific as those that occur in Genesis 3.

You know the story. God creates paradise. Sinless, painless, bursting with life. Filled with joy of man and animals and earth living in perfect harmony. Adam and Eve enjoying the sweetest, most intimate communion with God. He walks among them. But it didn’t last.

In the amount of time it tookfor teeth to close over apple, paradise was destroyed. Ponder all that occurred the moment Eve bit into the forbidden apple. Sin was unleashed into the world. Murder, divorce, cancer, infanticide, genocide, Alzheimer’s, adultery, and abuse rushed headlong into the world. Nature was thrown into disarray and now wars against man. The evil that resulted from that single act of disobedience is incomprehensible.

Scan the landscape of your own life for a moment. It won’t take long to identify where your life has been dramatically and terribly affected by sin. A painful injury. A painful marriage. Gossip in the workplace. Rebellion in the home.The earth is cursed.

But in the midst of the darkness a light shines brightly. God didn’t abandon us when we abandoned him. In scripture we see God working steadily and lovingly to reverse the curse we brought upon ourselves. God’s curse-breaking work started even as he was placing the curse upon humanity. In Genesis 3:15 God says to the serpent:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

We’re given a glimpse of when the curse will finally be gone in Revelation 7:17 when God says of Christ:

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Aren’t you grateful for the gospel? As you observe sin rampaging through the earth, let it turn your mind to the one who is reversing the fall! Sin won’t have the final word. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

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  • Ron Reffett says:

    Hey Stephen!
    Great post! Thank you for the reminder that we are indeed not left on our own in this sin ravaged world. Even though sometimes it may feel like we are, we can take great comfort in the fact that God will never leave us or forsake us, because He cannot forsake Himself, Christ in us is indeed our hope of glory!
    I’m looking forward to that joy that comes in the morning!
    Ron Reffett

  • Emily says:

    i like how 1st peter chapter 5 puts it.

    And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

    thanks for the reminder!

  • John says:

    I think that the saddest verse of that chapter is Genesis 3:9

    “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?”

    As Matthew Henry wrote:
    Those who by sin have gone astray from God should seriously consider where they are; they are afar off from all good, in the midst of their enemies, in bondage to Satan, and in the high road to utter ruin.

  • Jon Wymer says:

    Perhaps it is saddest because it is life-altering for every one of us. We only know a world altered by this passage. Thankfully there is grace and a Savior.

  • Stephen Altrogge says:

    Ron – I’m looking forward to that joyful morning as well!

    Emily – Thanks for sharing that scripture.

    John – So true. What a sad verse.

    Jon – I think you’re right. The fall is the most life-altering event to ever happen.

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