Toil and Sweat is Adam’s Lot
Moira Gillmore, Durban – June Boyer’s How did God punish Adam? , responding to my letter Childbirth and Original Sin in which I point out that pain in childbirth is a consequence of original sin, asks what punishment Adam got for original sin.
Genesis 3:17-19 reads: “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life, thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground.”
So toil and labour is Adam’s punishment!
But Jesus is King over Sin
Another thought springs to mind on hearing that the ground was cursed and would bring forth thorns and thistles because of the sin of disobedience.
Is that the reason why the soldiers made a crown of thorns for Jesus to wear to his crucifixion? (Mathew 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2 )
The crown of thorns — a symbol of our sins which Jesus carried to the cross for our redemption!