Gen. 3:12-13 NIV
The man said, “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
The first man created by God had disobeyed him. He had eaten fruit God had forbidden. When God gave him an opportunity to confess what he had done, Adam said, “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” That’s not exactly a confession, is it? Sure, Adam begrudgingly admitted the sin. But he was also quick to blame both Eve and God for putting him in that situation. Eve did no better. When God asked what she had done she immediately blamed the serpent.
I suppose we want to shake our heads at Adam’s attempt to blame his wife and his God for his own sin, and Eve for her confession/blame game. But then we remember we aren’t very different. We too have played the blame game. As children, we pointed the finger at our siblings and shouted: “He made me do it!” As adults, we blame society and culture for our loose morals. We blame work and our social life for not getting to church. We blame our busy lives for not spending enough time in God’s Word. We blame our upbringing for the sinful choices we continue to make.
I wonder if God were to call out to us, “Where are you?” how might we respond? How many of us are often lost in sin and blaming others for it?
In a very different way God also used the blame game in the grand scheme of life. It was not that he blamed someone else for something that went wrong. No, he blamed someone else for what all of us had done wrong. The Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus took the blame for all our sin upon himself and paid the price of death on the cross.
Jesus’ death paid a price we never could, and his resurrection defeated the power of the grave and eternal death. Now we have eternal life because he took the blame and because of Jesus, you and I stand blameless before God.
Dear Jesus, thank you for taking my place on the cross and paying for my sin. Help me to be honest with myself and take responsibility for my sin and to trust in you for forgiveness. Amen.