Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ESV
Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made,
and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. ESV
14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
15 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.” ESV
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” ESV
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. ESV
Isaiah 24:6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; ESV
However the Lord is merciful to us though we deserve His wrath.
Psalms 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. ESV
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. ESV
Personal Note: We have killed four copperheads in four days! The serpent did not strike our heels but we have struck their heads. (Genesis 3:15) Thankfully, Jesus dealt the blow to Satan for us.
Our state has had hail storms, tornados, damaging straight line winds, derecho (That was a new one!), an earthquake, and flooding just this week! Talk about a world suffering from the effects of sin.
But we have been blessed immensely. No storm damage of any kind. No one bitten by snakes although the two in the picture were just in front of the flower bed while the children were all outside playing and working.
We have also enjoyed lovely flowers and we made lots of strawberry preserves.
But we await the New Heavens and the New Earth.
2 Peter 3:13 But according to his promise
we are waiting for
new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells. ESV