Today I accidentally made a funny at church. I was to be part of the liturgy team today and read Genesis 3:1-13. I had skimmed it looking for difficult words. I find that when I read the scripture thoroughly before reading it in front of the congregation, I make lots of mistakes. If I have a generic understanding of the text, I do much better. Except today.
Today, right before I went up, I remembered the subject of the scripture, and started laughing to myself. It’s the one where there is some blaming going around, and that just made me giggle.
As I read through it, by the time I got to 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
By now, I’m laughing quite hard in my head. I know Adam is going to throw his wife under the bus. And then I read it out loud:
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
That’s it, I start laughing out loud. I added in that line somewhere, “Thanks Adam!” Seriously, this is scripture with some blame game. He doesn’t even address her as his wife or by her name. Just, “the woman you put here with me.” That also puts blame on God!
I was able to finish:
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Fortunately, the congregation laughed with me, and then Pastor mentioned he can see how I’d find it funny, but he finds another portion funny. You’ll have to ask him about that – it was the basis of the sermon.
For the first time that I can recall, I was thanked for my boo-boo. Several women after the service said they also find that bit of scripture either funny or upsetting. How kind of Adam to blame us. Granted Eve blames the snake, so she’s not without blemish. In the end, we had a great service. Especially since when I helped serve communion, the Pastor held the grape juice, so I didn’t spill any on myself or others. Although I was dressed for it – I always try to wear dark colors for serving communion … or eating marina.