This passage of Scripture is dominated by the stark contrast between the beautiful light of God’s intention for human existence and the horrific transformation to darkness wrought by our rebellion. And so, we are allowed to witness the exact moment at which suffering entered into human experience. This event is surely the fountainhead from which all subsequent tragedies, with their suffering, flow. But if we listen prayerfully, with the help of the Holy Spirit, perhaps we will also hear the first halting whispers of the language of suffering.
 There has been great debate and worse over how the Creation Story should be interpreted. Without rehearsing the many positions, I will simply state that the servant is not greater than his Master. So, I note that Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, quotes the Creation Story as a settled matter of Scriptural fact. That is, He used the story as an authoritative rendering of God’s dealings with humankind. It simply will not do for a Christian to on one hand claim allegiance to Christ as LORD and God and on the other hand suggest that He was a wise but limited man of ca. AD 30. So, I will here treat the story as an event that actually occurred, drawing all possible meaning from it that the Spirit will allow, and leave the rest in God’s hands.