Thus, the toil behind the preparation of every meal reminded Adam and Eve of their guilt.
Creation fell into disarray, becoming nature without masters, existing in rebellion and despair.
In a great reversal, the ground from which Adam had been created would resist his efforts and eventually swallow him into itself. 
Despite the Lord’s pronouncement of death, Adam named his wife in terms of life. 
Clothing also provided protection from the thorns and thistles which awaited Adam and Eve as they cultivated the ground which the Lord had cursed.
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[Related posts include Forbidden Fruit (Gen 2:16–17); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Thorns and Thistles (Gen 3:17–18); A Return to the Ground (Gen 3:19); A Renewed Covenant (Gen 3:20); The First Good News (Gen 3:15); Co-Heirs with Christ (Rom 8:16–18); Creation’s Eager Expectation (Rom 8:19); Subjected to Futility (Rom 8:20); Set Free from the Slavery of Corruption (Rom 8:21–22); Clothed by God (Gen 3:21); and Clothed with Christ (Gal 3:26–27)]
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