God's Creation Marred by Sin

God's Creation Marred by Sin

Date:                          Sep. 06, 1998

Bible Passage:           Genesis 3:1-13

Key Verse:                 Genesis 3:8

Session Focus:To see that the human race, including each of us, has chosen self reliance rather than God Reliance and to be aware of the consequences of that choice.

September 1989

A Time Line for Our Old Testament Study

            The dates for the following time line were taken from Introduction to the Old Testament, by Adam W. Miller (Anderson, Ind: Warner Press, 1964). Please be aware that some Old Testament dates are difficult to pinpoint precisely and scholars disagree. For instance, some would put the Exodus in the 1400s rather than 1290. The reasoning that is behind each of the dates might make for an interesting study of its own. For this study, however, you will want to focus on the events and their sequence and importance in history rather than on their exact date of happening.

            1290 BC         The Exodus

            1250-1200BC Conquest of the Promised Land

            1200 BC         Beginning of the Judges

            1020 BC         Saul becomes first king of Israel

            922 BC           the divided kingdom begins

            760-750 BC    The prophet Amos's message

            722 BC           The fall of the Northern Kingdom (Israel)

            626-588 BC    Jeremiah prophesies

            593-573 BC    Ezekiel prophesies

            587 BC           The fall of Jerusalem (and the Southern Kingdom, Judah)

            538 BC           The exiles return to Jerusalem

            520-516 BC    The temple is rebuilt

            445 BC           Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem, rebuilds the wall.

Genesis 3:1-13

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" 4"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8Then 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. 9But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." 11And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

This lesson's focus is to help us see that we have chosen self reliance rather than relying on God and what the consequences are of self reliance rather than God reliance.

How did Adam and Eve show self reliance rather than God reliance?

They first leaned on their own understanding instead of God's when instead of holding fast to what they knew was God's Word, they allowed themselves to consider/dwell upon the act of disobedience. The next step was a natural result of allowing themselves to dwell on disobedience, -- the acting out of disobedience.

James 1:12-15 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

The nature of man still hasn't changed after all of these years. We still slip into satan's lies that our way is o.k. And yet, if Adam and Eve had only made obedience their heart's delight, they would be "like God". For it's obedience to God that causes our lives to reflect God Himself. Our understanding is made clear when we lean not upon it but only upon the keeping of God's Word. God has chosen the way of Faith to the path of righteousness; Romans 1:17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, [1] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." [2]

1.17 Or is from faith to faith

2.17 Hab. 2:4

Faith can go where reasoning can never travel.

The reason that God probably has chosen faith to be the path of righteousness is more than likely because just the opposite led to our death which was believing and reasoning within ourselves that we knew of a better way. Isn't it great to have a child who when asked to do something finds pleasure in obedience and responds with joy to complete what has been asked of them compared to one who says "Why?!" To ask why is like saying I don't trust your judgment for requesting me to do this and I need to know for myself so that I can decide if it's worth doing. Questioning God is great but only from the perspective of knowing that He alone is all knowing and all wise and that it's for the reason of growing to know the one we love better. Questioning Him from this perspective is like a child who willingly and joyfully obeys a parent and then may ask the reason for what was requested of themselves later. Questioning Him to Him is what pleases the Lord as Isaiah 1:18 states ; "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Sin enters the picture when we question God within ourselves without going to Him for the answers. Eve was presented with questions and instead of going to God for the answers she turned in to herself and ended up killing herself spiritually. Adam was presented with his wife who was calling him to act against God's commandments and followed her instead of obedience to God. Satan dangled the morsel of being independent from God to our mom and dad with the statement that we will be like God unto ourselves. What a sad state of existence to be separated from the One Who is Life! What a sad state of existence to be independent from the one who loves us to the point of suffering a cruel death on the cross and the one whose made the earth and all that's in it for our enjoyment! Why couldn't we have hindsight of 20x20 before we acted so foolishly!?

One of the greatest weapons we can have against the enemy is to be aware of how very incapable we are within ourselves. This is the first step in the right direction for only after this realization happens within us are we able then to see that God's way is the right way. This is the reason that many people unfortunately have to go through great trials before they look to God and yet God would have us listen to Him without having to go through great trials that cause us to cry out to Him. Isaiah 55:3,7-11 3Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 6Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

May we not be like our mom and dad, Adam and Eve, and learn that God alone is God and that we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. May our lives find their pleasure and delight in serving Him for then our Lives will be full of His bountiful blessings and we'll enter into His Kingdom with much Joy, Glory, Honor and Praise unto Him!!!

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