Monday, October 31, 2016

Lessons from the Fall

Sin. It's all around us. It's been all around us for thousands of year. Everyone does it, and no one can't NOT do it (except for Jesus).
Yesterday, we kind of covered what sin is, but I wanted to expound on where it came from, and where it's taking us as human beings.

In the beginning, everything was "very good" (Genesis 1:31). God created man and woman in His own image, and gave them dominion over the animals and plants, to take care of them and rule them. All creatures were subject to them (Genesis 1:26). But "the serpent" tricked the woman, and she fell into temptation, and disobeyed God's command to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and then her husband shares in the same rebellion.

That day, the world was changed. The first death occurred when God had to slay a lamb to cover Adam and Eve's shame, but this was merely a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice in order to cover our shame. 

Four Lessons from the Fall
In Genesis 3, God's Word is distorted, denied, and defied. This rebellion is responsible for all of our problems - past, present, and future. Our alienation from God, our self-deception, our broken relationships, everything that is wrong in this world started that day, when Adam and Eve rebelled against God.

Man doubts, distorts, and defies God's Word - reducing it to an alternative viewpoint, while man is the judge of what is "true for me."

1. The Standard is God's Word
God's Word is the standard by which we are to live our lives and resist temptation. Jesus (the "Last Adam," 1 Corinthians 15:45) fended off temptation by affirming God's Word (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). The first Adam compromised God's Word; the Last Adam elevated its authority.

2. Sin is our Problem
In contrast to the claims of modern social engineering, we should not blame sin on our childhood or environment. 
Adam and Eve experienced no childhood trauma; God was gracious enough to give them all they needed to live fulfilling lives, yet they rebelled against Him. Even in a perfect environment, we would still choose to sin.

3. Suffering is Because of our Sin
Sin ultimately led to the suffering we see around us daily. Physical pain due to disease (natural evil) and emotional pain due to sinful choices (moral evil). 
There is no such thing as "innocent" suffering, except for One. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21) The death of Christ is the only case of a genuinely innocent person suffering, and He did so to reconcile us to God.

4. Christ is our Solution
God promised to provide a way of escape from the consequences of sin. 
When He gave Himself as a sacrifice on the cross, the Son of God freely provided new life for us, if we will but “take and eat” (John 6:47–51; Matthew 26:26–29).
Jesus came on a mission to rescue His creation. He had to pay for our sins so that one day He can end evil without ending us. 

Without Genesis 3, we wouldn't even begin to understand the evil that blankets the earth. It is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. With it, we can catch a glimpse of the light which shines in the darkness.

Have you seen the light?
-Elizabeth

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