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Dec 8 2019—“The Gift Lost!”   Genesis 3:1-3:15

Help!  I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up! Remember the person, in Danger, had Fallen and Can’t get back up!

As we begin this advent season…It is so easy to get caught up in all the glitter and gifting…I want us to remember that 4000 years ago man fell…and of his own…Could Not Get Up!

 

Genesis. 3:1-8. Sin didn’t begin on earth? Sin began in Heaven!  Sin began with Lucifer, he was cast out of Heaven…And through him, iniquity entered the Garden of Eden, disguised as a serpent.

 

Satan’s craftiness was more than a match for Eve…Except for the fact, she had God’s Word spoken directly to her about the Forbidden Tree…Eve just needed to simply responded with: “Thus saith the Lord.”   Instead She Misquoted what God said and Satan knew he had her.   {Important Lesson for Each of Us}

Gen 2:16-17 God Said,  And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Gen 3: 2-3 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but 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.”

Gen 3: 4-5 Satan said: “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. [The Lie in Satan’s Promise]

Satan directed Eve’s gaze to the forbidden tree. He made her see how good it was for food, how pleasant it was to the eyes, how much to be desired to make one wise. He persuaded her to act independently of God.

Satan does this to You and Me…Gets our eyes off of what God ask or commands…Turns our eyes on something that is pleasing to us…Then how quickly we forget what God desires for us to do or have or be!

 

Satan began with a doubt…, he followed up with a denial. “Ye shall not surely die”.  A flat contradiction of what God had said.  The whole temptation hinged on the matter Who would she believe, Satan or God?

  • Satan follows up the doubt and denial with a delusion. “Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

Adam’s Temptation proceeded differently. Satan didn’t tempt Adam at all; he let Eve do that.

  • Genesis 3:6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
  • FORGET WHAT GOD SAID…JUST DO WHAT FEELS GOOD!!!!  Satan’s Says GOTCHA!

Eve’s gaze was directed fully upon the forbidden fruit. Satan’s aim was to turn the look into a lust.

  • People say, “There’s No Harm in Looking!” we say…BUT USUALLY…THERE IS!

Eve saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), that it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes) and that it was a tree to be desired to make one wise (pride of life).

Satan was so successful with those 3 ingredients he’s used them ever since to tempt mankind.  He Uses these same 3 Strategies for You and Me to take Our Eyes off God.

 

We’re told that Eve’s Desire was Turned into a Decision. We read she “did eat.”   Satan Turned Eve’s Choice into a Chain of Slavery to Sin. She was now His…A Sinner!

Finally we read that Eve “Gave”…Satan’s final aim. Turn the Sinner into a Seducer!

  • Remember:  Adam was not deceived. He sinned with his eyes wide open.
  • Seeing the woman he loved in all her fallen condition, knowing there was no way he could bring her back to innocence again, he deliberately stooped down to where she was to become like her.
  • Given that, Adam’s sin was more serious than Eve’s. He deliberately followed his heart into sin.

Vs-7 Says…Then “they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

  • Wrong Decision! Those fig leaves represent man’s earliest attempt to cover up his sin.
  • They represent every effort of man to do something to make himself fit for the presence of God.
  • And Men and women are still doing that today! Trying to Cover Up what Only God Can Make Clean!

 

In Psalm 51 David Realized Only God could Make Him Righteous Again, “Cleanse me and I will be Clean”

  • And now as they heard the voice of God, they fled, they hid themselves, and for the first time in their lives – They Feared God. [Always the Outcome of Sin]

Gen. 3:9-24 God Summons Adam “Where are You Adam?” However, Adam was Lost!

Vs 12: God goes to the heart of the matter. Adam must confess his sin. But Adam plays “The Blame Game”.  He said, “The woman You put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it”. He went so far as to blame God. “That You Gave Me.” It always seems to be someone else’s fault…Doesn’t it?

God Sentences each Party: First came the sentence upon Satan, Note: God dealt with Satan declaring War upon him…In that declaration of war Adam and Eve heard the gospel message for the very first time.

Vs-15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it {JESUS CHRIST} shall bruise thy head {Fatal}, and thou shalt bruise his heel”. {NOT Fatal}

  • In his sentence Satan discovered he had fallen into an ambush prepared for him from before time began. The planet where Satan sought his vengeance would become the place for the final battle.
  • God decreed to resolve forever the problem of Sin when He sent His Son to die.

Because of the Sin of Adam the woman would bear children in pain and there would now be death.

 

We finally come to the best part of the storyThe only attributes we saw of God in the first 2 chapters were things like power and glory and magnificence.

  • But now that sin has entered the scene, we see another side of God. We See His holiness as He deals with Sin and we also see His Love as He deals with Sinners.
  • He moves in to rescue those who had fallen, Providing Salvation through Grace.

In the Garden, blood was shed for the very first time.

  • Adam and Eve must have stood in awe as they saw the creature taken in their stead and slaughtered before their eyes that they might have garments to cover themselves.
  • It was the first dramatic illustration of the ultimate cost of Calvary.

Sin is a radical disease and it calls for a radical cure. That cure came 4000 years later outside of Jerusalem when The Lamb of God Died for the Sins of the World.

So…This Month As we Look at the Christmas Story…May We Not ForgetOnly God Could Provide the Perfect Sacrifice…His Son who could Pay the Price of Our Sin…

As Predicted in Genesis 3 The Seed of a Virgin…God-Man would be Born…Live a Perfect Sinless Life…Die on a Roman Cross…And 3 Days Later RISE in Victory!

The Power of Sin was Rendered Inoperative to Every One who Would Confess Sin and Receive Gods FREE Gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ!

Point: Christ Came Because We Had Fallen and Only He Could Get Us Back Up to God!