Summary: The literal fracturing of our relationship with God is a critical point for us to examine. Jesus had to die to restore our relationship because of OUR rebellion ... so when will you repent of your sin?
Alpha and Omega Series, Part 7
Continuing our series titled, “Alpha and Omega”; literally the beginning & the end
-- Examining two critical questions: How did we get here? How does it end?
Critical statement: We were created to worship!
- Read Genesis 2:8-14 to understand the location of the Garden of Eden
- Discuss the Garden Map ... star indicates location; turmoil central of the world!
Ω What today’s map looks like …
- At our core, at our very molecular level, we were created to worship God
- APP: Worship is not just our praise but also our obedience to a Holy God
- Last week, we concluded Creation and saw God’s perfection even in His rest
- NOTE: God created woman out of the existing creation of man (Gen 2:21-25)
-- She was not a new creation; but a creation from something already existing
-- Thus, she is equal to mankind (not above, below, or under – but equal)
- Today, we are going to tackle The Fall … the very shattering of our relationship
- Read Genesis 3:1-24 / Pray
Ω Point 1 – The Serpent Causes Doubt (1-3)
- One of the most important things to remember is that man was created innocent
- He was given life by the breath of God; given dominion over everything he sees
- This is critical in our understanding today; must know who we are in this text
-- Innocence is different than righteousness
-- Righteousness is given only by God (Rom 4:22-24, “This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness, for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”)
-- This is why Jesus can be called righteous; because He maintained His innocence
- Temptation has the ability to strengthen us; or the ability to tear us apart
-- We failed at this temptation, and it is the reason why we must look to Jesus
- Working through temptation is where we develop our character and our strength
- This is the critical point to grasp here; when tempted, we usually fail … but why?
-- APP: It is because of the war of the flesh that rages within us day and night
- APP: Jesus was tempted, but He remained faithful to the Word of the Lord
- Read Genesis 2:16-17
-- God gives man very clear instructions (probation/condition) on living
-- We can eat anything in the Garden; but must avoid this one particular tree
- Satan is revealed here for us, and his ability to utilize a creature is revealed
- IMP: The fact that we have a talking snake here is NOT the important issue
-- We must get past this fact else we will get hung up on what doesn't matter
- Satan has the capability to change his appearance; appearing to appeal to us
-- 2 Cor 11:14, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”
-- Revelation 12:9, “… ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”
- However, we chose to sin … God does not make us sin; nor does the devil
-- Don’t give the devil this much credit; especially as a believer
-- Flip Wilson used to say “The Devil made me do it” … Flip was a liar
-- The devil simply put the idea out there; and the choice to take it is yours/mine
Ω Point 2 – The Devil Denies God’s Word (4-5)
- Key Question: Why does Satan decide to approach the woman and not the man?
-- I believe it is b/c she got her information second hand; not from God but Adam
-- Man heard God’s voice and God’s instruction; and I’m sure he relayed it to her
-- So, Satan went after the one who didn't have direct instruction from God
- Do we have any evidence that she did not receive direct instruction from God?
-- When God gave Adam instruction (2:16), he didn't say not to touch it (v3)
-- So, right off the bat we have a change to God’s instruction (whispering game)
- What Satan does here is very crafty … he doesn't tear God down; make fun; etc.
-- All that he does is cast doubt, and then leave the interpretation up to you and I
- APP: This plays right into our pride, our selfishness, and leads to our destruction
-- When we assume that we know better than God it becomes VERY dangerous
- Now watch what Satan does with this information (v4-5)
-- Meaning: “If God is so good, why would He give you this restriction?”