Summary: A sermon on how man tries to hide their sins from God.
Fig Leaves or Blood
As you read the first chapters of the book of Genesis, you will find an accurate account of the beginning of the world.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
It did not articulate that the earth began with a gigantic explosion.
Nothing is said about an evolution of cosmic material developing over millions of years into something more complex.
The wording says it all, “In the beginning, GOD CREATED the heavens and the earth.”
This word “created” means “-not formed from any pre-existing materials, but made out of nothing.
Now to the evolutionists and atheists, this doesn’t make any sense.
But their idea does? I mean, a blob of gas exploded somewhere in the darkness of nothing, and over millions of years we now have a complexity of organisms that goes beyond comprehension?
Who made the blob of gas? Who made the atmosphere the blob of gas existed in? Who designed the atmosphere that could cause such an explosion in the first place?
Certain components have to be in place for an explosion to take place!
Well, little ole dumb preacher from the flat-lands of Arkansas has it all figured out! GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH!
That’s not that difficult to understand! Sure beats their theory all to pieces!
Well, if you read on in the book of Genesis you will find a brief history of how it all began.
God made the sea, He made the stars, He made the moon, He made the sun and placed it in just the right position.
He made the earth with all its mountains, and valleys, and seas, and trees, and flowers.
He made the animals that roamed the earth. And I think He must have had a little fun with this part of creation, cause look how he made the ostrich, or the camel, and then He made the monkey to show us what we could have looked like!
Then He did something that He had never done before. Something so different that the whole universe played second fiddle to.
He made man! He made him in his own likeness and in His own image.
The words “likeness and image” does in no way indicate that man was made as a little god, or that he held a nature of divinity or deity.
But it implied that man was made without sin, a true representative of God, and a resemblance of God’s own nature.
Man was created after God in righteousness and true holiness meaning by these two words, all perfection, as wisdom, truth, innocence, power, etc.
The words “image & likeness” primarily have the same meaning.
And then God created woman, and both of them lived in a beautiful garden called the Garden of Eden.
It was a perfect utopia, a paradise, or it was heaven on earth.
Man was given dominion over every creeping thing. His life was filled with joy and peace and contentment, and nothing around him was defiled or imperfect.
But God’s great masterpiece was given the gift of choice.
As long as they obeyed their creator they were given eternal paradise on earth.
But God placed a tree in the midst of the garden. If they chose to partake of that tree, they would lose their place with God. They would die, not only physical, but spiritually as well.
The story goes that as the first lady was coming near the tree of forbidden fruit, that Satan approached her in the form of a serpent.
Listen to what he said. Genesis 3
“And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
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.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Sin was introduced to man for the very first time!