Summary: Today our thought is to do with "where are we" in our relationship with God. God, because He is God knew that our 1st parents would sin, and so He had already made a way that fallen man could be redeemed ever before there was man or sin.
Gen. 3:1-11 WHERE ART THOU? 2-16-13
Today our thought is to do with "where are we" in our relationship with God.
In our text today we'll see that Satan used the serpent as his means and way to communicate with Eve.
Adam and Eve were at the beginning innocent of all sin, they were not "saved" they had nothing to be saved from as yet, they were at the beginning "safe" they had never been exposed to sin before, they were ignorant of the devices of Satan thus far.
God, because He is God knew that our 1st parents would sin, and so He had already made a way that fallen man could be redeemed ever before there was man or sin.
>> 1 Peter 1:18 -- 20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation *(way of living) received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, --
So Adam and Eve certainly were not created as yet, nothing had yet been created, but in the foreknowledge of God He already knew.
>> Ephesians 1: 4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, --
* Satan did not come to Eve looking like something that she should be afraid of, why should she be afraid? She had never seen any thing dangerous or harmful in her life time thus far, and let me say that we're not told how much time had passed before the things here in chapter three of Geneses took place.
We'll read that the serpent was very intelligent, he was more subtle.
One man said that Gen. 3: is the pivot of the Bible, he points out that if we read chapters 1 & 2 and then skipped chapter 3 and start again in chapter 4 through 11 finding wickedness is abounding, we'd be totally confused, because in Genesis 1 and 2 we find man in innocence; everything is perfect, and there is fellowship between God and man.
So the question is: Where did it all come from? Where did it begin? Where did sin originate? As far as man is concerned, it begun in chapter 3: of Gen.
So Gen. 3: is very important as to understanding how sin come about.
Satan has had over 6000 years in dealing with man, he knows every weakness we have, but his three methods of temptation are the same, we'll see that he used all three in dealing with Eve.
>> 1 Corinthians 10: 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: -- it's a common thing, nothing new, he may use a different approach on some people, but the temptations still come the same way, in one, two or in all three avenues.
* Listen as I read to you the three avenues of temptation.
>> 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
* Listen as I read our text found in Gen.3:1-11.
Gen. 3:1-11 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
* Satan had entered the serpent and was using it; it was not created to be able to talk; only man had the ability to speak, the devil was doing it.
>>Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Let me remind us, that when God gave His commandment to Adam about not partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil back in Gen. 2:16-17 , Eve was not yet made, Eve received her instructions from Adam about what God had said, did Adam explain the importance of obeying God,? Did Adam give Eve God's exact words? I'm sure that Adam didn't comprehend the full results of his disobedience at that time, who could have?
Let's not be too hard on Eve, after all we read that Adam was there with her when she partook of the forbidden fruit, why didn't he stop her? I don't think he really could understand all that was now on its way as for as what the human race was in for.
It's much the same way that people today think about "HELL", we know it's a horrible place, but I'm sure that we don't really realize just how horrible it is.