Summary: Greatness of God’s power; Goodness of God’s creation; Self-centeredness of man; Consequences of sin; Inevitability of death; Total depravity of the heart; Way of salvation; Necessity of faith.
SIMPLE TRUTHS from GENESIS
Last week, Joy and I had the privilege of hearing Marquis Laughlin quote the first 22 chapters of Genesis. These were all familiar stories about Creation, Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah, Abraham & Sarah, etc. But as I listened to God’s Word being quoted, many insights filled my mind, and I have been meditating on those concepts all week long. This morning, I’d simply like to share with you what God has been saying to me through the book of beginnings- the book of Genesis. A.W. Pink called his observations: "Gleanings in Genesis." I just call this message, "SIMPLE TRUTHS about the nature of God, man, sin and salvation."
1.) "THE GREATNESS OF GOD’S POWER"
God said: "Let there be light."
God said: "Let there be a firmament."
God said: "Let there be water and dry land."
God said: "Let there be lights in the heavens." (Sun, moon and stars)
God said: "Let the water and sky be filled with animals."
God said, "Let the earth bring forth every living creature."
"Let us make man in our image"
God speaks and it is done. If God created everything that exists in the universe in six days, NOTHING is too difficult for Him.
2.) THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S CREATION"
After each day’s creation, God proclaimed: "It is good!" With one exception - when He created man, He said, "It is NOT good that man should be alone. I will make him a helper fit for him."
And again, God’s creation was good - for He established the first family. I am so thankful for the goodness of God’s creation and the blessing of marriage and family. The beautiful, glorious creation has two purposes: 1)To glorify God the Creator, 2)To be a blessing to man and creature.
1.) "THE SELF-CENTEREDNESS OF MAN"
3:6 "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof."
God: "Have you eaten of the tree?"
3:12 "The man said, ’The woman you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat."
God: "What have you done?"
3:13 "The woman said, ’The serpent tricked me, and I did eat."
God: "Where is Able your brother?"
4:9 "I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?"
From the very beginning, man has been self-centered, wanting to do it OUR WAY rather than God’s way. And even when we are caught, we have an excuse for our disobedience and are unwilling to accept the consequences.
2.) "THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN"
3:14 Serpent - crawling on his belly and eating dirt.
3:15 Satan- Crushed head
3:16 Woman - pain in child-bearing;
being "ruled over" by her husband.
3:17-19 Man- Cursed earth: thorns, thistles, sweat, death, exclusion from the Garden and the Tree of Life.
When we disobey God, there are both natural and spiritual consequences. As believers, we are immune from the eternal consequences of sin, but the natural and spiritual consequences are still in effect.
1.) "THE INEVITABILITY OF DEATH"
6:5 Adam lived 930 yrs. and he died.
7-8 Seth lived 912 yrs. and he died.
10-11 Enos lived 815 yrs. and he died.
13-14 Cainan lived 840 yrs. and he died.
16-17 Mahalaleel lived 895 yrs. and he died.
My Aunt Alice died this past week, and at her funeral I spoke on this poem:
Life is Short
Death is Sure
Sin the Reason
Christ the Cure
But you know there was one exception to the rule - 5:24 "Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him." One little girl put it this way when she came home from Sunday School: Her mother asked her what she learned in class that day. She said, "Don’t you know, Mother - one day they went for an extra long walk, and they walked on and on, until God said to Enoch, ’You are such a long way from home, you had better just come in and stay!’" (Illus. #7141 in Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations by Paul Lee Tan)
And you know, if we walk with God, some of us, may not have to die either. Very soon, Jesus is coming to rapture His Church right out of here!
2.) "TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF THE HEART"
6:5 "God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
9:21 "And Noah drank of the wine and was drunk -and he was uncovered in his tent."
11:4 "And the people of Shinar said, ’Let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach heaven - and let us make us a name."