Summary: The book of Genesis -- is the book of beginnings. What is sin and why is it so destructive.
"Sin, What’s the Big Deal?"
Part 2 of 7
Text: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-10 & Selected
Cross Creek Community Church
June 25, 2000
Pastor Dave Martin
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Genesis 2:15-17 "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die. (Physically & Spiritually)"
The book of Genesis -- is the book of beginnings.
We see the creation of the universe, the first marriage, the first birth, the first death, and the first person not to die, the first murder, the first lie, and we see the first sin -- disobedience. The book of beginning’s.
The book of Genesis sets the scene for the whole Bible. God the all-powerful creator of the universe.
The creation of man, not as a robot with no ability to choose -- but as a free responsible moral being.
This morning were going to look at "Sin, what’s the big deal?"
God’s pronouncement of creation being very good:
Man, as God’s representative was to rule the earth. Gen. 1:28
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
God tells us in his Word, that he created everything -- even time, space, and matter.
The first day he created energy, light, matter, and water.
The second day he created the atmospheres.
The third day he created land and plant life.
The fourth day God created the sun, moon, and the stars.
The fifth day God created the fish and the birds.
The Six-Day got created insects, domestic animals, the wild animals, and man.
In verse 31 of chapter, 1 God said he saw all that he made, and it was very good.
All of God’s creation was living in harmony. Gen. 1:29-31; 2:8-14
Genesis 1:29-31 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.
God then tells us he planted a garden, called Eden.
Genesis 2:8-10 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.
Meanwhile, up in heaven something else was happening.
The Bible tells us that Satan was an anointed cherub who guarded the throne of God.
Satan was created; he was beautiful, full of wisdom, the model of perfection. Ezek. 28: 12 -- 17
Satan lifted up in pride falls into sin:
Isaiah 14:12-14 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."
Satan rebels in heaven and is cast to earth. Is. 14:12-14, Ez. 28:12-17, Rev 12:4
Now we pick up the story in the beautiful Garden of Eden, or Satan appears.
Genesis 3:1-10 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, ’You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?"
2The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but 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.’ "