Summary: The second in the Big picture series looking at the fall of humanity and what humanity has lost ever since.
Genesis Chapter 3:1-24. Since the fall what have we lost?
Last week we went right back to the very foundations of everything the very begining when God alone existed in His being, the very beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When God laid a perfect creation which good called very good.
We looked at the eternal nature of God and the fact God through his creation reveal to us that God is creative and that He created out of His creative love. We also saw that God is relational being in and of himself in the triune Godhead and is in need of nothing. Yet He is the one who invites us into relationship with Him. We too made in his image are also eternal we to are also creative and we to are also relational, this you would expect being made in His image.
We also learnt that God has created this Kingdom so that human beings might enjoy it and take up the responsibility over His Kingdom. With one stipulation Gen.3:17.This week we will see that Adam and Eve sadly chose to reject God as their king. So today’s message is called since the fall what have we lost?
We have all lost things that are precious to us, some more so than others? At earlier times in our lives, sons – daughters – husbands – wives – friendships – possessions – health - jobs – security but could you ever imagine losing God?
Of course we all start in the same ball park today without God - as a result of Adam and Eve’s actions we never had God to begin with... To know God is not a divine rite at birth. Only when the new birth comes is someone truly ‘born again’ it is then we find God and God keeps us forever – to say that we lose God is saying that his redeeming work for our salvation is not sufficient to keep us.The Bible tells us “He will never leave us, nor forsake us, I repeat never!
1. We have lost a perfect relationship with God…
Firstly let’s talk about who we are.......
We reflect something of Gods Glory (splendour) Gen.2.27 So God created man in his own Image; in the image of God he created him. Male and female He created them. All human beings bear the authentic stamp of God the stamp of Authenticity (A designer label). We are unique in all that God made; we are THE ONLY ONES made in his image.
Evolution would teach us that were not unique at all that were just a bit of matter 17 trace elements.Is that all we are?
Humorus story: God was once approached by a scientist who said, "Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.
"God replied, "Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human being, say, a male human being."
The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam."Fine" says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.""Whoa!" says God, shaking his head in disapproval. "Not so fast. You get your own dirt."
But seriously our self worth is not found in WHAT we are made of, but WHO made us in the beginning.
God didn’t just create us out of dirt but God went on to do a divine act with that dirt, Gen.2:7 He breathed the breath of life into our nostrils – making us with the breath of God.
God reveals to us here that we are special and as such have a unique relationship with God. God never did this act with any other living creature upon the planet it means we alone reflect His character – we are like him, we have a God connectedness.
He has given us a mind to reason a body to have our being and a soul to encounter him. Only this basis in our life gives us a stable foundation for self worth. This needs to sink in our worth is never based on what we have like so many today but who we know!
Secondly let’s ask ourselves what did we do?
God gives us all choices… and their are consequences
(we are not Robots)
Adam and Eve knew God but like all relationships there are ground rules to maintain. Gen.2:17. Do not eat from the tree of Knowledge and good and evil for when you eat of it you will surly die.
Sadly they disobeyed God 3:6-7.