Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Greatest Fall in History - Part 1

Genesis 3:1-6 “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’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but 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.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Pastor Kyle, continuing in his Sunday sermon series explained how, in our culture today, we are so used to things always improving or life getting better. Everybody loves an upgrade in electronics, in jobs, in pay, in cars, houses and in living conditions. But, break the law to do it and you’ll pay the price. Likewise, when you break the commands of our Creator God, its do the crime and you do the time...and the Almighty misses nothing. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had everything that they ever needed, including God’s presence itself. In one single act, they broke the relationship, introduced sin into the world and exchange God’s best in paradise. Now, we live in that fallen world. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


The tempter tempts and the deceiver deceives, but we are the responsible and accountable for our thoughts, words and deeds. The first  and original sin was doubting God … thought that led to the action. Before they are of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they doubted God’s word. Adam & Eve put into question God’s goodness towards them; as if He was holding something wonderful back from them. Even today, we accept the temptation and deception. doubting if sin is really bad or wrong. Doubting if God’s plan is better for us and believing that our way is better. We want to set our own standards and schedule. And yet the compromise seems subtle. Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, so she took some and ate it. She made Doubting God, Believing Satan and disobeying God by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree out to be that big of a deal. Do we not do the same thing when we serve our own purposes instead of God’s? Let’s be honest here; sin is fun at the time. If it wasn’t and didn’t serve our purposes, than we would not do it.

James 1:13-16 “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.”

The cost of sin was higher than ever expected or imagined. Let’s continued Pastor Kyle’s message on the “Fall of Mankind” in the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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