Sermon: PastorBryon January 27, 2019
When we read the creation narrative of Genesis 1 and 2, we hear over and over again the declaration, “and it was good.” This means that everything God made was according to His plan and purpose. There was nothing that God intended to accomplish in creation that was left out. There was nothing lacking. God created the world and everything in it in a way that resulted in man’s good and God’s glory, exactly as God intended.
God’s greatest provision for man was the provision of Himself. God is what we needed most, as our ultimate source of life and fulfillment. Everything we needed could be found in Him. God created paradise and placed man and women in it to live there forever. In the center of this paradise was a beautiful tree and with it came the one and only stipulation given for continued life in paradise. Don’t eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
God told man that to disobey God’s command would result in death. The man and woman did not physically drop dead when they disobeyed God’s command. However, they became cut off from their source of life, God Himself, which resulted in spiritual death. Losing the beauty and bounty of the Garden was the least of their loss. They lost the fellowship with God who had made it, and them. We’ll examine Genesis to determine how this happened and how it’s still being played out today.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [d]cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall [f]bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
First we need to understand that Genesis is not mythology, it’s not symbolism, it’s not parables, it’s not poetry; it’s a factual, history document of creation written by Moses, inspired by God.
Throughout history people have tried to date the earth and thus disprove the account of Genesis as a non-creditable creation account. Man made carbon dating puts the earth’s age at billions of years old. However, this is a lie. Genesis outlines a young earth, however God created everything old. When God created Adam he made him an adult, not an infant. When God made the trees they were full grown producing fruit, when he made the earth and the mountain he made them matured. So then, how can you get an accurate age of something that God made old? You can’t!
What we can learn from this Scripture
Satan wants us to view God as selfish and overly restrictive. (V.1)
In verse 3 we see that Eve messed up the only rule she had to keep. Don’t eat from the tree but she added not to touch the tree. All through the ages Satan has been deceiving people to see God as unjust, selfish and overly strict. He knows if we see God for how He truly is we will be drawn to Him.
Having the knowledge of good and evil brought forth sin and has a rippling effect. (V.6-7)
Judging good and evil from and human point of view is subjective. (Subjective: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.)
Verses 6-7 show Eve first looking toward the tree; she started thinking about the possibility of eating the fruit. Then she took the fruit in her hands further tempting herself with the forbidden food. After she ate the fruit she gave the fruit to Adam to eat.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:22 that we should “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
When we start contemplating the sin we are starting to lose. James 4:7 teaches us to “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The moment the idea enters your mind you have to let it go.
God seeks out the sinner (V.8-9)
Verse 8-9 says, “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
God knew they had already cross the line and sinned. This scripture reveals God’s true character. With a wave of a hand or a word he could have killed them or removed them from the garden. However, God’s love for them hadn’t changed any more than our love changes when our own children do wrong. God sought them out because he loved them and wanted to help them.
To further illustrate God’s character towards those who were disobedient verse 21 says, “For Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Even though they were disobedient God was still meeting their needs, still caring for them and he still loved them. In fact he did better for them than they could do for themselves. They had fig leaves for clothes and he made them something that would last them.
God has always had plans of redeeming us. (V15)
We see the very first mention of the Gospel of Jesus Christ found here in verse 15. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
During the fall of man God announces he has plans to reconnect man to himself.
It’s so very easy to get caught up in a world view of God. Throughout the ages God has been painted as a warlord who has no patience for mankind’s inadequacies. Even as Christ entered the world and showed true grace to anyone willing to accept it we the people continue to add more to Gods one rule; salvation comes through Christ alone.
We take scriptures such as Ephesians 2:8-9 that says, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. And we make some simple additions like, but you must be good to keep that gift, or if you don’t look like Christ afterwards you really never accepted the gift. See we are always drawn to making split decision between what we believe to be good and evil without knowing all the facts.
That’s why it’s so important to stop with the world view and develop a kingdom view. Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:2 to set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Finally in Paul says this in Romans 12:2, “Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”