The FALL Through Falsehood ...Sin Entered through Mankind through lies... Genesis 3:1-7
THERE ARE ONLY TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES WHEN WE REJECT GOD’S WORD AS THE SOLE AUTHORITY FOR OUR LIVES.
Satan knew the power of God's Word and he used his most powerful weapon called deception to doubt God's Word at the onset of creating humankind.
Adam and Eve Who were Created in God's Image were Deceived to Doubt God's Word. Eve was led to believe that she can be like God and desired the wisdom that Satan offered in exchange for the Wisdom of God.. Genesis 3:5-6.
- After intimate Walk with God, Adam and Eve Doubted and Disobeyed God. Satan is still masterful at Deception and giving Alternate Truth which has become the Norm these days.
When Doubt comes knocking on your Door, send Faith to Answer!
- Faith comes from hearing the Word of God and continually hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17. Unless we read and hear and do the Word, we cannot stand up to Satan's deception.
- Satan not only causes us to doubt through deception but he will also distort the truth. Satan loves to reshape truth. He does it in a subtle way.
“Did God actually say?”,Genesis 3:1.
Satan designed his question in such a way to ensure that Eve will doubt, debate, discuss and enter into an unholy dialogue about God's command.
- Satan’s first step in deceiving Eve was having her question the truthfulness of God’s word. Satan could have asked Eve to just eat the fruit. But he presented the reality with falsehood. Satan, went on to challenge what God had said by telling her, “You will not surely die”, Genesis 3:4. Now, from deception, Eve has doubt in her mind and falls into unbelief.
What is interesting to note is that, Eve was so focused on what God said not to do, rather than to focus on the blessings of all the other trees.
- This is is what happens to us when we are tempted. We don't focus on the blessings we have but focus on what we should not do. If our eyes are on the blessings God has given us, like friends, family, spouse, children, job, etc, why would we tempted to look at things that will cause us to commit adultery, murder and theft?
- When God becomes too uncomfortable for us, we make our own rules. We fashion other gods, which become our idols.
- There are always tragic consequences when we reject God's Word and give into temptation, as Adam and Eve found out, Genesis 3:13–19.
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Genesis 3:22-24, “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
This incident occurred immediately after Adam and Eve had sinned by the act of disobedience in the Garden of Eden. The Lord first passed judgment on the serpent, then on Eve, and then on Adam; perhaps showing the order of responsibility for the sin of eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. After pronouncing sentence, the Lord makes coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve to wear.
We learn so much about the Lord, His mercy and His care in this portion. First, we see a hint of the truth of the Trinity as the Lord speaks of Himself in a plural sense in His words, “Behold, the man is become as one of us…” Also in verse 22, we have the term, “Lord God” used. The first time we have that expression was in Genesis 2:4 which says, “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.” This expression only occurs after the creation of man in Genesis 1:27. As Elohim, God is the Creator. As Jehovah, the Lord is in relationship with His people.
The Lord God declares that, “the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.” Before their sin, Adam and Eve existed in a state of innocence. Not perfection, but innocence. Perfection gives the thought of not being able to sin, but we know that the pair in the Garden were certainly capable of sin. So, we see there was a hint of truth in the serpent’s words to Eve in Genesis 3:5 when he said, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The new similarity between man and God was that man now understood the difference between good and evil. Small infants may not know the difference between good and evil, but they do know to obey the voice of their parents. This was the case with Adam and Eve before the sin, but now those days were over! I can imagine the sadness in the Lord’s voice as He spoke of man’s lost innocence. Once innocence is lost, it can never be recovered.
In a remarkable act of mercy, the Lord drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden so they would not be able to eat of the tree of life and live forever in that sinful condition. If they had eaten of the tree of life, they would eternally have bodies subject to sickness and disease. How merciful is our God that He would not allow that to happen! Perhaps, too, Adam may have tried to eat of the tree of life to avoid the Lord’s punishment of death in Genesis 3:19, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” God is merciful, but He is also righteous. His sentence could not be reversed.
So, Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden to live lives in accordance with their punishment. Cheribums, or angelic beings, were stationed at the entrance of the Garden with a flaming sword to make sure they never returned. (112.1)
- Nancy Rebelo
“ But the Lord God called to the man, Where are you?”Genesis 3:9
He created man and woman in His image in righteousness and holiness and gave them dominion over the physical world —so that people could know God their Creator, love Him with all their hearts and live with God forever and ever.
What a marvelous picture this is!
Adam and Eve broke their side of the covenant of love with God!
They regarded it as if it was nothing!
This is called the fall of humanity into sin and it was a horrible fall!
What did they do?
They tried to hide from the Lord!
Instead of running out to meet the Lord, to fall on His knees and cry......
they run away in the opposite direction.
That is an insult to the amazing love and grace of God!
But what does God do in response to this terrible fall?
He came to meet His children! And asking the man…
"WHERE ARE YOU?"
…………. Not the call of an arresting officer, but,
………….. the weeping of a heart-broken father, ...
………… an invitation for Adam to confess.
This is the first question God asks in the Bible.
Today we need to ask ourselves …
“Where am I?”
"Have we done that which He told us not to do"
It is illogical for us to speak brilliantly about Bible and to turn away from all the warnings in scripture.
Are we in a situation that we should not belong?
Start again ...
Listen to that gentle voice calling us ...
Let’s emerge from our HIDING places..
God knows every bit of our details.
✝✝ ✝ Jooley Mathew✝✝ ✝