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The Blame Game

Genesis 1-11  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  35:30
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You said you didn't need her You told her good-bye (good-bye) You sacrificed a good love To satisfy your pride Now you wished That you should have her (have her) And you feel like such a fool You let her walk away Now it just don't feel the same Gotta blame it on something Gotta blame it on something
Blame it on the rain (rain) Blame it on the stars (stars) Whatever you do don't put the blame on you Blame it on the rain yeah yeah You can blame it on the rain
Come to find out, we couldn’t even blame the singing on milli vanilli

Passing the Buck Is Inherent in The Fall

Genesis 3:8–13 HCSB
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.” So the LORD God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate.”
Last week we mentioned that one effect of the fall was that the couple now were ashamed of their own nakedness. I don’t believe their bodies changed immediately, but the mental state, their spiritual state, and their emotional state changed dramatically. Before Eve was Adam’s perfect complement, and completely safe. That has all changed now.
Today, we will look at another effect of the Fall… and that is this obvious need to blame someone or something else.
Politicians do it. Couples do it. Co-workers do it. Church members do it. Siblings do it.
(Insert Family Circus)
Next Sunday we will be looking at the consequences passed down from God to them, but today I just want to talk about “The Blame Game” OR “Throwing Someone Under the Bus” or “Passing the Buck”
Adam blames God
Adam blames Eve
Eve blames the serpent
I even read that we now have a national pass the buck day. It was apparently started by a woman who slept late, missed several appointments, and blamed it on her alarm clock. The day is celebrated on the the First Friday the 13th of each year.
Moses encountered this when Aaron built the golden calf.
Exodus 32:21–24 HCSB
Then Moses asked Aaron, “What did these people do to you that you have led them into such a grave sin?” “Don’t be enraged, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know that the people are intent on evil. They said to me, ‘Make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, take it off,’ and they gave it to me. When I threw it into the fire, out came this calf!”
They did it. The gold did it. The fire did it.... God did it because he disappeared!
Parents fault. Co-workers fault. Supervisor’s fault.

1. You miss a chance to learn and grow

2. You may gain in the short run, but you always lose in the long run.

3. You hurt the person, people, or cause you blame.

Owning your sin is the better option.

You can call it a mistake, or shortcoming, or blind spot, or any number of things, but coming clean, admitting it, and accepting responsibility is better option.
It is not a sign of weakness to own your sin. It is a sign of maturity, as well as spiritual strength.
Psalm 51:4 HCSB
Against You—You alone—I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight. So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge.
1 John 1:9 HCSB
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God is a God of restoration, forgiveness, and renewal.

Psalm 51:10–12 HCSB
God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.
2 Timothy 2:13 HCSB
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Galatians 6:1 HCSB
Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.
When is the last time you had “real talk” with God?
Have you ever come clean with him and been saved from your sins?
When is the last time you had a “come to Jesus” meeting with Jesus?
On your behalf? On the churches behalf?
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