Who told you?
was it the snake
was it the snake
in Gen 3, we see communication happening between the serpent and the woman.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Did God actually say? Why, yes He did.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
We see the snake operating in the most cunning way,
instead of starting with an outright lie,
he questions truth,
he questions God’s word in a way of casting doubt on it, not questioning it to find out truth.
that is important, because you may hear people question scripture, but what kind of question is it?
After her answer, the serpent goes further to the next level down, pushing the lie, challenging the truth of God.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
He speaks contrary to the word that was given. then, he dangles the promise, or reward....as he intentionally makes God look like a ruler that keeps His subjects from good things.
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
We need to stop right at this point to reflect. Sin, it is against God. and to get more personal with you,
your sin, is this how you are led into sin?
first a doubt? about what the Word says, it might not sound like “did God really say?” but it will have the same affect by causing enough doubt in us so we turn to look in a new direction.
then the outright lie or some supposed truth that brings another option. It may be so subtle that we don’t pick it up, but we are getting ready to step in a pit because this other option is not in God’s will.
funny thing is,
If we could see the pit, we would not step there but the pit is covered up with a promise, a promise that what ever we are about to do will be OK, will feel good. we will like it.
Then the dig towards God, by the serpent letting you know in so many words that God doesn’t want you to enjoy, to feel good, He is holding you back from so much fun.
think about the cycle.
doubt, lie, promise, dig.
it has led every single person down the same path, to the same end result.
guilt and shame.
after believing the lie and stepping in it, see what Eve does.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
She saw the tree alright, she wasn’t looking at God or His ways, this was about her.
the delight, this is going to feel good,
and if we can be wise, oh the pride we can take in ourselves!
the pattern. it is spelled out in the new testament as well.
eyes, flesh and pride.
lust of the eyes, and flesh and the pride of life. it is a take down. She is dead, in her right relationship with God....and because of sin, that is why we experience death, even today.
So, you may say, Kel, I believe Jesus died for my sin, so why would I have to die, if He took my death.
Jesus took your penalty from God, which was God’s wrath for sin, and separation from God, it took a sacrifice for us, but sin still has consequences.
we see this in verses 14-19 where the serpent, the woman, the man and even the earth feels the consequence of sin.
and it has been clearly seen for all time since. even Paul tells about it in Romans 1 how God deals with unrighteousness and that everybody is without excuse to know God.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
For all time it has been made clear.
but there is something about sin, it is darkness, it is deceitful, it is blinding and it affects every single human being.
As a person comes to the realization of the God that made them, and the accountable life that they live before God, their personal sin can become overwhelming to them.
when they realize there is a price, there is an accounting....
we have two choices.
to be completely crushed by the weight of our own sin, because sin equates to death
or to place it on another that was willing to take it for us.
this is how Paul speaks about this dilemma.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Paul acknowledges what everyone comes to when the weight of their sin is crushing them. He knows he needs deliverance. He needs help. Praise God that we have help!
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Jesus has lifted the weight and taken it off you, and placed it on Himself.
How can we not give glory to Him, how can we not lift up our voices and praise Him for being our rescuer, our redeemer, our deliverer.
Our God has spoken in bringing Jesus down to this earth.
And He has done exactly what was needed for you and I, for all who believe.
So, sin has the remedy, but going back to Genesis, who told them that they sinned?
After eating from the tree on knowledge of good and evil, they saw differently.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
God then comes to find them in the garden, while they hid from God.
Can you hide from God?
this is what Adam told God.
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Just hearing the sound of God......
can you see how Adam and Eve got their eyes off from God and His ways, and their eyes were on themselves?
Adam wasn’t afraid of God before sin, but now He sees Himself as naked and he is afraid.
God asked Adam a question that reveals our answer today.
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
So, the serpent didn’t tell them, God didn’t tell them.....
it was themselves. they told themselves.
they had become their own god in a sense, where they judged themselves in a way that God didn’t. and because of this, we today and all people wrestle with this complex, a god complex.
ultimately when we choose to sin, we are saying to God, we know what we need more than You know.
the depths of sin.
And we see in Genesis something that God foresees coming as well. in your bulletins there is a verse.
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
mankind that won’t accept their responsibility before God, will search for a way to live forever so they can not have to answer to God.
today and robotics technology, cloning, downloading consciousness.
the futurists today think one day they will be able to live forever without God.
back in Genesis, God said no.
If they would only come to the cross. it is there that we find all we need for eternal life.
the cross has the final word.