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Why Am I Broken?

Genesis 3:1-19

I.        Introduction

A. Moment of Truth – game show where contestants are strapped to a lie detector while being asked a series of questions such as, “have you ever lied to get a job, do you like your mother in law? Have you ever stolen anything from work, would you cheat on your spouse if you knew you could get away with it.”  To add drama they include family, friends and spouses in the audience.  If they pass all the questions without lying they win $500,000.  As one person on the show noted: "This is the first game show where you already know all the answers!" But despite their foreknowledge, contestants find the game difficult. This is the genius of the show—FOX executives know that humans are depraved and lack integrity.  They are making a living off of the broken and depraved lives of people

B. All of us are broken – we have sins, secrets and desires that we are all dealing with in different ways

C. All of them cause pain and dysfunction, while many are tearing their lives apart with pain and depression

II.      Because we reject the truth (1-6)

A. Exegesis

1. Eve was getting information from different sources: God and the serpent, and she was reasoning through him with her own intellect

2. The serpent opens up the questioning of the word of God saying, “Did god really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden?’”

a) He makes God’s word sound extreme and impractical

b) If God had said that, how would they eat?  They were not eating meat yet.  The trees were there source of food

c) He reply shows that she is convinced that the requirement was stronger than it should be by saying that she could not touch the tree in the middle. God only said she could not eat from it

3. The serpent then says, “You will not surely die?” - Now he is denying the truth of God’s word

4. The serpent plants another idea of truth in her head –

5. She rationalizes on the basis of immediate gratification – good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom

B. Application

1. The beginning of humanity’s brokenness starts with questioning the truth of God’s word – Most of our brokenness comes from a decision to follow our own plan apart from what we know God’s plan to be

2. In Jesus we know the truth of God as opposed to the folly of man

3. Romans 1:18-19

4. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

III.   Because we are separated from God due to sin (8)

A. Exegesis

1. Their first inclination when faced with God is to hide

a) They no longer have the wonderful relationship with God that they had before

b) They had once had perfect fellowship with God, but their sin has completely separated them

2. As punishment for the fall they are banished from the garden

3. They no longer have the sense of closeness with God they once had and there is no return on their own efforts

B. Application

1. Many people find themselves isolated from God, they can’t seem to connect

2. The problem for Adam and Eve was that sin had entered their lives

3. God is sinless and will only commune with righteous people

4. Christ imputes His perfect righteousness to those who know Him – 2 Corinthians 5:21

IV.    Because of fear, guilt and shame (10)

A. Exegesis

1. For the first time they are awakened to the truth of their nakedness

2. They have gained the knowledge that they sought, but it was not the great gain that they though – They now feel negative emotions

B. Application

1. Our society is filled with guilt and shame

2. We have the knowledge of right and wrong , but we have in too many cases chosen the wrong

3. Our worldview does not meet up with our theology and we feel guilt and shame because of it

4. If we confess our sin we will be forgiven – 1 John 1:6-9

V.      Because we face the consequences of our sin (14-19)

A. Illustration –

1. So often people ask “why is God doing this to me?” when going through difficult times.  Most often it is not God, but it Is the consequences of our sins

2. Illustration – Fred Allen said, “Most people spend the first six days of the week sowing their wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for crop failure.”

B. Exegesis

1. God begins to dole out the consequences for their not following Him

a) Serpent – crawl on belly, eat dust, enmity between serpent and man

b) Woman – pain in childbirth, inequality in male/female relationships

c) Man – Work becomes hard, death

2. God allows them to fall under the consequence of their own sin – they pay the price

C. Application

1. There are consequences of sin

a) We indulge our lusts and our marriages and relationships are broken

b) We lie and other lose trust in us

c) We steal and we are sued, incarcerated

d) We Covet and lack contentment

e) We have no fear of God so we fear everything else

2. Romans 6:4-5 – We are to be like Him in newness of life

VI.    Because death is coming (19)

A. Exegesis

1. Did you know that it was not God’s original plan for us to die

2. Sin entered in and with it death

B. Application

1. Death is our greatest fear – the unknown, cessation of life, separation form all that we love and hold dear

2. Christ conquered death through His resurrection and promised us eternal life – 1 John 5:11-12

VII. Conclusion


 Romans 1:18-19, " For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them."

 

1 Corinthians 2:12-14, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised."

 

2 Corinthians 5:21, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

 

1 John 1:6-9, "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

 

Romans 6:4-5, "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,"

 

1 John 5:11-12, "And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

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