Genesis 3:1-20, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of 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 hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 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. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
1-7 Steps in the fall
8-19 Sentence for the fall
20-21 Saving after the fall
22-24 Settlement after the fall
The attacks were vicious from the Serpent. He went straight to the heart; trying to separate God from Eve as he questioned God’s Word. Then He appealed to her appetite by saying the fruit was good for food. Advancement was his next technique as He tried to convince her she would be as “gods”. He pulled out the heavy artillery when He began to tempt with appearance, it was pleasant to the eyes. Besides all this, it will make you wise. The repeated attacks of a desperate foe finally gave way to the fall of mankind. Sorrow is then mentioned three times. The heartaches, hardships, and death were all that was in site because of the corruption that was caused.
Sin is full of appealing promises but only brings agonizing punishment. Those who attend Reformers Unanimous Recovery groups know this best as observed in principle number 9; one can choose to do wrong, but they cannot choose the consequences.
Thank God for the redemption plan. “In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” What a beautiful reminder as animals were slain and the meaning explained, from God, to our first parents, Adam and Eve. The picture of blood sacrifices was a picture of Christ shedding His blood on Calvary’s tree for the sins of the whole world. Those sacrifices were a picture of the supreme sacrifice when God died and shed His blood for us. It was likened to the New Testament picture of Baptism. The Saviour is not dead, He is alive! There is hope to all who trust the Saviour – Jesus Christ.
Adam and Eve relocated from Paradise to the east of Eden. Things were different for them after the fall and corruption. But it was all by design for our good and for His glory. Corruption is never godly or good. Flee from evil. Run from sin, into the arms of the Saviour. He will save you now!
Today’s Vlog has some very practical points to ponder…