“In the beginning”. Night 3 – Divine Salvation. Seedbed of the Bible. Challenge: EVERYTHING in the Bible comes out of Genesis 1-3 ALL Doctrines and Principles found in the Bible originate from Genesis 1-3. THM : We must value, understand and interpret correctly!. Divine Purpose.
Night 3 – Divine Salvation
THM: We must value, understand and interpret correctly!
Days 1-6 World & all in it
Day 7 God’s Rest
Day 6 Man
“Image and Likeness”
Isa 45v18 “I formed it to be INHABITED” – Heb“A place to dwell”. God dwells in us when we reflect& manifest Him.
THM: Render to God the things that are God’s!
Excellent, delightful, pleasant
“Made man Upright”
Straight, right, correct, even, true
Ecclesiastes 7v29Man before the Fall
A beautifully balanced mental and moral state. Given the capacity to understand God’s will and so be able to chose actions that gave God glory without bias.
Justice, Mercy, Faith, Hope, Love (Agape), Loyalty, Gratitude
Flesh, Eye, Pride
Anger, Fear, Hate, Love (Phileo), Jealousy
Your history, good and bad
CONSCIOUSNESS – REASONING – DECISIONSMan’s Potential
These attributes man was capable of – so latent within him.
God purpose was to educate man by divine law into manifesting His moral attributes – to reflect God in him.
“Tree of Life”
God in man
Populate the world with righteous beings
“Tree of knowledge of good & evil”
Experience good v Evil
Subject to sin & death
World full of sorrowMan’s Education
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof dying thou shalt die”. (Gen 2v16)
Man being made “very good” is in harmony with his Righteous Creator.
God out of Love creates a race of people to reflect His Glory.
Subtil– Observant, prudent, quick to perceive, crafty.
Not an evil characteristic, rather a good one.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made”3v1The Serpent
“…be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matt 10v16)
Intellect– can learn & observe
Instincts, Basic needs - hunger
“Moral Sentiments” – capacity to think upon spiritual concepts, principles. Ability to understand right from wrong.
“And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”(Gen 3v1)The Serpent Reasons
“Just think about this logically, why would God say that?”
God said “Every tree with one exception.”
Serpent said “Can it really be that you can't eat of every tree?”
“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 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.”Gen 3v2-3
Eve speaks positively – showing that God is generous.
“touch it”- Indicates prior intent by Adam & Eve to obey God (Matt 5v29-30)Eve’s Godly Reply
God gave us everything (except one) to teach us His principles by obedience.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 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.”Gen 3v4-5The Serpent Lies
If God is stopping you from eating that tree, there must be something special about that tree!
& evil, also are
Eating is the
way you can
them. So God
back from you.
Then sin will
to you. You
Selfish appeal to lusts and logic ONLY
“Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
NKJV (John 8v43-45)
“She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; andhe did eat”Gen 3v6
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world”Rom 5v12Who's Responsible?
Although Eve initiated
the events, Adam also
took of the fruit…
… but God held Adam
responsible because he
was given the leadership and…
… he was failing to lead. He “hearkened to the voice of his wife”, not tricked into sin.
“And Adam, was not deceived, whereas the woman, having been wholly deceived, hath come to be in transgression”
Roth 1 Tim 2v14
Adam & Eve adopt Serpent’s logic.
They “saw”in a way they had never seen before…
“That it was pleasant (Heb: desire) to the eyes, and a tree desired (Heb: lust after)to make one wise”Gen 3v6
They had awakened a desire and lust toward satisfying themselves …
“The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life”
1 John 2v16-17
“They went and hid themselves”
Shame, a defiled conscience.
“Knew they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together…”
Awaken in them an uncontrollable desire/lust.
Their nature was now prone towards sin.
“Dying thou shalt die…”
By Divine judgment, they were now cursed to a body of mortality, a body of death
“For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope” (Rom 8v20)
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and deathby sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
Sin disrupted the harmony/unity in creation, (separation between God and man).
Sin caused a consequence of death
This consequence effected all humanity after that, without exception.
Resulting in all mankind being sinners, with the exception of one.Effect on Mankind
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is being drawn away of his own lust, and being enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringethforth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
RSV James 1v13-15
Inescapable law of our nature, within us…
our flesh lusts, which drags us away to evil…
our lusts only bring forth sin, actions contrary to God…
Sin pays only one wage, DEATH.
Before Fall – External Temptation
After Fall – Internal Temptation
The Propensities or the base desiresare now selfishly and carnally biased.Like the serpent they are AMORAL & operate upon man’s thinking. Unhindered by the moral faculties they produce a “carnal mind”.
*With the obvious and needful exception of Christ! “Made strong”
Man who has wronged God is separated from his creator. Now he deserves to die.
God who is Righteous and Holy must not look upon sin.
Disregard sin – sweep it under the carpet.
Unrighteous of God – His will not vindicated
To substitute an innocent victim and allow the guilty sinner to go free.
Unrighteous of God – shows God only after blood to appease Him
To destroy both Adam and Eve
To admit that creation was a failure, His name not praisedIs God’s Plan destroyed?
To enforce God’s law against sin…(Gen 3v19)
…but provide a sinless man who through his sacrifice demonstrates God’s righteousness…
…but open up a way of forgiveness!(Gen 3v21)
A REPRESENTATIVE SACRIFICE WHICH WE CAN IDENTIFY WITH
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”Rom 6v23
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”(Gen 3v15)
Thinking of the Flesh – Carnal Mind
Thinking of the Spirit – Pure, truth
Genesis 3v15 is the CORNERSTONE of the entire Bible!