Sunday, May 10, 2009
Genesis 3 talks about the first encounter man has with the serpent, the most cunning, deceiving creature, this serpent was Satan who is the author of lies and sin. Satan disrupted God's perfect beauty in the garden of Eden by asking the woman "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" This is the devil planting the seed of doubt in Eve. Eve answered the serpent "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " God told the woman that you must not eat of the fruit, He never said that you must not touch it. This is the first act of worry or misunderstanding in the Bible. Satan told Eve that "You will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." This was the fist sin of Satan, he thought he would be like or even greater than God, and God cleared out 1/3 of heaven, Satan and his fallen angels with him. Once Adam and Eve ate of the fruit they were filled with shame because they were naked. This is what Satan does, he makes people feel shameful for things that God calls good, and Satan wants people to turn away from God whether it be in shame or anger. Because of their sin of eating of the fruit, Eve and the rest of the women in the world will have pain in child birth, their desire will be for their husband, and he will rule over her. Men will work, sweat, and toil and eat of what he worked for. He will return to dust because he was made from dust. And Satan the serpent will have enmity with the woman and her offspring. They will crush the serpents head and the serpent will strike their heel. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. "So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Man was banished from the perfect place with God but Christians have hope in the Savior Jesus Christ who delivered them from their sins and lift them out of the worldly filth and sinfulness.