The big idea. Failure to trust in the truthfulness of GOD’S word introduces sin and shame into the world.
I. Read the top and the tail.
How did we get from two people hiding and protecting nothing but being naked to the end of this passage where Adam and Eve are sewing fig leaves together?
The top is verse 2:25 and the tail is 3:7: naked and not ashamed to vs 3:7 naked and ashamed. How did they get there? What happened?
II. Be careful who you listen to.
Satan is not asking a weird question he is questioning the order of creation: instead of God, Adam, Eve, then creatures, it is upside down – a created being, the snake, telling humans that Go’ds word can’t be listened to or followed. It’s upside down.
Do we sit in judgement over the word, or does the word judge us? That is what is at stake here.
III. Stay on the line. Vv 2-3
Satan both goes above and below God’s plumb line of his word as well as he erases the line.
Gods word is diminished. Vv 2.
So what DID Gid say? 2:16-1. God gave Adam the run of all the garden. The one boundary was one tree off limits and would yield death.
Parents: do you put boundaries around things because you hate your kids? Of course not. It is not tyranny – it was loving protection in the rules and properties that God made in his world.
Gods word is added to. Vv 3a.
Satan misquotes God. Eve further misquotes this. The seed planted: God has it out for you and is withholding happiness from you in this tree. God must be holding things back that could make them more satisfied. That’s the lie.
That’s the lie we ultimately fall for too.
God’s word is softened. Probably not die.
The first Adam did not stay on the line but the second Adam, Jesus, walked it perfectly. When tempted in Luke 4 in the wilderness Jesus replies when tempted EXACTLY what God’s word says.
III. Is God trustworthy?
Lie. God does not want you to be like him. If God can’t be trusted, then he does not need to be obeyed.
The irony is when the serpant says they will be like God, snakes do not and Adam and Eve already are like God and bear his image.
IV. Paradise lost.
The you is plural. Satan says, “when you eat of it you all will all be like God.” This means that Adam is not off with dog and horse and Eve is alone talking to the serpant. He is mute next to his wife, abdicating his authority and responsibility while satan speaks.
Sin never delivers what it promises. You eat of a beautiful fruit and you wake up in shame, trying to hide in your nakedness.
Do we see in ourselves this same mistrust of God? Do we think he is holding out on us what is really good even though it’s sin? Left to our own devices we will always do what Adam and Eve did.
What we need is not to try harder. We need not the disobedience of the first Adam but the obedience of the second Adam. Our perfect standing with Christ is not based on our record or resume but his! That is not good advice – that is great news!!!! Come and get it…
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Okoboji. Fall 2013 sunrise
Lord, build our deep affections for you… Affections are not an optional ‘caboose’. Love this quote by John Piper.
Desiring God. Worship chapter. Pages 88 and selected.
In one well-known booklet the slogan appears as a train: The locomotive is “fact.” The coal car is “faith.” The caboose is “feeling.” The explanation reads: “The train will run with or without the caboose. However, it would be futile to attempt to pull the train by the caboose.” But what are the “feelings” the train of Christian living can run without? Do “feelings” refer merely to physical experiences like sweaty palms, knocking knees, racing heart, trembling lips, tearful eyes? If so, the slogan is clear and accurate.
But most people don’t think of feelings that way.
Feelings include things like gratitude, hope, joy, contentment, peacefulness, desire, compassion, fear, hate, anger, grief. None of these is merely physical. Angels, demons, and departed saints without bodies can have these “feelings.”
…When a five-year-old enters kindergarten and starts getting picked on by some second-graders and his big fourth-grade brother comes over and takes his side, he does not “decide” to feel confidence and love welling up in his little heart. He just does.
…Or consider fear. If you are camping in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and waken in the night to the sound of snorting outside and see in the moonlight the silhouette of a huge bear coming toward your tent, you do not say, “Now to what end shall I feel fear?” You do not calculate the good results that might come from the adrenaline that fear produces, and then decide that fear would be an appropriate and helpful emotion to have. It is just there!
When you stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon for the first time and watch the setting sun send the darkness down through the geological layers of time, you do not say, “Now to what end shall I feel awe and wonder before this beauty?”
When a little child on Christmas morning opens his first gift and finds his “most favoritest” rocket, which he has wanted for months, he does not think, “Now to what end shall I feel happy and thankful? We call a person an ingrate when words of gratitude are dutifully forced instead of coming spontaneously from the heart.”
Photo. Justine. Okoboji 2013
“In Jesus, everything sad will come untrue, and all the sufferings and pain of this present world will be swallowed up in a sinkhole of death and covered over with a garden so beautiful that it will make all the pain seem worth it.”
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Thanks Jodi! E