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Wicked or Godly

Choices

Genesis 4:8-16 8Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 11And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” 13Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found h…

Sin’s Path

Procreation

Procreation
Genesis 4:1-2
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.”
2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.

 The relationship between God and the first two people is clearly a close one. The two brief verses for today also indicate the trust level that Eve had in God's promise. He told her that from her would come someone who would be able to redeem them from the sin that they had invited into their lives. As soon as Cain is born, she believes the promise has been fulfilled. "I have gotten a man with the help of The Lord." She assumed the promised one was here. You have to admire her faith.

She was of course wrong. The Savior doesn't come upon the scene for several thousand years. But here we see that she has faith that God will keep that promise and she is counting on it. When Abel comes along, she is confused. If the promised on…

Sacrifice and Redemption

Sacrifice and Redemption
20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

The first foreshadowing of the sacrifice of the Savior comes as God deals with the mess that Adam and Eve have created through their disobedience. Now the nakedness causes them great shame so God killed one of His newly created animals to make clothing for them. Blood has been shed. At least their physical nakedness is covered. Since then, w…

Consequences

Genesis 3:16-21
16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 
19  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 
20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

One of my toughest tasks as a parent was allowing my girls to suffer the consequences of their mistakes. Often I would try and…

Protoevangelium

Genesis 3:14-15
14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

Protoevangelium. There's your big word for the day. It means "first Gospel". In verse 15, God gives His first indication that all is not lost. Even though Adam and Eve have sinned and The Garden of Eden is lost to them, God still has a plan. This plan has been in place from the beginning, but now He reveals that there will be a Savior. All hope is not lost. The words are spoken to the serpent, but meant for the ears of Adam and Eve. Since we have all of the Bible and Adam and Eve were living it rather than reading it, they didn't have the luxury of hindsight. We know that the Father did indee…

Confession or Blame

July 22, 2013

Confession or Blame
Genesis 3:6-13
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?"
10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fr…

Doubt and Lies

July 18, 2013

Temptation
Genesis 3:1-5
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

It does us well to read this passage of Scripture with regularity. We become used to the ways of Satan. He's so good at what he does that we tend to become complacent and immune to the fact that we are constantly being tempted by his cunning deceit. 

Notice that Satan only speaks twice. His first weapon is doubt. "Did God really say . . .?"  We all know…

A Second Telling