My notes from this morning:
The Gospel in The Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3: 1-15
In Luke 24:27, Jesus, after He had risen from the tomb, is walking with disciples, who do not realize it is Him, telling them of Himself in the Old Testament.
In this first appearance, we see:
1) An intruding, lying serpent. Where did the serpent come from? When God was creating the creatures of the earth, serpents were not mentioned. It was at one time Lucifer. (Ezekiel 28:16) (Isaiah14:12) tell of the fall of Lucifer. Why did God not warn Adam and Eve about satan? You don’t need to know everything, if you know the right thing. The devil came into the garden, the perfect place, and arrogantly talked them into sin. The devil, doesn’t care about you, he just doesn’t want you to follow God. The devil only wants God’s place.
2) The Gall of satan;
a) He questioned the mandate of God. did God really say? The devil’s mandate is to defeat the Word of God. To make one question its validity.
b)He questions the motives of God.
c) He questions the morality of God. Why is there suffering?
d) He questions the Messiahship. Only Jesus was ever God in the flesh, God’s Word, the only truth.
3) The Fall of Man
Adam and Eve were together, walking in a relationship with God. There w no misunderstanding, no questions, true relationship.
When you start falling, even as you wish to stop, you cannot.
Every sadness on earth, began at this moment in the garden with this first sin. Disobedience. Yet, we are not only sinner in Adam, but we choose to sin. Yet, everyone wants to blame someone else. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent. We do not want to admit, when we are wrong.
II) The Hiding Couple:
After having eaten the fruit, their eyes were opened to their nakedness. Creating a covering from fig leaves they tried to hide themselves. Their close relationship with God broken. They had perfect, every fruit wonderful in taste, but the one they were told was off limits, tempted them. It was not what they thought it was. Sin, at first sight, looks good, it always leads to worse. You cannot satisfy, what is outside of God.
A broken fellowship
Where once they have sinned, the relationship with God was/ is broken. Thinking is not right. Part of the mental illness of this world is the refusal to turn to God to help us get our thinking right.
Hide mentioned here in Hebrew, is mentioned 30 times in the Old Testament, meaning Hide from Death.
(V9) God called to Adam asking where he was. He did not ask because He did not know. He asked, wanting Adam to see where he was.
(v15) the first mention of Christ. A woman does not have seed. Mary a virgin, gave birth to the Son of God thru God’s seed through the Holy Spirit.
IV) Burdened Mind
God’s concern for them.
Called to them. He is still calling us by name, Calling us to Him for saving.
Came to save. Jesus came to give us new life, new body, new home in Heaven. He died so me may have life. One day, God will crush the devil under His heel.
Thank you Dr, J Mike Minnix for this wonderful message. I only hope my notes did justice for what you brought us.
c) He questions the morality of God. Why is there suffering? Pure Blasphemy!
Just to be sure, you did see that was what satan was doing to deceive Adam and Eve..
Yes, I thought it was blasphemous to talk about God that way.
True. But his whole plan was to take God’s place. But, hell awaits..
I like, “You don’t need know everything if you know the right thing.”
So true right?
Yes, and why ‘I’ve set the Lord always before me.’ He’s the light I walk in.
As it should be. It is His light that keeps us from the darkness.