The corruption of all things
Adam and Eve and the fall
The confrontation (crisis)
There was no need that wasn’t met there in the garden. God had given them ther freedom of choice. The symbol of this choice was a tree. Man was told not to partake of this tree. Fod gave man a moral test to see if he would be willing to be obedient and trust Him. God told them the outcome if they ate of this tree. They would experience death (spiritual as well as physical)
Man was given a choice to be or not to be obedient to God
A) The place of attraction
The serpent was crafty (Satan was in the serpent). Satan focuses on what God has rpovided, taking what is good and tries to make our responses to it evil and wrong creating a lure or lust for temptations
B) The plan of attack
He questioned the authority of God(Look at the conversations between God and Satan in Job)
He questioned the motives of God
He caused them to deny the word of God by distorting it
1 John 2:16
Luke 4:1-11 (Psalm 91:11-12)
C) The pressure of attraction
Do it now – impulse – Satan doesn’t let up
God gave Eve the point of view that she would die. Satan enticed her into the fact that she would become like God. The entire matter of submission is in the tree.
4. His tragic sin and fall
likeness of man
This refers to man’s moral conformity.
He was innocent.
He was sinless.
These two (Adam and Eve) were totally innocent.
Man lived in complete fellowship with God. His every need was supplied for in the garden.
But there was a moral choice in the form of a tree. Man was forbidden to eat from a tree. Man had a choice to make.
Satan still uses this ploy even today. The fact that God might be holding something back from His people.
Adam and Eve turned their backs on the garden and to God and they had sinned.
Anytime we choose our own way we are in rebellion against God.
Man is the rebellious one. It is man who broke the fellowship. Man broke himself and when he did so he broke the relationship to other men
When God created man in His own image, there was tranquility
When man created a man in his own image there was murder.
The history of man is evident to what the heart of man is
The image was now marred and the likeness was destroyed. We have a capacity to know God but He does not already live in our lives. Since God does not live in my heart I go about trying to fill this hole with other things that only God can fill.
Man is dead an under condemnation. Man without God is never satisfied.
Man is dependant on the world for everything. We live in a world of conformity. Television shows, commercials, late night weight loss fads.
We don’t want to be alone because then we would have to be with ourselves.
Deep within ourselves, within our hearts we know that we are created with a higher purpose. We are created for higher things in life.
Carnal man is dominated by Satan and by the flesh.
Carnal man is condemned by sin and the sin nature.
Is there any hope?
God gives us a glimpse of the future in the garden (Genesis 3:15)
Man has to die physically and spiritually. No man can redeem himself.
Only God could do this. God entered into time. Jesus Christ, God in flesh came to this earth. He took our sin and placed them on the cross
He paid the price
He bore the shame
He bore our sins
He took my hell
He took my separation from God so that I could be reconciled to Him
Jesus died for all sins. Yet we must accept His payment for our sins. He paid the price for all sins but only those who accept this payment through grace are saved.
A) The temptation from Satan that lead to the fall.
B) The transgression that caused the fall.
Eve adds to the word of God
C) The trial that followed the fall