The Fall (Feb 3rd 2013)

* Gen 3:1-5 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2) The woman said to the serpent, ” From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'” 4)  The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5) “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
* The devil was laying out some bait to see if he could get them to disobey God.
* James 1:14-15 – But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15) Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. (This scripture has its roots in Gen 3:1)
* (placing the bate) Tempted means to try whether a thing can be done; to attempt, endeavor:
* (setting the hook) To be drawn away is to be dragged away.
* The woman “saw” that the fruit was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise. Her response to the tempetation was from a self referential nature within both her and Adam. (When tempted they would seek their own desires)
* Gen 3:6-7 – 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7) Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
* Two phrases with the same Aramaic word in Genesis 3 are vs 5, “eyes will be opened” and vs 7, “the eyes of both of them were opened”
* In these two scriptures this Aramaic  word means to become autonomous by setting standards of good and evil for oneself.  (Vines Expository Dictionary)
* Autonomous means a) having the right or power of self-government b) undertaken or carried on without outside control.
* Matt 6:22-23 – “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.  23) But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.
* Gen 3:21 – Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
* God sacrificed animals to give them coats of skin to wear instead of leaves.  This sacrifice was for their sin of which they committed before God, of which there would come ongoing sacrifices by Adam and all that would follow him until Jesus Christ coming.  
* God is love and He is  passionate about continuing an ongoing relationships with those that have repentant hearts and also desire relationship with Him.  
* Gen 3:22 – And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life/shadow of Jesus Christ, and eat, and live for ever:
* They were not just cut off from the tree of life they were literally cut off from the life of God, neurological, biological, and physiological in their bodies and flesh, because they became independent of Him, to self govern themselves.
* Sin entered as well, and mankind had a choice to self govern their own lives and became slaves to sin and the devil or to come to God in repentance and faith.
* Gen 3:23 – Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, “to till” the ground from whence he was taken. (Ground never meant to be tilled it was part of the curse.)
* When all vegetation dies it goes back into the soil to enrich it so new life can come forth, rich and fruitful. Mulch beds is God’s way of gardening.  The death of the old creates now life for seeds planted in it. (See youtube “Back to Eden”.)
* It is a principle of all life. 2 Cor 4:12 – So then death works (energy) in us, but life in you.
* Gen 2:5-6 – there was no rain, but a mist watered the earth. (The dew and mist today)
* Gen 3:17-18 – cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
* Cain and Able show clearly the two paths that all will take.  Cain was a tiller of the ground and Able herdsman of flocks.
* It is unspoken in the word, but God required of Adam, the sacrifice of a firstling  of the flock, probably sheep or goats and the fat, as a fragrant offering to the Lord, representing the forgiveness of their sins and their dependence of the Lord’s provisions for their lives.
* It was a fragrant offering, because God desires us to have relationship with Him for His love to possess and  really draw near to. Adams obedience to this simply kept the flow of the relationship of which God is so passionate for.
* In the time of the offering to the Lord God accepted Able’s offering, but rejected Cain’s, because God’s requirement was for a firstling of the flock.  Cain could have bartered with Able for a firstling of the flock, but had a self centered and autonomous nature that  rejected God’s command.  Cain was wroth with God and Able.  Being self governing in determining what is good and evil, Cain saw no reason why God would not receive his offering from the labor of his hands.  He was mad with God and jealous towards his brother, even wanting to kill his Able.
* Gen 4:6-7 – So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7) If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
* Sin was laying at the door, but even here God even gave grace to rule over it, because of His unfailing love for us.
* Rom 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Grace = great favor and diving power for all things pertaining to life and godliness.)
* Sin and the devils desire took control of Cain (autonomous nature) Cain killed Able.
* Gen 3:7-10 – Then the “eyes of both of them were opened”, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8) And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9) Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”  10) So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.
* This is a real paradox: It doesn’t seem like any good could come out Adam and Eves and disobedience.
* On the one hand it was tragic, so close to God, His presence shined off of them, and knowing Him in such a manner.
* Yet on the other hand it became God’s way of finding out who really wanted to fall in love with Him are continue to love their own ways and independence.
* This dependence on God and separation from the world takes us through a painful journey to becoming sons of the living God.
* Adams and Eves fall means eternally life to those who’s eye resists evil.
* John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
* Greek for loved is agapao; is a “love” that values and esteems not because of any value of the object. It is an unselfish “love,” ready to serve.
* Save means to be rescued and kept from danger, harm or destruction.
* God created us to have a people to love and embrace, when it say’s God is love, it attaches a law upon the holder to unselfishly love and embrace others.
* What Adam and Eve lost, with all mankind, was the inner peace of fullness received by the closeness  of God in His absolute desire to protect them and pour out His love for them.
* Our autonomous nature rejects Him, and there most be a daily resolve in our hearts of abandonment to Him, for His love to fully envelope us.
* Our independent ways keep us connected to a temporal world causing us to neglect  His presence.
* Even with this all His desire is to consume us with His love and presence for that is the nature of His love. 
* Sin causes us live by fullness coming from others, work, recreation, stuff and a myriad of other indulgences.
* While in God, in his love and presence, we become full and we will never thirst again.
* Most Christians, even leaders are serving in a food line for the hungry and thirsty, and starving themselves.
* There Apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers that are going out to the world to save souls and are bringing them back to an empty table to eat from and they all continue to be hungry and thirsty.
* Matt 5:6 – Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
* The righteousness and holiness of God comes out of perfect love.  All that God is a product of His love.
* 1 Cor 16:22 – If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
* The word love here is the Greek word “phileo” which means affections.  If our affections are not placed on Jesus first we will be doomed to be controlled by our senses as our affections connect to people and things in the world and we shall surely die.
* Many without investigation or study of the word would believe that God is cursing us because we don’t love Him. But it is us that are cursing ourselves and don’t even know it.
* Isa 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  It is not even capable in our minds to understand how great His love is for us.

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