“The Fall of Us All”
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″The Beginning of Us″
What best explains the origin of mankind?
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Week 2: ″The Fall of Us All″
What best explains our current condition?
The Fall of Us All involves…
1. A loving request.
Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17 NKJV The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ″Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.″
2. A lying reptile.
Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ″Has God indeed said, ′You shall not eat of every tree of the garden′?″ 2 And the woman said to the serpent, ″We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ′You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.′ ″ 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, ″You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.″
3. A lust-filled response.
Genesis 3:6 NKJV So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Mankind's biggest dilemma is that we have an age-old problem, but lack the humility to admit that it is on us!
4. Long-term repercussions.
Genesis 3:7-12, 16-19 NKJV 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.″ 11 And He said, ″Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?″ 12 Then the man said, ″The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.″16 To the woman He said: ″I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.″ 17 Then to Adam He said, ″Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ′You shall not eat of it′ Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.″
Adam and Eve were sinners by choice, not nature. It is our pride that leads us to believe we would not have made the same mistake. I believe this is true because we have full knowledge of their (our) consequences for sin and still commit it.
5. A lavish ray of hope.
Genesis 3:13-15, 21-24 NKJV And the Lord God said to the woman, ″What is this you have done?″ The woman said, ″The serpent deceived me, and I ate.″ 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: ″Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.″21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, ″Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever″— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Revelation 22:1-3 NKJV And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
If the fall is a myth, the cross of Christ is meaningless. If the fall is a reality, the cross of Christ is priceless.