This Sunday we continue our study of "Genesis." In Genesis 1 God created the world. In Genesis 2 God created human life in the persons of Adam and Eve. They're enjoying their time in the Garden of Eden. We have no idea how much time has passed, it could have been days, months, or even years. In chapter 3 a new character enters the story: the serpent. The serpent represents Satan. He twists God's words, challenging Adam and Eve to question God's motives. God has warned Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan seeks to convince them that God's motive is selfish in issuing that command, to keep Adam and Eve subservient, knowing that if they ate the fruit they would become like God.
Eve looks at the fruit and it looks good to eat. She also thinks it would be good to become like God. So she eats it and then offers it to Adam and also eats. Adam is complicit in the sin because he "was with her." Upon eating the fruit, their innocence is lost. They realize they're naked and try to cover up. In one act of eating the fruit God had warned them about, sin and evil came into the world and their innocence was lost.
There are some important "why's" in this story. Why did God allow the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to be in the garden? God didn't want the humans he made to be slaves or robots, but to have free will. Would they choose of their own volition to be obedient and faithful to God? Why did God allow Satan into the garden to tempt Adam and Eve? Sometimes God tests us to see if we'll be faithful. This was a test. Would the people he created be faithful? They were not.
As a result of their disobedience, Adam and Eve are removed from the Garden of Eden. Death enters the world. From that point on people would possess a sin nature predisposing them to selfishness and sin. The result is that ever since "the fall," all people have sinned and fallen short of God's ideal for their lives. The wages of sin is death. But God still wants people to follow him and be his children. Did God know that the people he created would sin? Sure he did. So he had a plan in mind: to send his own Son to earth to suffer and die in the place of sinners like you and me. If we believe in him, our sins are forgiven, we are saved and will have eternal life in our Father's house (John 14:1-6).
This Sunday at First Baptist, come learn more about mankind's original sin. By understanding how Adam and Eve were tempted, we'll learn how Satan works and recognize when he's messing around in our lives. We can resist Satan, be faithful to God, and know that if (when ) we sin, Jesus will forgive us. What a wonderful hope. Join us for worship this Sunday at our Traditional Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. or our Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m.