TORN Relationship :: The story of God and man. [Gary Thompson, ECC Jackson Lake Campus Pastor]
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17 NIV)
Why is human nature so that we want the ONE thing that we can't have?
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:6 NIV)
Adam and Eve were created with the ability to choose. And they made one mistake that changes everything.
Sin is rejecting God's Word, spurning His authority, and denying His character.
The Consequences of Their Sin and Ours
(before sin) That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. (Genesis 2:24, 25 NIV)
(after sin) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:8-10 NIV)
In our shame we often hide from God. We run and try to ignore Him.
PAIN & SUFFERING
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children…” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. (Genesis 3:16a, 17 NIV)
Don't you ask yourself, why do such bad things happen in this world?
These are all a result of sin.
When Adam & Eve sinned it opened the gateway to all sin. We now live in a world where all sin is available to us. And our participation (choosing to sin) leads to pain and suffering for ourselves and/or others.
The consequences of sin is our physical and spiritual death.
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24 NIV)
Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. (Genesis 5:5 NIV)
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3 NIV)
Sin separates us from God, and leads to shame, pain, and death.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:17-19 NLT)
We all have one thing in common..we are sinners in need of saving. And Jesus offers us that gift of salvation.