So, why all the craziness, and sadness, and sickness, and disease,and death in this world God created?
Genesis, chapter three. The Fall.
Most of us know the true story of sin entering the world.
And it is true, you know.
“It is idle to call the narrative of the Fall a mere allegory; one had better say at once that he does not believe the Book… There was a real serpent, as there was a real paradise; there was a real Adam and Eve, who stood at the head of our race, and they really sinned, and our race is really fallen. Believe this.” (Spurgeon).
And even if we believe this, it is easy to read Genesis 3 and blame Satan, and Eve and Adam.
We can intellectually agree to the need for a “last Adam”, for a Savior, for God’s redemptive plan, and never take it PERSONALLY to heart.
And this is a dangerous way to approach faith. For if we have never been broken over our own sin, sin we desired, sin we willingly, knowingly chose to commit, we will never truly love the Lord for what He has done.
Many who fail to follow the Lord don’t have a knowledge problem. It’s not that they need to read their Bible more or go to church more, it’s that they have a love problem. They don’t love God.
But when my heart is broken over my own sin, when I realize what God did for me, I can’t help but to love Him. (For a great presentation on this see https://youtu.be/1cYjKRnGnv0)
We need to understand, sin entered the world, but EACH of us have willingly partaken.
I CHOSE to sin. You CHOSE to sin.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death”. (James 1:13-15)
Friend, we’ve been freely given so much, but each of us have desired and committed sin-ugly, dark, sin.
Like Satan, we’ve thought ourselves to be our own gods, going our own way, seeking our gain over the good of others.
Like Eve, we’ve looked for more, ignoring the good we have, and willingly disobeying what God has said, and we’ve tempted others to do the same.
Like Adam, we’ve said “yes” when we should have said “no” to please those around us instead of God and satisfy our flesh- filled hearts.
If I just think back on my last 24 hours and ask the Lord to show me my heart, like the Apostle Paul, I have to say, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (Rom 7:18-19)
Over and over.
My sin is ever before me.
And from the moment sin entered our world, all of mankind has been cursed. (Gen 3:13-19)
We are dead men walking!
Why would God not simply destroy all the He had made and create men and women who could not sin?
Oh praise the Lord, He did not!
He gave us a free will. He gave us a choice to love Him or not and all the while He loved us with an everlasting love!
God would make a way! He would send His Son to die in our place!
As we study the Fall of Men in Genesis 3, as we understand that our sin is great, oh, that our hearts should rejoice for such great mercy!
What GREAT mercy!
He chose to make a way! He chose to send His Son to pay the penalty for our sin!