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June 23, 2021 2:00 am
As we continue to learn to fly by looking at those who fell, we see that Adam and Eve followed that same pattern of falling. Skip shares what that means for you as he wraps up the message "Falling Hard; Recovering Strong."
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Why did Adam needed if he knew it was wrong. She didn't see.
Maybe I can say that Adam comes along, knowing it's wrong. This is nominative. Why did he do that we don't know for sure, but perhaps some suggest, because he loved that he wanted to share want her to be alone in this together might sound noble and chivalrous. I gotta tell you, it's down that gets idolatry.
Whenever you place your wife or your husband or your child or anyone else of God.
That's idolatry. Many people think idolatry is a thing of the past fortunate is very much alive today. In fact, our culture creates idols every day. Today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip examines Adam and Eve's journey from flying high to falling into idolatry.
Biblical wisdom to help you stay ready for Satan's attacks and temptations in your own life. But first Skip wants to share about another way you can hear these encouraging Bible messages. Did you know that I have several depots in the universe in Bible app get encouraging insight right on your mobile device every single day. Just search for Skip Heitzig safe in the path that Skip HPI to CIG on the new version Bible thing Skip now Genesis chapter 3 as we dive into our study with Skip Heitzig was not the world, neither the things that are in this world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him for all that is of the world.
Lust of the flash, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world and the world is passing away, and the lust thereof, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Now, look how closely those parallel she saw was good for food.
Lust of the flesh, she saw that it was pleasant to the eyes. Lust of the eyes she saw that it was desirous to make one wise, the pride of life.
Maybe just kind of like check check check firing on all cylinders for Eve, it just looked good and she felt looks good. I had a habit. It's like the woman I had told you about.
I think the previous times about this gal. She was married to a cheapskate, her husband, so whatever you do when you go out you are not allowed to buy anything for yourself.
Unless you ask my permission first. Some men still do that today.
But this guy was just a miser right so she went out and she said I'm going shopping and her husband reeled around to get going. What I'm going shopping is not nontraditional shopping door and I can stealing going shopping.
He says you going windowshopping, you will look you will not bind got it as I got. I know honey she comes back couple hours later with a baguette and a brand-new dress has been set. I thought I said you're not to buy anything. She was honey, I know, but I tried this dress on and it looks so good on me and I was tempted. He said you were tempted to say get the behind me Satan she was I said that when he got behind me said you know it from the back. It really looks good to the same ease cravings, blurred Eve's convictions. What she saw and she looked at it and she kept looking at him and she gazed upon it, and in so doing, she ignored God's warnings about it so easy to look offset God's law. She thought I have to have it.
Proverbs 23 says, do not look on the wine while it is read when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly at the last it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper. In other words, there's lots of pretty things in this world that hurt you. They look good. They seem good. They feel good but they are not necessarily good. And before you think I'm entitled to it. I deserve in the me tell you something, we are entitled to whatever God gives us whatever God God knows what you need he knows your needs. He also knows your grades and his promise to meet your needs, not your grades you knows what you need and you are entitled to whatever God in his grace decide you want to have nothing more nothing less. Paul the apostle might've thought I'm entitled to a healing after all I'm the great apostle Paul. I do more to spread the gospel around this world than anybody else. I'm right in the trunk of the New Testament. I deserve for God to heal me. She had a physical affliction is that I ask God to heal me.
Three times God told him this. My grace is enough. My grace is sufficient for you, and my strength will be manifest in your weakness. Not in the absence of so you and I are entitled to whatever God gives us allurement doesn't mean entitlement is 1/3 warning disobedience is worse than deception.
Now I'm I'm stating it this way because Eve we will find out was deceived Adam knew what he was doing in verse six it says woman saw the tree was good for food, check it out was pleasant to the eyes. She scoping it out a tree desirable to make one wise. She's thinking about it more. She took its fruit and ate.
She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate that. That's all it says about Adam. He ate it all were told there. Eve is a little different. She's listening to the devil. She's having a conversation with Angie's reasoning this thing out comes Adam just like a guy grabbed made it done over when you get to New Testament. You know the blame for this whole fall falls on not Eve. Adam he's the guy responsible and here's why Paul the apostle first Timothy chapter 2 verse 14 tells us Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. All of that to say he was tricked.
Adam knew what he was doing, he rebelled, so deception is one thing, disobedience is another. Both of her bad what they both did was wrong.
One is worse than another disobedience flat out to do what I want when I want it is much worse than being tricked into something. This is why the prophet Samuel said to Saul, to obey is better than sacrifice to heed than the fat of rams for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry never got asked this question, why did Adam eat it if he knew it was wrong.
She didn't. She would yeah maybe you're right. Okay.
But Adam comes along, knowing it's wrong says I want to do it. Why did he do that if you knew what was wrong. Why did he. We don't know for sure, but perhaps some suggest it's because he loved Eve so much that he wanted to share in her punishment, didn't want her to be alone were in this together. That might sound noble and chivalrous, but I gotta tell you it's dumb. In fact, it's idolatry. Whenever you place your wife or your husband or your child or anyone else above God.
That's idolatry. That was not a smart move not know what he was thinking about that we love each other so much of our level get us through this hard time. Disobedience is worse than deception as 1/4 lesson, I want you to notice and that is a hard heart will bring a hard life or put another way, life gets harder when you decide not to do what's right, I'm sure Adam and Eve had no clue how bad things were going to get after this you think they knew all the repercussions, but what are some of them.
Verse 16 to the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrows in your conception in pain you will bring forth children so every time you go through labor pains women when you have those wonderful babies and it hurts so much to say thank you Eve.
Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you, then to Adam he said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree, 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.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you and you shall eat the herb of the field in the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you shall return and Adam called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living to say that Adam made the decision to join his wife, knowing it's wrong, but he said you know what I do know it's can happen. But whatever happens, our love will be able to take it we can sustain it. We love each other so much. I bring this up because you know I met so many couples over the years who are in a marriage. Things are going right and then they see somebody else and later swearing. That's my soul made were together we have a love and we have a sparkling we enter the room together and I and I know that if I have this affair and maybe leave my wife and her husband have this person that it it's gonna disrupt things in my friends and my kids but our love is so strong it's connect carry us through whatever storm we face. I've heard what I want you to know is this whatever price you think you'll pay is not the price you will pay the price that Adam and Eve actually paid is not what they thought otherwise they wouldn't have done it. Had they known how bad it's going to get. I just think for a moment how good life was for Adam and Eve in the garden. They had it made in the garden it and pay any rent they didn't have to pay any bills. Every need was met. Every meal was provided. Life was good when they cross the line from obedience to disobedience from compliance to noncompliance everything in life everything in life changed and became much harder now. There are no longer pure soon they will no longer be kept in that garden they will be cast out of the garden.
Now no longer can they get low-lying fruit already. Hang in there already provided for them all afternoon walk by and take it needed. Now they have to work the ground.
Now that the sweat and earn and work the ground themselves. So I think it summed up nicely when Paul in Galatians 6 says do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. If you sows to the flesh, he will of the flesh reap corruption if you sows to the Spirit.
He will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Adam and Eve had no clue. But here is the truth. A hard heart brings a hard life. Life now gets much harder for this couple. Not not only for them but this marks the darkest day for the human race. What happens to the human race after this in fact is where all the trouble begins.
Up until this point innocence was flowing to the blood veins of Adam and Eve, but now a fatal contaminant has entered the contaminant that was first seen last time and we were together and we studied the fall of Lucifer in heaven and he said something in his heart he thought something it is mine I will I will I will I will that contaminant is now on earth in Adam and Eve that sin contaminant will flow through every human being. Throughout history from that time until our time.
See when Adam sinned, he generated what theologians call a constitutional change of character he acted as the federal head of the human race so that he did something that affected all of us. It's like a kid standing in front of the lake in the mountains early in the morning. A pristine reflection can be seen of the mountains in the distance on that lake. Everybody's enjoying the reflection.
It's a perfect moment until one kid decides to take a rock throw it in the lake and the images marred. Adam was the kid through the rock and the like. In the images marred image of God that were created in the image of God. The images marred and has been ever since. In fact, not only does it affect Adam and Eve. Not only will affect their children and their children's children and children's children's children and our kids, all of creation is affected. You know that all of creation. Romans chapter 8 the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. I can be seen geologically in earthquakes, mudslides, landslides, volcanoes, avalanches. It could be seen meteorologically in floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, cyclones, droughts can be seen morally and the breakdown of marriage and family, and rampant sexual practices in to be seen culturally and the tyranny of government and economic injustice, and business practices can be seen with the deprivation and decadence seen in art and music year-by-year, and it can be seen individually in physical disease, mental disease separation from God. That's how bad I got.
That's Helvetica. Don't believe the hype folks. Satan pull something out and dangles in front of you and you go who that looks good look a little closer. Notice underneath that little thing is a hook is just the bait. I believe the hype to tell you the pleasure of drinking. He won't tell you the result of alcoholism will tell you about the pleasure of illicit sex, not the result of a sexually transmitted disease tell you the pleasure of drug use but not the result of an addiction. In other words, tell dangle before you, the immediate help keep from you.
The ultimate that looks so good. I many eat that fruit life gets harder when you don't do a try on a close with the fifth lesson the fifth warning fifth principle that comes out of this chapter and that is a cover ring is always better than a cover-up. Immediately they try to cover up what they did.
Verse seven then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked sister funny little sentence to me and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings 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. Then the Lord called to Adam and said to him, where are you so he said I heard your voice in the garden. I was afraid because I was naked so I hid myself and he said, who told you that you were naked. Have you eaten from the tree I commanded you, that you should not eat then the man said the woman. We always do. That man we want to pass the buckets the chick it's the gal passing the buck, but he's not just passing the buck to her. He's actually saying got your fault.
Notice what it says. The woman you gave to be with this your idea. I went to sleep single I woke up married. This is the life you gave me.
She gave me of the tree and I ate and the Lord God said to the woman, what is this that you have done. She sorta does the same thing. The serpent he deceived me, and I hiding is the instinctive reaction to guilt when we have guilt we hide. Where is that person that used to come to church all the time with you.
I don't anymore.
They want to hide from you.
Why they're uncomfortable being around you that are not what you say to them now with her to say to you, so they hide. I remember when my son was a little kitty got one report card that was particularly bad in I was looking for the report card. He had hit it at report is what I do that with.
We finally found it, and I understood why he wanted to hide it, but when I looked at. I smiled because I remember I also would hide some of my report cards from my parents weren't so good we learn that behavior from Adam Adam. He did a first. They're not even comfortable being around God anymore God is to hang out with them and walk with him in the cool of the day, not even uncomfortable in not even comfortable in God's presence and not as they become very self-conscious. There's a new awareness.
They were naked. I laugh at that, because you guys just now figured that out you and think like a week ago or a day ago that that that the cool air on your skin sorta was a dead giveaway that you have no clothes on. The point is, I never thought about now.
They become self-conscious. Now they're very self-aware.
Guilt does that makes a person very self oriented when their own people think about them. So what is a comedian.
That's what happens. So look at verse 21. Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them in the Lord God said, behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil. And now he is put out his hand and lest he put out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever God and wanted to live in a fallen state where he kept him out of the garden. Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
So we drove out the man he placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden and the flaming sword which turned every way to guard the way the tree of life.
So this whole fig leaf ensemble. They were wearing was just not working after so if you ever felt fig leaves their very rough I can imagine putting them on the tenderest parts of your body, but they put fig leaves on a something happens whenever you pick a fig leaf or any leaf and you hardware you know what happens to it eventually. It dries, it dies and falls off and then your naked again so it's a very temporary fix won't last very long. So God close them with animal skins. This is the first instance of innocent blood shed to cover human sin they want to make a cover-up.
God wants to give them a covering, so an animal dies in order to be clothed with animal skins. Animals have to die blood has to be shed. That's what sin does sin kills know when this happen. I can only imagine that many which is you know why because God made a promise back in chapter 2 in the day that you eat of that fruit you will surely die so you could say you when God came to the garden evidence that where are you adamant about old idiots. God, he was Trinity work dead were going to die. God said to die. This is God coming after us, only to discover that they didn't die.
Something died in their place for them to cover them. It's anticipating the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The covering through the gospel. God is showing that it's possible for a substitute to diverse center you may want to cover up needed covering. You always have two choices in dealing with sin.
They are ready whenever Sandy can do, wanted to think run from God run to God run from God, that's instinctive, that's guilt that's hiding that separation run to God. That's redemption, God cover my sin. Well, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall and Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humpty back together. Humpty needs a better king.
The king of kings can do what Humpty's King cannot do the King of Kings. Our king is in the business of taking broken lives and putting them back together and he does so by a covering, by sending his son to die on a cross. As predicted, also in this chapter and verse 15 the proto-evangelion with the Old Testament time to get into, but it speaks about someone who will be born to crush the head of Satan. Eventually beautiful, Adam and Eve are experiencing that covering this that wraps up skip. I took a message from a serious crash and burn right now want to share about a resource that will encourage you even more in your face holidays and special days of celebration wake us up from the daily grind and provide a backdrop for creating memories and traditions time off and intentional family time, holidays can illuminate spiritual truth as we hear from Skip I think you may not know that Valentine's Day has Christian roots, but time and secular culture have transformed what was a great celebration of those who would stay true to the Christian faith is turned into simply a celebration of romantic love. You can find spiritual significance, happiness, holiness, and holidays for DVD collection of celebration messages from Pastor skin and our thanks when you get $25 or more to help keep his ministry on the air here step with a strong thought on another holiday on our calendar because God is our father.
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