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November 4, 2020 12:01 am
When sin entered the world, the people who were created to delight in God's presence fled from Him in terror. Today, R.C. Sproul considers man's tragic fall into sin and reveals how the Lord is at work to restore His image bearers.
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Coming up today on Renewing Your Mind. Satan is saying, you might disobey God and get away with it you can commit cosmic treason against her creator and there is no death penalty because God loves everybody unconditionally is a message I hear from the secular world buyer from the church same message, you will not die. So go ahead Nate ever wonder why the world is in the state it's in everybody's basically good.
The prevailing wisdom today. Why so much pain and discord today on Renewing Your Mind.
Dr. RC school takes us back to the book of Genesis. There we discovered were things with more but in the process. We also learned God is never taken by surprise in his plans never thwarted. I once was speaking and I university campus and after I have lectured. I was invited to go into one of the dormitories and have a freewheeling question answer. The recalling gabfest with the students and somebody asked me a question about the Bible and I didn't have my Bible with me and so I turned around and I said, does anybody here have a Bible and one of the students through me a book and I caught it and I looked down at it and I saw that it was the New Testament and so I pitched it right back and I said I asked for a Bible than people to know what I was getting at. That's what this is about was another is only part of the Bible. This is the New Testament, but in that scenario I experienced something that I find widespread in our culture that people today seem to think that the only portion of the Bible that really matters for the Christian life is the New Testament as if the Old Testament were not only archaic but it's passť. It's out of date.
It is no longer relevant to the life of the Christian well before we go on any further. In our study of this overview of the Bible from DOS to glory, asked you that question, what is the significance of the Old Testament. If we look at the Old Testament we see there's all kinds of information in the Old Testament about creation, about people about history about human conflict, wars, migrations, slavery, sin, all kinds of things are taking place in this dramatic history, but the Old Testament is not simply a history book because above all things. What the Old Testament accomplishes beloved is the self-disclosure of God. The chief character in the Old Testament is God, and it is in the pages of the Old Testament as God reveals his law as he reveals his promises as he interacts with his covenant people in everything that he says in everything that he does every event that is recorded in the Old Testament service to some degree to remove the veil from the face of God and disclose his pure character to us.
So how in the world could a Christian ever come to think that the Old Testament was irrelevant to be irrelevant.
It would mean that the character of God is irrelevant and he is the chief character in a very real sense the Old Testament is the autobiography of God.
God as he relates to the world that he makes in the world that is fallen, and now as we come to the next stage of this record. In the Old Testament. Keeping that in mind. Remember that in the first two chapters of Genesis. Virtually everything that is recorded there is followed by a benediction. Except for one thing, the first malediction in Scripture is uttered when there is something that God says is not good when after creating the world and saying that it was good when he created Adam and looked up at him and he said something not good here. It is not good that man should be alone, so that the first malediction of sacred Scripture was pronounced by God against the situation of human loneliness and it's out of that background, that God then makes the special creation of woman and the man and the woman are then united together as co-regents with God over the creative suite and so far so good. Even though there was this malediction over loneliness. God rectifies that situation.
He redeems that situation by creating woman, but as soon as we come to the third chapter of Genesis. All of a sudden, the atmosphere, the ambience that Tanner very sound of Scripture undergoes a subtle change to the late EJ Young wrote an entire book on the third chapter of Genesis, and he began that book decades ago by saying the opening words of Genesis 3 sound a note that is ominous. It's foreboding. There's a kind of foreshadowing with preparing the reader for an intrusion, an interruption in the flow of this majestic story of the goodness of creation and it begins with these haunting words. Now the serpent was more cunning than any of the beasts of the field which the Lord God had made for they haven't encountered the idea of something Salah hi or beguiling or clever or cunning. Up until this point in the very word suggests the inclusion of something malevolent. Something evil, something wicked, something dark. Remember Jesus in the New Testament when he announced the approaching presence of Nathaniel McCall to be one of his earliest disciples with the Jesus say of Nathaniel behold an Israelite, in whom there is no guile, nothing slippery, nothing hidden, nothing crafty or sinister about this man with Nathaniel. What you see is what you get an Israelite, in whom there was no guile will here in chapter 3 of Genesis, we are introduced to a creature, in whom there is nothing but guile. Who is the quintessence of guile serpent was more cunning than any of the beasts of the field and the guile fullness the semester cleverness of the serpent is seen in the very first words that he speaks to God's creatures of lectured on this many times and tried to draw the parallels between the circumstances that unfold here in paradise with those circumstances that took place in the Judean wilderness when the same serpent came to the second Adam with the same seductive plan and he comes basically with the same question serpent comes to Eve and the serpent asks this question has God said, has God said did God say to you that you cannot eat of any of the trees of the garden. That's the question what so god-awful about that question is patently false. That should've been evident instantly and it was evident instantly to believe that the question that was being raised by the serpent was bathed in error and communicates misinformation if not disinformation because it perfectly plain that God had not said that. And with this question being raised by the serpent gave us the first one to act as the defense or feed a of the faith she defends the truth of God.
She defends the integrity of God from this slanderous suggestion course. God didn't say that we were allowed to eat of any other trees of the garden. In fact, God said of all of the trees of the garden you may freely eat. He just put one tree out of bounds. He said of one treatment you can't touch the tree. Then if you touch it.
The day that you eat of the tree. You shall surely die. But all the rest of the trees. Make yourself at home, eat freely, but hearing the societal is that the serpent's thinly veiled suggestion is if God places one thing out of bounds. If God says no to any point to your liberty. If God gives law's if God presumes to exercise his sovereignty over you. If God says thou shalt or thou shalt not minimize will take away all of your liberty because he's reduced due to the status of a slave or a puppet or a pool in his hand but I want us to understand here but the point of attack of the serpent against our primordial parents was at the word of God when the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness and Satan approached him after 40 days and 40 nights, he said to Jesus, first of all, if you are the son of God turn the stones into bread, but why didn't he just come to Jesus and say Jesus currently stones in the brick, then the whole terms of the temptation would have been radically altered. Wiser notice that the temptation this abductive request to turn the stones into bread.
All that was prefaced by a conditional statement and if then premise.
If you are the son of God, then turn the stones into bread.
I think back in your memory of what happened at the baptism of Jesus that after Jesus entered into the river Jordan to be baptized by John and had the water poured upon him.
The heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and only one of three occurrences of the New Testament that tell us of God's speaking audibly is then recorded where Jesus at his baptism hears the voice of God on Mount Satan audibly. This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. And it's immediately after he hears these words that the spirit drives Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan and noticed Satan doesn't come to Jesus and say since you are the son of God turn the stones but rather you are the son of God. Sometimes we were not sure about a solution or how things might turn out. We say that the circumstances are somewhat what if the that is doubtful.
We don't have any assurance or certainty that such and such a thing is going to take place, or that such and such a thing corresponds to reality deceive the sun only Satan is coming to Jesus and saying well if you can really trust the word of God.
Let's put it to the test. Turn the stones in the bread jump from the pinnacle of the temple and so want the whole encounter between Jesus and Satan focused on the trustworthiness of the word of God. Don't ever forget that, because if you are safely within the fold of the good Shepherd. If you are a Christian and are in the bosom of the Church of Jesus Christ. That is no sanctuary completely from the same assault because that assault is made every day in this world to every Christian can you really live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. There is no greater controversy in the church today and the question of the trustworthiness, the reliability of this book of the word of God so that the serpent didn't just raise this suggestion on two occasions in world history.
It is one that is his favorite MO, but meanwhile back in the garden. He comes to Eve and says that God say that you can eat of any of the trees of the garden? She defends the truth of God said we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, 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, and the serpent said to the woman you will not surely die 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. Now, the subtlety drops and a direct assault on the truth of God is launched by the serpent who flatly contradicts what God had said God said if a B will certainly follow. If you eat of the tree. You shall surely die. Satan says you will not die. Satan says you will not die.
Satan says you will not die.
Satan is saying, you may disobey God and get away with it. You may transgress the law of God and facing the consequences.
You can commit cosmic treason against your creator and there is no death penalty because God loves everybody unconditionally is a message I hear from the secular world I hear from the church. The same message you will not die you will not die you will not die. So go ahead and get the subtlety comes to bear God knows that the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil will with the Shiseido that we meet I will be like God. Already like God and God created me in his image. Did not God create me in his likeness. I'm already godlike in that sense, all EAS server in a large long distance broad brush view of likeness.
But I'm talking about banal railway like God being divine politeness likeness. Eve that'll obliterate the distinction between creature and Creator not will you simply make more whole. I'm finite and limited, but will go to the next level you will be able to have the kind of knowledge that God has used shall be as God of the theologians look at that in history and they say that what is going on here in this enticement is an invitation to autonomy on invitation to the creator or to the creature to grasp for self rule autonomy means to be a law unto oneself again. What's the dynamic here in the history of the fall.
What is the conflict what is the basic point of collision. The collision occurs at the point of impact between the will of God and the will of man, and it is a battle for sovereignty is a battle for authority whose world is it close word shall prevail things is if you just paste that you will throw off the yoke of the bondage that the creator has put you under he will no longer be sovereign, because on that tree right there is the fruit of softened of autonomy. Who is this speaking, the one who is described in various Ways and Means throughout sacred Scripture who is represented chiefly in the New Testament by the man of lawlessness who was always the enemy of the law of God access the EV you want to live out your days under law. When I can give you freedom from the law. This is your ticket to soccer. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes.
A tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and she eight. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate and then Walla the eyes of them both were opened, and suddenly they knew good and evil. They didn't escape from the sovereignty of God. Their eyes were opened with the DC they saw their shame, they suddenly became aware of their nakedness of their bankruptcy of their impoverishment and fled to hide from the presence of God. Think of this.
You were made to rush to the presence of God to delight in the presence of God to enjoy the presence of God as he moves in the cool of the here, something happens because a barrier chasm a wall. Everyone described between the sweetness of communion that was the purpose of God for you in your very human existence. And now instead of rushing to embrace their creator when he comes into the garden. These first creatures run for their lives.
They hide they become fugitives from the gaze of God and beloved, we have been on that course from that very day and the rest of the history of this book from the dust of glory is not about Eve and Adam's pursuit to find God is not about Eve and Adam's resolve to come out from behind the bushes and embrace afresh the sweetness and the holiness of God with all the rest of this book is the story of God pursuing his creatures, stooping to close their naked dealing with their embarrassment covering their guilt and restoring their position as the God that's Dr. RC Sproul from his series, dust to glory. And you're listening to Renewing Your Mind. I'm Lee Webb, thank you for being with us today a holy God would've had every right to. In the story with a full, but as we just heard God is rich in mercy.
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