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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Adam, Eve and Us

another chance to teach on Wed. night.

Adam, Eve and Us
Genesis 2:15-3:14

Overview

2:15-17 Adam was put in the garden and given the limitation.
2:18-20 God sees that it is not good ro the man to be alone, but first He has the man name every creature and see for himself , that none of them are a “helper” suitable for him
2:21 Eve is created- Adam and Eve are to cleave, to be joined to become one flesh
2:25 “And they were both naked and were not ashamed.” The beauty of this is restored when church is really church - we are able to share and confess our sins and know that we will be prayed for, loved, supported and helped by other sinners.
3:1 The arrival of satan happens and the first thing he does is question the wisdom, love and power of God and His setting of a limit.
3:3 Eve adds to what God said - she got her information second hand so maybe Adam had added to it. Eve’s big mistake, entering into a conversation with satan.
3:4,5 Direct lies about God’s character
3:6 Eve stays around the tree (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life) 1John2:16
Adam was near-by, but not cleaving.
3:7 Shame, guilt
3:8 Hiding from God
3:9-13 God uncovers the sin
3:14 God’s first words are directed to the “serpent” and in them is hidden the gospel of hope.

Big Themes

The Tree of Life Vs The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Moment by moment dependence Follow a plan, program or set of rules
See from God’s perspective Judge - but always from a place of not knowing everything
What has God said? There is nothing wrong with that, it is ‘good.’
Humility waiting for guidance Pride seeking for the knowledge that puffs up

Cleaving

Deut. 30:20

The differences between the sexes are complimentary they are to be celebrated with humility. This is not an adversarial relationship.
A ‘becoming one’ - I don’t want to hurt you because when you are hurt, I am hurt.
Culture (satan) tearing away at this by making females more masculine and showing that they can do all things well. The point of God’s limit is to receive them as good, loving and helpful. There is true freedom only in His limits. There is bondage in complete freedom.

Why was the tree of life not attractive ?
Was it the cross?
Sin brought us into a place of being self - conscious

prior to this Adam and Eve were not aware that they were separate entities from God.


BONUS Material

John 12:20-26
Greeks ask to see Jesus.
Jesus puts them off for now, but with a message that indicates how to know Him forever.
Not just to meet Him here and now
Quote from Reggie “To find Jesus, follow the path of suffering and pain.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks like you are an expert in this field, you really got some great points there, thanks.

- Robson