#Genesis 3:1-6

DECEIVED

Genesis 3:1-6

INTRODUCTION

Deceived. Being led to have confidence in something that is not true. Few feelings are worse than the one we get when we first learn that we have been deceived. A friend caught in a lie. That great new product we ordered that does not at all resemble what we ordered. Or that lemon-mobile that Honest Earl sold us! It hurts, we’re angry, but now we have to live with the consequences.

Some people are masters of deception. But none is better at it than Satan. Our text today speaks of one who was deceived by Satan. The Bible calls her the mother of all living, we know her better as Eve. The Bible says that she was deceived into transgression by the Master of deception. The techniques that Satan used to deceive Eve he still uses on us today.

THEME: HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS Genesis 3:1

     A. God Had Given Eve Clear Instructions Genesis 2:16-17

          1. She could eat from every tree of the Garden 2:16

          2. She could eat freely from the trees 2:16

          3. Only one tree was she forbidden to eat, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 2:17

NOTE: God always gives us more things that we can do, than he tells us that we can’t do!

          4. The Penalty For Breaking This Restriction Was Clear 2:17

     B. But Satan Caused Eve To Focus On The Restriction Genesis 3:1

          1. He Re-worded God’s Command 3:1

          2. When Eve Focused On The Restriction She Expanded It 3:2

               a. We can’t eat of it

               b. We can’t even touch it

NOTE: Watch some one when they come upon a sign that says “Do not touch – wet paint” most of the time people will touch it. We have a natural desire for that which we can’t have. And giving in to that desire begins when we focus on the restriction.

T.S. HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

          I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS

II. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MINIMIZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE Genesis 3:4

     A. Eve Knew The Consequences 3:3

          1. They were immediate consequences “in that day” Genesis 2:17

          2. There were clear consequences “you shall surely die” Genesis 2:17

     B. Satan Denied The Consequences 3:4

          1. He made God look like someone just trying to intimidate them

NOTE: Satan still uses the same trick today. Many people who knowingly commit sin do so under the impression that what they are doing is forbidden just because God does not want them to have any fun. If God loves them then surely He will understand and not punish them.

          2. He denied God’s truth

     C. Eve Listened To Satan’s Lies And Minimized The Consequences

          1. God Had Said That If They Ate Of TheFruit They Would Surely Die 2:17

          2. Now She Told Satan “lest you die” 3:3

NOTE: The word “lest” in the Hebrew carries with it the idea of “perhaps,” from which we might say “you might die”

T.S. HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

          I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS

         II. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MINIMIZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

III. SATAN DECEIVES US BY RE-LABELING OUR ACTIONS Genesis 3:5

     A. Eve Now Saw That Which God Had Forbidden – To Be Of Benefit To Her

          1. Your eyes shall be opened

          2. You shall be as gods

NOTE: Not gods

          3. You shall know good and evil

     B. Eve Now Thought That God Did Not Want What Was Best For Her

          1. He caused Eve to think that what she was inferior

NOTE: She had all the trees of the garden to eat from except this one special tree

          2. He convinced her that she was unhappy

          3. He convinced her that God was not treating her fairly

T.S. HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

          I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS

         II. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MINIMIZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

        III. SATAN DECEIVES US BY RE-LABELING OUR ACTIONS

IV. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAKING EVIL LOOK GOOD Genesis 3:6

     A. Satan Mixed Good And Evil

          1. The fruit was good for food

          2. The fruit would make her wise

     B. Satan Mixed Sin With Beauty

          1. The fruit was pleasant to the eyes

          2. The tree attracted her “to be desired”

          3. Eating of this fruit would improve her life

NOTE: A practical definition of sin – Self improvement without God in the equation

NOTE: Satan today still makes evil look good. Advertising that makes that which God forbids look like the good life. The beautiful people who mock God with their success. And we are deceived into thinking that having what God forbids will improve our lives.

T.S. HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

          I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS

         II. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MINIMIZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

        III. SATAN DECEIVES US BY RE-LABELING OUR ACTIONS

        IV. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAKING EVIL LOOK GOOD

V. SATAN DECEIVES US BY CAUSING US TO MISUNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS Genesis 3:13-19

     A. Eve’s Disobedience Did Not Bring The Desired Result

          1. She wanted wisdom 3:6

          2. She received shame 3:7-10

          3. She wanted to be as God 3:5

          4. Now she hid from God 3:10

     B. Eve’s Actions Did Not Effect Just Her

          1. The Curse On Satan 3:14-15

          2. The Curse On Adam 3:17-19

          3. The Curse On The Earth 3:17-18

NOTE: Rarely do our sins effect just us. We need to be on guard against deception because the pain caused by our sin when we are deceived effect not only us but often those we love and care for.

CONCLUSION

HOW DOES SATAN DECEIVE US?

I. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAXIMIZING GOD’S RESTRICTIONS

II. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MINIMIZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

III. SATAN DECEIVES US BY RE-LABELING OUR ACTIONS

IV. SATAN DECEIVES US BY MAKING EVIL LOOK LIKE GOOD

V. SATAN DECEIVES US BY CAUSING US TO MISUNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS

#Genesis 3:1-7 Part I

WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

Genesis 3:1-7

Part I

INTRODUCTION

We are all experts in sin yet none of us have ever taken a course in Sin 101.

Not one of us here can remember the first time sin affected us or when we committed our first sin. Sin has been our companion from the cradle and will be with us to the grave.

It is beyond our present ability to comprehend how it would feel to be without sin. That probably will be one of the first thrills and wonders of heaven; no sin with us.

We are all practitioners for sin. Some of us might, unfortunately, consider ourselves experts in certain sins. Yet, what exactly is sin?

Some of the more knowledgeable in the Bible will quote I John 3:4, “… sin is transgression of the law.” And we will piously nod our head and go out and sin. After all, how many things in life are not mentioned in the Bible? Like Eve of old, we rationalize away the wrongness of our sin. After all, my sin is not as bad as his/her sin. How comforting it is to be a Pharisee.

Before we enter into this passage, we must know what sin is. Not what it is in Bible terminology, because we, in our sin, have learned long ago how to segregate the Bible from our life.

Not a theological definition, because we, in our sin, have learned how to ignore theological gas bags and their terminology. After all, they are not in the real world.

So, what is sin?

NOTE: Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “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.’”

Then 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.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Genesis 3:1-7 NKJV

Sin is self improvement without God. No matter what sin we can name, it entails self improvement without inquiring of God if it is right or not.

David sought self improvement without God in taking Bathsheba. He then improved his lot by killing her husband Uriah.

Judas sought self-improvement without God. His pockets were lined with silver not from God but his ability.

When we murder, we eliminate an individual who hinders our self improvement. That is the core plot of every murder mystery on TV.

We commit adultery, we enter into a relationship with someone who ‘improves’ us. “My wife (husband) doesn’t understand me.” Trading partner and live-ins like junior high young people looking for boy / girl friends.

When we divorce, we end a relationship that hinders our self-improvement.

When we steal, we improve self.

When we lie, to keep from being caught, we are doing it to improve self.

When we cheat on a test, we are doing it to improve self.

When we sell that car, knowing full well its defects, we are improving self, getting rid of a lemon. No longer my problem.

When we use people for our advancement.

When we manipulate the facts for our advantage.

When we seek self as the exalted center of our own private world, we are sinning! Sin!

The definition of ungodliness; Leaving God out of the equation.

We are learning how to sin: Improve ourselves without God being in the process.

It’s time we asked ourselves a question: Where did we get the idea that improvement is always good and always necessary? It is an axiom of this world, not of the Bible.

The materialistic prosperity theology of certain preachers smacks more of the world and its self-improvement than of the Bible. Good people, good sin, good God.

What does the Bible say?

But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6 KJV

Where is the godliness and contentment in divorce, stealing, cheating, murdering, adultery?

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content Philippians 4:1 NKJV

But they that wait (not improve) upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 KJV. cf. downward spiral, less and less strength.

If sin is self-improvement without God, how much time have we spent in this last week improving ourselves in ungodly decisions (decisions where we have not been led by Him)?

There are national sins such as a larger nation invading a smaller nation for the larger nation’s advantage.

There are racial / social sins where one class of people improves itself at the expense of another race / social class of people.

There are family sins where our family only associates with those who improve our standing.

There are personal sins. I don’t care who I use or what I have to do as long as I get what I want. I’ll pay the price to improve myself.

No matter what elements are in national, racial, social, family or personal sins, they all are self-improvement without God.

Here we are. Exhausting ourselves deceiving and being deceived, manipulating and being manipulated, all in the name of the god of advancement and self-improvement.

And through it all, Jesus has been patiently saying, “…I am come that (you) may have life, and that (you) might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

What should we do if we want to do things God’s way instead of self-improvement?

Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Psalm 40:4 NKJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time I Peter 5:6 KJV

Due time’, no equivalent in English, not, when its convenient on God’s agenda, but rather when it is right.

Then someone says, “My problem is too big to wait.” That is why Peter added casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NKJV

When we cease to improve self, wait upon the Lord, humble ourselves, then, and only then, can we begin to understand, … all things work together for good to them that love God…” Romans 8:28 KJV

So what is your life? Is it a temple of failed self-improvement? Are you reaching the place where it seems no improvement is possible?

If we confess our sins (self improvements), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus prayed in the garden, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 NKJV

Love is opposite of sin; give vs. take.

#Genesis 3:1-7 Part II

WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

Genesis 3:1-7

Part II

INTRODUCTION

We need to review a few brief thoughts from Part I.

Genesis 3:1-7 records the first ever act of sin by humans. We know quite a lot about sin because, even as Christians, we are not immune to sin. We are all sinners; Christians are just sinners saved by grace.

We practice sin, we experience sin and its effects, but what is sin? From God’s standpoint, sin is transgression of God’s law. From our standpoint, sin is self improvement without God.

Every act of sin we commit is an act of self improvement for ourselves or someone else without consulting God, asking His permission, seeking His will in the matter. As the world’s song says it, “I did it my way.”

What Eve did in our text is exactly how we sin today. Sin is the same, as it was 6,000 years ago, self-improvement without God.

And the steps that led Eve to sin are the same steps we take to improve ourselves without God being in the equation.

THEME: WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

I. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF LISTENING TO ‘REASON’ vs. 1

     A. The Serpent

          1. Used to disguise the tempter, Satan

          2. Satan uses others to lead us astray

     B. The Subtle Serpent

          1. Used in the Bible in both a good and bad way

NOTE: We have a choice

              a. Shrewd

              b. Clever

              c. Cunning

              d. Crafty

          2. Jesus told his disciples to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”

NOTE: Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 NKJV

     C. The Message

          1. Has God said?

               a. Elohim, not Jehovah

               b. General and indefinite name

               c. Not His personal name

           2. You shall not eat … ?

NOTE: Doubt is the father of every sin

          a. Instills doubt

          b. Raises a question as to God’s fairness

          c. Is God a friend or fiend?

          d. Her mind dwells on the prohibition instead of many freedoms

          3. Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

               a. He exaggerates the prohibition

               b. It is really the fact that God has prohibited you from eating of all the trees of the garden?

NOTE: Christians can’t do anything that is fun, can they?

T.S. WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

          I. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF LISTENING TO ‘REASON’

II. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF GIVING OUR OWN DEFENSE vs. 2-3

NOTE: When Jesus was tempted He quoted the Bible; we don’t

     A. We Misquote God’s Blessings To Us vs. 2

NOTE: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden

          1. God said, “every tree,” “freely eat” 2:16

          2. Eve loses sight of the goodness of God

          3. She omits “every” and “freely eat”

          4. As if permission grudgingly given

     B. We Overstate God’s Restrictions

NOTE: The tree that is in the midst of the garden

          1. She did not call the tree by the name God used

NOTE: Lifestyle instead of sin;

Relationship’ instead of adultery;

Motivation’ instead of covet

          2. She exaggerates God’s command and plays down the punishment

NOTE: We are open to attack when we:

          a. Don’t quote the Bible

          b. Misquote the Bible

               a. Neither shall ye touch it

               b. Lest ye die

                    1) You – not me

NOTE: We believe sin gets others, not us

                    2) Die -indefinite

NOTE: In the day

NOTE: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Genesis 2:17 NKJV

                         a) God said (Hebrew) you shall surely die (promised)

                         b) Eve said (Hebrew) it is possible we might die

T.S. WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

          I. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF LISTENING TO ‘REASON’

         II. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF GIVING OUR OWN DEFENSE

III. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF BELIEVING OTHERS RATHER THAN GOD vs. 4-5

     A. Because She Doubted, Satan Can Contradict God vs. 4

     B. The First Doctrine In The Bible To Be Revised Is God’s Judgment vs. 4

          1. In temptation Satan’s attack centers on God’s word

          2. Other’s word vs. God’s word

NOTE: Adam and Eve in their garden wanted independence; Jesus in His garden wanted the Father’s will

     C. The Tempter Quoted God, But Gave His Own Interpretation vs. 5

NOTE: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. II Peter 1:20 KJV

          1. God does know

               a. God has envy

               b. Puts God’s purposes in our ugly light

               c. Death is just a scare tactic

          2. In the day you eat there of

               a. Not, if you eat

               b. Rather, you will eat

          3. Be as gods

               a. Elohim – name of His power

               b. Be as powerful as God

               c. God becomes a rival and enemy

          4. Knowing good and evil

               a. Good and evil not clearly stated

               b. It seems to offer something good

          5. You shall be as gods

               a. Higher plane of life

               b. Why should God have all the fun?

T.S. WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

          I. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF LISTENING TO ‘REASON’

          II. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF GIVING OUR OWN DEFENSE

         III. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF BELIEVING OTHERS RATHER THAN GOD

IV. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF PARTICIPATION IN SIN vs. 6-7

NOTE: Eve made her decision on the basis of her own judgment and reasoning; she sought no counsel from Adam or God

     A. She Saw

          1. She did not speak a single word

          2. In her heart, her silence agreed with the serpent

     B. She Saw The Tree Was Good For Food

          1. Purely physical

          2. Lust of the eyes

          3. Pleasant to the eyes

NOTE: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

I John 2:15-17 NKJV

          a. Lust of the flesh – good for food

          b. Lust of the eyes – pleasant to the eyes

          c. Pride of life – to make one wise

NOTE: The three key words of Eve’s actions:

          a. She saw

          b. She desired

          c. She took

     C. She Gave Also Unto Her Husband With Her

          1. When she saw no judgment, she involved another in her sin

          2. Satan’s supreme accomplishment – the sinner becomes the seducer

NOTE: Satan did not tempt Adam; Eve did; others do Satan’s work

     D. They Experience The Disillusioning Experience That Follows Sin vs. 7

          1. Once comfortable with each other, they are now ill at ease

          2. The only knowledge they acquired; they knew they were naked

               a. No longer a blessed blindness to sin

               b. What was originally proper and comfortable (2:25) is now unpleasant and distasteful

     E. They Try To Cover Up Their Uncomfortableness

          1. They sowed fig leaves together

          2. They made aprons

NOTE: Fig leaves irritate

CONCLUSION

WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE WHEN WE SIN?

I. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF LISTENING TO “REASON”

II. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF GIVING OUR OWN DEFENSE

III. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF BELIEVING OTHERS RATHER THAN GOD

IV. WHEN WE SIN, WE TAKE THE STEP OF PARTICIPATION IN SIN

#Genesis 3:1,9;4:9

THE THREE GREATEST QUESTIONS WE MUST FACE

Genesis 3:1,9; 4:9

INTRODUCTION

Ever since we were knee high to a grasshopper we have been asked questions. Some one would come up and ask us how old we were. With great eagerness and intensity we would put up three fingers. Mom would interrupt and say we were only two, almost three. When we were four we still held up three fingers. We learned questions could be hard to answer.

And then we started to school. The questions seemed to never stop.

The day finally came when we decided we were too old to have to answer questions by Mom and Dad. So we got married. The questions a husband or wife can ask! “Where did the money go?” “Why didn’t you take me with you?” etc., etc., etc.

Then we had children. Children ask the shortest question in the world: Why? Parents think this is the only word kids know.

In the midst of all the questions we face in life we are confronted with frivolous questions, silly questions, important questions and serious questions.

What is the most serious question anyone has ever asked us? When we stand in light of eternity, there are three questions that we not only must ask, we must also answer them correctly.

In all honesty, how we respond to these questions affects how we will spend our lives and our eternity.

THEME: HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS? Genesis 3:1

NOTE: There will always be someone around us who questions God

     A. How Long Will You Refuse To Humble Yourself Before Me? Exodus 10:3

          1. Refusal to be humble before God is to declare war with the Almighty

          2. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty Proverbs 16:18

NOTE: Definition of haughty: Satisfied with one’s condition, not willing to change

     B. Who Would Set Briars And Thorns Against Me In Battle? Isaiah 27:4

           1. We don’t believe His word because of:

                a. Our reasons

                b. Our excuses

NOTE: Briars and thorns (strands of barbed wire) = reasons and excuses

          2. We set up briars and thorns to oppose His progress

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

          I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE? Genesis 3:9

     A. Can Any Hide Himself That I Shall Not See Him? Jeremiah 23:24

NOTE: Small children playing hide and seek by covering their faces is like us hiding from God

     B. The Thick Clouds Cannot Hide You

NOTE: And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?

Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, And He walks above the circle of heaven.’

Job 22:13-14 NKJV

     C. The Eyes Of The Lord Are In Every Place, Beholding The Evil And The Good Proverbs 15:3

     D. Is There Anything Too Hard For Me? Jeremiah 32:27

          1. He can, and will, save as many as believe

NOTE: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 17:2 KJV

          2. He saves unto the uttermost

NOTE: Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 NKJV

          3. Anything too hard for us is easy for God

NOTE: But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NKJV

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

          I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

         II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

III. TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS? Genesis 4:7

     A. The First And Greatest Question: What Shall I Do Then With Jesus?

NOTE: Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. Matthew 27:22 KJV

     B. The Second Greatest Question: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

NOTE: Keeper – Guardian

     C. The Great Commandment

NOTE: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.

Mark 12:30 NKJV

          1. Love the Lord – Jesus

           2. Love your neighbor as yourself

NOTE: Cain responded by killing his brother, Abel

Andrew responded by bringing his brother to Jesus

NOTE: He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).

And he brought him to Jesus …

John 1:41- 42 NKJV

     D. If We Believe, Then We Want Those Closest To Us To See Him Also

  E. Are We So Taken Up With Ourselves That We Have Forgotten We Have A Brother Or A Sister?

NOTE: We are all brothers and sisters in Adam

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

III. TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS?

#Genesis 3:7-8

THE RESULT OF SIN

Genesis 3:7-8

INTRODUCTION

Within this congregation are Christians who have lived in different stages of sin. Some here were saved at an early age, been in church all their life, and have never been out in the “real world.” Then there are others. They had no spiritual background. They, from their earliest days of life, knew nothing but sin.

Group one, the early age Christians have been blessed by not experiencing the dregs of sin. They do not know what it is like to lay awake at night and ask, “What if I have AIDS?” They have not experienced the hangovers of sin, the guilt and humiliation of failed sinful activities.

Group two, not only has the experience of sins, but also has the knowledge of sin. This group knows what it is like to wake up with the hang over of sin, the guilt and humiliation of failed sinful activities.

Adam and Eve were the first to experience the horror of knowing sin and the results of sinful activities. Their experience is our experience. No matter how little of a sin we have committed or how great of a sin we have committed, we know the shame of sin.

THEME: WHEN WE SIN:

I. WE KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD NOT KNOW vs. 7a

     A. Our Eyes Are Opened To Sin

          1. We have several types of eyes

               a. We have mental eyes

               b. We have physical eyes

              c. We have spiritual eyes

NOTE: Sin always affects our vision

          2. The tempter’s promise was kept

               a. Their eyes were opened

               b. He did not say what they would see

          3. They experienced the doctrine of depravity

               a. They knew good but unable to do it

               b. They knew evil but were unable to resist it

     B. We Have Knowledge We Did Not Have Before

          1. They found out

          2. They saw as they had never seen before

          3. Enlightenment becomes a nightmare

NOTE: For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Romans 7:19 ESV

     C. We Know Our Nakedness In The Midst Of Our Sin

          1. They eat

               a. They expect marvelous results

               b. They wait

               c. There grows on them the sense of shame

          2. The first noticeable effect of sin is shame

           3. They hardly got what they bargained for

           4. They now have a knowledge of good and evil

                a. Not as a result of having remained steadfast in the good

                b. But from the low level of sin

     D. The Knowledge Of Nakedness

          1. The only knowledge they acquired was their nakedness

          2. Nakedness before was wholly proper and comfortable

          3. Naked

               a. More than without clothes

               b. Without God

               c. Without righteousness

NOTE: The embarrassment of standing before God naked spiritually at the Great White Throne

          4. Disillusioning experience follows the sin

               a. Where are the attractive predictions the serpent had made to them?

               b. The world at which they looked was spoiled as they projected evil onto innocence

NOTE: Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled Titus 1:15 KJV

T.S. WHEN WE SIN:

          I. WE KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD NOT KNOW

II. WE TRY TO COVER UP OUR SINS vs. 7b

     A. The Sewing Of Fig Leaves Together

NOTE: The oldest occupation is gardening; the second oldest is sewing (covering up sin)

          1. Instead of driving them back to God, their guilt leads them into:

               a. Self atoning

               b. Self protecting

               c. Self covering

          2. We can hide our nakedness from each other but not from God

     B. They Made Themselves Aprons

          1. The covering of their nakedness by sewing fig leaves

          2. The nakedness is first spiritual, before it is physical

          3. The original wholeness they had enjoyed had been shattered

          4. Fig leaves represent man’s earliest attempt to cover up his sin

          5. Sin makes us ill at ease with each other

               a. A foreshadow of fallen human relations in general

               b. Fig leaves irritate

          6. To try to make us fit for the presence of God

T.S. WHEN WE SIN:

          I. WE KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD NOT KNOW

         II. WE TRY TO COVER UP OUR SINS

III. WE HIDE FROM GOD vs. 8

     A. The Blessing: We Can Still Hear God When We Are In Sin

          1. For Adam and Eve the voice of God was a time of hiding

          2. For Moses: When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, Acts 7:31 KJV

          3. For Isaiah: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 KJV

     B. The Walk Of God

          1. When we are in sin, any movement by God is fearful

          2. Before sin Adam and Eve walked with God daily

          3. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. Genesis 17:1 NKJV

          4. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Psalm 119:3 KJV

     C. They Hid From God

          1. They drew back

          2. Instead of running to Him, they run from Him

               a. Now the sound of God arouses fear rather than joyful anticipation

               b. The natural result of spiritual death

          3. Before sin, the voice of God was joy and delight

          4. Adam And Eve hid but God found them

               a. He knew they had sinned

               b. He made the approach

NOTE: And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,

and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”

Revelation 6:15-16 NKJV

NOTE: And they shall see his face … Revelation 22:4 KJV

     D. They Hid From His Presence

          1. Nothing had changed about God

          2. Everything had changed about them

          3. With no sin His presence is joy

           4. With sin His presence is fear

NOTE: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

Psalm 139:7-10 NASB

     E. They Hid In The Garden

           1. Enclosure

           2. The most beautiful place is a prison when we sin

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE SIN:

I. WE KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD NOT KNOW

II. WE TRY TO COVER UP OUR SINS

III. WE HIDE FROM GOD

#Genesis 12:6-9

TO DETERMINE VALUE

Genesis 12:6-9

INTRODUCTION

How are we to determine the value of our worth? Some would do time studies on us to evaluate our efficiency on the job and in the home. Some would consider what it would cost to replace us with someone from the work force. Some would be nostalgic and say we are priceless.

As Christians we must never forget, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 KJV.

We are worth a lot. God cared so much that He gave His son for us. No matter what we have done, we are valuable to God. No matter how low the sin, not matter how dark the sin, no matter how stained the sin, God still values us.

THEME: WHEN WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO:

I. WE HAVE A PLACE TO BE vs. 6

     A. We Will Go Where God Wants Us To Go

          1. Sichem

               a. Near the center of the land

               b. Called the natural capital of the land

               c. The crossroads of the land

               d. The place of decision

          2. The stages of Abram’s faith

               a. The first stage – By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrews 11:8 KJV

               b. The second stage – By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:9-10 KJV

               c. Abram is an example of how to be a pilgrim

                    1) Not someone who has merely left home

                    2) A person who has done that but no more than that is a drifter

                    3) A pilgrim is one who has left home but is also traveling to another home

                    4) A pilgrim has had a vision of a goal, a destination, and is determined to hang loose on everything else until the achievement of that new and better place

NOTE: “The pilgrims were clothed with such kind of raiment as was diverse from the raiment of any that traded in that fair. The people, therefore, of the fair made a great gazing upon them. Some said they were fools, some they were Bedlams, and some they are outlandish men … Few could understand what they said. They naturally spoke the language of Canaan, but they that kept the fair were the men of the world, so that, from one end of the fair to the other, they seemed barbarians each to each other … But that which did not amuse the merchandisers was, that these pilgrims set very light by all their wares. They cared not so much s to look upon them, and if they called upon them to bury, they would put their fingers in their ears, and cry, ‘Turn away mine eyes from beholding Vanity,’ and look upwards, signifying that their trade and traffic was in heaven.”

At Vanity Fair

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

NOTE: Three marks of the pilgrim:

          a. He wears different clothing; clothed in Christ’s righteousness rather than in his own self-righteousness

          b. He speaks a different language; the followers of Christ speak often of him and His concerns

          c. He holds different values; the world has lost its appeal for those whose eyes are set on God’s glory

NOTE: It is of the utmost importance that the children of God should live this detached life as a testimony to the world. How will people believe us, when we talk about our hope, if it does not wean us from excessive devotion to the things around us? If we are quite as eager, or careworn, quite as covetous or grasping, quite as dependent on the pleasures and fascinations of this passing world as them selves, may they not begin to question whether our profession be true, on the one hand, or whether after all there be a real city yonder, on the other.

We must not go on as we are. Professing Christians are too much taken up in business cares, in pleaser-seeking, in luxury, and self-indulgence. there is slight difference between the children of the kingdom and the children of this generation. The shrewdest observer could hardly detect any in their homes, in the education of their children, in their dress, or in their methods of doing business. they eat, they drink; they buy, they sell; they plant, they build; they marry, they give in marriage – though the flood is already breading through the crumbling barriers to sweep them all away.

F. B. Meyer

     B. We Will Ignore The Inhabitants

NOTE: And the Canaanite was then in the land

          a. Cana

          b. Zealous

          1. The ten spies told Moses they were giants in the land

NOTE: In the days of Moses the ten spies were afraid of the giants in the land. Why many of us do not obey the Lord; we have our eyes on the giants of this world

          2. A problem that became a test of his obedience

               a. Someone else was there before him

               b. How can it be given to Abraham if someone else is already there?

               c. The Canaanites were exceedingly wicked and violent people

               d. They were a race corrupt beyond description and cursed and condemned by God

               e. Abram saw all the good places in the grip of the ungodly

          3. Abram did not try to do God’s work

               a. Abram did not do as Solomon and marry into the important families of the Canaanites so he could inherit the land

               b. Abram did not start buying up the land

          4. He waited for God to speak

               a. When God did, Abram worshipped

               b. Abram was content to leave all the details in God’s hands

NOTE: Although the Canaanites were in the land, so was God. God is mightier than the Canaanites

T.S. WHEN WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO:

          I. WE HAVE A PLACE TO BE

II. WE HAVE A PROMISE TO RECEIVE vs. 7

     A. And The Lord Appeared Unto Abram

          1. The first time in Scripture where we read of an actual appearance of God since Adam

          2. A visible manifestation

          3. Enoch maybe walked with God as we walk with God

          4. Noah may only have heard God

     B. Unto Thy Seed Will I Give This Land

           1. The land was never given to Abram

           2. The land was given to Abram

           3. Abram did not live for himself; he lived for his descendants

     C. There Built He An Altar Unto The LORD

          1. Here he planted a flag so to speak in the heart of the promised land and declared that God rules everywhere

          2. How Abram lived

               a. Abram arrived at a place

               b. He recognized God’s presence

               c. He raised an altar as a testimony to God’s claim upon that place

               d. Abram passed on to other places but the altars remained

          3. An altar is a witness to the fact that in this place:

               a. A child of God once knelt and prayed

               b. A child of God proclaimed the gospel of grace

               c. A child of God claimed that spot for God’s glory

NOTE: Being a pilgrim does not mean that we are to pass through this world and leave it untouched. We leave a witness everywhere

NOTE: Abram passed through Canaan. Canaan did not pass through Abram. Canaan was never exactly the same after Abram.

NOTE: When we are gone our home, our fortune, our memory will dissipate faster than dandelion seeds in the wind. But our witness will not.

T.S. WHEN WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO:

          I. WE HAVE A PLACE TO BE

         II. WE HAVE A PROMISE TO RECEIVE

III. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE vs. 8-9

     A. The Two Options vs. 8

          1. Bethel – the house of God

          2. Hai – Heap of ruins

NOTE: Abram pitched his tent between the “house of the Lord” and the “heap of ruins”

NOTE: God offers His house to those who have lost their own Quoted

NOTE: The two places reminded Abram of reality and what the world is really like and what God is really like

     B. Abram’s Choice Of Building

          1. There is a difference between pitching the tent and building the alter

          2. ‘Pitching’ is temporary

          3. ‘Building’ is more permanent

          4. The only structures Abram ever left behind were altars

               a. No houses

               b. No cities

               c. No towers

NOTE: And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4 NKJV

     C. Abram Completed God’s Command vs. 9

          1. Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south

          2. South

               a. Negev

               b. Parched place

          3. He traveled through the entire land God promised him

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO:

I. WE HAVE A PLACE TO BE

II. WE HAVE A PROMISE TO RECEIVE

III. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE

#Genesis 3:9-14

AVOIDING RESPONSIBILITY

Genesis 3:9-14

INTRODUCTION

As children there was a great trauma in life. We got caught doing something our parents told us explicitly not to do. Those horrible words, “Why did you disobey me!” Painful. But we tried out our fledgling lawyer role. “He (or she as the case may be) made me do it.” “I didn’t think it was that bad.” And the great clincher, “Well, everybody else was doing it.” And usually it was trauma when board of education was applied to the seat of learning.

But those childish days are nothing compared to the day when Someone will ask, “Why did you disobey me?” As children we could occasionally lie our way out of punishment because our parents or teacher did not have all the facts. But this One has more facts about our acts of sin that even we do. And He is exact in deciding responsibility.

The terror of this scene is found in its being a foretaste of that moment after we each die and stand before the judgment of God

THEME: WHEN GOD APPROACHES US ABOUT OUR SIN:

I. HE WANTS TO HELP US REPENT vs. 9-10

     A. God Called Adam, Not Adam Called God vs. 9

          1. LORD

               a. Jehovah

               b. God in His covenant relationship to us

               c. Not God as Avenger

          2. Called

               a. Utter a loud sound

               b. To summon

               c. To invite

NOTE: God made it so that it was impossible for Adam not to hear Him call

          3. The Lord asks a question

               a. Not a command

               b. God draws us out of our sin, not commands us out of our sin

               c. Tenderness rather than toughness

NOTE: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”

He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 NKJV

          4. Where are you?

               a. God’s first words to fallen mankind has all the marks of grace

               b. The first words spoken by God after man’s fall into sin are a question designed to get Adam to face up to what he and Eve had done

               c. God tries to draw, rather than drive, Adam out of hiding

                    1) We seek to hide from God

                    2) God seeks to find us

NOTE: How the question can be interpreted

          a. God in tears, Poor Adam what has become of you

          b. God mad, Look what you have done to yourself!

          c. God making Adam face the fact of his sin

     B. Adam Evaded God’s Question vs. 10

          1. And he said

               a. When God called Adam, he answered

               b. We no longer can hide when God calls

NOTE: Everyone responds

God called Moses from the burning bush and Moses responded

God called Lazarus and he responded from the tomb

          2. When we are in sin we are “I” oriented

               a. I, not we

               b. I heard

               c. I was afraid

               d. I was naked

               e. I hid myself

          3. Adam does not answer God’s question

               a. He answers why he is hiding

               b. Adam uses:

                    1) Half truth

                    2) Evasion

                    3) Attempted deception

          4. I heard Your voice and was afraid

               a. Afraid of God

                    1) Adam blames God

                    2) I would not have fled if Your voice had not frightened me

               b. First time “afraid” is used in the Bible

                    1) Afraid is found at least 319 times in the Bible

                    2) First time in the New Testament is when the angels came to tell of the birth of the Savior

NOTE: Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30 NKJV

          5. I hid myself

               a. The garden was a perfect place, made by God

               b. The garden was Adam’s home

               c. The garden was where God walked with Adam

              d. With sin, the garden was a place of dread when God came in

              e. When we are in sin, even the most beautiful place is an enclosure

          6. I was naked

               a. Yet he was clothed

               b. Nothing can hide the spiritual nakedness of sin

T.S. WHEN GOD APPROACHES US ABOUT OUR SIN:

          I. HE WANTS TO HELP US REPENT

II. HE WANTS US TO CONFESS OUR SIN vs. 11-12

     A. The Two Questions Of God vs. 11

          1. Who told thee that you were naked?

               a. God did not ask questions to gain information

               b. God asked questions to get Adam and Eve to confess and repent

               c. Personal confession for personal sin

          2. Have thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that thou should not eat?

               a. This question urges confession rather than condemnation

               b. Now was the moment they could have confessed

     B. Adam Compounded His Sin By Trying To Excuse Himself And Shift The Blame To Others

          1. Adam blamed God – You gave her to me

NOTE: God you gave me a dangerous companion

               a. The woman You gave me

NOTE: He did not use her personal name

               b. Finding fault with God’s work

          2. Adam blamed Eve

               a. She gave to me

               b. I did eat (not, I did sin)

          3. Through rationalization the criminal becomes the victim

               a. Adam tries to minimize his part in this sin

               b. By verbal hiding another obstacle is put in the way of mercy

NOTE:  And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ Luke 15:21 NKJV

T.S. WHEN GOD APPROACHES US ABOUT OUR SIN:

          I. HE WANTS TO HELP US REPENT

         II. HE WANTS US TO CONFESS OUR SIN

III. HE WANTS US TO FACE OUR SIN vs. 13

     A. God’s Question To Eve

          1. What is this?

               a. There is no anger

               b. There is an attempt to allow confession

          2. Not, Where are you?

          3. What have you done?

     B. Eve’s Response To God

          1. Eve compounded her sin

               a. She excused herself

               b. She blamed the serpent

NOTE: He deceived (beguiled)me

          2. Three important things about sin

               a. It is progressive

                    1) It makes excuses

                    2) It runs away from God

                    3) It accuses God

                    4) It refuses to confess

NOTE: Both Adam and Eve “appeared” to confess their sin

          a. Both said “I ate it”

          b. They were admitting only what could not be denied

          c. They were pleading extenuating circumstances

NOTE: When we deny our guilt there are only two we can blame:

          a. God – Adam blamed God

          b. Satan – Eve blamed Satan

NOTE: Martin Luther said Adam in reality said, “You, Lord, have sinned.”

               b. It is the same everywhere

                    1) Sin does not want to be sin

                    2) Sin does not want to be punished

                    3) Sin wants to be righteous

NOTE: In India there is a hard paved road and a dirt road beside it. The camels use the dirt road (easier on their feet). In the rainy season the dirt road becomes a quagmire. One man walking on the hard paved road tells a man stuck in the mire to walk easier on the hard paved road. He does and it is so much easier. But it is still headed to the same destination.

The broad road that leads to destruction has a muddy side and a paved side. Sin is sin whether it is dressed in rags or fine linen.

Donald G. Barnhouse

               c. Sin blinds us even to God’s goodness

                    1) Adam and Eve were not immediately condemned

                    2) They experienced the great kindness and mercy of God

NOTE: God tried to encourage Adam and Eve to acknowledge and repent of their sin

NOTE: They were sorry they had gotten caught

               a. They were fearful of the consequences

               b. There is no indication of true repentance

               c. They merely attempted to justify themselves

CONCLUSION

WHEN GOD APPROACHES US ABOUT OUR SIN:

I. HE WANTS TO HELP US REPENT

II. HE WANTS US TO CONFESS OUR SIN

III. HE WANTS US TO FACE OUR SIN

#Genesis 4:1-8

HOW TO FAIL BEFORE GOD

Genesis 4:1-8

INTRODUCTION

If a list were to be compiled of things that are common to mankind, probably very close to the top of the list would be failure. Everyone sometimes experiences failure, most of us more often than what we would like to admit. Nothing succeeds like success; nothing fails like failure.

Failure may not always be a bad thing. For some, failure simply makes them do a better, more determined job with an outcome that exceeds their original expectations. For others, failure is the end of the line. They refuse to progress because of their fear of failure.

But of all the failures of life there is one failure that has eternal consequence: Failure before God. We can overcome failure in interpersonal relationships or work but permanent failure before God has eternal consequences. Such is the case of our subject today, Cain.

THEME: HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD?

I. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION 4:1-2

     A. That Is Recognized By Those Closest To Us vs. 1

          1. Born of the first parents (prestige)

               a. Adam – Father of the race

               b. Eve his wife

         2. Named Cain

              a. ‘The acquired one’

              b. ‘Gain’

          3. “I have gotten the man from the Lord”

               a. The redeemer

               b. The seed of the woman

               c. The one who will get us back into the Garden

     B. That Is More Excellent Than Others Around Us

          1. Abel

               a. Vanity

               b. Loss

               c. Vapor

NOTE: Our life is a vapor

          2. Abel was a keeper of the sheep

               a. For clothing

NOTE: Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21 KJV

               b. For sacrifice

               c. For food

          3. Cain was a tiller of the ground

               a. Nowhere does the Scripture suggest that one of these two occupations is inferior to the other

               b. Even in the Levitical offerings of Moses flour or meal is offered to God

          4. A comparison of jobs

NOTE: It is God’s will that people should differ in their tastes, talents, and pursuits

               a. Abel was more nomadic

               b. Cain was a landowner; more stable

NOTE: And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15 NKJV

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

II. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK 4:3-4

     A. At The Proper Time – “In Process Of Time”

          1. End of days of Sabbath

          2. A stated time or season of devotion

          3. The tenor of Scripture seems to indicate this is not the first time they had brought offerings to the Lord

     B. As A Leader

          1. Cain brought his offering first before Abel

          2. First does not prove devoutness

     C. Observe Who Is Successful Before God

          1. Abel brought the firstlings of his flock (first fruits)

               a. Gave the best – fat thereof

               b. Pure devout worship

          2. Cain simply brought fruits of the ground, not first fruits

               a. Because it was time to give

               b. Pure formalism

     D. Cain And Abel Worshipped Outwardly Alike

          1. At same time

          2. At the same place

          3. To same God

          4. Gave from the produce of their occupations

NOTE: The Hebrew word here for offering is used in the Levitical laws for the bloodless thank offering and peace offering of flour and oil or frankincense

     E. The Lord Had Respect Unto Abel And To His Offering

          1. Abel is the first in the ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11

               2. Jesus called Abel:

                    a. Righteous

NOTE: that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Matthew 23:35 NKJV

                    b. Prophet

NOTE: that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,

from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

Luke 11:50-51 NKJV

NOTE: Free and joyful heart (Lord loves a cheerful giver) vs. a legal, reluctant state of the heart

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

         II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP 4:5-7

     A. Demand Things Go Our Way

          1. The Lord had not respect unto Cain and his offering

NOTE: Cain offering to keep on good terms with God but God will reject the most perfect sacrifice offering by an apostate heart.

               a. An apostate heart – Cain first, offering second

               b. A clean, proper heart before God – God first, offering second, us last

          2. Cain brought his offering as one entitled, in his own name, to present it, as one seeking by means of it to satisfy his God

NOTE: Cold and calculating homage, self confidence

          3. Had Cain presented it by faith “he would have obtained witness that he was righteous”

NOTE: By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11:4 NKJV

NOTE: We are accepted by faith, not works of righteousness

NOTE: By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 NKJV

          4. Cain was very mad and his countenance fell

               a. ‘Mad’ – ‘It burned him up’

               b. Countenance – glance fell, he looked down instead up to God

     B. Ignore The Lord’s Love vs. 6-7

          1. Two ways Cain was dealt with

               a. His conscience vs. 5

               b. The Lord vs. 6-7

          2. As in the case of the first sin (Genesis 3:9), the Lord came to the sinner, not the sinner to God

          3. The three questions of the Lord

               a. Why are you mad (burning)?

               b. Why has thy countenance fallen?

               c. If you do well will you not be accepted?

NOTE: ‘Accepted’ (Hebrew – lifted up countenance)

NOTE: With ultimate tenderness and concern the Lord encouraged Cain to assess himself

          4. Sin lies at the door

               a. As a wild beast thirsting for your blood (unto you shall be his desire)

               b. You shall (can) rule over him

NOTE: Cain was the first man to let sin rule over him

NOTE: not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. I John 3:12 NKJV

          5. Cain’s silence

               a. No thanks to God for the warning

               b. No repentance of his jealousy

               c. No mending of his ways

               d. A stubborn silence seems to be all he had to offer

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

         II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

        III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP

IV. BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR FAILURE 4:8

     A. Talk With Them

          1. Cain saved his words for Abel

          2. Don’t know if friendship or controversy

               a. May be friendship on the part of Abel

               b. May be courtesy on the part of Cain

     B. Walk With Them At Work

          1. Abel had faith towards God

          2. He was ready to place confidence in his brother also

     C. Kill Them (cf. Destroy Character)

          1. As Cain’s wrath could not reach God he vents it on his brother

          2. Cain adds to his ungodliness

               a. Envy

               b. Hatred

               c. Murder

          3. He rose up against (in a hostile sense)

          4.Abel his brother’ brings out the horror of the sins

               a. Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Genesis 4:8 NKJV (twice)

               b. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 NKJV

               c. And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. Genesis 4:10 NKJV

               d. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. Genesis 4:11 NKJV

NOTE: Of all failure, the worse is failure toward God. The consequences are eternal. Some will fail regarding salvation. Some will fail in their Christian living. But there is a way out before it is too late.

CONCLUSION

HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP

IV. BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR FAILURE

#Genesis 4:9-15

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN

Genesis 4:9-15

INTRODUCTION

Cain sinned. He sinned in his worship. He let sin rule over him and murdered his brother Abel.

When we think of Cain we don’t think of him as the first born human. We think of him as the first murderer.

There is no way to truly beautify sin. Sin is horrible. But in one sense of the word sin is not too bad; that is, compared to the consequences that follow. Cain’s act of murdering his brother was horrible in every way but it was done quickly. In a matter of minutes it was over. Yet the

consequences of that sin lasted the rest of Cain’s life. If he never confessed his sin then the consequences are still hounding Cain today in hell.

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE COMMIT A SIN?

I. THE LORD GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT 4:9-10

NOTE: The Lord went to Cain, not the other way around

     A. Where Is Abel Your Brother?

          1. This was not because the Lord couldn’t find Abel

          2. This was to give Cain an opportunity to confess

NOTE: Adam and Eve acknowledged their sin; Cain didn’t

     B. I Know Not

          1. The first outright lie to God in the Bible

          2. An air of defiance as though he was the injured party

NOTE: Defiance grows with sin

     C. Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

          1. Worded in Hebrew so as to draw out a negative answer

          2. Am I supposed to watch him all the time?

          3. He challenges God’s right to question him

     D. What Have You Done?

          1. Not, guess what someone did

          2. Though the righteous is allowed to fall before the wicked, the wicked is not to be allowed to escape

     E. The Voice Of Your Brother’s Blood Cries Unto Me From The Ground

NOTE: First reference to blood in the Bible

          1. Cain could halt the prophesying of Abel but not the cry of his blood

          2. … precious shall be their blood in His sight Psalm 72:14 KJV

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE COMMIT A SIN?

          I. THE LORD GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT

II. THE LORD GIVES JUDGMENT TO ENCOURAGE US TO REPENT 4:11-12

NOTE: Cain’s hard lot is to drive him to repentance

     A. He Is Now Cursed From The Earth

NOTE: The first three curses in the Bible

          a. Serpent

NOTE: So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life. Genesis 3:14 NKJV

          b. Ground

NOTE: Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of 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. Genesis 3:17 NKJV

          c. Cain

NOTE: So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. Genesis 4:11 NKJV

     B. The Ground Will Not Yield You Her Strength

          1. The two parts of the curse

               a. Driven away from good land

               b. Compelled to stray about the earth

          2. This curse does not bar Cain from the possibility of salvation

NOTE: Those who do things their way will only produce ‘thorns and thistles’

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE COMMIT A SIN?

          I. THE LORD GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT

         II. THE LORD GIVES JUDGMENT TO ENCOURAGE US TO REPENT

III. THE LORD PUTS US IN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN REPENT 4:13-14

     A. My Punishment Is Greater Than I Can Bear

          1. He had sorrow but no repentance, no grief over sin

          2. His focus was on punishment, not his sin

          3. The contrast

               a. We carry it by enduring its punishment

               b. God takes away guilt by forgiving it

     B. The Farther From God We Go, The Deeper We Fall Into The Danger Of Death

NOTE: … the way of the transgressor is hard Proverbs 13:15 KJV

          1. From thy face shall I be hid

          2. No more seeking the presence of Jehovah through prayer and sacrifice

     C. Sin Develops A Phobia Or Fear

          1. “Everyone shall slay me”

          2. Cain expressed not repentance but fear

NOTE: Many phobias are the result of sin

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE COMMIT A SIN?

          I. THE LORD GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT

         II. THE LORD GIVES JUDGMENT TO ENCOURAGE US TO REPENT

        III. THE LORD PUTS US IN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN REPENT

IV. THE LORD PROTECTS US IN THE MIDST OF PUNISHMENT 4:15

     A. Cain Does Not Get Full Protection From God

          1. Only a promise that anyone who kills him gets a sevenfold punishment

          2. Cain suffered a social human death – cut all from social contact

     B. Why Did God Permit Cain To Live?

          1. The mercy of God

          2. Hope of Cain’s eventual repentance

NOTE: David and Uriah – David repented

     C. The Lord Set A Mark Before Cain

          1. A sign

NOTE: All of the other 75 times found in Old Testament it is translated ‘sign’

          2. A pledge

          3. A token

NOTE: A sad fact of Cain is not only did Cain not repent but his descendants also lived their lives without any acknowledgment of God.

Yet to this day Cain is paying the consequences of his sin. But there is a greater blood. The blood of Abel cries “Judgment.” The blood of Christ cries louder for mercy than the blood of Abel for vengeance if we will claim the blood of Christ.

The blood of Jesus of Nazareth will never lose its power. It takes scarlet sins and makes them white as snow. And it can take the consequences of sin and give us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.

CONCLUSION

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE COMMIT A SIN?

I. THE LORD GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT

II. THE LORD GIVES JUDGMENT TO ENCOURAGE US TO REPENT

III. THE LORD PUTS US IN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN REPENT

IV. THE LORD PROTECTS US IN THE MIDST OF PUNISHMENT

#Genesis 12:10-20

THE FRAILTY OF GOD’S SAINTS

Genesis 12:10-20

INTRODUCTION

Down deep every child of God wants to do right before God. We don’t want to sin. We don’t want to suffer the consequences of sin in our lives. How many of us would like to go back to times in our past and correct a sin that we did. How many of us would like to be pure and clean from every sin in our life today. How many of us would like to have the confidence that for the rest of our lives we would never sin again. Until we get to heaven that is not a possibility.

Our passage today is the story of a man who had a track record of following God. Then he blew it. He blew it because he forgot the difference between blessings and prosperity. God told Abram to go the Canaan so He could bless him. Abram went to Egypt so he could prosper.

Abram, like us had steps of faith and steps of unfaith (unbelief). Like a coin has a head and a tail, every event in life can either draw us to God or draw us away from God. If Abram stayed in the famine his faith would have grown because he would have trusted in God. He would have seen the Lord providing. Because he did not stay in Canaan the same famine that could have been a means of spiritual growth actually took him away form God, led to sin and brought great humiliation

There are choices and questions that we have every day of our life.

Questions in sin:

“What has God let this happen to me?”

Doesn’t He care?

“Why has God abandoned me?”

Statements in righteousness:

“Here is another opportunity for me to trust God.”

“I wonder what wonderful things He is going to do for me this time.”

“We can build a great spiritual heritage through this!”

NOTE: It sometimes takes more grace to stay in Canaan than to get to Canaan

God arranges the steps of faith in an upward direction so that our spiritual muscles will grow strong and we can eventually scale the heights of great blessings.

THEME: WHEN WE CEASE WALKING WITH GOD:

I. WE FORGET TO ASK GOD’S WILL 12:10

NOTE: Seven trials in Abram’s life up to this time

          a. His wife was barren

          b. His destination was unknown

          c. He was leaving his people

          d. On the way, the company was further diminished: Terah died

          e. He found no permanent home

          f. The Canaanites were in Canaan

          g. There was famine

     A. Abram Refused To Go Back Home To Ur

          1. Yet it seemed he was about to lose everything to the famine

          2. Abram trusted himself instead of God and strayed from the place of blessing

               a. We reason that obeying God is all right so long as all goes right

               b. When trouble comes, piety goes out the window

               c. Just because we are faithful to God does not mean we are promptly rewarded in all cases

               d. When we ‘fail,’ we turn to the world for aid

NOTE: The world does provide for its own and those who will go its way

     B. The Choice Of Unbelief

           1. He did not consider trusting God

           2. He saw the circumstances but he did not see the whole picture, including God Who is the God of circumstances

NOTE: Peter performed a miracle and walked on water. He was okay until he took his eyes off Jesus Matthew 14:30

NOTE: The giants and the grasshoppers

          a. The giants were no less giants to the two spies than to the ten but they knew God could overcome them

           b. The ten saw only giants and thus became grasshoppers in their own self-estimation

NOTE: Someone asked A Christian how he was doing. “Not too bad under the circumstances.” The questioner retorted back, “What are you doing under the circumstances? A Christian is supposed to be on top of them.”

     C. The Lack Of Worship

           1. Abram worshipped at Bethel and left there

NOTE: Bethel – House of God

          2. Abram’s last recorded residence before his going to Egypt

          3. Scripture does not record Abram worshipping again until he returned to Bethel

NOTE: The litmus test of the vitality of our personal Christianity – Worship of God

Is worship a chore?

Is worship a joy in the company of other Christians?

     D. Abram Went Down Into Egypt

NOTE: First time Egypt is mentioned in the Bible.

And it is mentioned in the context of a saint of God back-sliding.

          1. In the Bible Egypt stands for the wrong alliance

          2. Egypt is a type of the world

          3. God’s people are not to go to Egypt for help

          4. To rely on Egypt means trusting human resources rather than God

     E. Abram Went To Sojourn There

          1. Abram looked at his trip to Egypt only as temporarily

          2. True but also a spiritual failure

NOTE: The sudden transition that can be made from the plane of faith to the plane of fear

T.S. WHEN WE CEASE WALKING WITH GOD:

          I. WE FORGET TO ASK GOD’S WILL

II. WE FORGET TO TELL THE TRUTH 12:11-16

     A. The Sin Of Self Confidence vs. 11

          1. When we are cut off from God by unbelief and other sins, our next step is self-confidence

          2. We substitute our confidence for the confidence of God

          3. We substitute our wisdom for the wisdom of God

          4. Abram determined, without God, to go to Egypt

                a. Abram, without God, faced the dangers that would meet him there

                b. He could not trust God for protection in this matter

                c. He had abandoned his trust in God

                d. He fell back on his own devices (reasonings)

     B. The Sin Of A Half-Lie vs. 12-13

          1. Sarai

               a. Princess

               b. Fair

               c. Beautiful

          2. Sarai was his half sister so he was not technically lying

               a. He could have said he meant well by it

               b. A lie is a lie no matter how we excuse it

NOTE: Whenever we want to do something wrong, we will always be able to find some good reasons for doing it. If we cannot think of them, the devil will supply the reasons.

          3. We go from a half-truth to a false impression to an actual lie

     C. The Sin Of Dragging Others Into Our Sin vs. 13

          1. He gets Sarai to lie

          2. Lot will have to lie

          3. The servants will have to lie

NOTE: Sin is like a snowball rolling downhill

The impossibility of sinning “just a little bit”

Sin is stronger than we are

          4. Abram never sank lower, as far as we know, than when he made this request

               a. The heroic spiritual giant was sadly lacking

               b. “Because of you:” If anything bad happens, its your fault

     D. The Result Of Abram’s Lack Of Faith And His Lie vs. 14-16

          1. The Egyptians saw that Sarai was beautiful vs. 14

          2. Pharaoh thought she was available vs. 15

          3. Abram got wealthy because of a lie

               a. Many other Old Testament individuals whose material prosperity is directly tied to God’s blessings

               b. Abram has come upon his wealth through a means other than divine blessing

NOTE: Was it worth it?

NOTE: Family moving to a town without a church

          4. Proverbs attributes all poverty to laziness

               a. Poverty is a sin according to Proverbs

               b. Proverbs does not attribute all wealth to virtue

NOTE: Treasures of wickedness profit nothing Proverbs 12:2

T.S. WHEN WE CEASE WALKING WITH GOD:

          I. WE FORGET TO ASK GOD’S WILL

         II. WE FORGET TO TELL THE TRUTH

III. WE FORGET TO REPENT 12:17-20

     A. Others Pay For Our Sin vs. 17

          1. Pharaoh was in the right

          2. He acted in good faith

          3. Abram practiced deception

     B. We Will Be Embarrassed By Others vs. 18

           1. Abram had no idea what was going to happen in Egypt

NOTE: Only God can truly see the future

           2. He finds his scheme inadequate

           3. Sarai is taken from his protection and placed in Pharaoh’s household

           4. We are willing to abandon God to preserve our “precious”

           5. We don’t gain the world, we lose it

           6. We can also lose our spiritual heritage

NOTE: The world will be a poor compensation for our losses. There is no altar in Egypt, no fellowship with God, no new promises; but a desolated home, a wretched sense of wrong. When the prodigal leaves his Father’s house, though he may win a brief spell of forbidden pleasure, yet he loses all that make life worth living, and brings himself down to the level of the swine.

J. B. Meyer

     C. We May End Up Being Less Righteous Than Those Without Christ vs. 19

          1. The rebuke that Abram receives is from the hands of one who is not even a worshipper of Jehovah

NOTE: Pharaoh exemplifies a higher degree of moral sensitivity than does Abram

          2. Abram received this in silence

          3. There was nothing he could say

     D. We Will Be Embarrassed Because Others Will Know Of Our Sin vs. 20

          1. He sent him away

NOTE: Same phrase as God sending Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden

          2. God does not permit his children to go their own way indefinitely

               a. Eventually He brings us back to our senses and to Him

               b. He does this by exposing our sin

               c. We suffer rebuke and deep humiliation

NOTE: It was not a pretty sight, but the effects of sin are never pretty Donald Grey Barnhouse

          3. It was a greatly subdued but wiser Abram who departed for Canaan

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE CEASE WALKING WITH GOD:

I. WE FORGET TO ASK GOD’S WILL

II. WE FORGET TO TELL THE TRUTH

III. WE FORGET TO REPENT

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