An Encounter With God
Text: Genesis 3:1-21
Here we have the encounter of the Fall of Mankind
Instruction is given for living in harmony with God
“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.’ ”
Indeed they do experience harmony for a time and walks with God in the cool of the day.
Then a challenge to that authoritative word is thrown into the ring.
It boils down to the heart. Do we believe God or not. Do we trust Him or not. Is He good or not.
Chapter 4 shows us this this same type of conflict going on inside Cain.
4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Good attitude: accepted Walk with God – peace and harmony
Bad attitude: rejected.
The Enemy is always trying to get us to go against God.
He starts with doubts: “Has God indeed said?”
Then goes directly against God: “You will not surely die.”
Then fabricates stuff: “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”
We too have instructions: The Bible and our conscience. We too must make a choice between following God or our own way.
They made a choice to reject His ways and the results were shame and death.
Spiritual death – They were separated from those times with God in the cool of the day. All interaction with God now must be in the form of sacrifice – death.
Social death – not only the shame of nakedness affecting the way individuals view one another, but the very relationship between husband and wife was sabotaged.
Physical death – from then on, they would eventually die. They lived a long time, but they DIED.
There were also many other consequences that you can read at the end of the chapter. Sin never affects only us – innocence and the innocent are lost too.
3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
Perhaps one of the very animals they had played with the day before now was killed before their eyes to cover them.
There must be a covering
Try own way to cover, but it was insufficient.
The innocent dies as a temporary covering. The animal died to cover the physical body and from then on communion with God happens through sacrifice. But God makes the promise of a coming LAMB who will put an end to this.
WE too must choose.
We too have instructions: The Bible and our conscience and we must make a choice
Follow and have peace and harmony with God.
Reject what He says and experience shame and death.
It boils down to the heart. Do we believe God or not. Do we trust Him or not.
WE must put our faith in Jesus Christ – the one who gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place.
Why not turn to God now and enjoy a new Encounter With God.
He is Risen!
It is time for us to have AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD by turning our lives over to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.
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