Wednesday, April 19, 2017

God's Plan Starts Immediately

We have begun a new series of talks called “SENT.” The subtitle of SENT offers a better description. “Finding Your Story in His Story.”

God’s Story begins in a beautiful garden nestled between four grand rivers. God created this garden and named it Eden. He created Adam and Eve to be in relationship with Him and to live in this beautiful garden together along with all of God’s creation.

Unfortunately, Adam and Eve sinned against God. Therefore, God told them to leave the garden and the intimate relationship they once shared with Him. This is called the “fall.”

But in the midst of this tragedy, God promised that one day a Redeemer would come. This promised Redeemer would save humanity from sin and disobedience. And so, mankind began to wait in expectation for the promise to be fulfilled.
Genesis 3:15 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” 11 Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13 So the Lord God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate.” 14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.

Genesis 3:2-24 So the Lord God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life.

The purpose of Genesis 3-11 in God’s story is to explain the fundamental problem in the world. The “very good” creation of Genesis 1-2 is shattered by human rebellion and sinfulness. Sin infects every human person, every relationship, and every human establishment as well as fractures creation itself.

The stories and genealogies of Genesis 3-11 describe the world in which we find ourselves this side of God’s new creation. Yet in the midst of the chaos of sin and brokenness, Genesis 3-11 presents a God who does more than pass the expected judgment—the God of the Scriptures begins to act to redeem a fallen world.

Adam and Eve are SENT by God out of the garden.

QUESTION: Have you ever seen God’s immediate plan of action to redeem the world in Genesis 3:15?

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