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A Crafty Serpent BUT A Coming Solution

3:1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”


“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.


When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the LordGod called to the man, “Where are you?”


10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”


11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”


12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”


13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”


14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed

    more than all animals, domestic and wild.

You will crawl on your belly,

    groveling in the dust as long as you live.

15 


And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,

    and between your offspring and her offspring.

He will strike[b] your head,

    and you will strike his heel.”


16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,

    and in pain you will give birth.

And you will desire to control your husband,

    but he will rule over you.[c]”


17 And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree

    whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,

the ground is cursed because of you.

    All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.


18  It will grow thorns and thistles for you,

    though you will eat of its grains.

19  By the sweat of your brow

    will you have food to eat

until you return to the ground

    from which you were made.

For you were made from dust,

    and to dust you will return.”


20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.[d21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

A Crafty Serpent

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”


Point of Scripture: The enemy knows exactly how to go after us?  How…

  • Twist: Scripture & Life Circumstance
  • Question: Scripture (God’s Word & Motive)


Realize: How the Enemy Attacks

  1. Does God really know what is best for you?


  1. He appeals to our desire:


6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too


James 1:14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.


God’s Motive:

  • Bless, Identity, Purpose

Serpent’s Motive:

  • Steal, Kill, and Destroy (John 10:10)


In this moment: The Mirror Broke

Covering of Sin

Point: We all try to cover things up (HIDING)


Genesis 3:6-13


This Scripture Points to the Human Condition?

  1. We try to fix it ourselves
  2. When this does not work, we hide
  3. When confronted we make excuses


Human Condition: Sin


  1. It has conditioned us to, Hide and Self-Medicate (Cover Up our wrong)
  2. What God made as good and perfect has now been spoiled (garden)
  3. What God made us “to be” is now filled with shame


What is the result of sin?

  1. Death…
  2. We need a solution…


Stop Hiding from the God who wants to fix the problem:

Coming Solution

Even when I am unfaithful God remains faithful!


21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.


What man tried to fix with sticks God fixes with a sacrifice:


14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,  “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild.  You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. 15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.  He will strike[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”


The Promise Keeper:

  • He will fix the problem of Sin
  • HE will fix it with a coming Human
  • This Human will be the crush the snake

 

The Story Continued: The Entire rest of the Old Testament is illustrating the story of God’s people to this promise that a Human will come to crush the snake.

Why does this matter and What to do

Why does this matter?

  1. We can believe the lies and be crushed by the snake?
  2. We can believe the truth and live in the blessing and inheritance God promises

 

As you come to the cup this morning here is what I want you to think about

  1. How have I been unfaithful to Him (So that I can repent)


  1. What truth have I traded for a lie (So that I can believe)


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