FOUNDATIONAL FRAMEWORK. PART 10
Foundational Truths: The Bible is God’s self-revelation.
God is the Eternal, Sovereign Creator; all that He creates is good.
Man is a responsible agent, held to a moral standard.
Sin originates within a person.
Adam & Eve have gone from “very good” to spiritually dead.
Q: How is man’s “image and likeness” corrupted by sin?
1. MIND- Defiled! Moral and ethical judgments are made apart from a Divine standard. We see this in “You only live once” (YOLO) or “If it feels good, do it!” Responsibility and accountability are exchanged for “victimization,” “blame-shifting,” and excuses.
2. FEELINGS- Subjective over objective, (or in being like Satan) vanity overcomes sanity. Feelings rule our decision-making. This is most clearly seen in the refusal to forgive.
3. WILL- God allows us to make decisions, but these decisions are ruled by sin and self. “Self” is the authority, replacing a fear of the Lord (Prov 1:7).
4. BODY- Death is now the body’s promised end. This occurs by disease, accidents, murder, or simply by giving out.
Being “in Adam,” ALL (everyone except Jesus) are guilty of sin.
Genesis 3:8-13. YHWH’s question is not a failure in omniscience and omnipresence, but draws attention to Adam’s current, self-inflicted state of being- separated from the One he had previously conversed with freely. Their view of God became diminished. YHWH must now deal with them as sinners. Adam and Eve respond with “victimization!” Ultimately, God is blamed.
Genesis 3:14-19. Excuses are insufficient. Each party is held accountable according to YHWH’s standards. The serpent’s offspring are not “snake people,” but demons involved in a spiritual battle (warfare) with mankind. V. 15b points to Christ as God’s solution to sin. The context shows us that this “Seed” must be both physical and spiritual.
In the curse, women will now have pain in bringing forth children (affecting the family) and will seek to usurp the position of leadership in the marriage (affecting the marriage). The “desire” of v. 16b is not friendly but sinister! In v. 17-19, the ground will fight against man (affecting labor/work).
Genesis 3:20-24. YHWH brings about the 1st physical death, seeing that their sin needed “blood atonement,” as well as the need for proper covering. Adam & Eve could not sufficiently cover themselves. God had to pay the debt and provide the covering. God saves because He is, as He has always been, man’s Provider.
The break in the sentence in 3:23 is abrupt. The conclusion being reached is horrible to utter. We might say, “Perish the thought!” If they were to eat of Tree of Life, being in their sinful state, they would be perpetually sinful without any hope of redemption. They are expelled from the garden for their own good, keeping them from an irreversible eternity of always sinful and never dying. The “sword” is first mentioned, being an instrument of death.
DISPENSATION OF INNOCENCE- Created without sin or shame.
A) Adam was told not to eat (Gen 2:17)- RESPONSIBILITY
B) They ate of the tree (Gen 3:6)- FAILURE
C) Cursed enemy, childbearing & marital problems, cursed ground & difficulty in work (Gen 3:16-19)- JUDGMENT
D) YHWH personally cloths Adam & Eve (Gen 3:21)- GRACE
*God cannot allow for sin to go unresolved. The very nature of grace is that another pays the price that MUST be paid.
DISPENSATION OF CONSCIENCE- They now know good & evil.
A) Man is to live by his conscience (Gen 3:22)- RESPONSIBILITY