09: Foundational Frameworks Part 9 (July 30, 2017)

FOUNDATIONAL FRAMEWORK. PART 09

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.

Genesis 3:1-7

Genesis 3:1a. Satan manifests himself to Eve. The Hebrew word is “nachash” Hebrew does not originally have vowels, so the consonants would be “n-ch-sh.” The meaning could vary:
“nachash” meaning “snake” (noun)
“nochesh” meaning “the diviner” (verb)
“nachash” meaning “copper/bronze” (noun used descriptively)
We know from Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:13; 2 Corinthians 11:14 that Satan is a radiant figure. “Lucifer” = “light-bearer,” “shining one.”

Genesis 3:1b. Satan questions ___________ _____________. The idea that the Creator of language was somehow deficient in properly communicating with His creation is absurd.

Genesis 3:2-3. Eve is a victim of miscommunication. Either Satan’s query confused her, or what she received from Adam was flawed. Regardless, her response misrepresented the truth altogether.

Genesis 3:4-5.  Satan lies! Every lie that he tells has an inkling of truth. Which part is true and which part is a lie?

Genesis 3:6. Three reasons are given for Eve’s choice. God reveals to Moses the thought process of Eve! Compare this with Genesis 2:9. What do we learn?

The choice for Eve was to:

  1. Believe what God had said, or
  2. Believe was Satan was saying.

Only one could be right. There are not “many truths.”

Genesis 3:7. “they knew they were naked”- Heb. “e-rom” meaning “naked, bare.” VERY different from Gen 2:25, “a-rom” meaning “naked, lightly dressed.” What happened?

Man and woman had never known fear, shame, and guilt before. The reactions we have to these emotions is to hide, and/or to try and provide a means of acceptability for ourselves. 

This results in covering up (“suppress”) the truth. 

Fig leaves are the best that man can come up with to cover himself. It is man’s first attempt at “being right” with God, being completely insufficient in what it is seeking to accomplish.

Anytime we conjure our own covering or seek to cover up the truth, we demonstrate ___________________.