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BEING AN INFLUENCE

September 15, 2016

Thursday

 

Influence Of Imperfection

 

Genesis 3:17-19

 

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.

 

 

LESSON

 

Adam would have to “toil” hard to obtain a living from “the ground”.  Adam already had received the privilege of enjoying the garden, but this had not required strenuous toil. As for the man, his punishment consists in the hardship and skimpiness of his livelihood, which he now must seek for himself. The woman’s punishment struck at the deepest root of her being as wife and mother, the man’s strikes at the innermost nerve of his life: his work, his activity, and provision for sustenance.

These punishments represent retaliatory justice. Adam and Eve sinned by eating; they would suffer in order to eat. She manipulated her husband; she would be mastered by her husband.

The serpent destroyed the human race; he will be destroyed.

Whose fault was it that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden? Was it all their fault? Did Satan influence Eve’s choice? Was God at fault for their failure? Today in our lives we let the Devil convince us God is a harsh God when really if any one’s trying to keep us from having fun it’s the Devil.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 14:13

 

 

 

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