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Introduction

Beginnings is a series of sermons from the Pentateuch that seeks to provide a foundation for all faith and study by emphasizing its teachings concerning the covenants, and the one who eventually fulfills those covenants, Jesus Christ.

The Sin

  • Satan rebelled against God.  (Revelation 12:3-4, 7-9; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19.) 
  • Satan tempted.  (Genesis 3:1-5; James 1:13-15; 1 Corinthians 11:3; John 8:44; Matthew 4:1-11.  See the parallels between Genesis 3:6 and 1 John 2:16 (in italics):  “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the desires of the flesh), and that it was a delight to the eyes (the desire of the eyes), and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise (the pride of life), she took of its fruit and ate…”
  • Adam and Eve Ate.  (Genesis 3:6; 1 John 2:15-17; John 3:18; Romans 9:32; Hebrews 3:12-19.)  

The Results of Sin

  • Realization.  Genesis 3:7.  
  • Shame.  Genesis 3:7-9.
  • Disconnection.  From God, Genesis 3:8-9. From one another, Genesis 3:7, 12, 16b.
  • Blame.  Genesis 3:12-13. 
    • Blaming:    Adam —>>  Eve  —>>  Serpent
    • Curses:   Serpent —>>  Eve —>>  Adam

God’s Responses to Sin

  • War:  Genesis 3:15; Job 1-2, 38-42; John 8:44, 10:10; Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 6:10-20.
  • Pain in Childbearing.  Genesis 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:8-15. 
  • Disorder in the Family.  Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:21-6:4. 
  • Drudgery in Work.  Genesis 3:17-19
  • Death.  Genesis 3:19, 2:17; Romans 5:12-21.
  • The Gospel.  Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14, 11; Revelation 20.
  • The Gospel Sign.  Genesis 3:21; Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:20, 8:1-3.
    • God provided.  Genesis 22:8; Romans 3:20.
    • A sacrifice was made.  Hebrews 9:22, 10:4; Ephesians 1:7.
  • Banishment.  Genesis 3:22-24; Revelation 22:2.

Applications

  • Think about how the fall of mankind and the curses of Genesis 3 perfectly explain the condition of our world today.   
  • Salvation is an act of God.  Do not look around at the world for solutions. 
  • Share the gospel.  Be able to explain this to others by connecting the brokenness of the world with our own brokenness.  Then show them God’s solution — Jesus Christ. 
  • Understand how the faithful in the Old Testament were saved.  (See Hebrews 11; Galatians 3:1-14; for help.)

Keys for Understanding Scripture

  • Man is made in the image and likeness of God. 
  • But man is sinful and fallen in his actions. 
  • All poverty, difficulty, death, and strife, are results of the fall.  These should be seen as evidence of the problem, though not the root of the problem. 
  • God is working a salvation plan through his chosen people, the offspring of the woman, to bring forth Jesus Christ, THE offspring of the woman. 
  • This plan is opposed by Satan and his offspring which includes other fallen spiritual powers and all unbelieving people. 
  • Entry into this salvation plan is entirely by the Grace of God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for sins on the cross, and was raised to life again.

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