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Dawn of Eternal Life: Eclipsed by Sin, Glimpsed by Faith

The Dawn of Eternal Life: Eclipsed by Sin, Glimpsed by Faith

A. The Scene is Set with Two Trees:

              Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17 – A garden with two trees in the center.

  1. To Know Good and Evil was a metaphor for: autonomy, the ability to choose for oneself. Neither the very old nor the very young “know good and evil.”

       Deuteronomy 1:39 – Warnings for rebels. 

       2 Samuel 19:35 – An elderly man declines favors.

       Isaiah 7:14-16 – A prophecy of a child.

       Isaiah 41:22-23  – Humans cannot do what God can do.

       Jeremiah 4:22 – Fools know evil but are ignorant of good.

       Romans 16:19 – Obedience is cultivated by ignoring evil and knowing good.

  • Tree of Life became a metaphor for: Wisdom, fruit of righteous, soul winning, hope fulfilled, good words, victory, central, continual life, healing, reward for faithful obedience.

     Proverbs 3:13, 18 – Wisdom

     Proverbs 11:30 – Fruit of the righteous, winning souls.

     Proverbs 13:12 – Desire fulfilled

     Proverbs 15:4 – Wholesome tongue                     

     Revelation 2:7 – Given to the victor in the Paradise of God.

     Revelation 22:2 – Central, continual, healing life.

     Revelation 22:14 – Reward for obedience.

Will we try to choose our own way or let God choose the Way for us?

B. Consequences of disobedience: Genesis 3 – After Adam & Eve ate from the wrong tree, they experienced:

  1. Sin resulted in suffering.

a. Guilt: open eyes v. 7

b. Shame: nakedness known v. 7

c. Fear: hiding from God v. 8

2. Sin resulted in broken relationships.

a. With God. Hiding from God. v. 8

b. With one another. Blaming one another. Vv. 12-13, 16

c. With creation. Thorns & thistles. V. 18

3. Sin resulted in death.

                            a. Work to death. V. 19

                             b. Separated from the way to life. vv. 22-23

How much have you suffered already for your sin and the sins of others? Do you want that to continue?

C. Promises of Life: Evil would be defeated by good through faith.

  1. Life beyond death came through a promise: Genesis 3:15 – The curse of the serpent meant blessing for us. Jesus’ death ensured eternal life. Christ was hung on a tree so that he might take the curses from the cursed tree and bring us life and liberty and happiness. He rose to defeat death in full.

2. Evil can be rejected: Psalm 1:1 – Meditation on God’s Word results in faithful life. Ungodliness results in death. Choose well.

3. Goodness can be enjoyed: Psalm 38:4 – Taste & see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (NKJV)

What will you pursue: all that is good and godly OR all that is evil & perverse?

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Confession

This is from a collection on prayer. The theme is confession: How to confess as you begin to pray, so that your prayers will be heard. C-confession – click here.
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Top 10 “One Another”s in the Law of Moses

Look up the verses, with their context and answer the questions. In the NIV, the phrase, “one another” is in each of these passages.

1. Compassion from God. Exodus 25:20; 37:9 – The cherubim on the on the ark of the covenant were facing one another looking at the mercy seat. Why? What needs to be at the heart & center of our worship? Peter 1:12

2. Covenant. Genesis 26:31 – These two men covenant together and kept their word. What does it take for us to be faithful to one another?

3. Covering. Exodus 26:3; 26:5 – How can we be better fitted together as a people who worship the Lord?

4. Contracts. Leviticus 25:14 16-17, 46 – Does God care if we treat one another like slaves and our own personal servants? How should we deal with one another?

5. Confession. Genesis 42:21 – Have we failed any of our members? For example, letting them go to the wolves?

6. Communication. Leviticus 19:11 – How do we communicate with one another to preserve the community?

7. Complaining. Numbers 14:3-4 – What is your first reaction when you face challenges & promises from God that seem impossibly great?

8. Conspiracy. Genesis 11:3 – What did God want the people to do following the flood? What did they do instead? Are you working against God’s plan?

9. Confusion. Exodus 16:15 – What are things that we discuss among ourselves when we need to ask God?

10. Collapse. Leviticus 26:36-38 – What happens to the Lord’s people who face judgment because of rebellion?

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