Caution: Consequences are closer than they Appear

Series: The Fall of Mankind

Title: Caution: Consequences are closer than They Appear

Date: Oct.14, 2018

Scripture: Genesis 3

 

Intro: Today we will continue our sermon series, “The Fall of Mankind.” Last week we looked at the actions behind the fall and this week we will look at the consequences which follow. Our sermon for today is called, “Caution: Consequences are closer than They Appear.”

 

* Read – Genesis 3:7 – 24

 

Main Points:

  1. Naked (v.7)
    1. Once sin entered into the world Adam and Eve KNEW they were naked! Before this event they were naked and it didn’t bother them. Why? Some theologians believe that Adam and Eve were covered by the light or the righteousness of God and that covered them (remember we are clothed with a robe of righteousness – Job 29:14; Isaiah 61:10) but when sin entered the righteous light was taken away thus revealing their nakedness.
    2. What did Adam and Eve do when they realized they were naked? They made some clothes!
      1. We see from this that humans need to be covered to hide their nakedness.
      2. Taking the next logical step then – Clothing is man’s attempt to cover their sin.
    3. Our understanding that we are naked is a daily reminder of our sinful nature that needs to be covered with more than just clothing.

 

  1. Hiding (v.8)
    1. Before the Fall Adam and Eve enjoyed a personal relationship with their Creator. It seems that each day during the cool of the day that God would come by to visit and talk with them.
    2. BUT, after the fall and after realizing they were naked their response to God had changed. It went from being excited and happy to be in God’s presence to wanting to hide from Him.
    3. This is what sin does it causes us to run and hide from God’s presence.
    4. Sin broke the close and personal relationship with God.

 

  1. Fear (v.10)
    1. A new emotion had entered into the heart of Adam and that was fear. Not the type of fear that produces reverence and respect but the fear that produces fright.
    2. Never before had Adam and Eve ever been scared to be in God’s presence but after the Fall this new emotion was very real.
    3. Adam did not want to be in God’s presence because he knew that something was different.
      1. Adam was no longer innocent he was now guilty and that brought death!
    4. Sin strips away the respect of God and replaces it with fright.

 

  1. Blame Shifting (vv.12-13)
    1. As God questions Adam and Eve about what happened the effects of sin rear its ugly head again. This time it comes in the form of Blame Shifting.
    2. Adam responds to God, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.
      1. Who did Adam blame?
        1. God, because it was His idea to give him the Eve.
        2. Eve, because it was her that gave him the fruit from the tree
      2. Eve responds to God, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
        1. Who did Eve blame?
          1. The serpent
        2. Sin causes us to find fault in others.

 

  1. Curses (vv.14-19)
    1. The Serpent
      1. Forced to crawl on his belly
      2. Forced to eat dust every day
    2. Eve
      1. The pain of childbirth would be multiplied
      2. The man would rule over the woman
        1. Rule – Have dominion (Please note men it does not say that men are to be tyrants or dictators.)
      3. Adam
        1. The ground became cursed
          1. It would take toil to produce food
            1. No longer just cultivation and keeping
            2. It would take sweat in order to eat
          2. Thorns and Thistles
        2. Return to the ground after death

 

  1. Death (v.21)
    1. Before the Fall death was a foreign concept but now it was quite real.
    2. The coverings which Adam and Eve made were not sufficient and God provided them with garments of skins.
      1. In order to get these garments of skin God had to slay an animal. From this event Adam learns the need of having the shedding of blood to cover sin.
        1. Many theologians believe that it was at this time that God instructed Adam and Eve about animal sacrifice.
      2. The wages of sin is DEATH

 

  1. Eviction (v.24)
    1. Adam and Eve were no longer welcome in the Garden of Eden.
    2. God drove them out and made sure that they could never come back.
      1. Placed a cherubim and the flaming sword to guard the way.
    3. Sin drives us from what is good

 

Points to Ponder:

  • The consequences of sin are often more than we realize
    • Do you think Adam and Eve full understood all the consequences of their sin?
      • Probably not and neither do we. We think we know what the consequences will be but then the flood gates open.
    • Satan didn’t tell Eve everything that would happen after she acquired the knowledge of good and evil. Guess what? Satan still doesn’t us all the consequences of our sins!

 

  • We can’t cover our sin by ourselves
    • Adam and Eve did their best to cover their own sin but it wasn’t enough.
    • You and I can do everything we can think of to cover our sin:
      • Be extra nice to people on Sunday
      • Give more money to charities
      • Try to be good as much as possible
      • Go to work early and stay late
      • Be an amazing parent
      • Be a wonderful spouse
      • Vote at each election cycle
      • Go to church on a regular basis
    • Yet, none of those things will cover your sin. All those things are just fig leaves.
    • Your sin can only be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
      • 5:6-9 – For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own loved toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

 

  • We need to take responsibility for our own mistakes
    • Doesn’t it bug you when you see people not taking responsibility for their actions? It bugs me and it drives me crazy.
    • Just admit that you made a mistake, apologize, learn from it and move on but don’t try to make excuses as to why it wasn’t your fault.
    • Pointing the finger at someone is easy. Pointing to something is easy. But pointing the finger at yourself is difficult. We need to take responsibility for our own mistakes.

 

  • Life will not be easy
    • Sin did not make life easier it actually made life more difficult!
      • Pain in childbirth, the ground being cursed, Thorns and Thistles, Chaos, Hatred, Envy, Bitterness, wrath, self-centeredness, rejection, etc.
    • The life of Adam and Eve changed drastically after the fall.
    • Life for us today has been drastically changed because of sin!
      • Life will not be easy
    • Life is not easy because sin has put many roadblocks in our way to get us off course!
      • Greed, Power, Fame, Lust, Hate, Racism, Me first
    • Just because life will not be easy doesn’t mean that life is impossible. Living life is possible because our Creator and Savior are greater than sin. All things are possible with God.
    • John 10:9-10 – I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

 

Closing: Sin always carries consequences. How do we better navigate the consequences of sin?

We must understand that the consequences of sin are more than we often realize; we must understand that we can’t cover sin by ourselves; we need to understand that we need to take responsibility for our own mistakes; we need to understand that life will not be easy.