This week’s passage from the Genesis is, perhaps, the saddest and most tragic passage in all of Scripture, and in all of human history. Up to this point, Adam and Eve only knew “good,” but after this incident, they knew good and evil. We have arrived at the beginning of sin in the world. The first couple has fallen from innocence. They have fallen from the good life and into sin. They have fallen from paradise. They have fallen from that which they could have been and had.
The account of this fall is the only possible explanation for our present condition and that of the world we live in. It, alone, accounts for the presence of evil in a world that was created “good” by a benevolent Creator. Our Genesis 3 world view is the only one that provides an acceptable explanation for the pervasive presence of sin. Through it we now understand that a life without sin is unavoidable for man in his fallen state.
Because this is one of the most important passages in Scripture, and for our Christian world view, we will be spending a couple of weeks here. This week, we’re going to look at where it all started, with temptation, and we’ll also examine the painful consequences of sin. The pattern of sin and temptation is not unique to Genesis 3, and so there’s a lot we can learn from it to lessen the pain of sin in our own lives. Faith in God’s goodness is vital for victory over temptation. It is the starting point and anchor of our battle against temptation. Everyone was tempted, even Jesus, but how we handle it can alter the consequences.
Come join us for worship at 10:30 and Sunday school, for all ages, is from 9:15 – 10:15 in the Parish House. Bring a friend or family member with you. Everyone is welcome!