January 5, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 3:1-24

Everything changes…
The moral innocence described in Genesis 2:25 was soon to be lost as a result of sin…. in chapter 3 everything changes. What we see here is the fall of man. The point where our COMPLETE sense of significance was lost until Christ reunited us with God.

In verse 1 we see that Satan isn’t dumb. He knows what to say, how to say it, and how to manipulate God’s words in order to cause us to reason God’s commands away. Has that ever happened to you?

In verse 7- 8 we see the beginning of shame, insecurity, and running from the Lord.

In verse 21 we see God’s grace and mercy in covering their shame although they had sinned against Him… a foreshadowing of Christ.

Overall, we see the point in history when sin entered the world. Eve’s choice to sin against God affected generation after generation. We can see how the consequences of our sin not only affect us, but also affect other people and their future.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”:
2 Corinthians 2:11 mentions the idea of not being unaware of Satan’s schemes. By being aware of how temptation works we can be prepared to fight sin and temptation in a practical way in our daily lives. After reading Genesis 3 today, we can walk away with insight into 3 aspects of temptation. Genesis 3:6 says, “when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was *good for food* and *pleasing to the eye*, and also *desirable for gaining wisdom*, she took some and ate it…”

The three aspects we see here are 1. Lust of the flesh 2. Lust of the eyes and 3. Boast of the man. These same 3 aspects of temptation are mentioned in 1 John 2:16, “for everything in the world-the *cravings of the sinful man*, *the lust of the eyes*, and the *boasting of what he has and does* – comes not from the Father but from the world.”

If this isn’t convincing enough let’s look at how the SAVIOR was tempted by the devil in Luke 4:3,5,9. First, by the cravings of the flesh (Jesus was hungry!), second by the lust of the eyes (Jesus was SHOWN what could be His!), and finally by the boasting of the man (Jesus was tempted to TEST GOD and to PROVE that He was the Son of God!).

So, here it is… TEMPTATION WILL WORK LIKE THIS! Don’t be UNAWARE….be PREPARED! Guard against the cravings of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boasting of the man, for they are vehicles that will carry us to death and destruction.

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

22 thoughts on “January 5, 2011”

  1. Thanks Sam. As I was reading this chapter I noticed how God asked Adam and Eve where they were and what they had done. He already knew but asked anyway. God still cares enough to ask us today where we are and what we’ve done. Not for His knowledge, but for us to learn to trust and love Him more. AWESOME!!!

  2. Thanks Sam! How often have we heard these passages and just heard a “story” or wondered at the power of Satan’s words with Eve (and Adam who, apparently was nearby)… understanding Satan’s tools is the key to developing our own against him!

    Good Morning CPC and Happy Wednesday!

  3. Thanks Sam. Chapter 3 also introduces us to the problem with the “passive male”. Verse 6 makes it clear that Adam was nearby when Eve took the fruit and ate it. Where was Adam when his wife was being tempted by Satan? As the spiritual leader in his marriage, Adam should have been between Satan and his wife defending her from Satan’s attacks. After standing by and watching her eat of the forbidden fruit he then joins her in the sinful act. When God confronts Adam with his sin he continues the passivity by blaming “the woman you put here with me” (v.12) Adam did not stand up and acknowledge his own sin. The problem with the “passive male” is throughout the Bible. Remember Abraham’s passivity with Sarah? The message here for me, and all married men, is that we have to be warriors willing to stand up to the attacks of Satan and protect not only our wives but our children also. The passivity in Adam has been passed down to all men just as sin was passed down to all men. We have to be on our guards and rise up to be the spiritual leaders God has called us to be in our homes.

  4. thanks sammy ! this is a great way to start off the day!!! ive heard this story many times, but i never walked away with anything, other then, “adam and eve brought sin into the world.” now i know a lot more, and i can put it into how i live and be aware of the temptations of the devil! (:

  5. EXCELLENT!! satan’s time is short….he knows it….and he is going to throw every lightning rod at us that he can. Walking daily with God, as is everyone reading through Jumpstart, is one of the best tools in which to be aware of satan’s deceitfulness….and it IS His deceitfulness and our lack of discipline…our lack of passion for God that leads us to the path of sin and not the road to life! So grateful for your insight, additional scripture, and the 3 bullet points for reminding us of this Sam!

  6. Great Job, Sam. And I love Mike’s insight. Very thought provoking and TRUE. Hope you all have a great day!!!

  7. Thanks to Mike for not letting Adam “off the hook”…LOL. Thanks to CPC staff for the insight to lead a study like this. Love reading all the comments and love studying the Bible together.

  8. This is awesome I didn’t realize that the devil has tempted people in the same ways for so long and still is today. This is great because now I can go places and when I feel like the devil is tempting me with these things I can recognize them and “fight them off”! Good Job

  9. Excellent comments Sam! I really appreciated the breakdown of satan’s game-plan.

    Also agree with Mike P’s comment of the role of man. Excellent point!

    Thanks all…loving this!

  10. I think this passage has a lot of good reminders in it. Sam, everything you wrote about is totally true and we all need to keep that at the fronts of our minds. Also, I feel like so much of God’s character is seen in this passage. After verse 13, I see his justice…he couldn’t let sin go unpunished (and our sin definitely has its consequences), but after God tells the consequences, the next thing He does shows his unconditional love and mercy…again He takes the time to make garments for them and to clothe them. It’s like a Father saying, “Look, you messed up and as a result there are some things you’ll have to deal with, but I still love you very much and I’ll still take care of you.” A tough and convicting chapter indeed!

  11. This passage is also a perfect illustration of the pattern and consequence of sin James gives us in James 1:13-15:
    “13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

    Eve saw that the fruit was good and wanted it. She tried to use the (then new) excuse of “the devil made me do it,” but she was responsible for her own sin. Her desire for what she was told was not for her led her to commit the sin, and her sin brought both the spiritual death of separation from God and her literal physical death in her future.

    Great job today, Sam!! Great reminder to be on guard and remember that when we are tempted by thoughts of what we might be missing out on due to obedience, we should remember that there are consequences for disobedience and life rewards for simply obeying!

  12. Great job Rock! Good insights for the day!

    This struck within me two major thoughts:

    1) When I think about the fall of man I think about the fact that it all starts with unbelief. In verse 1 Satan in a very persuasive, manipulative way ask the question, “Did God really say you cant eat from this tree” which then planted seeds of unbelief which would later lead to Eve believeing a lie in verse 4. Isnt this how the enemy works? He sets up you in a position where you begin questioning God and as you begin to question God you rationalize whether or not you can find your complete satisfaction in Him. To think about how unbelief plays into this scheme is one that we should take note of and guard against.

    This brought 2 Corinthians 10:5 to the forefront when I began asking Jesus how do I need to battle unbelief?

    5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

    So often I fall into the trap of letting my feelings run my life, rather than the facts. The fact was that God said not to eat from the tree, but Eve allowed her feelings to sway her (1 John 2:16) instead of putting to death the deeds of the flesh (Colossians 3:5) and as a result her faith in God was crushed.

    Man, this was so convicting for me today — I need to let Fact be first, faith second, and feeling third. This is the way in which I need to run my life. Fact is we are saved by the Gospel, kept by the Gospel and free from being slaves to sin!

    2) This is when sin began. This is when God in heaven began to store up His Holy wrath toward sin and sinners. As I flipped to Isaiah 53 and studied this chapter I have had two great facts begin to rise in my heart. 1) Love the Gospel — eat, breath, sleep, talk, live & do EVERYTHING for the Gospel. 2) Hate and destroy sin by making the Gospel the center of my life.

    When Eve took and ate and gave it to Adam to eat this was the beginning of God storing up His anger towards us and now becuase of Jesus we can be in a right standing before God! This puts a whole new perspective on Luke 9:23 and 1 John 3:16 — I pray that God puts such a desire in me to suffer for the sake of the Gospel that no matter what the battle cry of our life will be Luke 9:23. Jesus whatever you want the answer is yes in advance. This phrase is scary, but I know that you know what is best for us. May we be a people that settles for nothing less the knowing Christ and making Him known!

    Father, thank You for today…

  13. Very insightful. I had never thought to equate God covering Adam and Eve with animal skins as God’s grace and as a foreshadowing of Jesus. God’s word is always teaching us new things.

  14. Genesis 3 was great to read this morning. Father, your words alone bring Life! Our own words added to your truth do not! May we be believers who know scripture well, know scripture fully, know exactly what our Father tells us: so we can remember & obey.

  15. Question: Jesus showed us a radical way of thinking about some of the 10 Commandments. He went on to illustrate that the act of adultery is sin, but also the act of THINKING about it is also sinful.

    So my question for the theologians in the crowd, when did sin enter the world: when Eve (and Adam who was standing right beside her)took the fruit in her hand, OR the very moment of choosing to ignore God’s command?

    I believe it’s the latter. The moment Eve and Adam made God optional is the moment mankind became a slave to sin. The touching and eating of the fruit are merely the public display of disobedience.

  16. Great job Sam!!

    When you read this passage, you can see that it is by our own evil desire that we are tempted and lured away. But like us today, they were blaming each other for their sin.
    It is a great reminder that there are many temptations out there and that we need to be on guard everyday! The only way we can be on guard is by staying in His Word!!!

    So thankful for CPC staff!!!

  17. Thanks Dad! I’ve heard that opinion but never in this context. It makes much more sense now. Satan is smart, one of the keenest cats you’ll ever come across. He knows you, and knows what God wants you to do. He asked eve “Did God actually say ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” and Eve answered him “God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then Satan turns around and says “You will not surely die.” And thats all it took. An affirmation that God may be wrong. God not only was mistrusted by Eve here but he was also taken for granted. How often do we take for granted an almighty loving God? Just a thought.

    Thanks for all the comments. And quoting an almost sane woman “Happy Wednesday!” 🙂

  18. i AM SO ENCOURAGED. You all are amazing. Such great insights and thoughts. I am so encouraged by you. Anna and Emily…SO proud of you girls, stay with Jumpstart, it will challenge you. Mike, great thoughts, very insightful. April. thanks for your post. Tim, here;s my answer… I don’t know! Good question! Great thoughts Diana! So blessed by all of you!

  19. I thought it was great to think about the temptation that Adam and eve fall into. They have everything they could have ever asked for and they were greedy and wanted more. It’s amazing to think about that because thats just how we humans are. No matter how much we already have we always want more. Why can’t we just be grateful? Also what I thought was interesting was that fruit looked so good that she took it. I mean think about it in our world sin looks so good that we do it and don’t think anything if it. We say”Adam and eve are so bad…they sinned!” yet we do more than they did everyday! We are playing the blame game and we need to stop.

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