"Consequences of Sin"
Remember the commercial where an older person said, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" That could not be more true than the story of the very first sin and the consequence that has come from it.
Consequence of Sin
A. Over the years, I have had the privilege of going out to eat at some very nice restaurants. Most of the time it was a gift, but there is something about the idea of going out to eat when you want to get dressed up. You feel different. You might feel more special, more wealthy, or just plain “more.”
B. I type in “the most expensive restaurants” and found this one in Spain. It is so different in that if offer a 20 course meal with the table, floor and walls all being a part of a theater-like experience where the ambiance chances with the different courses. This great dining experience can be yours for about $2,100 per person. Over $4000 plus tip is a little more than I choose to spend taking Kerri out to dinner. But let me tell you, it is not the most expensive meal.
C. The Bible records for us the most expensive dinner, and for that matter, it was not a dinner, it was simply fruit from a tree, but the cost was greater than anything mankind has known since.
I. The Story
A. Most people are familiar with the story of the fall of mankind. But let’s come back and take a look at it from the pages of the Bible. The opening was just read to you (Gen. 3:1-7).
B. Walk through a few facts. (1) Everything up to this point in time is listed as good/perfect. (2) The statement of nakedness and no shame show us Adam and Eve did not know evil. (3) Every animal up to this point in time has not been a threat. (4) Everything up to this point in time has been truth – no recorded lies. (5) Eve may be naive about lies, but knows truth.
C. But we are introduced to a creature that has not been talked about in the first two chapters. So let the Bible help us see who and what this serpent really is. Rev. 12:7-9. There are other passages that also give the imagery of Satan as serpent. But Jesus makes a description of Satan that fits this story. John 8:44. From the beginning and “father of” both would fit the context of the story in Genesis 3. Lies and murder fit the context of Gen. 3. Yes, Satan was the serpent in the garden.
D. The Enticement: (vs 1) Satan seeks to get you to question God’s word and he seeks to make God out to be hard. “Has God said, ‘you shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” How many trees could they eat from? EVERY ONE except ONE. That’s not harsh. God has proven to them that they are special and precious. God appears to have been in the habit of walking and talking with them in the cool of the evenings.
E. Understand that Satan is trying to set them up to fall. He has no good intent. He is seeking only to harm. His anger, from the pages of the Bible, is with God and causing man to sin, fall to the point they cannot get up, will hurt God deeply. Eve and Adam are pawns in a game that Satan is playing with God.
F. The Lie: Then Satan lies with enough truth to make it believable. “You shall not die… (vs 4-5)” The truth is their eyes would be open, they would know good and evil, but there was a lie also.
G. The Lure: (Vs 6). The most expensive meal ever eaten was this one right here. The cost was far beyond the pleasure. You see, they did not physically die, but they did make a moral decision based upon a physical desire. In essence they said, “If it feels good, do it!” The pleasure of sin for a moment has taken all of us here to this point where we must make a moral decision based upon a physical desire.
A. The story is told for a reason. The people of Israel to whom Moses was writing this, and those of us reading it today, need to understand temptation, sin and consequences.
B. 1 John 2:16. When I think about this passage, what the world offers, and compare it to our story, I see a similarity.
C. The consequences of what happened that day in garden and what continues to happen when we choose to sin is horrendous. As we read in our text “their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked.” They “hid themselves” when they heard God. But the greatest of the consequences was the banishment. Yes, God handed down punishment to the woman, the man and the serpent, but the end of the story is found in verses 23-24.
D. Paul says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 3:23; 6:23)
E. The consequence of sin is banishment from God, death, a severed relationship with our creator. From all being good, now turning to death, came about because the choice to listen to Satan was more alluring at the moment than the joy of being with God.
F. The reason I chose to share this story is because every person must decide what voice they will hear and obey. You can blame Satan, but Adam and Eve made a choice. You can blame God, but Adam and Eve made a choice. You can blame ignorance, but Adam and Eve had a choice. They may not have fully comprehended death – but they at willingly and knowingly because it looked good and they believe it would make them like God. They knew what God had said, but God’s love for them and his instruction was not enough to hold them. They loved themselves more than loved God.
A. The price to pay for sin is greater than you can afford. Satan, the devil, the deceiver, the snake doesn’t look the way we want him to look. He doesn’t run around in a red suit and pitch fork in his hand. Often, his ways are not obvious, but crafty. Today, evil is so great, that works of the flesh often become the lure, not Satan personally attacking you. But the bottom line is, however temptation comes, we must make a decision.
B. What voice will you listen to? What voice will you trust? The penalty for sin is death. 2 Thes. 1:7b-9.
C. The consequence of sin is death, if left alone, that death will be eternal. I will not gloss over this reality. I ask you to think about it personally. I will tell you that the reason Jesus came was to offer you an alternative. Jesus offers you a voice of hope in your despair. He calls you, in your faith to repent, to claim him as your Lord and to let him wash you clean in baptism. It is a much better ending than banishment. But the choice is yours.