Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Dawn and Doom of Disobedience

Disobedience Is Dishonorable:
The first thing that occurs when we begin to entertain thoughts of disobedience is the breaking of trust, the fall of our faith, in God. We decide that our decisions just might be better than His, the Almighty of Creation.

v6 "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate."

Disobedience Is Deceitful:
Once faith falters and trust is tossed aside we must deceive in order to justify our decision. Right and wrong are embedded in the hearts of man and woman. Innocence is lost.

vv7-8 "7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden."

Disobedience Is Dreadful:
Once we become governors of our own way ....fear sets in.
vv 9-10 "9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
10 And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."

Disobedience Is Divisive:
Once fear is established we begin to defend. We must self-preserve, whatever the cost.

vv 11-12 "11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
12 The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."

Disobedience Is Decisive:
As dishonorable, deceitful, dreadful, and divisive disobedience is established ....The Righteous, Loving, Sovereign, Merciful God establishes consequences ....not to harm us, but to save us from ourselves.

vv 14-19 "14 The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
16 To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
17 And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."