OBEDIENCE – failing to obey is sin


Genesis 3:14-19
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
   “Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
 16 Then he said to the woman,
 will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you
 17 And to the man he said,
   “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.” (New Living Translation)
Adam and Eve learned through painful experience that since God is holy and hates sin, he must punish sinners.The rest of the book of Genesis recounts painful stories ruined as a result of sin.

Disobedience is sin and breaks our fellowship with God.

Fortunately, when we disobey, God can forgive us, restoring our fellowship with him.

satan is our enemy–he’ll do anything he can to get us to follow his evil, deadly path. The phrase “You will strike at his heel” refers to satan’s repeated attempts to defeat Christ during his life on earth.

“He shall strike you on your head” forshadows satan’s defeat when Christ rose from the dead.

A bruise on the heel is not deadly, but a strike on the head is.

Already God was revealing his plan to defeat satan and offer salvation to the world through His son Jesus Christ.

Adam and Eve affected all of creation, including the environment.

Years ago people thought nothing of polluting streams with chemical waste and garbage. This seemed so insignificant, so small.

Now we know that just two or three parts per million of certain chemicals can damage human health.

Sin in our lives is strangely similar to toxic waste. Even small amounts are deadly.
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