ADAM AND THE FAILURE TO CONNECT

1 Mar

Genesis 2:15-17

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from [a]any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

At the beginning of this year, I preached a sermon series explaining the vision of the church.. “Worship, Grow, Connect, Serve, and Tell”  As part of that, I explained the importance of connecting with others in order to communicate God’s message.  They can’t understand that God wants to invest in them until they see that you want to invest in them.

The power of connection is something that we sometimes fail to realize the importance of.  We cannot share with someone that God loves them until they see that we are willing to love them as well. We cannot communicate the basic truths of the need for a commitment to Christ until we start being fully committed as well.   We cannot tell someone the truths that God has for them when we are never in the Word ourselves.  We say we want people to come to know Jesus and we want our friends to come to church but unless we spend time in the Word and spend time in fellowship with other Christians, we really do not have a true message to communicate… at the very least not an accurate one.

Adam is a perfect example of what I am talking about in the failure to connect.  Consider God’s message to Adam in Genesis 2:16-17..

“From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

That was what God said to Adam but watch what happened when Adam gave the message to Eve in Genesis 3:3…

“From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”

It’s a subtle change. God never told Adam not to touch the fruit, just not to eat it. Now, it’s real easy to say “Well, that’s not a big deal!… It’s just minor.”

But I want you to understand that’s how Satan often works.  He often changes it with subtle, minor changes.  He causes us to take scripture out of context and even change the wording from time to time. With that, we then come up with warped doctrine.

There are some dangerous doctrines out there that come about because of mixed messages and out of context scripture passages.  Dangerous preachers and irresponsible readings of scripture have justified gay marriage, health and wealth and prosperity Gospel, and other such idiocies.

And that’s what happened with Adam. He added to the message that God gave Him.

But in addition to that, he listened to the wrong voice. He gave authority to the wrong person. He listened to Eve over God.

God had already told him not to eat the fruit.  But along came Eve with her feminine wiles.  “Come on, big boy! Have a bite!”

And Adam listened to the wrong voice.

Everyone always wants to blame Eve. But I’m sorry. Adam was the man. He was supposed to be the leader. He was supposed to guide his wife. He was supposed to model obedience to God.

I have seen so much of this.  A man or a woman gets into a relationship and puts that relationship above their relationship with God. Pretty soon, they are miserable in more ways than one.  They are in an unhappy or mediocre relationship and they are out of touch with their Savior.

God speaks through His Word. We may not always like what it says. I don’t always like what He says.  But it’s the Word of God.  It is the ultimate authority. Culture is trying to rewrite it or get us to ignore it.   It’s authority is being discredited. It’s place in society is being relegated to the back of the room. As a result, we are seeing so much garbage take place. Immorality is running rampant.  Anarchy is starting to take hold. Nobody seems to really have standards anymore. It is God’s Word! We must listen to the voice of God above all else.

We want to connect with others. To teach them about Jesus. But if we are not obeying Jesus ourselves and listening to culture. Running our marriage, our jobs, our hobbies, our very lives under the authority of culture rather than listening to the voice with God, we cannot really forge any type of Godly connection.

And then finally, Adam failed to take responsibility for his actions. What did he do when God found out that they had disobeyed Him? Everyone wants to say he blamed Eve. But he didn’t. He blamed God.

Genesis 3:12…

“The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

We are a society who doesn’t take responsibility for our actions.  We blame our upbringing. Our evnironment. Obama. The fact that we were bottlefed as children. GIve me a break.

Ultimately, we need to take responsibility for our actions. We are not basically good. We were all born into sin. Romans 3:23 makes that clear. We are basically selfish, immoral creatures who first and foremost look out for ourselves. It’s time we quit pointing fingers.

Society is in the mess it’s in because the church insulated itself instead of going out into the world.

Some of you are in the mess you are in because of decisions you made to follow the voice of the world instead of the voice of God.

There is nobody we can blame for some of our messes except ourselves.

God is not to blame.

You are to blame.

Just as  Adam was to blame.

God speaks everyday. He speaks through a still small voice. He speaks through His Word. He speaks through His spirit.

You want your friends, your family to know Him.

But first, make sure you know Him.

Connect with God so you can connect with others.

me and zik

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