The damage of the wrong order.

In Genesis 3, we read the account of the temptation and the fall. Now most Christians can tell the story in their own words, and it comes to something such as:

The serpent tempted Eve, asking if God really said that they could not eat form the tree or they would die. Eve said they could not even touch the tree. Then seeing that the fruit of the tree was desirable, she ate the forbidden fruit.  Then got Adam to eat the fruit. And then they hid from God.

When you thought of the story, was that near what you were thinking?

 

Well I want to take that story and point out something interesting. Perhaps interesting is not the correct word; because, perhaps, the correct word is eye-opening. Follow me:

 

Gen 2

God created Adam, and placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to “work it and watch over it” (Gen2:15). God tells Adam that he is free to eat from any tree in the garden, but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day he eats from the tree, he will certainly die (Gen 2:16-17). God creates a helper, whom we know as Eve (Gen 2:18; 22). Now we also know that God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it; and to rule over it. (Gen 1:28).

So notice the order: God <-Man <-Woman <- creation (beasts)

 

This is the same order repeatedly described in the New Testament.

 

Now let’s go back to Gen 3. The beast (serpent), tricks Eve (woman), who then go to Adam (man), who then hides from God because he realizes that they are naked. Did you catch it?

Beast<-woman<-man<- God. The devil worked everything in the reverse order! His chaos was to reverse the order that God established! The fall was a reversal of the proper order of things!

 

We will build upon this tomorrow, but for now: consider what other ways the devil works to disrupt and reverse the order established by the Creator. When you look at it from this perspective, the results are eye-opening!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob