Scriptures

The Fall Of The Human Empire!

Introduction

Think about, about one man and death through sin, I want to show you that in the same way death came to all men because all have sinned. Romans 3:33 / Romans 6:23. We will see that the consequence of Adam’s sin is something we’re still experiences and continue to be devastating.

Man, went from being able not to sin, Adam and Eve were able not to sin but we’ve gone from that too not been able not to sin. None of us anymore are able not to sin and the wages of sin is death.

Now that might seem a little harsh to us but that’s because we don’t see sin like God sees sin. I would like us to look at the very first transgression of God’s will in the Scripture and see if we can understand why God hates sin so.

So, what is sin?

Sin has 3 characteristics that make its essence and the 1st one is unbelief. Satan’s chief strategy is deception, why? We know he’s the father of lies but why does he use that strategy?

Because he cannot over power God, he tried, he gathered together some angels, he tried to topple God off the throne and he lost, he cannot over power God. So, he can’t take us on that way, he must use deception and trickery. He moved in with a mixture of questions and contradictions in order to persuade Eve that disobedience would bring blessings.

I want you to notice that God allowed the forbidden fruit, its full appeal. She looked at it, it looked good, it was nice to look at, it was nice to smell, it was nice to touch, everything about it was appealing. John reminds us of the 3 things that work against us.

1 John 2:16 “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life”

Notice what the Bible says in Genesis 3:6. Lust of the flesh, she saw it was good for food, Lust of the eyes, she saw it was pleasing to the eyes, Pride of life, she said it was desirable for gaining wisdom. There was appeal there. You see if there is no appeal, there’s no temptation, sin had an appeal.

Hebrews 11:24-26 talks about the fleeting pleasures of sin. God allowed sin to have an appeal, if there wasn’t an appeal, there would be no temptation and if there wasn’t temptation there would be no freedom of choice.

Now I don’t think this was the first-time Eve had seen the tree of knowledge of Good and evil. I think it was the first time she seen it through Satan’s eyes. Did you read what I just wrote? What Satan wants to do is, to take something that God says is wrong and get you to see it through his eyes, and she did, and she was seduced.

2 Corinthians 11:3 says “I’m afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be lead astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

What kind of fruit was it?

We’ll it definitely wasn’t an apple. We simply don’t know but if I were to talk a calculated guess I would suggest a fig, only because when they sinned and realised they were naked ‘they sewed together, and covered themselves with fig leaves’. Genesis 3:7

Notice something else, when Eve is talking with the serpent, she replied to the serpent and says in Genesis 3:2-3 ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’

Now that’s not strictly true, God actually said to Adam back in Genesis 2:16-17 ‘And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

I guess this is the start of legalism and going beyond what is written, 1 Corinthians 4:6.

Paul understood, Satan still operates the same way, he wants to deceive you, seduce you with lies. Paul later said in 1 Timothy 2:13-14 “For Adam was formed first then Eve and Adam was not the one deceived, it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner”.

The Bible doesn’t say Adam’s sin was deception; it was Eve who was deceived.

Notice what the serpent says to Eve in the Garden, Genesis 3:4-5 ‘You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

This is the same temptation that Satan faced and was thrown out of heaven because of it. Please remember this isn’t talking about Satan, it’s speaking about judgment against Babylon but Babylon had the same spirit as Satan, Isaiah 14:12-15. In other words, Satan wanted Eve to become like God. He wanted her to do what He failed to do in heaven.

Now that doesn’t excuse Eve because I want you to remember the root of deception is in unbelief. Satan dangled before Eve a statement that could not be proven until after the fact and God’s warning was not motivation enough to stay away.

It still works that way, Satan says try it; you’ll like it, God says NO, stay away, Satan says Oh, it will bring you blessings, it’s good for you.

And the only way you can know if Satan’s telling the truth is to disobey God. And so, the 1st thing we learn about sin, is that it’s taking somebody’s word over God’s, its unbelief. Let me say again, the issue that is in the Bible is not; do you believe in God?

The issue is, do you believe God? Eve didn’t sin because she stopped believing in God, she sinned because she didn’t believe God when it came to the fruit. She took some else’s word.

Now I think it’s significant that the scriptures never says, Adam was deceived. The roots of his fall are explained in the 2nd thing we learn about sin. And that is in its essence its rebellion. Adam was not duked by devilishly clever arguments; in fact, it’s almost insulting. Satan had to work on Eve, he had to come back 2 or 3 times with clever lies. The Bible said “she took some and gave it to her husband and he ate.”

Adam’s fall was not due to ignorance, it was arrogance. It’s not that the rebel doesn’t know the truth; it’s that he doesn’t care. Adam was not fooled; he was deliberately defying God’s right to set limits. There was something about that tree that bugged him.

Granted he had a paradise, he had a beautiful climate, he had a wonderful wife, he had all of the trees to enjoy and cultivate. But there was this one tree which God said he couldn’t have, and it bugged him.

He thought to himself, so long as that one tree stands in the garden as a symbol of my creature-hood, reminding me that I am not tenement, I hate it. Adam was making a statement we make, when we knowingly sin, and if we were truthful, most of our sinning is knowingly.

Most of our sinning is not because we do not know what God said on this but because we do not care. Adam was saying no one tells me what do to, I’m the master of my fate; I’m the captain of myself, that’s why I believe the Bible assigns the guilt for the fall of the human empire on Adam. Notice 1 Corinthians 15:21 says “Death came through Adam” “the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.”

But as in Adam all die so in Christ all will be made alive, it came through Adam. I think it’s significant that Eve sinned first, I’m not making light of Eve’s sin, she didn’t take God’s word, and she sinned. It’s significant that she sinned first because she couldn’t say later “well, I was just following my husband’s lead.” No, she sinned, she was deceived, and she didn’t believe God.

But the fall of the human race was never blamed on Eve and Jesus is never called the 2nd Eve, he’s called the 2nd Adam. You see the issue here is not what to have for lunch; the issue is how are we going to relate to God? God offered Adam and Eve everything except hostility, Satan came along and said, “I know how you can be like God,” And they bit.

And that leads to the final and most important thing we learn about sin, Sin at its core, the essence of sin is pride. And the Bible says, “What pride goes before fall.”

It goes before destruction; pride went before the fall of the human empire. For Eve, it was trust in her observation over God’s word, she decided “I think based on what I see about this fruit, how it looks to me, based on my observation, it seems to me that God was wrong.”

For Adam, it was his desire for independence from God’s rules. For both, it was a decision to place confidence in their own will instead of God’s. And for people this is going to be the temptation that is going to be in front of every creature who has their own will.

Do you want to be Lord, instead of recognising one?

That’s what sin is and that’s why God hates it and that’s why the consequences are so devastating because at its very core it comes back to this.

Will you have a Lord or will you be your own?

Behind every temptation there is a struggle not so much between good and evil but between God and self and the essence of temptation is my will or his will.

Let’s fast forward a few 1000 years to another garden, another absolutely sinless man and the exact same choice. Jesus said in Luke 22:44 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done.”

I want to say to you; every day we have a choice, over here its fruit and over here is the cup and we have to decide which we’re going to choose.

My will or his will? Will it be your life over God or will it be God over your life? Most people choose the national religion of hell and they bow down to the altar of self. And so the human empire remains fallen and paradise remains lost, and its going to remain lost.

We’re not going to have Eden again until sin is gone. The absence of sin will only exist when God’s will is the only will, that’s what’s going to make Heaven, Heaven.

Remember Jesus said “Pray like this, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

On earth, we have about 6 billion wills and it is chaos and it is evil and its death. In heaven, there is one will. Now we cannot undo the consequences of Adam’s choice on our bodies, this body of mine is mortal. God and his grace might give it extended years but it’s going back to dust unless Jesus comes. I cannot undo the consequence of Adam’s choice on my body and neither can you.

But you know what I can do?

I can make choices that will restore life to my sole and to my spirit. And the 1st choice is to decide to walk humbly with God and submit to His will. If God says this is not what I want from you, I believe God and surrender to what He wants and take his word. And not arrogantly defy his right to set that limit.

I heard about a man who took his wife to hospital, she was very sick and it was very serious. That night the doctor came by and said, “Well, she’s improving.” and for several nights the doctor kept saying, “She’s improving, she’s improving,” and then finally he came by and told the man his wife had died, and the man said, “What did she die of, improvements!”

Do you know Satan wants to tell you?

He’s got an improvement over the will of God, he’s got something that is better than God’s will for you. And what I am telling you, is what the word of God says, “If you listen to Satan you will die of improvements!”

The rewards of lust will never be better than the blessings of trust. The human empire may be fallen but God’s word says, “If you will humble yourself before him, he can and will lift you up”.

 

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.’"

Acts 18:9

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