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Sermon: It all Fell Down - Core 52 - Chapter 3
Scripture: Genesis 3:6 (NLT)
Genesis 3:1-7 (NLT) Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’? ” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 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.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 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 some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.
Pride isn’t merely sin; it’s the sin.
It’s the beginning of every murder, theft, lie, adultery, and addiction.
Proverbs 16:18 (NLT) Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
James 4:6 (NASB) But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
John 2:15-16 (NLT) Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
Our pride allows Satan to attack us with the core of his arsenal; fleshly desires, visual cravings, and social position.
That is how he attacked Eve and that is how he attacked Jesus. (Luke 4:1-13)
Stone to Bread—Lust of the Flesh
World’s Empires—Lust of the Eyes
Jumping off of the Temple—Pride of Life
Genesis 3:14-24 (NLT) 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, “I 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.” 20Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. The garden is not our goal; the heart of God is our goal. It is not about how good we have life, and it is about character, relationships, and connection to the Creator.
First, our Creator sent His son to pay the price and remove the curse.
Second, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us do better than Adam and Eve.