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January 24, 2020, 11:52 AM

Addicted.


From the fall in the garden found in Genesis, our world has been plagued by what could be referred to as a disease called sin. In Genesis God was pleased with His creation of everything from the birds of the air, down to the fish in the sea. In Genesis 2 we find the story of the creation of Adam and Eve. Following Adam’s creation God gave him a specific command stating, “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” (Genesis 2:17). If you read and follow the story through Genesis chapter 3 begins taking about a serpent, stating that “the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lod God had made” (Genesis 3:1).

This serpent speaking to Eve challenged what God had said about eating from the tree in the garden, saying “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1).  Long story short, Eve fell for it. When God found out the situation at hand, I can only imagine Adam and Eve knowing that they were in trouble trying to collaborate their story. When God asks, well the response was quite comical, take a look at how this went:

Genesis 3 (NIV)
12
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

 

To sum it up, Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the serpent, the serpent blamed God…

Bern Williams said, “If Adam and Eve were alive today, they would probably sue the snake”.

The sad part here is, that due to this incident we have a problem, a global problem. The long walks “in the cool of the day” are over. Sin entered the world, and at that moment we were all even to this day affected by it. We are exposed to the results of the fall and sin at birth. Frank Moore says, “Only God’s power can radically change the core of our beings with His forgiveness and grace” (Moore 24). We obtain forgiveness through Jesus, but there is still the problem “of sin”. This problem is that although forgiven, many still run back to sin. In a since sin to some is like a addiction, and it is no different that someone addicted to drugs who while trying to stop, may fail in there efforts and run back to their addiction. “Satan offers a very sweet product. But that sweetness soon turns to bitter” (Moore 42).

This disease called “sin” is in fact curable. However, this cure can only be found through Jesus! John Wesley wrote, “Know your disease; know your cure”.

Together let’s cling to the cure, the only cure. As you go through your day, pray for one another, lift up one another, and seek Jesus.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell

 

Sources:

More, Frank. Breaking Free From Sin's Grip. Beacon Hill Press, 2001

John Wesley. The Works of John Wesley, 3rd ed., 14 vols.
(Reprint, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1978-79), 6:65.


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