The Great Fall
Psalm 145:14, “The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble.”
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again.
Yes, this is just a silly nursery rhyme and poor Humpty had a terrible end but there is a story in the Bible of someone who also fell and fell hard. Their fall still has repercussions today but did their story end bad like Humpty Dumpty’s did? I am talking about Adam and Eve and their story found in Genesis 3. Is there anything we can learn from their fall into sin?
Choices will be challenged. After God created such a beautiful place for Adam and Eve, satan showed up and questioned Eve’s obedience to God over the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil- v. 1-5. He questioned her belief in God's love, God's word, and God's truth and why she followed in obedience.
There will be times you will be questioned about your faith and some points will seem convincing enough to cause you to make choices. This is why we need to really know the devil's schemes- 2 Corinthians 2:11 and know God's Word. This is why we are told to put on the Armor of God- Ephesians 6:10-18. When we walk out our door we need to be fully prepared to obey, follow, and defend God's truth so when our choice to follow God is challenged, we won't fall.
Enticement doesn't mean entitlement. Just because it looks good doesn't mean you should have it. Eve wandered by the tree in the first place because the fruit was alluring to her in every way- v. 6. Maybe it was because God said no, maybe its fruit looked more delicious than any other tree. Whatever the reason, she allowed the enticement of the unknown to draw her to the tree. Once there, it was easy for satan to trick her into believing she deserved it. In the end it caused her fall.
Just because something looks pretty, appealing, desirable in this world (and there are many things), it doesn't mean we deserve it- Proverbs 23:31-32. We need to remember we are only entitled to what God decides we should have, but we are promised that God will give us good things and will always provide for our needs. If anything is contradictory to God's Word, we should walk the other way.
Disobedience is worse than deception. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 2:14 that Eve was at fault because she was deceived but Adam fully knew God's word and not even hearing the devil's lies, disobeyed God. Yes, they both were wrong and made their choices but there was a difference between Eve being tricked and Adam making the choice. This is why Adam too had to bear the blame.
We too can be deceived, it's one of satan's oldest tricks. There are times the Holy Spirit is prompting us away from decisions we know are against God and we still choose to disobey. Not everything we choose to do can be blamed on satan. There will be times we have to rightfully take the blame on ourselves when we fall.
A hard heart brings a hard life. Have you ever noticed that life gets harder when you decide to do what's not right? Sometimes you even have to keep lying to cover up your lies. As soon as Adam and Eve crossed that line of disobedience things began to get harder for them- v. 16-19. Their sin has impacted the world since and the fatal blow of sin still runs through our veins today. Satan will always dangle things in front of us and we get caught up in the glitter and forget to read the fine print- Galatians 6:7-8.
A covering is always better than a cover up. God could have rid this world of Adam and Eve and started over (He certainly had the power to). When Adam and Eve knew their sin, they covered themselves with leaves and tried to hide from God. God confronted them. Life would now be more difficult for them but in God's love and grace He decided to give them a chance to do better. He even made and gave them coverings of tunics of animal skin as clothes. This grace and forgiveness were to show that one day God would send a covering for all who fall to sin.
Through the Lamb of God, we all have a lasting covering that takes away our sins and gives us a chance to be and do better. Although all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. One day our King of Kings will be able to make us whole again. Our lives can be put back together because Jesus shed His blood so we could have a happy end.
The fall of Adam and Eve is real and has trickled down through all generations. We may be born a sinner, at times fall for satan's deceptions. We may even disobey. Yet, we are covered by Jesus when we seek forgiveness and strive to do better each day. Our life is no nursery rhyme, but Jesus is real and alive in our lives. If you fall, pick yourself up and allow Jesus to lead you on a better path.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to ring in the new year with friends, family or just a quiet evening at home. I pray this year is great for everyone and that we all can find a stronger, closer walk with Jesus and that we can let Him lead in our lives.
We are in the middle of Hebrews and if you have been reading with us I hope you have learned some new things or maybe even refreshed your mind in what you have already learned. Hebrews is a longer book in the Bible so we are spending a little more time on with shorter verses to read each time so we can fully learn what Jesus wanted us to learn when He inspired Paul to write the words. Let's continue with Hebrews 9:23-28. If you want to review what we have read already just visit any of my previous blogs.
Study 16, Hebrews 9:23-28- https://www.docdroid.net/ZDUNcGd/study-16-docx
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