Thu, September 29, 2016
Align With Jesus
Isaiah 14:13 – You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned.”
God had set limitations on mankind’s actions. But Adam and Eve asserted their own wills. They dethroned God and enthroned themselves, (reproducing Satan’s own fall). In Adam’s attempt to grasp knowledge outside of God’s limitation, he lost the knowledge of fellowship with God and, instead, gained an experimental knowledge of a sinful state. He discovered fear, shame, guilt and blame. One of their sons would murder the other one; they would have to leave their beautiful garden home; they would lose their joyful relationship with the earth, as work would become difficult and toilsome. Satan stole Adam’s authority (Gen 1:26) and became the “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4) as he engaged warfare against God by oppressing humanity. Learn the lesson well. We have an enemy, align with Jesus against him (II Cor. 2:11).
Fri, September 30, 2016
Where Are You?
Genesis 3:9 – But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?"
God draws near to fallen humanity. To whom did Jesus go? He went to the lost, forgotten, broken, and disenfranchised. He reached out to the prostitutes and the sick, the lonely and the broken. His whole purpose in coming was to restore and heal. He did not come to condemn (Jn. 3:17), but to save lost humanity (like me and you). Jesus demonstrated God’s love for mankind in everything He did. But a relationship with God always begins with honesty and transparency, so God’s conversation with Adam and Eve required confession. Of course, there were consequences (sin always brings death); but ultimately, God provided a covering for them until the Savior Jesus came to die a substitutionary death for their sin. This is not just their story; it is our story as well. God calls to us: “Where are you?” If we come to Jesus with honesty and transparency and confess openly to Him, He will provide redemption for us.
Sat, October 01, 2016
Tree of Life
Genesis 3:21 – The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
This was the first sacrifice for sin, and it ushered in the beginning of God’s work of redemption. It typified Christ who was made unto us a divinely provided garment of righteousness (II Cor. 5:21). Clothed in animal skins, Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, no longer partaking of immortality until another “Tree of Life” was provided—Jesus Christ. God always provides. It is up to us to receive what He provides.