Sunday, January 17, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 10 The Serpent and the Tree

 Pastor Bruce A. Shields

God’s Timeline – Part 10  The Serpent and the Tree

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

So far, we have read of the creation of everything that is, or would ever be created, all taking place during the first week.

 

Creation Week - Days 1-6 Have taken place

Last week we looked at a detailed breakdown of Day 6

It is STILL Day 6

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 3:1-13

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

 

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’”

 

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

 

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

 

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

 

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

 

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.”

 

 

 

                                          I.            INTRODUCTION OF THE SERPENT

a.      The serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made

                                                                                                i.      It does not say the serpent is a wild animal

                                                                                             ii.      Just that it was craftier than any wild animal the Lord God made

                                                                                          iii.      Serpent (Aramaic Nachash) used symbolically, not a talking snake, but a deceiver

1.      Genesis 49:17 “Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.”

2.      Psalm 140:3 “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips.”

3.      Psalm 58:4 “Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:”

                                                                                           iv.      We see the Aramaic word usage is symbolic of someone who deceives, as Genesis 49 said, “…biting the horse’s heels, causing the rider to fall backward…”

                                                                                              v.      The word is used 28 times in the Old Testament, nearly every time symbolically of a deceiver or a warning of being deceived or poisoned

                                                                                           vi.      At the time Moses wrote this, they did not know who Satan was, therefore, in the garden he is described as a deceiver, a liar, someone who poisons the thoughts and minds of others to turn them away from obedience to God.

1.      P.s. Satan is not “lucifer”

2.      Isaiah 14:12 talks of Satan’s fall from heaven, and the phrase that should have been translated “O shining one” was translated in the 4th century as Lucifer in the Latin Vulgate (biblia vulgate)

a.      This would become the Catholic churches bible in the 14th century

b.     The name Lucifer stuck; however, a 4th century Latin word should have never been added to the original Hebrew scriptures written nearly 1,500 years earlier

 

 

b.     Question man, question God

                                                                                                i.      He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?

1.      Here is the serpents poison

a.      Did God really say puts doubt in Eve about God and her husband

b.     God spoke this command to Adam, then Adam told Eve

2.      Satan attacks Eve when she was alone

3.      Satan causes doubt about God’s command

4.      Satan causes doubt about Adam her husband

                                                                                             ii.      To throw Eve off track, Satan doesn’t tell a straight out lie, he causes doubt so that Eve will come to her own conclusions from the deception

 

 

c.      Disguise the query as genuinely seeking understanding (distraction)

                                                                                                i.      He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?

1.      He knew better, but asked what seems to be an easy question to answer so Eve misses the intent

2.      Did God really say? Or is your husband lying to you?

                                                                                             ii.      How many times have you spoke to someone who “seemed” genuinely interested in things of faith, only to discover they were trying to goad you into an argument about the Truth?

                                                                                          iii.      Satan’s goal is to cause trouble for God and what He is doing for humankind

1.      Satan cannot actually do anything “to” God, so he has to attack God’s creation

2.      However, IF we are obedient to God, we are righteous and part of God’s Kingdom, and Satan cannot touch us

3.      So Satan works to deceive us into being disobedient, unrighteous, so we are not in God’s Kingdom, rather, we default to Satan’s kingdom outside the gates of God’s.

 

 

                                      II.            THE WOMAN AND MAN ARE BOTH DECEIVED

a.      She answered the serpent but he replied

                                                                                                i.      “The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’”

                                                                                             ii.      She passed Satan’s first test!

1.      He had to ensure she knew the command, otherwise if she ate of the tree she wouldn’t have broke it

2.      You cannot lie if you do not know the truth

3.      If you think something is wrong and you do it, it is wrong

a.      Romans 14:22-23

                                                                                          iii.      Satan replies, ““You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

1.      Four lies and a truth in Satan’s statement

a.      You will certainly not die

b.     God knows

c.      Your eyes will be opened

d.     You will be like God

e.      You will know good and evil

2.      Lie 1 – You won’t die, well, not directly from eating of the tree, but indirectly because your sin kicks you out of God’s Kingdom and the garden and you will no longer have access to the Tree of life, which sustains the human body everlasting, and, you will die.

3.      Lie 2 – God knows – no one knows what God is thinking other than God. God didn’t even allow Himself to know when the end times were going to take place when He came as Jesus. Anytime someone wants to tell you something “from” God, be very weary, because this is exactly HOW Satan works to deceive the children of God.

4.      Lie 3 – Your eyes will be opened – Satan often makes us promises to deceive us, with money, power, control over others, etc. Here the promise is Wisdom, but not just any wisdom, Lie 4 – YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD.  The promise of Godly wisdom is the bait Satan sets in the trap for Eve.

5.      Finally – You will know good and evil – the only truth in all Satan said. How will Eve “know” good and evil. Because before the disobedience, she is GOOD…after the disobedience, she will be evil and know all to well what evil is and the penalty of it.

 

 

b.     A few things she could have done at this point

                                                                                                i.      Eve could have ran back and told her husband Satan was messing with her and called him and God liars

                                                                                             ii.      She could have just rebuked Satan right then and there and ignored his deception

 

c.      Instead, her and Adam disobey God

                                                                                                i.      VS 6-7 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

                                                                                             ii.       

 

 

                                   III.            THE LORD GOD GIVES OPPORTUNITY

a.      Sin brings about fear and shame

b.     God gives the man the opportunity to confess

c.      God gives the woman the opportunity to confess

 

Next week we will read of the judgment and punishment handed out to the serpent for his participation, and to Adam and Eve for not confessing their sin

 

 

 

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