A Leather Sign

A Sermon on that first Choice

If I could, I’d rewrite history; I’d choose differently;

I’d leave out the part where I broke Your heart

In the garden’s shade, fix the mess I made

If I could, I would

If I could hold one memory

It would surely be how You walked with us

I’d go back in time, untell my first lie

And let love’s injury heal in spite of me

If I could, I would

Can You hear us cry?

Wishing we could turn back time

To feel Your breath when branches move

Take one more sunset walk with You

Must each tomorrow hold

Such brokenness untold?

Can’t imagine how You could

See all of me and say it’s good

You still love us more than we believed You could

Could there be something more?

Will it ever be the way it was before?

Matthew West & Leigh Nash, “Good”, 2011 Music Inspired By the Story


Genesis 3:1-8

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.


Origin of Evil


Demon possession


Alternate Interpretation


2:16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

3:1 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, “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.’ ”


Freedom


Penalty


Motive


Why didn’t they die immediately?

Hebrews 9:22 … without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Hebrews 10:4: It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.


1. Freedom:

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


2. Penalty of Sin:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.


3. Love of God:

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.




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