Read His Words Before Ours!
Have you ever started a new book or series of shows, and before the first chapter or episode is over, you are hooked? As the story continues, you envision where the plot will go.
Then, out of nowhere comes a plot twist, and you are left wondering what in the world is happening! You MUST know, so you frantically skim future chapters or episode descriptions to grasp how the writers will redeem this awful thing.
We can do the same thing with the Bible. We may be reading in Genesis for our Journey Study today, but we can flip all the way to Revelation to learn how the story ends. Spoiler alert – Jesus wins!!! We can read other Bible books along the way to see how God has been masterfully weaving together all the details of history.
Each Journey Study in this Eden Theme has been an episode in God’s award-winning story. Today’s installment is another emotional rollercoaster. (Genesis 3) The juicy fruit that once looked so delicious has fallen from Eve’s hand, dropped to the ground as the first man and woman realized their sin. The knowledge of good and evil left an awful taste in their mouths, and they hid in shame, cowering in fear. Still, God pursued them, graciously seeking them out in His goodness and love. Adam and Eve rebelled, but rather than turn His back on them, God set His redemptive plan in motion.
God wasn’t scrambling, trying to haphazardly repair the shattered pieces of His creation. No, if we look ahead to Ephesians 1:3-10, we see that before we were ever lost in sin, God knew the exact way we would be found. Restoration would come through the blood of His one and only Son, Jesus.
We could easily skim over this one line, but it holds so much significance. An animal was killed, its blood shed so its hide could cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness and shame. In the same way, Jesus would one day come in human flesh and take on the penalty of all sin for all time. His blood shed on the cross satisfied God’s just wrath; His holiness and perfection covered our sin. Through His death, Jesus would extend to us the free gift of eternal life. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Unless Jesus would sacrifice Himself, there would be eternal separation between God and man. God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden, to live out their days under the curse of their sin. (Genesis 3:22-24) This curse continues still, every man and woman born after Adam entering the world is separated from God, dead in our sin. (Romans 5:12-21)
But we are NOT without hope.
Let’s rewind to the scene where God is calling out for Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:8-19) An eerie darkness has crept into the Garden, and slowly Adam and Eve come out from behind the bushes to face their Creator. The serpent is there too, for despite his craftiness, he cannot escape the consequences of his deception. We listen as God doles out curses, first to the serpent, then to Eve, and finally to Adam. In the midst of this heart-wrenching chapter, we find the most beautiful promise.
In the ashes of despair, God plants a seed of hope:
“I will put hostility between you [Satan] and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed [Jesus!].
He [Jesus!] will strike your [Satan] head,
And you [Satan] will strike His [Jesus] heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
With the hope of a coming Messiah, but no exact timeline, every generation after Adam would wait in eager anticipation for this promised One to deliver them from the curse of sin and death.
Satan, not knowing who would deliver the crushing blow to his head, determined to thwart God’s plan of salvation. He honed his skills, cunningly deceiving anyone who would listen as he whispered lies, stirred up doubt, and cast fear. (John 8:44; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8)
From Genesis to the opening chapters of the New Testament, this spiritual warfare raged on until FINALLY God’s timing is full and Jesus is born! (Galatians 4:4)
Whereas Adam’s (and Eve’s) sin resulted in physical and spiritual death for all mankind, Jesus’ death and resurrection would result in eternal life for all who believe in Him. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
This was God’s plan all along!!!! Jesus Himself would become the Cure for the curse. (Galatians 3:10-14) He willingly shed His blood, covering our sins with His righteousness and making it possible for us to stand before God justified and forgiven, free from all condemnation!! (Romans 8:1)
Every chain of sin, broken!
Our broken relationship with God, restored.
God’s promise, fulfilled.
Now, as we wait for Jesus to return, we live in light of that final victory!
The trumpet will sound, and all those who have died in Christ will be raised to new life, clothed with new eternal bodies, and joined together with God once more, just as God intended in Eden!!! (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
I can’t wait for THAT episode to release!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!