Monday, June 1, 2015

Genesis 3:8-15 Consequences of the Fall

KEY TEXT: Gen 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall(bruise his heel."

KEY THOT: Sin results in alienation & enmity:
(1) between God and man: “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself" (v.10)
(2) between man and the woman: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” (v.12).
(3) between Satanic kingdom and humankind: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring" (v.15a)

But in the midst of the bad news, there is good news: “he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (v.15b). There is always light in darkness: God in his grace reveals his plan of redemption through the seed of the woman.

Satan’s work is alienation and enmity in this world while God’s work is reconciliation and restoration through the Seed of the Woman, Jesus Christ. We have good news amidst the 4-D Bad News of Decadence, Demonization, Diseases and Death. But we have the Good News of the Kingdom of God that Christ came to install to banish the Bad News of Satan’s dominion in this world through his destructive 4-D strategy.

The church has been entrusted with the Gospel: I ought not to become distracted by Satan with a 1,001 things that are good, but not God. Our first priority should always be God and His Kingdom to rescue those still trapped in Satan’s kingdom and to extend His kingdom rule in every sphere of our influence (Mt 6:33). I have to remain committed to proclamation of the Good News as my first priority. All other priorities must be aligned with this. We can drop other priorities, but not this one. 

Father, may the proclamation of Your Gospel always be top priority in our lives. Amen.

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