Sin, says the catechism, is want of conformity. Sin always breaks, it always heads in the opposite direction. And while “Turned” in the wrong direction we cannot see God positively. Only grace will open our eyes to see that God is always moving in the right direction!
Rebellion (Genesis 3:6-7)
Adam and Eve’s evil rationality and rebellion show the sinfulness of sin and the deceitfulness of sin. Unless our thoughts are bound to the Lord Jesus Christ, we will not know our condition and reason apart from God’s loving character like our first parents did.
Prepared to Suffer (1 Peter 5:6-11)
Elder Larry Harer exhorts on the awesome way in which the Grace of God has prepared us to suffer, and how God himself with strengthen and establish us because he cares for us.
Back and Forth (2 Samuel 17:24-29)
I believe these chapters in David’s life are the PRINCIPAL drama of Redemptive Historical revelation in the OT. That is why so much typology is jammed packed in these chapters that parallels the Lord Jesus Christ’s Passion. It is wonderful stuff, but it is also interestingly BACK and FORTH – terrifying and comforting. Not unlike the back and forth in
which many believe was written during this time! We see that the back and forth of life is God’s loving hand doing good!
Discovering True Character (Genesis 3:1-15)
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
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.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)
is the only record! and it is NOT a fable or moral story. Adam is NOT experiencing what is true of all men, so this is just a moral story not to listen to snakes! – NO! Only Adam was our covenant or Federal Head. We need to listen to the text to hear what happened and understand How Satan works – but the real benefit for us in this text is what the text is build on and what it is building to = the LOVE of God, the goodness of God!
Godliness in God’s House (Titus 2:1-15)
This chapter has Paul encouraging Titus to Motivate the Church in Crete with the Highest Possible standard (If you don’t feel a bit overwhelmed by it- you might not be listening!), yet what is crucial and why we really listen to Paul here is that he also gives us the strongest possible RESOURCE! We see from this chapter that “except the LORD build the house, those who build labor in vain…” and you know that house which we NEED most of all for God to build is the church and here as we see these men INSTALLED and ORDAINED to office in our growing little church – here we see that Grace is the tool God uses to build His house!
But Without Sin (2 Samuel 16:15-23)
we are introduced to another two types in the two Advisers to Absalom, but what is truly vital is to see the hand of God in all of this history.
Bone of My Bone (Genesis 2:18-25)
In our text we have a wedding in paradise teaching us to see that our union with Christ is the ultimate marriage of love and help!
Where Is Eden Going? (Genesis 2:4-17)
With a text that has been hugely misunderstood and misused we can direct our attention to the great Purpose of God to bring you and I into a life better than paradise. We were made for a better Eden, a better Communion with God – that no enemy can break in and destroy.
Establish Your Hearts (James 5:7-20)
Do not get stuck in the ruts of life forgetting the compassionate and merciful purpose of the Lord. Instead, establish your hearts by focusing on the coming of the Lord and the powerful provision of prayer that we have as we wait patiently for His return.