Have any of you ever failed a test? When I was at Texas A&M, I had to drop the “History of American Sea Power” because I failed EVERY quiz and test we ever took. I’m talking about a 27% was good.
Our first parents, Adam and Eve, essentially failed a test in Genesis 3. And that leads me to the big question I want to ask you:
IF GOD MADE EVERYTHING “GOOD,” WHY ARE THINGS SO BAD?
God created everything good. And His first commandment began with “You are free.” But something went terribly wrong because Adam and Eve failed a test. They didn’t walk in freedom. They believed God was hiding something from them. Check out the story:
Genesis 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, “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.'”
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.
Sin has now become a reality. Adam’s sin was the beginning of every kind of sin, suffering, & pain. Adam and Eve sinned and FRACTURED every single thing in creation. Let me show you:
Sin FRACTURED our Relationship With God
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
Two things make us hide from God: guilt & pride
Guilt makes us pay for something we get for free and we hide because we feel unworthy.
Pride blinds us to our need. Like Zac talked about last week, we don’t care about God until our hearts break. We think we can do it all on our own. We hide because some guy in a Polo will ask us to throw out our CDs, ditch our friends, and not have any fun ever again. Pride makes us say “I don’t need this church thing…it’s just a bunch of lame-o’s playing patty-cake”
We hide from God because we feel guilty about what we did wrong, or we hide because we think we haven’t done anything wrong. Either way, our relationship with God is fractured because we either diminish His grace or we deny His existence.
Sin FRACTURED Creation
Romans 8.20-22 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
When you marvel at the Grand Cany0n or Yosemite Valley or Destin, FL, it’s as if God is saying, “Those are great, but it’s not really what I had in mind.” You can almost hear it in the surge of the ocean: “fix…..thisssss…….”
Because of that first sin, the universe was fractured. And now everything God created is longing to be made new; it’s all groaning under the curse of sin.
Sin FRACTURED our Relationship With Others
Genesis 3.11 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.”
In our relationships with others we now blame others for whatever’s wrong with us. You see it in Scripture: Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the Serpent.
And we do it to: I was born this way or daddy didn’t hug me enough. Our problem isn’t genetics or our environment.
Our problem is sin.
But we blame it away or we lie about it. We’re afraid to let others in. When I ask students how they’re doing, the most common response on a Sunday morning “I’m tired.” Translation?
“There’s so much going on that I wouldn’t know where to begin and honestly I don’t think you can handle all the baggage I’m carrying this morning. So leave me alone, let me smile and walk away, and keep pretending that I’m tired so you’ll believe why I’m not so chipper today.”
Sin makes us hide our true selves because we don’t want to break anymore. So we blame something else for why we are the way we are or we lie about ourselves so people will only give us the attention we want them to give us.
How Do We Respond To This?
God created everything and called it “good.”
But things got really bad because sin fractured everything.
So instead of living the way God designed us, we reject the very relationships that are meant to give us life.
So is that it?
Things are broken; we’re broken; is there no hope?
We’ll unpack that in the next “Big Story” post.