Monday, April 3, 2017
Genesis 3:2-3: And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 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.’”
There were two trees in the center of the Garden. They were side by side. The first is, "The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil." The second is, "The Tree of the Life." God gave to Adam and Eve only one command. You shall not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of God and Evil. The consequence of said eating was death.
So what was the sin? Was it the eating? No it wasn't. Eating the fruit was the result of sin. The sin was, they disobeyed God. The sin had nothing to do with the fruit nor the tree. The sin was the conscious choice to rebel against what God said. Satan created a diversion. Satan tempted them. They chose to follow the temptation.
And God chose to save the rebellious couple. God promised to send salvation and love to them. Jesus, the enmity between Satan and his seed and Eve and her seed, was to come and save the children of Adam and Eve through His life and death. Jesus was the perfect obedience on behalf of all people of the commands of God. Jesus was THE sacrifice for sin for all people of all time.
We will be learning about sin and grace this week. Sin is our disobedience to the Will of God. Grace is God's salvation of disobedient people like you and I because of what Jesus did. Let's pray.
Dear God and Father, thank You for the grace that You gave to rebellious sinners like us. Lead us by Your Holy Spirit to believe in Your saving grace along with following Your will and commands. We pray this in the name of Jesus. And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.