THEME: FALL OF MAN
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
-The fall of man as derived from the above parts of scripture will form the basis of this weeks study. To unpack this, we will begin by thematically exposing the two main words, “fall and man.” Fall in Hebrew is written as Naphal which means to overthrow, cast down or be defeated. Man in Hebrew is written as Adam, which is the universally accepted name for man. This therefore gives us the impression of the casting down of Adam from his position of authority and favor in the garden of Eden. When Eve was lured by the devil to eat of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, she fell under the sin of deception but Adam committed willful sin, after eating what Eve offered him. Through sin, man was then separated from God and death entered the world. Man forfeited his immortal position and was exposed to death. The sin of the first man is founded on the tripartite nature of lawlessness as viewed from a worldly perspective. 1 John2:16 reveals that, all that is in the world is, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which are from the world and not from the Father. The serpent lured Eve into all three. The tree was good for food relating to the lust of the flesh, pleasant to the eyes similar to the lust of the eye, and desirable to make one wise symbolic to the pride of life. When Jesus was tempted, He was confronted by the same offer as we see in Matthew 4:1-11. He was given the choice to convert stones to bread which is a display of the lust of the flesh, he was also told to throw Himself down and the angels would capture Him, and probably many would see which is symbolic to the lust of the eyes, and to worship the devil and receive all the kingdoms of the world and the glory that comes with them which relates to the pride of life. These are the three areas that satan often tempts men. As Jesus resisted and the devil left Him, we are called to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). As through one mans offense many died, the gift by the grace of one Man Jesus Christ abound to many, and by His justification we have been reconciled to God, that we may be saved by His life (Romans 5:8-15). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he has regained what was lost in the garden of Eden for us and have sure hope in His salvation, as we share in His resurrection.
Dear Almighty Father we come before You today with thanksgiving in our hearts. We thank You for the gift of life and the gift of good health. We pray for healing in our bodies and all those who are sick and suffering. May You heal all those who are suffering from COVID-19, HIV, cancer, lupus, stroke, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, cerebral palsy, glaucoma and other eye problems, severe pain and headaches, dental issues and other diseases. By Your stripes dear Jesus we are healed, heal all those who are sick and suffering we humbly ask You. Heal also merciful Savior all those who have been chained by the devil and wonder aimlessly in the streets, that You may deliver them by Your righteous right hand. Heal all those who are bereaved and suffer painful loss, that You may comfort them with Your merciful love. Heal our hearts dear Jesus from the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life for such things are not from You but of the world. Deliver us Abba Father from all unrighteousness and settle our hearts with Your grace and peace that surpasses all understanding. Guide us through out the week and lead us the way that we should go. Thank You loving us dear Jesus and for dying on the cross for our sins. Thank You for the gift of salvation and the gift of eternal life through Your Son Jesus Christ. Wash us with Your precious blood dear Jesus and make us whole in You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8-17
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