Many of the favorite stories of the Bible are in Genesis including:

1.Creation
2.God loves people
3.Sin Kills
4.Rescue Announced
5.Noah—Flood
6.Abraham & Sarah
7.Isaac & Rebekah
8.Jacob's big family
9.Joseph

 

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

—Romans 5:12 NKJV

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Genesis part 3

Sin Kills—Our Relationship with God

God told His dear friends, Adam and Eve, to enjoy and eat freely of every tree in the amazing orchard. Just as there is a protocol for being in a king's presence, to be in God's presence requires keeping from evil and being pure, keeping free from sin and evil. There was only one rule in the Garden of Eden:

"Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die"

—Genesis 2:17 NKJV

This rule protected Adam and Eve from evil and kept them pure and holy and able to be in God's presence.

 

Takeover plot develops

God was not the only spirit being in Heaven, a great host of angels worshipped and served God. One of the top angels became prideful and rebelled from serving God. This angel became self-centered instead of God-centered. He wanted to be worshipped instead of worshipping God. There was an all out war in Heaven, but the hostile takeover attempt failed and the raider and his followers were cast out of Heaven.

 

The unsuccessful raider of Heaven then decided that he wanted to be the ruler of the world, but that priviledge belonged to people. So he came up with a plan that would not only takeover the earth, but get back at God by separating Him from His friends.

 

The intruder slithered into the garden in the form of a snake, and tempted the people to break God's rule and eat the forbidden fruit. Eve listened as the tempter rationalized why they didn't have to do what God said to do. She looked at the fruit and unfortunately she ate it. Then Adam listened and ate, too. When they broke God's rule, evil polluted their lives and they were no longer pure and holy.

 

Now everything was different. The result of disobeying God was death to their spirit. In shame and desperation they sewed fig leaves together to try to cover themselves. When they heard God come for His visit they hid in the trees of the garden.

 

Sin separates our relationship with God

God, who had given them everything, called out to them. They answered, but gave excuses for their action. Sin, or breaking God's law, changed everything. Their sin blocked them from living in God's presence. They no longer could enjoy the priviledge of living in God's garden.

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