2008-01-08 Gods Rule

Passage Genesis 3:4-7:

4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

Passage Genesis 3:12-13:

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

Satan also tempts Eve with sinful pride. He tells Eve that if she eats the forbidden fruit she will be like God. In other words, he tells Eve you will get to be your own God. You’ll get to rule your own life and decide for yourself what is good and what is evil. Desiring to rule their own world, Adam and Eve eat the fruit. Rather than confessing in hunility, they continue in their pride. Eve blames the serpent and Adam blames Eve. Not only is intimacy with God broken, but the intimacy between Adam and eve is broken.

In what areas of your life are you tempted to “rule your own world”?

What defense mechanisms (blame, self-pity, indifference, etc) do you engage in to avoid facing your sin and how do they impact your relationships?

How does your desire to be the God of your life destroy intimacy with God and with others?

[written by Kelly Guy]

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