Family Bible Study lesson for August 18: Sin - What Went Wrong?
July 26 2002 by Crate Jones , Genesis 3:1-3, 6, 9-17, 19, 22-23

Family Bible Study lesson for August 18: Sin - What Went Wrong? | Friday, July 26, 2002

Friday, July 26, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for August 18: Sin - What Went Wrong?

By Crate Jones Genesis 3:1-3, 6, 9-17, 19, 22-23

This lesson deals with the tragedy of sin, its consequences and God's provision of redemption through Jesus.

In a prayer meeting years ago, I asked the congregation for a definition of sin. The only answer I remember came from an older man: "I think it's the worst thing in the world." He hit the nail on the head.

How sin entered God's perfect world God commanded Adam not to eat fruit from "the tree of knowledge of good and evil." To do so would bring the penalty of spiritual and physical death into the world.

Enter Eve. Satan persuaded her to question God's command. The fruit looked good and was good to eat. She ate and offered some of it to Adam; he did likewise. They had a choice to make and failed miserably.

A wrong choice leads to the wrong destination. We took our grandsons to see "Sword of Peace" near Snow Camp. Coming back, at an intersection, Harriett said turn left; I turned right. We arrived in Siler City with two hungry boys, a closed Hardee's and many miles from our Durham home. We got home at midnight.

The world-shaking word is "disobedience." (My mother used to say: "Disobedience always brings pain." She demonstrated on me how it works.)

Adam and Eve did not take personal responsibility for their choice but passed the buck. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent (Satan). Neither said, "I have sinned." Ring a bell?

"The devil made me do it." 'Tain't so. He can't unless we consent. We choose to do right or wrong.

Sin's consequences Often, we hear these words: "I'm not hurting anybody but myself." Or, "What I do is my own business." Hogwash. It's easier to contain a wild fire than to contain the effects of sin. It always hurts a lot of others. Like a snail, you can tell Satan has been around by his trail of slime.

God's plan of redemption A redeemer would be needed to lift fallen mankind out of his helpless estate. From the beginning, Jesus Christ was designated to come into the world as the Savior. In light of the reality of sin that separates us from God, this is the good news we need to hear.

How can we know Jesus as our personal Savior? Included are these important elements: (1) the convicting work of the Holy Spirit; (2) the Scriptures; and (3) personally receiving Christ.

Convincing a person that he or she is a sinner is the work of the Holy Spirit. God's word can show him the way; only the one under conviction can invite Jesus to come into his or her heart.

John and I have been friends for more than 36 years. Every time I tried to talk with him about Jesus, he would out talk me or change the subject. He never seemed to know his real need until major troubles overtook him.

A few months ago, the phone rang. John wanted to accept Christ but did not know how. I shared Scripture with him, assured him that God loved him and that Jesus died on the cross for him. Then I said, "Will you ask Jesus into your heart now?" He said he would. I led the prayer as he repeated the words with me. It's beautiful to see how the Holy Spirit does His work.

While walking along the beach, Harriett and I noticed a humanlike form that some artistic person had fashioned out of sand. It was a good sculpture, but some less appreciative person had kicked part of it to pieces, leaving only a portion of what it once was.

But there's a bright side. The sculptor, who formed the "sand man," could have returned and reformed his work to its original likeness.

Jesus, who suffered all that Satan could do and died for the world's sin, can take the marred life and restore it to the beauty and purpose that God intended. "As many as touched Him were made whole" (Matt. 14-36).

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7/26/2002 12:00:00 AM by Crate Jones , Genesis 3:1-3, 6, 9-17, 19, 22-23 | with 0 comments
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