Thursday, September 21, 2017
Adam and Eve decided to fellowship with Satan rather than walk with God (Genesis 3:6-8). I don’t know how many years took place between Genesis 3 and 6, but future generations also neglected that walk! Verse 5 tells us that “man’s wickedness” was “great” and “every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). If Noah had made the excuse “that everyone else is doing it,” I would not be writing nor would you be reading this article! Noah was the “nerd” of his day that was tuned out until men discovered rain! As usual, a lesson learned too late!
When Noah and his family repopulated the earth, did man learn his lesson? Again, I’m not sure what the time element was between Genesis 10 to 11, but in 11:4-6 man again maps out his course minus that “walk.” The goal they sought was building their stairway to heaven! The only reward gained was the requirement to learn a new language! Did they “get” the lesson? As usual, lesson learned too late!
Even those who were righteous had lessons to learn. Yes, they stumbled. Perfection escaped them as well as those who followed! Noah found grace, but it didn’t keep him from experiencing drunkenness and exposing himself while under the influence (Genesis 6:8; 9:21). Abram (Abraham) enjoyed conversations with Yahweh and had blessings bestowed upon him, but he allowed Pharaoh and Abimelech to take his wife into their harems due to his lies (Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-11). He and Sarah attempted to substitute Hagar and that decision has haunted Abraham’s seed since then. Lesson unlearned or ignored creates others that can be unpleasant.
God gave His law to Moses, but a lost temper demanded a second attempt (Exodus 32:19). Although many tried, no one faultlessly kept it. God was teaching another lesson! Law demands punishment when broken. Death is demanded. Man is incapable of justifying himself by keeping law (Galatians 2:16). No matter how good a person manages to be, his works are still filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even the prophet Isaiah stated, “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). God wanted Israel to recognize their total need for Him. Sadly, Adam and Eve’s sin is produced by all of us. We cannot lift ourselves up by pulling on our boot straps! Yet, this belief that one can help pay part of his sin debt by perfectly keeping law was adopted, even by some in the first century church!
We must depend upon God. Without Him we are lost! We cannot save ourselves. We are the ones in need of a Savior! Our imperfections keep up from paying any amount of our purchase price from sin! There are those who continue to believe that their righteousness is their payment to remove their sins and open the door to heaven. Men continue to suffer from the Adam and Eve syndrome! Men continue to believe we can build our own staircase to heaven!
Sunday we began our singing with Thank You For the Cross, Lord.
Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace
This was followed with, Jesus Paid It All, then, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. After communion we sang, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross. Before the Shepherd’s prayer at the end of our assembly, we sang Amazing Grace.
We have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. He paid it all. That’s why we look to the cross and want to stay near it! He took ALL our sins and in exchange, poured out his righteousness upon us. Thank you for your amazing grace, Lord!