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Our Tragedy Reversed

Our Tragedy Reversed
Genesis 3:8–15
Pentecost 3
June 10, 2018

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Paul notes Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

We realize that once words are spoken you cannot unspeak them.
You can say I’m sorry, but you cannot change the past, no matter how hard you want to.

In our Old Testament reading we see the results of humanity’s tragedy. Adam and Eve are going to be tossed out of the Garden of Eden. Adam would have to work the ground there would be thorns and thistles to make it hard, but that wasn’t the worst of it.

Sure we may know the jokes of Eve eating Adam out of house and home, but the worst of the worst may not be obvious.

Genesis 3:8 (ESV) 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Adam and Eve had lost their relationship with God, but the tragedy didn’t end there. They left the loving relationship with God and now they are embracing a negative relationship with the devil.

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Notice the word devour, the devil doesn’t have your best interests in mind but his own, being devoured in the relationship. A relationship that is feeding off of Adam and Eve.

How do you get out of a bad relationship? What happens when you allow things consume you, like addictions. In the 12 step program for recovery,
The first 3 steps if I may paraphrase:
1. We admitted we were powerless over what ever is devouring us
2. Came to believe that God is greater than ourselves restores.
3. Turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
How do you get out of a bad relationship, for Adam and Eve, they cannot. God does it for them. And that promise is also given, as one looks carefully to what God says.

What is going on here? God Created Adam and Eve in Perfect relationship, that relationship was broken. Adam and Eve are no longer connected with God but now because of sin they are attached to someone else.
Yes, Satan

Yes, Adam and Eve were deceived, but notice that God is really angry with Satan. Jesus notes in John 8:44 (ESV) 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

God wrath is poured out upon Satan.

Genesis 3:14–15 (ESV) 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

God will put enmity, that is hostility between Even and the devil, why because of sin they are in relationship with each other.

God will have humanity removed from Satan
The how is explained in the rest of the of verse

The seed of Eve, will be the promise deliver, is the one who will make this separation.
Jesus the Christ, will strike Satan’s head, while Satan will strike to Christ’s heal.
Meaning Satan will be defeated, head crushed, and it there is a cost to Christ, His death on the cross, but as we know there is also a resurrection

How do we receive this separation from the unhealthy relationship with Satan.

Baptism liturgy starts: Depart you unclean spirit and make room for the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Humanity needs to be separated from its unhealthy relationship with Satan and only God can do it. And in vs 15 God makes that promise that it will happen, and it did.

Recovery from a hostile relationship with Satan is only possible through Christ.

Christ Jesus delivers us from the unhealthy relationship with Satan and re-attaches us to God the Heavenly Father our Creator.

Yes there are consequences to humanity’s action, but in the midst of those consequences there is also love. For Christ didn’t come to devour us, but to save us, to love us, to restore us to heal us, to make us better.

John 3:17 (ESV) 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

That is the mark of a healthy relationship vs an unhealthy. A healthy relationship loves and cares for the other person and is willing to make self-sacrifices. Jesus the Christ makes the ultimate self-sacrifice for you. Satan on the other hand seeks to devour, but lying and deceiving.

Eve was created as a complement a helper to Adam, in a beautiful healthy relationship in the Garden of Eden.
Notice Adam’s response when he first see Eve:
Genesis 2:23 (ESV) 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Now we live in a world where people seem to devour one another.

John 14:30 (ESV) 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

So when we are consumed by the people and things of this world, we return to the one who said that Satan has no claim on me, because He defeated Satan on the cross.

So when are we are consumed by this changes and challenges of this world, we return to Christ Jesus as He heals us with His own Body and Blood.

Romans 16:20 (ESV) 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

So we return to the one who is able to crush Satan, who buy us back from the unhealthy relationship of sin, gives us into the loving hands of the Father.

Christ Jesus is that way out of the bad and evil relationship, the ultimate tragedy is now restored, yes we live with the scars of sin while we are in this world, but soon we will have a glorious body in the resurrection, until that time we return here where Christ promises to be, as Christ bring us healing in our relationship with Him. Amen.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Written by dballa

June 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm