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Genesis 5

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 5, 2012

 “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”  (Genesis 5:29)

I often wonder what it was like that first day after the Fall. Guilt, shame, fear and alienation from God – I am sure those were just few of the emotions that surged in Adam and Eve’s hearts and minds.  They had lost God’s likeness in holiness and righteousness and were cut off from communing with Him.   But they had hope. God had promised them a Deliverer who would defeat the serpent that deceived them once and for all!

And so life went on and in keeping with God’s command to them, they “multiplied.” You see, though sin corrupted their ability to do good and please God in their spiritual walk, they were still able to fulfill His command to rule and subdue the physical world. And this is important to know because God will hold us accountable for what we do and what we don’t do in keeping with His purposes for us here on earth.

But things were not the same. Yes, their children looked like them but sin had distorted the image of God in them. Adam and Eve had been created in perfect holiness and righteousness, which they lost and their children followed suit! In other words, the children had the same rebellion and bent towards sin and like their parents, lost communion with God. Can you imagine the devastation that ripped their hearts knowing that if they had obeyed, Abel would not have been killed and Cain would not have been cast out by God? This is a solemn and sobering warning to parents. Remember that what goes on in your heart, mind and lives will have a bearing on your children – it may not be murder now, but eternal death in hell.

Living in such desolation and despondency, they had a hope. God had promised and they knew that unlike themselves, God would keep His Word and fulfill it. In His goodness, God began to reveal how He would save them from sin and Satan through the promise that He made to them in the garden (Genesis 3:15).  He also gave them another promise through the life and work of Noah which we will discuss later. Both of these promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ – He alone is the “one who brings us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.

You may be struggling with sin and the issues of life at the moment.  Be comforted!  Take courage and have hope in Christ. He is able to deliver you and give you the rest and peace you need for this life and the next. He says, ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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Genesis 3

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 4, 2012

But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 

I remember my first class in Chemistry 2o2 – I walked out of class feeling dumber than a lamb! Thermodynamics was the course and boy it bogged my mind those first few classes. Second class came and the Prof asked “who can tell me the 2nd law of thermodynamics?” Blank stares and silence! Nobody had quiet understood all the physics gibberish!

Turns out its as simple as this: everything tends to disorder! In other words, things keep going from good to bad to worse. And so was the case in perfect and pretty new earth. No sooner was all beautiful and lovely than corruption seeped in. All because man could not hold himself but indulge in the forbidden and thereby disobey God, lose everything and earn sin, misery and death. Now that is worst to the power infinity!

But what had happened? A simple command as eat and do everything but don’t eat one fruit couldn’t have been that hard to keep – right? Well, if it was, we all wouldn’t be living in this sin and death laden earth with all the havoc that comes with it. It’s as simple as this – it started with a lie, followed by disbelief, then came the denial and blame game. Who would want to acknowledge responsibility for all that went, goes and continues to go wrong in the world!

While they were hiding (and am sure fighting all along), God, who should have been angry with seething and fiery wrath, walks in like a breeze and calls out “Where are you?” If it was me, I would macheting that place down and screaming hell and fire on them for messing my beautiful earth. But not God.

What an amazing and awesome God we have!!! I tremble to think of his goodness to me and my waywardness towards him. Yet in love he sought out Adam and Eve and seeks us out today. In rebuking their sin, God promised salvation to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:15). That promise was fulfilled in Jesus!

Like a good shepherd, Jesus calls us to himself and the precious Holy Spirit gently coos conviction in our hearts to return and be reconciled to God. Won’t you come to Him today? Won’t you walk more deeply and more sweetly with Him? Its possible and available for you today. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

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