A message by David Block on John 11.
Turn on the news. You’ll see blame spreading everywhere. It seems as if it has become our national pastime. If one person sins then everyone including God is guilty, maybe even more guilty. And so, as Paul told us in Romans, we have been given over to a debased mind.
What is man’s response to sin in his heart? He points the finger at everyone else and says, “If I’m going down, everyone is going down with me.”
After they sin Adam and Eve find themselves afraid before God, naked before God and they choose to hide from God.
The man and woman have sinned against the perfect God. What is his response? God comes walking in and asks questions.
In this passage, we see why our relationship with God is the way it is. The answer to why we have problems is sin. Sin is why there is unrest between people and sin is why God seems distant.
Adam and Eve were in paradise but one sin ended all of that. Their breaking of the command of God led to the corruption of the entire human race. They quickly learned that sin brought enslavement not freedom.
In one word, Adam and Eve’s transgression of God’s command brought them shame. When we sin, it has the same effect on us. No matter what we gain from sinning we will always gain shame.
Sin is rebellion. What Satan is saying to Eve is, “Yeah, God said not to do it, but go ahead anyway.” God has commanded and sin says, I’m doing it my way. That’s rebellion, plain and simple.
So we have this perfect world, with everything in harmony and you have two perfect people with a perfect relationship with each other and God. Then from stage left enters the Tempter of Sin.