“The Fall,” so it is called. Genesis Chapter 3 details the events of the greatest tragedy in human history – when we fell into sin and out of favor with the Creator. Adam and Eve enjoyed close communion, walking with God in the garden. But the downward spiral of the Bible’s third chapter shows that given to our own cravings, apart from a Savior’s intervention, even you and I will walk away from God every time.“The downward spiral of the Bible’s third chapter shows that given to our own cravings, apart from a Savior’s intervention, even you and I will walk away from God every time.” Click To Tweet
Not that there is a special formula in the Bible’s third chapter, or a hidden code awaiting deciphering and calculated correction. Apart from God’s intervention, even the most self-controlled image bearer will still walk away from God. This is the natural course of mankind: not toward God or with Him, but away from Him. However, there is a pattern that is laid down in Genesis Ch.3. It is a pattern that was effective 6,000-10,000 years ago with our first parents, and it is still effective today. Trendy manifestations of sin against God vacillate with the generations, but Satan’s general tactics have not changed. Why would they? They seem to be working so well.“This is the natural course of mankind: not toward God or with Him, but away from Him.” Click To Tweet
Here is the downward spiral of the Bible’s third chapter. Tiny steps. One after another. All leading our first parents, and ultimately me and you as well, away from God. Notice these not only in the text, but also in your own life. Interrupt this pattern before it interrupts your walk with God.
- Question God’s Word. Genesis 3:1. It is no coincidence that Satan’s first words to the woman tempted her to question God’s first words to the man (2:16-17). Here’s what is true: God’s Word is always dependable, and always good. Believe it. Live it.
- Question God’s goodness. Genesis 3:2-3. God’s commands are loving and kind. They are meant to protect us from destruction, not to rob us of joy. God is good. He loves you. Don’t forget it.
- Believe Satan’s lie. Genesis 3:4-5. When his lips move, he lies. He told the woman she would not surely die. He lied. Sin cannot go unpunished. Every infraction of grace is an egregious offense against the holiness of the Creator. Believe God, not the enemy.
- Desire what you know God has forbidden. Genesis 3:6. Whatever God has forbidden in His word, He has done so with lovingkindness. If you are desiring something you know God has forbidden, capture every thought in Christ and quickly exercise self-control.
- Disobey what you know God has commanded. Genesis 3:6. The seeds of doubt and desire that Satan planted in the woman’s head quickly grew into oaks of disobedience in the woman’s hands. Every step of disobedience to God’s Word is a step away from fellowship with God’s Person.
- Cover up sin. Genesis 3:7. If it were not so devastating it would almost be comical. Can a canopy of leaves cover the deep shame of sin? Perhaps your canopy preference is one of lies, self-justification, or excuses. Even if you cover the sin, the guilt and shame remains.
- Hide from God. Genesis 3:8-10. Stop going to church. Stop engaging Christian friends in conversation. Stop reading your Bible. Stop praying. Pull away. But understand that you cannot actually hide from God. He will call out to you even in the deepest pits of shame and regret. He loves you too much for anything less.
- Blame everyone else. Genesis 3:11-12. God called Adam to account. Adam literally blamed everyone else on the planet except himself. You will never walk with God if you do not own your offenses against Him.
Do you recognize this pattern in your life? Where are you on the Genesis Ch.3 spiral? The good news is that you can course correct at any moment by calling on the name of Jesus Christ – the one who would come to crush the serpent’s head (3:15). Call on the Lord Jesus, and correct course today.
Grace and Peace,