Can Our Youth Find the Solution to Our Trials

Words From a Young Man

Book of Job Chapters 32 through 37

Today we look at this man Elihu.

I believe one of the greatest lessons we learn from this passage of Scripture is we need to give our young people an opportunity to speak.

Three of Job’s so-called friends had come to comfort him at the loss of everything he owned.

We know that Job did not blink at the loss of his riches, but the death of his ten children had broken him.

Personally, I do not believe these three men ever considered the difference in the loss of family and loss of riches.

I have felt all along that these men were more business friends rather than godly friends.

Job’s so-called godly friends which had abandoned Job entirely.

Job was an elder spiritually just as he was by age.

Paul wrote to Timothy:

1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
1Ti 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

We should understand because God never changes, He would have been the same even in the time of Job.

These are some of the lessons we need to learn from the Book of Job.

We must understand why these three men had gone quiet.

They had decided that Job had convinced himself that he was so self-righteous that he had placed himself above God.

I do not believe Job ever did this because the Bible said Job never sinned.

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

God would not have said this if it was not true!

The Holy Spirit placed this in the very first chapter of the Book of Job so we would know this throughout this Book of Job.

So what we see is the opinions of the lost when dealing with a godly man.

Not many of the lost will ever have favorable opinions of Christians!

I disagree with most all commentaries on the Book of Job and will try to stick to what the Holy Ghost says.

Which means, I disagree with most of our lesson plan even though some good points are made.

The one thing we see of this young man is the respect for his elders.

We all should have respect for our elders, especially those godly Saints of God who have stuck with Jesus all their days after being saved!

*Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

Again, these three men had grown quiet because in their own eyes and their own arguments, Job had made himself self-righteous above the righteousness of God.

This was their opinion!

This was not true of Job!

These three men had decided themselves that all our problems in this life are caused by our personal sin.

Job was a godly man and God Himself had said that Job was a godly man!

Since we have the whole picture of these things because the Holy Spirit preserved these things for us, we know more than these three so-called friends, but they still had no excuse to reject the truth of Job himself.

Job had not made himself to be self-righteous! The man offered sacrifices daily for himself and all his family and we can say he did the same for his employees and his friends.

Job was walking the talk the Lord ask us to walk, according to his relationship with the Lord.

Was Job perfect. In the eyes of God Job was perfect because God said so, only because he repented of his sin daily.

Job still had the sin nature that came by Adam and Job knew this very well!

Those three men got quiet because they could not convince Job that it was his sin that had caused his problems, even some hidden grievous sin which was not true.

Job was in great despair because these things had happened, and he had not understood why?

One of the greatest questions we all ask is “why”!

Elihu was a Buzite. The Book of Genesis says Buz was a relative of Abraham by his brother Nahor.

We know that even in the time of Isaac that these were a pagan people.

Elihu got mad at Job because he to felt Job was claiming to be self-righteous.

Righteous meaning upright toward the commands of God and all the things written of Job says this was true of him.

There were no “Laws of Moses”.

There was no mention of faith.

There was only the fact that Job sacrificed clean animals for his sin and the sin of others. This act showed his faith!

What is faith?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This was the faith of Job!

Elihu was mad at those other three men because they had not found a solution to Job trials.

We must keep in mind, Job was suffering grief because he had lost all his children in one day and it just about broke him, but he was clinging to his faith as he told his wife.

The Lord gives, but the Lord also takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

*Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Job had refused to accept what they were saying as the truth, because Job knew the truth.

When we do not accept what the world sees of us, then the world will get mad at us and condemn us just as these men had done to Job.

This one point did not set well with Elihu, but he was just as wrong in his beliefs.

Job was not a bad man and did not need to be condemned by his friends.

True friends do not condemn us!

True friends help us though our bad times!

Things happen that we have no control over and if we trust Him, the Lord will comfort us through these things.

We should really never ask God why?

We must accept that God knows best for us all! Romans 8:28

*Job 32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
Job 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

We can see that Elihu had witnessed all the conversations of these men and he had not butted in, because of his youth.

We can see that even respect for the elders had been taught in the land of Uz.

Some say Elihu was trying to be a moderator between Job and these three men, but what we will see is a new plan to attack Job.

In fact Elihu claims to be a prophet of God.

*Job 33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
Job 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
Job 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

This was a brash young man saying, “now you listen to me Job”.

He said, “I understand all these things Job and I have the answers you seek”.

The Holy Spirit will never lead us to cause harm to someone who is in such grief as Job had, so it was not the Holy Spirit who was using this young man!

It would have been the wicked spirit of Satan!

God called His prophets and God calls each man of God, but God did not call Elihu!

Elihu did know about Creation.

Most all the world accepted Creation according the Word of God for many centuries.

Evolution is a modern-day thought beginning about the time of Darwin.

Elihu said Job, I know you are not a hypocrite.

Elihu said I will ignore the words of your friends, let us just talk about the words you used.

Elihu said let us put aside all that has been said, but “you need to listen to me for my words come by God Himself”, which was a lie!

Elihu immediately calls Job a liar.

*Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

God Himself had said that Job as perfect as any human being could be.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Many times while being blasphemed by those other men, Job had said he was a sinner but that he had not committed such a grievous sin to cause so much devastation in his life.

God had said this Himself.

Job had never blamed God for what was happening to Him!

Job is just like we all are when we ask that question “Why Lord”.

Did God show a hostility toward Job without a cause?

The one thing we have no right to do is to question the actions of our God because He is a Holy and Just God!

Psa 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

It is God who will justify only those who have faith and faith Job had!

Rom 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

Job just did not understand why all these things had happened to him.

Job even asked, why would such men as these be sent as comforters.

Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

God had not sent these men! We know it was Satan.

Job had never said he was clean in God’s eyes.

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

All in all Job was saying “Search me Lord”

Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Job says, “the Lord knows my path because He directs my path”!

Then Elihu says, Job you are not just, and you cannot justify yourself.

It is true that we cannot justify ourselves. Only by the Lord Jesus are we justified.

Even in the day of Job it was “faith” that justified and Job had that “faith”!

*Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

The things God had allowed to happen to Job were not because of some judgment!

God has already stated that to us, but Job never knew these things!

Job knew much more about the ways of God than Elihu and those other three put together.

Elihu was right that God is much greater than man!

Was Job justified in the eyes of God?

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

The thing we must understand is, that we must give God full control of our life.

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

As long as we are in the hands of God our future is safe!

If we are asking God to take us through our life with no problems, then that will not happen.

There are going to be Hurricanes.
There are going to be lightning storms.
There are going to be things that affect us that affect everyone else.

We live in a cursed world where Satan roams about freely!

We see that Satan is sometimes allowed to influence these things to cause destruction.

We live in a world of terrorists and fanatics.

The world is trying to indoctrinate our children against us.

The world is trying to stop the Church.

These things happen whether we are the children of God or not!

God promised to be with us through all these things.

These things are not the days of wrath that the Lord promised we would not see!

Again Elihu was wrong.

*Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Does God give an account of any of His matters?

God has given us 31,173 verses in the King James Bible to give an account for Himself!

God did not have to do this!

In fact God tells us why He does everything that He does!

What He does for us is for our own benefit! Again Romans 8:28

Then what God tells us to do is to find somewhere in the Scriptures where He was not right to do the things He did.

There are none even if we do not understand that God did!

Jehovah is a righteous God that does according to His own will and God does not make mistakes!

God used Job to teach us the truth of Satan, of sorrow, and of misery as a believer.

What happened to Job was for the benefit of the Church today!

It is just that simple! God knew Job would not fail Him as Satan had thought he would fail!

No, we must not strive against God, but it is OK to remind God of His promises if we do it in the right manner.

Just talk to Him. This is where we fail the most!

We want something all the time when we should just spend more time talking to Him.

I believe Job did sit down and just talk to Jehovah often.

God is speaking to us through His actions at all times.

The Scriptures give us Gods plan and we must know that we are a major part of God’s plan.

The key to our relationship is “faith” and we must be willing to listen!

*Job 33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

God has one purpose!

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is sovereign in that God does as He pleases but He always has His creation in mind!

So is God unrighteous?

God used Job just as He used Pharaoh and just as He uses Satan!

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Job never understood what happened for he did love God and tried his best to live a righteous life.

Again the things that happen to Job are written and preserved by the Holy Spirit to teach the modern-day Church!

So are we listening? Do we learn the great lessons in the Bible that are preserved for our learning? We had better!

*Job 37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

If we agree that Jehovah is our Creator, many do not agree, but if we agree, then if we look at all the wonders of God’s creation then we can begin to understand how wonderful the secret things of God are.

There are not words to describe how wonderful Heaven will be!

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

These are the things we need to lay up in our heart!

These are some of the secret things we need to clearly understand!

The Bible gives us enough information to clearly understand that God’s New Heaven will be a truly wonderful place to spend eternity and anything less than that is Hell, but we know the Hell is a Burning Lake of Fire and nothing but misery will be found in Hell.

Again What is “faith”?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our hope is in the Lord and the Lord said:

Joh 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled”: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

This is where our hope must lie!

This is the substance of things not seen!

We all need to stand still and be amazed at the wonders of God!

*Job 37:15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

It is God who makes the rain, small drops and large drops at His choosing.

Job 36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

It is God who forms the majestic clouds and the builder of the thunderstorm.

Job 36:28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

It is God who gave us the rainbow to remind us that He is in control of our atmosphere.

It is God who is in control of this world!

We have seen these things for so long that we ignore the power of God behind His creations.

Job knew all these things to be true!

*Job 37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

Just as the Sun is hidden by the clouds but we know it is still there.

Our own “faith” can see light when the whole world is in darkness as it is today.

Job was in the darkest days of his life, but he still knew the truth of God.

Job did not need the advice of Elihu!

Job had already said he knew he had a Redeemer.

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job believed in the resurrection of the body to forever be with the Lord. Job had not forgotten these things!

We as Christians know we will have days of darkness as we travel the pathway to Heaven.

To look for a clear path every day is foolish.

Most of the things that happen to the Christian are the same things that happen to those that hate God or do not know God.

God will test our faith from time to time, not for His knowledge, but for us to know ourselves if we are who we say we are.

Job was not being tested by God. God already knew what the outcome of Job would be!

God is teaching us some valuable lessons in this Book of the Bible.

As Christians we must never worry about the things that Satan can do to us. Even in our darkest days Satan has no power over us!

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

It is in submitting to God where we fail the most!

This is all we need to know about our dealings with Satan, he will flee from that unmovable Christian.

We need to remember it is our Savior who sits upon the throne of this world at all times!

*Job 37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

God displays His power in our weather just as He displays His power in our salvation.

If we cannot look upon the Sun on a clear day, how do we believe we could ever look upon the “Glory” of God when He comes down to this earth.

If we are not His children, we will never be able to stand before Him!

Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Anyone who believes other than this, will burn at the “Glory” of God!

As far Elihu believed, God is so great that no one will ever be able to stand before Him.

Job knew better just as we know better today!

By the Lord Jesus Christ we will one day stand before our Heavenly Father!

*Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
Job 37:24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

Elihu believed himself to be some sort of prophet just as so many do today.

We can certainly find the Lord because He is never far from us!

Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

The Lord is not hiding from us, He is keenly aware of the things we go through.

He wants to go through our days of darkness with us and He will if we ask Him to.

When we do not ask, He will still watch over us!

1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

We must understand the reality of Jehovah God!

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

These are the things we must do.

Jesus said:

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

As we study all these things of these three so-called friends and Elihu, we can see why they were of no help to Job because they went against everything Job stood for.

So we know in reality it was Satan who sent these men to try to break Job and they failed because of the “faith” of Job.

We now see why it is said that Job had a lot of patience.

When we face the Lord, we will not be able to offer up excuses because He has shown us men like Job who went through terrible darkness, but held onto their faith and never spoke one word against our Heavenly Father.

There were some things that Jehovah would speak to Job about and we will see these things in our next lesson.

Amen

And In Walked Sin

The Beginning of Sin on Earth

Book of Genesis Chapter 3

What is the truth of humanity? The world believes that humans are basically good. We may do some bad things, but we all have a good nature and just need to educate ourselves so our good nature will rule our lives.

This sounds good but it is a total lie!

The truth is we all have a sinful and evil nature and we may all do some things good, but we are all sinners in need of a Savior.

This is the theme of the Bible with the Lord Jesus Christ being that One and Only Savior!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The Book of Genesis being the Book of the Beginnings, explains to us where and how sin began.

We must understand sin is any and all things that go against the written Word of God or we could say the “commands” of our Creator, Elohim!

In this chapter we will meet the source of all sin, Satan who is alive and even more evil today.

*Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

It is important that we believe that Adam and Eve are real people in most all ways just as we are today.

At this time in their lives they were just totally innocent and did not know sin.

God had created innocent people who knew no sin and all they knew was that they were to obey the words spoken by our Creator.

What was one of the things God had commanded Adam?

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God explained to Adam that there was one tree in the Garden of Eden that he was not to eat from. Seems simple enough.

Adam was not denied anything that was good for him. He was “commanded” not to do this one thing that would harm him.

Now as we meet Satan, we will see why the Bible uses that word “subtil”.

That word “subtil” means being artful in cunning; being sly; being crafty; being wiley; insinuating and skillful at executing these things.

What will we find out about Satan? He is Lucifer, the leader of a pack of angels who rebelled against God, and was tossed out of Heaven to become the prince of darkness upon this earth.

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

What else did Jesus say?

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

Let us just see how this wicked angel operates as he transforms himself into a serpent?

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

First, we see he does not go after Adam, but instead he first attacks the woman.

As far as we know God did not give Eve the command about this tree but to Adam who should have informed Eve which he did.

Eve got her information second handed but she did understand she was not to eat of the fruit of this tree.

Now watch as Satan will twist the Word of God to cause confusion. “Did God say these things or did your husband say these things?”

*Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

First Eve answered correctly. She knew she could eat from all the trees in the Garden of Eden but this one tree.

Do you notice that just like many do today, Eve tried to add to the Word of God!

She did get her information second handed because Adam was commanded by God not to eat of the tree in the midst of the Garden known as “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.

We can see that Adam passed this knowledge on to his wife Eve.

God did not tell Adam not to touch this tree but just the opposite, God told Adam to dress all the trees in the Garden of Eden.

To dress could mean to prune, or cultivate, or other things along this line.

We can probably see that neither Adam nor Eve really understood what this “death” would mean just as those who are lost do not understand it today!

Most of the world sees “death” as the cessation of life.

Since humans are both physical and spiritual then this definition is only partially true.

We could say that death is the separation of the soul from the body.

What did Jesus say just before His death?

Luk 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Jesus was not dead until His Spirit left His body!

Remember God is Spirit and Jesus had only taken up the flesh of a human to be with us here on Earth.

But this is the same for all humans, we are not dead until our spirit leaves our body.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

This is the death that the Church accepts.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Still this is not the complete definition of death.

Notice every human will suffer this death, but we must not miss that phrase “but after this the judgment”.

We must understand that physical death is the result of sin and that sin through Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

But then that “Judgment”.

It is in the power of this “judgment” when our Heavenly Father determines true death!

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

True death comes to all those who reject the free gift of “Grace”, which comes by the knowledge of the Work that Christ Jesus has done to provide that “Grace”.

That spirit given to us by our Creator will not ever die!

Death for the believer is actually spectacular.

2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Death to the unbeliever is very sad, because they allowed it to happen to themselves!

Mat 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

True death comes, when to be absent from the body “is not” to be present with the Lord!

Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Notice till this day, this man is still in that same position looking up toward Heaven, a place he will never see.

This the death of living in torments throughout eternity!

This is the death to avoid!

This is the death that Adam and Eve did not understand.

This is the death that Old Serpent desires for every human, an eternal separation from our Creator

*Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Many take these things for granted but these two people Adam and Eve are our historical parents and Satan wasted no time in going after them to cause them to die so the Messiah could never come.

Satan went after the first family and he tries his best to destroy all families today!

What is the greatest lie of sin? That sin will somehow make us better, that there is some great benefit to sin.

The truth is, sin brings death just like our Creator said it would!

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the same thing God told Adam.

We know that God had made this command to Adam and Adam had relayed this to his wife.

We see that Satan that old serpent, begins to twist the Word of God to make it seem that our Creator was keeping secrets from us, which He never does.

Sin will cause all of us to believe that we can be as God, but this will never be true!

Sin will cause us to believe we have needs that cannot be met in any other way.
Sin will cause us to believe that our eyes will be opened to some new reality.
Sin will cause us to believe that we can do as God does.
Sin will cause us to believe that we know more about our needs than our Creator ever did.

All these things are illusions.

What do little gods do, make people think they do not need God!

What was the downfall of the people before the Great Flood of Noah’s day?

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This is what sin accomplishes and we see this more today than we ever have!

If we took a good look around us, we would see that our world has reached this place again!

Our Creator God is the God of the living not the God of the dead because Satan is the god of the dead!

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Eve did not stand a chance against Satan and Adam stood by and allowed this to happen to his wife because in his eyes, his wife could do no wrong because of his great love for her.

*Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

How did the Apostle John describe these things?

1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

These things perfectly describe Eve’s actions because this statement is true for all of us when it comes to sin!

Eve saw that this was a healthy tree and the fruit good or better than all the other trees, (the lust of the eyes).
Eve felt that if she ate of the fruit it would be just like Satan had said, (the lust of the flesh).
Eve felt she would become wise, even as wise as Jehovah, Elohim, (the pride of life).

Eve was deceived by her own lust while she was enticed and tempted by Satan.

I keep saying Satan because it was Satan who had used a snake as a disguise in his deception and his conquest of Eve.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

We do not know what was going in Adam’s mind while Satan was tempting Eve, but it appears that Adam was standing right beside Eve during this whole thing.

1Ti 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1Ti 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

We must understand there are some things that we do not need to know!
There are many things that we do not need in our lives.
The one thing we must do, to keep doing our best is to obey the written Word of God.

The Bible is not a Book of suggestions, but a book of commandments!
The Bible is a Book of Truth!

We must obey the commandments of God rightly divided.

There are three groups in the Bible. The Hebrew children, the Church, and the lost world.

We should know who God is speaking to, knowing that the entire Bible is written for the Christian.

The entire Bible is the Word of God!

So what happened when Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit?

*Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

We must realize that there was a time on this earth that there was no sin, but it did not last long.

The day sin entered into humanity was the very first day our world began to die!

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The very first thing that was lost was innocence.

Innocence is the freedom from guilt.
Innocence is the freedom from evil intentions. (This is a biggie today)
Innocence is the untainted purity of heart and life.

Adam and Eve lost these things and so did the world that would come from their lineage!

Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

And the woes began!

They immediately felt guilty for what they had done.
They immediately knew something was wrong, they had changed in their heart and mind.

It was not those eyes in their head that was opened! It was the eyes of their heart and their mind.

They had eaten from the fruit of evil and turned against God!

What was their first thought? Let us hide this from God! (Which is impossible)

Most all of us have been guilty of trying to hide our sin from God.

Even as Christians, we will try to hang on to that pet sin we have for as long as possible.

Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

There is absolutely nothing of this earth that can hide our sin from the Almighty God.

When we turn away from God, He will turn away from us.

While they were trying to hide their sin, God called out to them.

You see up until this time God would walk with Adam.

*Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Here we see the philosophy of most all humans. They believe that Jehovah God does not have the power to see what we are doing.

Adam and Eve would find out that we cannot hide the things we do from God our Creator!

Pro 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Yes, we must feel shame for not being obedient to the Word of God!

Yahweh would come down to this earth and walk amongst His creation up until this day and talk to Adam and Eve face to face, but this would now end.

Now it cannot be said that Elohim does not still come and walk upon this earth when He so chooses or why would there be flowers and beautiful landscapes where humans cannot travel, but he does not talk face to face with humans after this event, at least until Jesus was upon this earth.

To restore that fellowship we must accept the work that the Lord Jesus did for our salvation in faith!

Corruption had entered into the creation of our Holy God!

Most of this world still tries to run away from God!
Most of this world still refuse to listen to what God has to say!
Most of this world does not seek the true God, Jehovah!
Most of this world denies the existence of our Creator!
Most of this world denies sin!
Most of this world ignores the truth and listen to heretics!

God called out to Adam and Adam responded.

*Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

When we respond to God’s questions, He is not seeking information from us.

God has perfect knowledge and perfect perception and we are all guilty before Him!

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

There is the sin of commission and then the sin of omission. We are guilty of one or the other or most times of both every day!

Adam had been disobedient, and he knew it!

Adam did not know what death really meant!

Adam was afraid with real fear, something humanity has forgotten, just how powerful God truly is.

Adam knew that what he had done had made a real impact on his relationship with his Creator!

Adam knew he was no longer innocent!

Adam knew he was no longer in the image of God!

Adam had been created in original righteousness, knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.

All these things lost in the fall of Adam, have been restored in Jesus Christ, if we have “faith” in Him!

Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

God said: “who told you, you are naked”, but He did not wait for the answer because He already knew the answer.

God then confronted Adam’s guilt. Adam had disobeyed the commands of His Creator and He wanted Adam to admit to his sin.

This is something we must all do!

We must admit we are sinners and then we can realize we need a Savior!

We have learned in this one chapter the origin of sin in humanity.

If Adam is not a real person who brought sin into humanity, then there is no need for Jesus to take away that sin!

There is a reason God gives us commands because sin brings real harmful consequences to human beings!

What did Satan do to achieve his success?

1) Satan raised doubt concerning the Word of God and God’s commands.
2) Satan lied and He is the father of all liars.
3) Satan twisted the Word of God into a lie.

Satan told Eve she would be like God with the knowledge of good and evil, but he did not mention the pain, the suffering and the death that would surely occur because God cannot lie.

Then Adam hunts for and excuse for his disobedience.

*Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

The key to our forgiveness from the Lord is the admission of our guilt.

We must understand we are sinners.

Even though Adam was innocent before he rejected the commands of the Lord, that was no longer the case.

Adam was a sinner and he now possessed the traits of a sinner.

Adam first tried to blame God and next he blamed Eve.

See what Adam says: “The woman that thou gavest to me”.

In other words God this would not have happened if you had not created woman!

Many a person, even Christians, have a tendency, to blame God, for things that go on in their life.

“It’s your fault God because you did this and you did that”, ridiculous!

God had already told Adam that that his problems began when he ate of the forbidden fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden after God, (Elohim) had told him not to.

Sin breaks our relationship with the Heavenly Father, our Creator.

Adam needed to see the depth that he had fallen.

Psa 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
Psa 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Psa 38:5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

We cannot run away and hide from who we are!

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

We are sinners and we will remain sinners unless we give our heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and we will still remain sinners as long as we are in this flesh, but those sins will be under the blood, blotted out from the eyes of God!

We need to quit making excuses!

Yes, it was Eve who gave into the temptations of Satan, but it was Adam who had received the direct commandment for his Creator to not eat of that tree.

Adam made Eve his idol when he listened to her rather than God!

Adam allowed the love of his wife to be more than the love of his Creator.

Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

I am sure the Lord has heard every excuse that has ever been used.

We might say just what is the big deal about this little sin?

All the descendants of Adam and Eve would now be born sinners. This is every person that has been born from the time of Adam and Eve.

Many a person have said “well my sin is so little compared to a murderer” but we are not to compare ourselves to other humans, we are to compare ourselves to the sinless Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

As Christians who read the Bible and hear the truth of God, we know that the Bible is a book of commandments and not a book of suggestions.

Adam was wrong!

Now God questions Eve.

*Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

What does Satan do? He beguiles everyone he possibly can!

To beguile is to mislead by craftiness!

To beguile is deceive, to delude, to mislead, to divert, to entertain, to charm.

These are all words that describe Satan.

Eve would have needed much support from her husband, and we should realize they were both innocent, we could say perfect, at least, very good.

The truth of Satan is that without the Lord Jesus Christ a person cannot stand up against Satan!

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, “who are taken captive by him at his will”.

When Satan comes after someone who does not know the Lord, they have no armor to protect them!

When Satan comes after a child of God, we have available the whole armor of God and the power of the Holy Spirit if we will just stand our ground, but at the same time we need to flee from all temptation.

2Ti_2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

But if we stand firm on our relationship with the Lord, it is Satan who will flee!

Jas_4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God would chastise both Adam and Eve.

God would place a curse upon the earth.

God would change the snake forever.

God told Satan that one day in the future he would also die the same death as all those who reject the truth of God!

Sin entered into God’s creation and He had to send His Son to make a way to escape this eternal death!

Amen