Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #46, CT #1473
"The Beginning of Sin"
There was a little cartoon of a coupT'Q leaving church one Sunday.
They had made their way around the preac er. Sometimes folks do that.
But in this particular church, the preachier was out in the front and
the couple was going around him. The man's wife was about a half-step
in front of him. He was going out with his head bowed, dejected.
She was kind of towering over him. After they got out of earshot of
the preacher, she turns to the man in the cartoon and said, "Harold,
don't you understand? Don't look so dejected! That sermon was
for everybody there, not just you!"
Well, when you look at Genesis 3, you recognize that the message
is for everybody. It speaks to all of us, for it speaks of sin. It's
the most tragic chapter in all the Bible. I don't believe you'll find
one any more tragic or sad than Genesis 3. It's a chapter that you
wish wasn't in the Bible. You say, "Lord, why did this happen?" As you
Look at the Garden of Eden, where we've seen God's wonderful provision
for man, you say, "What more could a man and a woman ask? A perfect
existence in a perfect environment." You wish that Chapter 2 was just
the end of it. Everything would be a paradise and it could have gone
on that way. Look what kind of world it would have been today.
But the Bible is realistic. It always tells us the truth.
Sometimes I think that Adam and Eve must have thought like Lou Holtz,
the coach at the University of Arkansas, did after he'd made a decision
that had cost them the game with the University of Texas. They asked
Coach Holtz, who is a very forthright man, "If you had that decision
to make over again, would you do it?" This was his honest answer: "If
I had the decision to make over again, predicated on the facts as I
knew them when I called the play, I would do it again. But predicated
on the results of what happened, I wouldn't do it."
I don't know if Adam and Eve Could have done it again. I would
hope that they wouldn't. But we caniinot change history - it's a fact.
So we must pick up then, in Chapter 3, the most tragic chapter in the
Bible, and look at the beginning of sin. Some of you outline my sermons,
n-d I try to preach and teach them in such a way that you can. There
will be basically one "Roman numeral" tonight, and that is: Satan,
the source of sin revealed. I'll break it into about three other parts,
but that's the major heading.
First of all, let's look at Satan as he comes into the Garden.
There's a kind of quiet that comes over the Garden. There has been
a lot of movement and action, and a lot of excitement. Man and woman
have come together in this beautiful place. then there comes a kind
of lull. Stepping into it, comes Satan. The Bible describes him in
verse 1: "Now the serpent was more crafty," (the King Ja ...
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