The Beginning of Judgment (7 of 9) by Jonathan McLeod
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And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said, ''Where are you?'' (vv. 8-9).
In Gen. 2:17, God gave to Adam and Eve one command: ''Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.'' God also warned them what would happen if they disobeyed him: ''In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'' Human sin would result in divine judgment.
[Read Gen. 3:8-13.]
''I WAS AFRAID''
Adam said to God, ''I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid'' (3:10). Is God's judgment something we should fear? Many people would say no. They have one of two wrong beliefs about God's judgment.
First, many people reject the reality of God's judgment. (''God isn't real.'' Or, ''A loving God wouldn't judge.'') They are like Adam and Eve when they believed the serpent's lie: ''You will not surely die'' (3:4).
Second, many people minimize the seriousness of their sin. (''My sin isn't so bad.'') They are like Adam and Eve when they tried to excuse their sin. Adam said, ''The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate'' (3:12). Eve said, ''The serpent deceived me, and I ate'' (3:13).
But, according to the Bible, God's judgment is real, and we are all sinners who deserve God's judgment.
God's judgment against sin is something we should FEAR, but it's also something we can AVOID.
''YOU WILL SURELY DIE''
Why is God's judgment against sin something we should fear?
1. Sin SEPARATES US from God.
It might appear that the serpent was correct when he said to Eve, ''You will not surely die'' (3:4). According to Gen. 5:5, Adam lived until he was 930 years old! However, in the Bible, there are three kinds o ...
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