by Jerry Vines

The Guilty Pair
Jerry Vines
Genesis 3:7-13

This has to be one of the greatest anti-climaxes in all of history. Adam and Eve eat of the forbidden fruit, waiting for marvelous results, they wait, then the crop of sin starts coming in. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God the demons of hell must have jumped for joy. The angels must have wept. The innocent pair becomes the guilty pair. Over in the book of Galatians the sixth chapter and the seventh verse, the Bible says: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The law of sin is as inevitable as the law of sowing and reaping in the harvest. Sin reaps a harvest. You reap what you sow and you reap more than you sow. So, in these verses, you see the tragic consequences of the entrance of sin into the human family.

Looking at these verses of Scripture, there are several features I want to draw from these verses and place upon your heart. I call your attention, first of all, to a - I. SOBERING GUILT Adam and Eve could never have imagined the terrible price they were going to pay for disobeying the commandment of God. Now move down through the passage with me for a bit, and I want you to see what sin brings in the life of Adam and Eve. What sin brings in their lives is what does bring and will bring in your life and in my life. Number 1, I notice that sin brings shame. We are told here, in verse 7 that the eyes of them were opened and they knew that they were naked. Back in the second chapter and the 25th verse, the Scripture tells us that they were both without clothing, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. This is not given to us directly in Scripture, it is primarily speculation, but I have the feeling, I have tended to believe that before Adam and Eve sinned they were clothed with the glory light of God. In Psalms 104:2, the Bible talks about light as a garment for a covering. Over in Psalms 8:5, God talks about man and says: Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor.

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