by James Merritt

"A Man On The Run"
Genesis 3:7-16
James Merritt


1. I recently read an article in the paper that was entitled, "A Guilt Trip: Thief Hated Life On The Run." "A grocery manager who took $57,000 from a store safe and fled, said, 'Life on the lam for eight months cost him friends, his house, his car, and his worth as an employee. He also got ulcers.

'No matter how much money and how happy you think you would be, it doesn't mean anything without the people around you,' said Sean David Baker.

He was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for stealing the cash. He said he spent eight months thinking that every- one who looked at him funny was a Federal Agent.

'I was paranoid the whole time,' said Baker, 21. 'I always thought I was being followed...[that] everybody I looked at was CIA or FBI. Toward the end I was just wishing I got caught.'"1

2. That sounds like the first chapter of the autobiography of Adam himself. It is amazing that after thousands of years people are still making the same old mistakes, falling into the same old traps, and learning the same old lessons. Now Adam and Eve are now going to learn the truth of Galatians 6:7, "Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap." They were going to learn that "what goes around comes around." They were going to learn "if you do the crime you pay the time."

3. Every time I read this part of the story of Adam and Eve I think about what the old country preacher said. He said, "Sin will take you farther than you want to go; it will keep you longer than you want to stay; it will cost you more than you want to pay."

4. Adam is now on the run, pursued by the ghost of guilt. He knows firsthand what the poet once said:

No torture the poets name,
Can match that fierce unutterable shame;
He feels - who day and night devoid of rest,
Carries his own accuser within his breast.

5. Now we are going to see the bitter fruit that was born f ...

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