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Trouble in Paradise (2 of 34)
You may recall in the second chapter that we are given the account of how when God created Adam and Eve, He put them in the Garden of Eden. The last verse of chapter 2 is kind of the bridge between what you find in the 2nd and the 3rd chapter.
I have read for you the historical account of what is wrong in the world. I have been noticing a lot of advertisements on television lately about reality TV. From the nature of the advertisements it's not something I care to put into my mind. I don't plan to watch any of them. But it seems that there is a trend for reality TV, to see things just as exactly as they are.
What we have in Genesis 3 is a picture of reality. It is a picture of what is wrong in the world. All of us are aware that something is drastically wrong with the world. We look around us and we know that this is not exactly the way things are supposed to be. We see wars. We see murders. We see turmoil. We see hatred and animosity and strife. We know that this is not the way it is intended to be. It is certainly not the way God created the world to be.
These verses of Scripture tell us just exactly what is wrong because it sets before us the reality of sin. I want to call your attention to the fact that when you get to Genesis 3 and when you read this account, you are not reading a fiction account. You are reading something that is actual history.
Keep your place here and turn over to the New Testament and the book of Romans. I want to set the scene for you for what the book of Romans says about it in Romans 5. Romans 5 gives us the spiritual commentary for what we are going to study in this chapter this evening. Verse 12 has this to say about Genesis 3 and what happened there. "Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death by sin, so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned."
The Bible says by one man, Adam, sin entered into the world. It is a fact ...
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