by Jeff Strite

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Rolling Up His Sleeves (3 of 4)
Series: Players in the Passion
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 59:9-17

In November of 1988 a 19 yr old woman fell asleep behind the wheel of her car at about 2:15 in the morning. Her car plunged thru a guardrail and was dangling by its left rear tire.
A half dozen passing motorists stopped, grabbed some ropes from one of their vehicles tied the ropes to the back of her car, and hung on until fire units arrived. A ladder was extended from below to help stabilize the car while firefighters tied the vehicle to tow trucks with cables and chains.
One of the rescuers later said "Every time we would move the car, she would yell and scream. She was in terrible pain."
For nearly 2 ½ hours police officers, tow truck drivers, firefighters and passers-by (about 25 people in all) - to secure the car and pull the woman to safety.
All through the episode, the woman kept repeated a phrase over and over to rescuers. She kept saying: "I'll do it myself.'"
(November 20, 1988, the Los Angeles Times)

APPLY: This woman was in horrible pain.
She was pinned inside her car,
And she unable to change her circumstances
Or save herself from her danger
Ultimately, it took the efforts nearly 25 people to rescue her from potential death

And yet, she kept thinking she could solve the problem all by herself.

The Bible tells us that this has been the problem for mankind almost from the beginning. Mankind has been trapped by sin… and we continue to contend that we can fix the problem all by ourselves.

In the Garden Adam and Eve sin against God by eating of the tree.
And what was the first thing they noticed once they'd eaten of the fruit? They were naked.
So what did they do to cover their nakedness?
They sewed together fig leaves for garments. But these clothes must have been kind of breezy because when God comes calling - they hide.
Why did they hide? Adam says it was because they were naked.

Their home-made clothing couldn't quite get the job ...

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