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Remember Your Roots – the Rise and Fall of Man

Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-8

3 The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”

2-3 The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”

4-5 The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”

When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.

Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.

When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.


What’s it all about?

Adam and Eve. You’ll no doubt have heard those names before. They’re the ones responsible for what many Christians call “the fall”. Basically, it wasn’t just that Adam and Eve got themselves chucked out of the Garden of Eden, but they lost everything that God had created them to be.

Because of their sin, or “the fall”, mankind was unable to have the guilt-free relationship with God that we were always meant to have – the relationship that Adam and Eve enjoyed before the fall. And ever since, man has been trying to fill the hole that the separation from intimate relationship with God has left – but money, possessions and everything else we try simply cannot fill that hole. There is only one way to fill that hole – and you’ve found it. Say hello to Jesus Christ, the only hole-filler that you’ll ever need.

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