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Sunday, January 12, 2014

God's Curse

Genesis 3:14-19 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
God’s method in condemning sin is always to trace sin to its source. Although punishment may be delayed, as in the case of physical death, it comes. There are four points to notice concerning God’s condemnation
1.      The serpent’s judgment. The serpent caused the man harm and was cursed and so was the devil who used the serpent.
2.      Eve’s judgment. She would have pain in childbearing, dependence upon her husband and subjection to him.
3.      Adam’s judgment. His was connected to his work. His former delightful occupation now became toil involving sweat, suffering and all the anxieties that comprise the economic situation of today.
4.      Death. Satan said it wouldn’t happen. But it did. God is never mocked. His purpose behind His every word will be fulfilled.

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