The Trouble With Sin

One day two women came up to D.L. Moody after a service. They said, “We have been praying for you.” “Why don’t you pray for the people?” he asked. “Because you need the power of the Spirit,” they said. Mr. Moody could not get this off his mind and h … More

Cursed

The effects of the Fall reached beyond Adam and Eve:

1. The serpent was cursed (v. 14). It would have to crawl upon its belly eating the dust. God said there would be a continual struggle between satanic forces and mankind (v. 15).

2. The woman received  a threefold curse (v. 16).“Multiply thy sorrow and thy conception":

(a) “Pain in child bearing.”

(b) “Desire shall be to the husband."  Many suggest that this refers to sexual desire.

(c) “He shall rule over thee” - the woman is to submit to the husband.

3. The ground was cursed (vv. 17-19). This invol­ves  toil, sweat and  tears in order to provide a  livelihood as the thorns and thistles came.

4. The body was cursed  (v.19). Man  begins to die the day he is born as his body starts to deterio­rate and eventually goes back to dust.

However, in spite of all of this God has made some very gracious provisions: (vv. 20-24)

1. Man will die and be spared of living in this chaotic condition forever.

2. Children will be born so that the human race will continue.

3. Ultimate victory will come through Christ, the seed of the woman (Galatians 3:16) as he takes those who are saved to live with Him. 

Application

We need to realize how much sin has affected us? Apart from having Christ I am nothing.

Genesis 3:14-24 (English Standard Version)

The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever--" therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

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