New Year’s Day pop quiz: What was there in the beginning with God before He spoke creation? (hint: the answer is in today’s reading)
In the beginning of the Creation Era, God creates everything and He calls it good. After He creates man and woman in His own image, He calls it very good! The Lord gives the man and woman, Adam and Eve, dominion over everything in the garden with one rule…don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Well, that serpent comes along and does what Satan does best, deceives Eve. He tempts her with the lust of the eye (the fruit looks good to eat), the lust of the flesh (it will fill her belly), and the pride of life (she will know as much as God). Instead of listening to God and appropriating her dominion over the serpent, she eats from the prohibited tree of the knowledge of good and evil and so does her passive husband Adam. So Adam and Eve fail to exercise dominion over the serpent; they, instead, come up under his dominion because the voice that you listen to becomes your master.
See, God’s desire is for His children to walk by faith, believe that He is good, and that His Word is true. However, Adam and Eve fail causing sin to enter the world and human relationship with God to be broken. But God does not leave them in their broken state. He makes a promise to send a Savior through the seed of the woman that will crush the head of the serpent. This Savior, His Son Jesus Christ, will come and shed His innocent blood on the cross to atone for our sins and to restore us back into a right relationship with the Lord.
As an illustration of the coming Savior who will be sacrificed for us, God takes an animal that He called good (because sin cost the Lord something too) and He kills it, shedding its innocent blood. God then uses the skin of the animal to cover Adam’s and Eve’s nakedness showing that the blood of the innocent atones for the sins of the guilty.
The Lord tells them, as a consequence of their sin, that childbirth will be difficult for the woman, working the land will be hard for the man, and there will be a power struggle between both the man and the woman. Then He sends them out of the garden and places a cherubim with a sword to guard the entrance lest they eat from the tree of life and are stuck in their sin state forever.
The rest of the Story is about God working His plan to redeem His people through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is on His way…so keep reading!
Quiz Answer – Holy Spirit
Note: CBT breaks the Chronological Bible into 14 Eras: Creation, Patriarch, Exodus, Conquest, Judges, Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, Captivity, Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, End of Times/New Beginnings.