What Went Wrong?

In my last article, I made the observation of how the Bible begins with good news. In the beginning, the world was perfect. There were no wars, famines, or even death. According to the Bible, God created the world in perfect peace. If God created the world in perfect peace as I have argued, then what went wrong?  Some answer this question and say the root problem of what went wrong is mankind. That answer is partially true, but how does the Bible answer our question?

The Bible’s answer to our question is sin. When sin entered the world, it brought death and alienation from God. Consider the words God spoke to Adam when God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:16-17). Notice God’s generous provision. God placed Adam and later Eve in the Garden of Eden that was filled with trees he could eat as much as he wanted. 

But there was only one tree he was commanded to not eat. That tree is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was the only tree out of the entire garden that Adam was not to eat. Some ask, Why did God put that tree in the garden knowing that Adam and Eve would want to eat from it? The answer to the question is simple. Adam and Eve were always to know the difference between good and evil by mastering over evil. Instead, our world is filled with people who have been mastered by evil rather than mastering over evil. 

The Bible answers the question of how sin entered into the world when both Eve and Adam were tempted to eat from the tree by the serpent. The tragic irony in Genesis 3 is we find Eve conversing with the serpent and her husband, Adam, is with her the entire time, but he remains silent. The serpent through his cunning caused both Eve and Adam to question God’s goodness. When they saw the fruit was desirable, they took and ate. 

The sad end to Genesis 3 reveals we are not much different than our first parents. They would rather attempt to de-god God so that they could do what they desired. When you have a world that is filled with their children doing what they desire rather than what God has commanded, you have a world in its present state, filled with people doing what is wrong. 

Is there any hope? Yes, yes there is. In Genesis 3:15, God promises to send an offspring, a child who will come and undo all that is wrong in this world. That promise points us to the central figure in the Bible, namely the Lord Jesus. In the next article, we will consider how the Lord Jesus undoes all that is wrong in our world. 

Categories Pastors Corner | Tags: | Posted on January 30, 2020

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