“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”
Genesis 3:13 (NIV)
Perhaps the most pressing, the most vexing question people have asked through the ages has been the problem of evil and death that plagues every generation. How come the marvelous gift of life can be so swiftly concluded by the angel of death? Why can death suddenly end the hopes and aspirations of humanity? Why does death even exist? How can a loving God permit such suffering in His perfect world????
Genesis 3 informs us of how degeneration and death came into our world millennia ago. There we read how rebellion against our Creator brought sin and death upon all creation. Suffering and death came through our first parents, Adam and Eve. Romans 5:12 (NIV)
just as sin entered the world through one man,
and death through sin, and in this way,
death came to all people, because all sinned—”
Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss and harmony with God and creation until the moment they committed the act of rebellion by eating the forbidden fruit. As soon as they did that their sin contaminated God’s perfect universe. Instead of creation operating in constant perfect harmony, degeneration set in and order started to become chaos.
Ever since that scene in Genesis 3 history is full of stories about people committing sins of every kind. All of us to some extent greater or less have this disease of sin to contend with. “Sin is any want of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God” says the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
If we are to be delivered from the contamination and condemnation of sin, we must first acknowledge our need of extraordinary help far, far beyond anything we can do for ourselves. Tomorrow we will begin looking at the trail of biblical promises through the Old Testament beginning in Genesis 3.