Monthly Archives: October 2013

Temptation and sin

Yeah, Adam and Eve had it made in the Garden of Eden.  They were in charge of all the animals, they got to walk and talk with God, and they could eat anything they wanted, except for the fruit of one tree.  But the first humans made a choice to go against God, and they lost everything they had.

Why did Adam and his wife choose to disobey God?  Why would anyone give up the perfect life they had just to eat a piece of fruit?  The reason is because they were tempted to sin and they gave in to that temptation.  Do you know what it means to be tempted?  The serpent in the garden convinced Eve that it was okay to eat the fruit even though God had said not to.  That’s usually what happens when we’re tempted to do something.  We find a way to make it seem like it’s not a sin.

While God had told them that eating the fruit of the tree He said not to eat from would make them die (Genesis 2:17), it didn’t seem like they died after they  ate it.  What happened though, was that they died to the lives they once had.  While they probably would have gone on to never die, no matter how long they lived, they eventually grew old and they did die.  Adam and Eve’s sin also brought sin into the world for everyone else, even you and me. Read the rest of that story in Genesis 3.

Let’s finish this week strong with memorizing Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Friends with God

Adam and Eve had a relationship with God that no one has had since their time.  We’ll talk to tomorrow about why that is.  Back in the Garden of Eden, God would come down to visit with the people He first created (Genesis 3:8) and talk to them as His friends .

Can you imagine that?  What if God came to your house and just talked to you about stuff in your life?  What would you want to talk to Him about?  What do you think Adam and Eve talked to Him about?  Why do you think He visited with them?  He wasn’t doing that with the animals!

The Lord spent time with Adam and Eve because He loved them and cared about them.  Humans were the most special of all His creation and He wanted to speak to them, teach them, and help them.  He wants to speak to you too.  Do you know how He does that now?  He tells us what we need to know in the Bible!

So, things were perfect in the garden and Adam and Eve had a friendship with God unlike anything else.  They had everything they could ever need.  But something terrible happened that hurt their friendship with God and ruined what they had going…

 Keep memorizing Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Taking care of the earth

God gave Adam a very special job.  Adam got to name all of the animals that were created (Genesis 2:19), and take care of all of the beautiful place God gave him.  In this Garden of Eden, things were good, but God said they were not good enough until Adam had a helper.  Once Eve was created, things were as they should be.

Adam and Eve didn’t have to work hard in the garden to get the trees to produce fruit because the earth was still perfect at that time.  It never even needed to rain because God made water come out of the ground to make the plants grow.  Even though work wasn’t hard for the first humans, God gave them a job to do.

You were created with a purpose too.  You have a job to do that was given to you by God. It’s your own special calling, just like Adam and Eve had.  Jesus had His own special task on the earth too.  Do you know what it was?

Keep up the great work memorizing verses!  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Created in God’s image

God created everything from the earth and night and day to the animals and plants that are on the earth.  Then, on a very special day, he created Adam and Eve, the first humans.  Humans are quite different from the other animals and that’s why God made them on their own special day.  Some of the things that are true about God are true about humans, because we’re made in His image.

Adam and Eve could do all sorts of things that animals couldn’t do.  They were able to think in much greater ways than animals, able to speak, able to worship God, and even able to be God’s friend.  Nothing else that God created was able to have these things be true about them.

God wanted Adam and Eve to help each other.  First, He had made Adam only (Genesis 2:7), but He decided that Adam needed a helper and friend, so He made Eve (Genesis 2:18). Adam and his wife walked in the garden together, took care of the animals and plants, and even got to spend time with God.  They were special, unlike all the rest of creation, because they (and you) were made in God’s image.

Here’s the next verse to memorize:  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

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I represent God

Being made in God’s image means that we represent who He is.  But being His followers also means that we represent Him in a much bigger way.  We represent who God is and how God is.  Those who don’t follow Him should see these things about Him through our example.

For instance, God is loving, so we should all be loving.  We shouldn’t be bullying anyone or making fun of them.  We should be caring for them and showing them God’s love. God is good, not evil, so we shouldn’t be planning evil.  We shouldn’t love what’s evil (Romans 12:9), but what’s good.

When people see those of us who follow Jesus, they’re seeing an example of what His people are supposed to be like.  We’ve always got to be showing the right example. The Bible says when we do good works people will see them and give glory to God because of them (Matthew 5:16).  Are you showing people the right things about God?

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I need God’s forgiveness

Even though we’ve all been created in the image of God, just like Adam and Eve, this has been ruined some by sin.  When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they made their perfect relationship with God not-so-perfect anymore.  Now, every person that’s come ever since them has needed God’s forgiveness of their sin (through Jesus) just to have a relationship with Him.

You may not think you’ve done anything bad enough to need God’s forgiveness, but the Bible is clear that all of us have sinned and don’t meet up to God’s requirement of perfection (Romans 3:23). It’s also pretty clear that we can be forgiven if we ask (1 John 1:9).  We just have to confess (admit that we’ve done wrong) and ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll give it!  All followers of Jesus Christ can be forgiven.

What have you done today that you know is wrong?  Think about some things and talk to God.  Admit to Him that you’ve done those things and even some others you might not realize and ask for His forgiveness.

Today’s memory verse is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I have a purpose

Before He ever created you- before He ever created anything – God had a purpose in mind for you.  He knew what He wanted you to do and He made you perfect for that special job.  Are you really good at something?  God gave you that gift so you could do something for His purpose.

Everything about who you are, what you like, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, these are all things that God put together into a person to make you.  And He planned all that out before He even made the world!  You’re special in the eyes of God.  No one else is you and no one else is meant to be.  No one else can do exactly what God wants you to do.

It’s not always easy to know what our purpose is, but if we’ll pray, read the Bible to hear from God, and obey Him, we’ll usually find whatever the next step is to become who we’re created to be.  Who do you think God made you to be?  What’s your purpose?

Keep working on Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

I am created in God’s image

God created man and woman in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).  Ok, but, what does that mean exactly?  What does it mean to be in someone’s image?

Have you ever been told that you look just like your mom or dad?  Maybe someone has commented that you look a lot like an aunt or uncle or grandmother or grandfather.  The fact that you look like them is because you’re related, you come from the same family.  You could say that you were made in the image of your parents because you bear their likeness.  Get it yet?

So, we can’t see God.  He’s invisible (1 Timothy 1:17). How can we bear someone’s image if they can’t be seen?  The Bible says that God is spirit.  Animals and plants are not spirit, rocks and dirt are not spirit.  But you and I, humans, are spiritual beings.  It means we can think and we can create things, we can talk and write and we can discover new things.  We can worship God and be in a relationship with Him.  No other thing on this earth can do that but us.

You were created to be close to God.  He wants that from each one of us and it’s why He created people in His image.  Think today about some ways in which you’re different from other created things because you’re a human who is created in the likeness of God.

Keep memorizing Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”