Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture- The Fall

This post is part of the series Grand Story of Scripture

Other posts in this series:

  1. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story Introduction
  2. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture – Creation
  3. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture- The Fall (Current)

I have very poor balance. When I was teenager, my mother would never let me roller blade or ride a skateboard because I couldn’t even walk without stumbling and falling. The most epic of all of my falls happened in the Regal Movie Theater at Southland Mall. Walking to the water fountain, I tripped over my own feet and fell face first into the metal handicap rail. I was so embarrassed when I looked in the mirror and saw that I had given myself a chipped tooth and a black eye. I wasn’t being careful that day and I had false confidence that I knew better than my mother. That was the most EPIC FALL OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!

Last week we talked about creation. What we’re looking at this week is the most EPIC FALL of ALL TIME! In the beginning of Genesis Chapter 3, we find Adam and Eve in the garden and God declares everything is “good.” Adam and Eve could literally do anything in the garden, and God had only one restriction for them, saying, “You can eat from every tree in the garden, but you cannot eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Satan, the serpent, enters and tempts Eve to disobey God. He says to her, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Eve was filled with pride and false confidence thinking that she knew better than God and she ate from that tree. Then Adam, who passively stood by, not only watched his wife sin but was then led to sin himself.

The root issue behind the Fall is that we stopped trusting in and worshiping God. We trust in and worship things that are not God; we now find our comfort in our privacy or lack of stress instead of finding our rest and pleasure in Christ, or we search and value the approval of everyone around us besides accepting God’s full approval of us through Chris. We create idols of our children, our smart phones, our appearances. We are constantly creating new things to worship. John Calvin once said “The human heart is a factory of idols…Every one of us is, from his mother’s womb, an expert in inventing idols.” God speaks this rebuke through the prophet Jeremiah concerning sin: “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

I am still dealing with the consequences of not listening to my mother. To this day my left front tooth has a cap on it that I have to get replaced every 2 years. Because of the Fall that was caused by our first parents Adam and Eve not trusting God, we are still dealing with the effects of sin thousands of years later. From our own genes being faulty, to stars in the sky dying and exploding into supernovas, sin has tainted everything. This is why we experience pain and heartbreak. This is ultimately why we die.

Adam and Eve’s sin shattered everything and we are broken human beings because of them, but God offers us a solution. The Apostle write “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” Without Jesus, we are doomed to try to find our joy and satisfaction in things that are not God. This is why we so desperately need Jesus in our lives; without Him, we are dead in our sins and our trespasses. Next week, we will further dive into this concept when we discuss Redemption.

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