Lent 2019 Completed Study Guide - March 13
Pastor: Harry M. Krolus

Help, I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up
(focus on sin and how there is nothing we can do about it)

I do not know if any of you have ever known anyone with advanced Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but it is not a pleasant thing to observe. A number of years ago I had the privilege of knowing such a man. His name was Bob MacDonald. The only things that he could move were his eyes and his eyebrows. Using a letter board behind him to spell out words was how he would communicate what he wanted to say. He would raise an eyebrow when I chose the right line and he would do it again when I would choose the right letter. Fortunately, his full time nurse was pretty good at guessing the words, but still, it was a laborious process.
Bob’s mind was keen, but he was unable to do anything for himself. He was on a ventilator 24/7. The only way he could eat was through a feeding tube. Others had to wash him to keep him clean. Even when he had his hair combed, someone had to manually turn his head. Bob MacDonald was completely dependent upon others for his survival and there was nothing he could do about it.
As we consider the necessity of the cross, we begin by looking at the fall of mankind into sin. Specifically, we want to look at the fall of Adam and Eve.
First consider God’s warning
Genesis 2:16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”


Why do you think God put this tree in the garden?
     Free will needs choice - obedience - dependance on him
What does die mean here?
     Both physical and spiritual

The fall itself
Genesis 3:6-7
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.


What does it mean that their eyes were opened?
     Now they knew both good and evil
Why is recognizing their nakedness so important here, didn’t they know they were naked before?
     Along with the knowledge of evil, our first parents now felt shame. The covering of themselves is somewhat symbolic of their attempting to cover their sin.


The reaction
Genesis 3:8-13
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”


The Blame Game
How does Adam respond to God when questioned? Blamed Eve
How does Eve respond to God when questioned? Blamed the serpent
Because of sin relationships are broken; between man and man, man and nature, and most regrettably, between man and God.

The Bottom Line
Romans 5:12  
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—
Can anyone ever retrieve a word that has already been spoken? No
Can anyone ever undo a deed that has already been done? No
Could Adam and Eve un-bite the forbidden fruit? No
Once Adam and Eve fell into sin, there was nothing they could do about it. They had fallen and couldn’t get back up.

Hope
Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Where is the hope in this passage? The offspring of the woman - the Messiah
Is the hope found in God or in something man could do? God

Conclusion
What is the greatest evidence of sin in the world? Death
Who is the only one who can help us out of the hole of sin? God
What conclusions can be drawn from all of this?
We are helpless to do anything about sin. God, however can. As we progress through the season of Lent, not only do we recognize and affirm our own helplessness, but we also look forward to celebrating our hope fulfilled in Jesus.

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