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July 10, 2017
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Lessons of the Fall

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  • - Terry Crist: If you were
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  • going to write a story deep
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  • enough to address the most
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  • fundamental questions of life
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  • and yet powerful enough
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  • to redirect the course of those
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  • who read it, how would it begin?
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  • Most of the world's great
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  • stories begin with
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  • a painful reality.
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  • Things are not
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  • as they should be.
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  • "The Iliad" begins
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  • with Helen of Troy kidnapped.
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  • "Moby Dick" begins with
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  • the attack of the whale.
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  • "The Lord of the Rings"
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  • opens with the birth of evil
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  • and the forging of the ring.
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  • And the common thread
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  • that runs through
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  • all of them is that things
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  • are not as they should be.
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  • Why do the great stories
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  • begin like that?
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  • I think it's because we all know
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  • that we live in a fallen world,
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  • where things are not
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  • as they should be.
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  • Romans 8 describes our world
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  • like this: creation subjected to
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  • frustration in bondage to decay.
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  • It's true,
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  • and it's everywhere we look.
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  • But how did we get here?
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  • How did we end up
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  • in this condition?
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  • - Terry: Hello, I'm
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  • Terry Crist, the lead pastor of
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  • Hillsong Phoenix, and I want to
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  • welcome you to another edition
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  • of "Cafe Theology."
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  • I'm so honored and grateful that
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  • you're taking time to join
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  • me right here for
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  • the program today.
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  • I want to go back to
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  • the greatest story in the world,
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  • the story that we've been
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  • talking about for
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  • several weeks now.
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  • It's the story of God and of us
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  • as is recorded in the Bible.
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  • I want to take you on a really
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  • interesting journey today,
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  • and my hope is that by the time
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  • we conclude this program that
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  • you're going to see God's
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  • amazing grace and the
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  • extraordinary plan
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  • that he has mapped out
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  • for your personal life.
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  • The story is expressed through
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  • the progression of
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  • Genesis 1, 2, and 3.
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  • In Genesis 1:26, "Then God said,
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  • 'Let us make man in our image
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  • after our likeness.'"
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  • In Genesis 2:7,
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  • "Then the Lord God formed
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  • the man of dust from the ground
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  • and breathed into his nostrils
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  • the breath of life, and the man
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  • became a living creature."
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  • In Genesis 2:15, "The Lord God
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  • took the man and put him in
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  • the garden of Eden to work
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  • it and keep it."
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  • In Genesis 2:18,
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  • "Then the Lord God said,
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  • 'It is not good that the man
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  • should be alone.
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  • I will make him a helper fit
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  • for him.'"
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  • And in Genesis 2:25,
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  • "And the man and the woman
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  • his wife were both naked
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  • and were not ashamed."
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  • Those five verses
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  • reveal a picture of innocence
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  • and perfection.
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  • This is mankind living in
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  • complete freedom with all of
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  • their needs provided for.
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  • This is humanity at our highest
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  • and best spiritually,
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  • relationally, emotionally,
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  • intellectually, and even
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  • physically.
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  • Adam and Eve knew nothing of
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  • pain and suffering.
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  • They knew nothing about strife
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  • and contention.
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  • They had never experienced guilt
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  • and shame.
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  • Neither of them had ever
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  • struggled with the toxic
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  • emotions of worry, or fear, or
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  • anxiety, or sadness.
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  • They had never felt that sick
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  • feeling of insecurity
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  • or rejection.
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  • Eve had never stood over
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  • a glassy pool of water.
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  • observing her wrinkle lines.
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  • Adam had never asked, "Does my
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  • butt look fat in these jeans?"
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  • I mean, this is man at its
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  • highest best in his original
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  • state of untested perfection.
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  • Have you ever noticed that the
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  • enemy of our souls first appears
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  • as a snake in the garden of
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  • Eden, but he ends up being
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  • defeated at the end of human
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  • history as a dragon in
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  • Revelation 12?
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  • It's a fascinating picture of
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  • his progression.
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  • Listen to Revelation 12 and
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  • verse 9.
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  • It says, "And the great dragon
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  • was thrown down, that ancient
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  • serpent, who is called the devil
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  • and Satan, the deceiver of the
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  • whole world.
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  • He was thrown down to the earth
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  • and his angels were thrown
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  • down with him."
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  • I think there's a powerful
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  • lesson there warning us
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  • against feeding the little
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  • things in our lives that seek
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  • to destroy us.
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  • When we feed them, they become
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  • powerful adversaries.
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  • And when we catch our first
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  • glimpse of the devil, he is
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  • portrayed as a serpent in the
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  • garden of Eden trafficking in
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  • lies.
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  • Listen to the way that Genesis
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  • 3, verse 1 frames it.
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  • "Now the serpent was more crafty
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  • than any other beast of the
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  • field that the Lord God had
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  • made.
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  • He said to the woman, 'Did God
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  • actually say you shall not eat
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  • of any tree in the garden?'
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  • And the woman said to the
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  • serpent, 'We may eat of the
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  • fruit of the trees in the garden
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  • of Eden, but God said, 'You
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  • shall not eat of the fruit of
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  • the tree that is in the midst of
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  • the garden, neither shall you
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  • touch it, lest you die.'"
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  • But the serpent said to the
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  • woman, 'You will not surely die.
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  • For God knows that when you eat
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  • of it your eyes will be opened,
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  • and you will be like God,
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  • knowing good and evil.'
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  • So, when the woman
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  • saw that the tree was good
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  • for food, and that it was
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  • a delight to the eyes, and that
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  • the tree was to be desired and
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  • to make one wise, she took of
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  • its fruit and ate, and she also
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  • gave some to her husband who
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  • was with her and he ate."
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  • In one single instant,
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  • the beauty of Genesis 1 and 2
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  • was shattered by the sin of
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  • Genesis 3.
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  • When Adam and Eve disobeyed
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  • and ate the forbidden fruit,
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  • everything on the planet
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  • was devastated by this
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  • one act of rebellion.
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  • Now, this event is known
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  • as the Fall.
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  • As serious as it sounds,
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  • it doesn't even really begin
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  • to approach the reality of
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  • just how tragic this was.
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  • The sin of man in rejecting
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  • the provision of God is beyond
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  • comprehension.
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  • Humanity was led into rebellion
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  • against the creator,
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  • and everything in the world
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  • was immediately subjected
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  • to sin and death.
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  • And from this moment forward,
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  • the planet was set on
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  • a course towards destruction.
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  • Now, that's where we land
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  • in Genesis 3.
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  • From this point forward in the
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  • story of God, we, human beings,
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  • find ourselves living in
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  • a fallen world.
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  • A world where things are not
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  • as they should be.
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  • A world where things are not
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  • as they once were.
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  • A world where things are not as
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  • they will one day be when Jesus
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  • returns at the end of history,
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  • and all things that are wrong
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  • are finally made right.
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  • The truth is we have no idea
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  • just how far we've fallen.
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  • Can you imagine what it would
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  • be like to live in a world free
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  • from aches, and pains, and
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  • sickness, and disease, and
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  • poverty, and lack, and failure,
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  • and worry, and anger, and
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  • jealousy, and strife, and war,
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  • and famine, and earthquakes,
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  • and tornadoes, and tsunamis,
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  • and all sorts of disasters?
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  • Can you imagine what it would be
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  • like to live at your personal
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  • best every single moment of
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  • every single day?
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  • It's been said that we only use
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  • 10% of our brains.
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  • Some days, I feel like I'm down
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  • to 1% or 2%.
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  • But can you imagine what it
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  • would be like to use 100%?
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  • Probably not 'cause we're
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  • Probably not 'cause we're
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  • And the beauty of salvation is
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  • that God has made provision to
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  • restore us to his original
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  • intention through the act of us
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  • putting our faith in Jesus and
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  • trusting him to be the source of
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  • our life.
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  • Through salvation, you've been
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  • given access to the mind
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  • of Christ.
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  • Through salvation, you've been
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  • given access to healing and
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  • wholeness.
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  • Through salvation, we've been
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  • given access to blessing and
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  • provision.
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  • And through salvation, we've
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  • been given access to peace of
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  • mind and freedom from
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  • destructive emotions.
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  • We may have fallen in Adam, but
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  • we've been raised up in
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • We may have been brought low
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  • because of sin, but we've been
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  • raised to life because of the
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  • faithfulness of God through
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  • Jesus.
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  • Now, I want to look at some of
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  • the aspects, the specific
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  • consequences of the Fall.
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  • You see, the aftershocks of the
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  • Fall are seen all around us
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  • today.
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  • And by understanding it, it
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  • makes sense of the world.
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  • My purpose in teaching about the
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  • Fall of man is not to bring you
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  • to a place of sin consciousness.
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  • My purpose is to give you some
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  • handles on why the world is so
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  • jacked up.
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  • If you take the presence of sin
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  • out of the world, if you take
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  • the Fall out of the Bible,
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  • there's no real way to explain
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  • what we see in the world around
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  • us.
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  • It's through understanding sin,
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  • and the nature of sin, and the
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  • devastating consequences of sin
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  • that we can make sense of the
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  • brokenness of humanity.
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  • And it's also when understanding
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  • sin that we can position
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  • ourselves for the beauty of
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  • God's grace.
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  • We only turn to grace when we
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  • are aware of our sinfulness.
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  • The whole idea is not to focus
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  • upon the Fall of humanity and to
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  • get stuck there, but it's simply
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  • to see it, to put it in context,
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  • and then to move beyond it into
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  • the beauty of God's good,
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  • and kind, and gracious
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  • and kind, and gracious
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  • - Terry: What would you be
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  • doing with your life if you
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  • never had any fear?
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  • How would you live if you had
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  • How would you live if you had
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  • - Terry: The aftershocks of the
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  • Fall, which begin in Genesis
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  • chapter 3, are then reflected
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  • throughout the rest of
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  • the Bible.
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  • In fact, the rest of the Bible
  • 00:11:18.070 --> 00:11:19.260
  • goes into great detail to
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  • explain them.
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  • And there are five basic shifts
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  • in this passage that I want to
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  • mention because they help
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  • to provide some context for
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  • the place in which we've landed.
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  • First, we see in the Fall that
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  • innocence was replaced by shame.
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  • Prior to the entrance of sin in
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  • the world, the first man and
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  • woman had never experienced the
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  • feelings of guilt and shame.
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  • They felt no shame because
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  • they were innocent before God.
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  • But their disobedience brought
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  • an awakening to guilt and shame.
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  • And quite frankly, they didn't
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  • like what they felt.
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  • Listen to Genesis 3 and verse 7,
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  • "Then the eyes of both were
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  • opened, and they knew
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  • that they were naked.
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  • And they sowed fig leaves
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  • together and made
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  • themselves loin cloths."
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  • When their eyes were opened,
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  • they saw the ugliness
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  • of their sin against
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  • a holy and righteous God.
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  • So, they wove some plants
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  • together to make
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  • a pair of pants.
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  • The problem was that fig leaves
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  • could never cover what
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  • had really been exposed.
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  • Fig leaves could cover their
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  • private parts, but fig leaves
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  • couldn't cover their feelings of
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  • guilt and shame because of their
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  • sin.
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  • Did you know that humanity has
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  • been trying to cover ourselves
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  • with the fig leaves of our own
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  • self-made righteousness ever
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  • since that day?
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  • That's exactly what religion has
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  • done down through the ages.
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  • God wanted us to stand before
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  • him without guilt or shame,
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  • naked and unafraid, trusting his
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  • grace to cover us.
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  • Religion has always offered an
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  • alternative covering, a covering
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  • of self-righteousness,
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  • a covering of our own works,
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  • our own good acts, our own
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  • attempts at righteous deeds.
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  • Our fig leaves say to God,
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  • "Hey God, we can cover
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  • this problem without you."
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  • Our religious behavior says,
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  • "We've got
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  • everything under control."
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  • But we don't.
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  • And we don't because we can't.
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  • That's why we need Jesus as our
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  • covering.
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  • He came to earth just over 2.000
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  • years ago, he was born to a
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  • virgin, lived a sinless life,
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  • died a horrible death, was
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  • crucified for our sins, and was
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  • raised back to life on the third
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  • day.
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  • And by believing in him,
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  • we are now covered
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  • God wants you to be free from
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  • guilt and shame.
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  • I don't know what you've done in
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  • your past.
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  • In fact, I don't even know what
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  • you're doing right now in this
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  • season of your life.
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  • But I know you can be free from
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  • it.
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  • And the way that we get free
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  • from sin and guilt and shame is
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  • by turning from those things and
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  • towards the grace of God.
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  • The antidote to guilt and shame
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  • is righteousness, peace, and
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  • joy.
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  • And those things are gifts that
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  • God extends to us when we put
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  • our trust in him and we rely
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  • upon his plan for our lives.
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  • God is not only our creator,
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  • he is also a loving,
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  • heavenly Father.
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  • And as such, he wants the best
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  • for you.
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  • He wants to see you living free
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  • in every area of your life.
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  • The second thing we discover
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  • here is that confidence was
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  • replaced by fear.
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  • Listen to the continuation of
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  • the story.
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  • Genesis 3 and verses 8 through
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  • 10, "And they heard the sound of
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  • the Lord God walking in the
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  • garden in the cool of the day,
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  • and the man and his wife hid
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  • themselves from the presence of
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  • the Lord God among the trees of
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  • the garden.
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  • But the Lord God called to
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  • the man and said to him,
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  • 'Where are you?'
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  • And he said, 'I heard the sound
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  • of you in the garden and I was
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  • afraid because I was naked
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  • and I hid myself.'"
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  • You know, it's amazing
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  • how that our ability to
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  • live empowered is related to
  • 00:15:41.060 --> 00:15:43.070
  • a matter of godly confidence.
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  • And godly confidence is related
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  • to the matter of a clean
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  • conscience.
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  • If you reverse engineer that
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  • and you take away a clean
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  • conscience, you remove
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  • the basis for godly confidence.
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  • And without godly confidence,
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:01.110
  • we are weak and unempowered.
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  • Here's the way the Bible puts it
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • "Beloved, if our heart does not
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  • condemn us, we have confidence
  • 00:16:09.290 --> 00:16:11.280
  • before God, and whatever we ask
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:14.230
  • we receive from him because we
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  • keep his commandments
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  • and do what pleases him."
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  • What would you
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  • be doing with your life if
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:22.270
  • you never had any fear?
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  • How would you live if you had
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:27.030
  • unlimited godly confidence?
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  • Just think about the power of
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  • living a fear-free life.
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  • Think about what you could be
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  • doing if you were unafraid of
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  • failure.
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  • Just think about the
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  • possibilities that could open to
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  • you if you were living
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  • confidently in the knowledge
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  • that you were loved by God,
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  • chosen by God, blessed by God,
  • 00:16:47.060 --> 00:16:50.060
  • and positioned by God to live a
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  • life of favor.
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  • I really believe God wants to
  • 00:16:54.140 --> 00:16:55.220
  • see you living confidently and
  • 00:16:55.220 --> 00:16:58.010
  • courageously through Jesus
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:16:59.270
  • Christ.
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  • The third thing that we discover
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  • here in the story of the Fall is
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:05.270
  • that unity was replaced by
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  • division.
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  • Continuing on with the story,
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  • Genesis 3 and verse 11, "He,"
  • 00:17:10.100 --> 00:17:12.270
  • God, "said, 'Who told you that
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  • you were naked?
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  • Have you eaten of the tree of
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.060
  • which I commanded you not to
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  • eat?'
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  • The man said, 'The woman whom
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  • you gave to be with me, she gave
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  • me the fruit of the tree
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  • and I ate.'
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  • Then the Lord God said to
  • 00:17:27.150 --> 00:17:28.190
  • the woman, 'What is this
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:30.010
  • that you have done?'
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:31.130
  • The woman said, 'The serpent
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  • deceived me and I ate.'"
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  • This is the birth
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  • of blame shifting.
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  • And what's so amazing to me
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:39.270
  • is now just how naturally
  • 00:17:39.270 --> 00:17:41.280
  • this comes to us.
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  • Adam and Eve shifted the blame.
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  • First of all, Adam shifted the
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  • blame to Eve.
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  • Then Eve shifted the blame to
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  • the serpent.
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  • And this is where the shift hit
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  • the fan.
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  • When you know that you're
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  • already forgiven, it's so easy
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  • to accept responsibility.
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  • That's why the good news of
  • 00:18:05.250 --> 00:18:07.020
  • the gospel should make us
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  • highly accountable people.
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  • We can take responsibility for
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  • our mistakes in life because we
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:14.190
  • know we've already been
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  • forgiven.
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  • And taking responsibility
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  • doesn't diminish us, it helps us
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  • to avoid repeating them.
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  • We have no need to shift
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  • the blame because Jesus
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  • the blame because Jesus
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  • - Terry: We've been given
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  • a relationship with a perfect
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  • Savior who will never leave us
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  • or forsake us, and he's promised
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  • to provide for us
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  • whatever we need.
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  • I think this is far better
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  • I think this is far better
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  • - Terry: The fourth thing we
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  • discover in the Fall is that
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  • abundance was replaced by lack.
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  • Originally, the man and
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  • the woman were given a dominion
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  • stewardship over the planet.
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  • They were to act as God's
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  • managers in caring for creation,
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  • and they were provided for in
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  • every imaginable way.
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  • All of that changed with the
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  • entrance of sin.
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  • Continuing on now with verse 17,
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  • "And to Adam God said, 'Because
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  • you have listened to the voice
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  • of your wife and have eaten of
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  • the tree which I commanded you,
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  • "You shall not eat of it,"
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  • cursed is the ground because of
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  • you; in pain you shall eat of it
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  • all the days of your life,
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  • thorns and thistles it shall
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  • bring forth for you, and you
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  • shall eat the plants of the
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  • field.
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  • By the sweat of your face you
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  • shall eat bread, till you return
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  • to the ground, for out of it you
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  • were taken; for you are dust,
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  • and to dust you shall return.'"
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  • Even though Adam and Eve
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  • forfeited their right to Eden,
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  • those who now put their faith in
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  • Jesus are given something better
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  • than a perfect garden.
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  • We've been given a relationship
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  • with a perfect Savior who will
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  • never leave us or forsake us
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  • wherever we go.
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  • And he's promised to provide for
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  • us whatever we need.
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  • I think this is far better than
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  • being stuck in the garden.
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  • We have the garden of God within
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  • our hearts, and we can take it
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  • wherever we go.
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  • Finally, the fifth thing we see
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  • through the Fall is that
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  • acceptance was replaced by
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  • rejection.
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  • Up until this moment, humanity
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  • had access to the presence of
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  • God.
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  • But when they sinned, they were
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  • forced to leave the place of
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  • Continuing on with the story
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  • in verse 22, "Then the Lord God
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  • said, 'Behold, the man has
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  • become like one of us in knowing
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  • good and evil.
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  • Now, lest he reach out his hand
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  • and take also of the tree of
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  • life and eat, and live forever,'
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  • therefore the Lord God sent him
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  • out from the garden of Eden to
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  • work the ground from which he
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  • was taken.
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  • He drove out the man, and at the
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  • east of the garden of Eden he
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  • placed the cherubim and
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  • a flaming sword that turned
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  • every way to guard the way
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  • to the tree of life."
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  • This consequence lives
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  • on in us as a need to belong.
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  • We have a deep longing for
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  • acceptance, and it's legitimate,
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  • and it comes out of this place,
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  • and that's why we've been made
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  • accepted in the beloved when
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  • we put our faith in Jesus.
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  • Now, this story ends with
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  • a powerful, powerful promise.
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  • In verse 14, "The Lord God said
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  • to the serpent, 'Because you
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  • have done this, cursed are you
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  • above all livestock and above
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  • all beasts of the field.
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  • On your belly you shall go,
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  • and dust you shall eat all
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  • the days of your life.
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  • I will put enmity between you
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  • and the woman, and between your
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  • offspring and her offspring.
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  • He shall bruise your head and
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  • you shall bruise his heel.'"
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  • Now, this somewhat cryptic verse
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  • is actually a prediction that
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  • a descendant of the woman would
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  • one day crush the true enemy
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  • and all his works,
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  • but it would come at a price.
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  • The descendant who defeated
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  • the serpent would himself
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  • the serpent would himself
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  • Did you know this is the first
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  • prophecy of the coming of Jesus?
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  • He is the seed of the woman who
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  • crushes the head of the serpent
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  • and bruises his heel
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  • in the process.
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  • His perfect life and death on
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  • the cross served as the purpose
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  • of restoring paradise to those
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  • who put their trust in him.
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  • All of these lesions of the Fall
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  • are healed by Jesus for those
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  • who invest faith in him
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  • as Savior and Lord.
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  • He came to restore all the needs
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  • that are ingrained in us due
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  • to the Fall of man.
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  • Listen to how the New Testament
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  • book of Romans compares
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  • the son of Adam to
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  • the obedience of Christ.
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  • This one verse shows us
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  • the bookends of the story of
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  • sin, Adam on the front side,
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  • Jesus on the back side.
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  • Romans 5:17 reads, "For if,
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  • because of one man's trespass,
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  • death reigned through that one
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  • man, much more will those who
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  • receive the abundance
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  • of grace and the free gift of
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  • righteousness reign in life
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  • through the one man
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • For as by the one man's
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  • disobedience the many were made
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  • sinners, so by the one man's
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  • obedience the many
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  • will be made righteous."
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  • We were taken down
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  • in Adam but we've been raised up
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  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • Oh, bless his beautiful name.
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  • Man was created in the image of
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  • God, marred by the presence of
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  • sin, but we've been redeemed by
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  • the precious blood of Jesus.
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  • And in Jesus Christ alone, we've
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  • been healed from the lesions of
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  • been healed from the lesions of
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  • Well, we've come to the
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  • conclusion of the program, and
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  • I want to thank you for
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  • spending this time with me.
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  • It's such an honor to be able to
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  • share God's Word with you, and I
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  • really hope that I've said
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  • something that helps you to see
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  • your place in the story.
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  • By the way, did you know that
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  • there are currently ten major
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  • wars taking place on the planet?
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  • Ten.
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  • I don't know about you, but I
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  • find that shocking.
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  • But I do understand where it all
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:52.080
  • originated.
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  • Every war that exists today came
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  • out of one original conflict.
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  • In fact, the seeds of violence
  • 00:24:57.250 --> 00:25:00.070
  • and war were planted in the soil
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  • of humanity by the very first
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  • family, and the aftershocks are
  • 00:25:05.020 --> 00:25:07.090
  • still being felt today.
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  • Next week, we're going to talk
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  • about the impact of that on our
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:11.290
  • lives and how that God has made
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  • provision for our peace in
  • 00:25:14.270 --> 00:25:17.270
  • this life right here on
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  • "Cafe Theology."
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  • - Terry: Why does God accept
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  • Abel's sacrifice
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  • and reject Cain's?
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  • It just seems so harsh.
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  • Imagine bringing an offering
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  • to God, only to have God say,
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  • "I'm not going to accept it."
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  • How painful is that?
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  • There's a lesson
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  • There's a lesson
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