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It Is Not My Fault!

 

It Is Not My Fault!

Copyright 2017 John Dunn

Published by F I Group, Inc. at Shakespir

 

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Edited by:

Susan C. Snow

 

 

It is Not My Fault!

What happens in the third chapter of Genesis? Adam and Eve disobey God! Beginning in Genesis 3 Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent. “. . . you must not touch it” (3:3) was not part of God’s Word! (God said you must not eat of it in Genesis 2:17, he did not say you much not touch it.) It is important to understand God’s Word clearly. Clear understanding is a primary goal of this Seven Chapter Bible Overview series of eBooks.

The lie: “You will not certainly die” (3:4).

 

Enticement: “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (3:5). Verse five is like a persuasive advertisement that tells only a part of the story to allure a person to “try it; it is irresistible!”

 

The advertisement worked! “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” (3:6).

 

A short moment of euphoria: “Then the eyes of both of them were opened” (3:7a).

 

The result or outcome: “and they realized they were naked” (3:7b); the consequences of disobeying God’s Word begin to set in! Followed by their own feeble and futile attempt to hide their shame: “so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (3:7c); also see 3:20.

 

Then they started to realize what they had done: In Genesis 3:8-11 fear and separation sets in! “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?

 

It’s not my fault: “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’” (Genesis 3:12-13). Neither Adam nor Eve took responsibility for their actions! Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent. (In essence Adam and Eve were blaming God, because God created Eve from Adam; and the serpent was created by God.) This is very characteristic of all of us; we do not want to take responsibility for our actions. We want to blame someone or something else: family, co-workers, the economy, etc.

 

Side note: A comic strip creator captured the essence of the “it is not my fault” syndrome when he showed a young child in a bath tub with water splashed all over the floor. When the mother came into the bathroom, the child pointed to the rubber ducky sitting on the edge of the tub and said, “He did it!”

 

The disease sets in: When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s Word, God’s creation started to not function as God intended. Similar to the way disease prevents our body from working the way it was intended to function. Disobedience is like a cancer. (Sin is another word for disobedience to God’s Word.) Cancer is often described as cells within a body that “do their own thing” and do not follow “the word,” blue print or DNA that governs the structure of a healthy body.

 

Free Will: When God created us He allowed us to make decisions. It only stands to reason that we may not always make the right choice. Until Genesis 3:21 Adam and Eve still had ready access to the Tree of Life. If they would have taken responsibility for their wrong choice, repented and ate of the tree of life that God provided, they may have been cured, but evidently they made no attempt.

 

Keep in mind: Throughout the Bible God is quick to forgive the sins (the disobedience) of those who repent. Unfortunately Adam and Eve (just like the natural instinct of each of us) did not take responsibility for their actions and repent. Instead they blamed someone or something else. (If a person thought it was not his or her fault, then that person will not take responsibility, will not repent, will not seek forgiveness, and will not be healed!)

 

Death in the Bible means being separated from God: The consequences of sin are damaged relationships:

1) Relationships between humans and God suffer;

2) Each individual’s worth and self-esteem suffers,

3) Relationships between people suffer;

4) Even our relationship with the environment suffers.

Disharmony sets in!

 

No trespassing, access denied: Note Genesis 3:22-24. Adam and Eve did not appreciate the LIFE God had created for them, so God took it away. When something is taken away, we then start to understand what we are missing! And how important it is to us. It’s a little like a parent grounding (or removing some privileges from) a strong-willed child for several days for willfully disobeying his/her parents. Remember 1000 years to us is like a day to God (Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8)! As Adam and Eve leave the garden, God provides a covering for their sin. “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (3:21). The garments God made were much more effective than the fig leaves Adam and Eve made.

 

Willful disobedience: The rest of the Bible, until the last two chapters of Revelation, is about the willful disobedience of our ancestors (as well as ourselves) and God’s plan to cure us of this disease. Throughout the rest of the Bible God makes covenants (contracts) with humankind that are valid as long as humans obey God’s Word. Things go relatively well for a while until humankind blatantly breaks the covenants.

 

God raises up judges, kings, etc. to bring humankind back to obeying God’s Word again and God renews his covenants. Things go relatively good for a while until humankind blatantly breaks the covenants again. The cycle repeats over and over again throughout the rest of the Bible.

 

Advanced Study

1. In the search box at www.BibleGateway.com place the word “covenant.” Note: Covenant means contract.

 

2. How many times do you find the word covenant in the Bible?

 

3. Now read some of the verses where the word covenant is used, such as: Genesis 6:18, Genesis 9:11-17, Exodus 34:10, Deuteronomy 4:13 and 31:16, Joshua 23:16, Judges 2:20, 1 Kings 11:11, 2 Kings 17:35 and 18:12, Luke 22:20 and Hebrews 8:8-9.

 

4. What do you learn from this exercise?

 

5. Which covenant or contract do you claim? Such as: Exodus 20:3-17, John 13:34, Romans 13:8 and Hebrews 10:24.

 

Study / Discussion Topics

A. What happens to the responsibilities God gave us after human kind disobey God’s word in Chapter 3 of Genesis?

 

1. What happens when inquiring minds are not guided by God’s Word?

 

2. What happens when human beings rule and have dominion when not guided by God’s word?

 

3. How effective are human beings in taking care of the environment when not guided by God’s word?

 

4. What happens to human reproduction when people are not guided by God’s word?

 

B. Why does disharmony set in when humans no longer obey the Word of God?

 

1. Why is there disharmony between humans and God?

 

2. Why does each individual’s worth and self esteem suffer?

 

3. Why do relationships between people suffer?

 

4. Why does the environment suffer?

 

C. Why does repent mean to ‘Turn Around’?

 

1. Why is repentance so important in our daily life? (Note: repent is a featured item in the Lord’s Prayer.)

 

2. Why is admitting wrong and taking responsibility necessary before a person can repent of his or her actions?

 

3. What if someone is confronted about his or her wrong actions? What is the usual response? What response should he or she make?

 

4. Is repentance necessary for salvation?

 

Note: The book of James in the Bible focuses on people who say they have accepted salvation and repented, but they have not turned around. The book of Jude in the Bible focuses on people “. . . who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality . . .” (verse four).

 

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Books in the “Seven Chapter Bible Overview” Series

Book 1: Seven Chapter Bible Overview

Book 2: Created By: The Word of God

Book 3: Harmonious Life and Responsibilities

Book 4: It Is Not My Fault! (This eBook)

Book 5: Role Model

Book 6: We Live By Faith

Book 7: Eden Restored

Book 8: The New Jerusalem

 

About the Author

John Dunn is very interested in long term forecasting, prophesy, and Biblical studies. Relatively early in life he completed a teacher’s training course in the Bethel Bible Series. Later John wrote an extremely limited circulation newsletter for a few years titled, “The Association of Christians in Secular Careers.”

 

John spent most of 2004 going through the Bible and writing a brief overview of what he considered to be the main concepts presented in each book. Currently he is updating and expanding his 13-year-old writings.

 

The author may be contacted at: [email protected] Please place “7 Chapter” in the subject line (or the email may go in the junk folder!). Thank you.

 

John Dunn’s website: john-dunn.figroupbooks.com

 

John Dunn has two series of eBooks:

Seven Chapter Bible Overview

Revelation: Transition to New Era

 

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It Is Not My Fault!

Things no longer work as God created them when human beings don’t obey God’s Word! In order to be restored we need to admit our mistake, not blame someone or something else. Then repent, turn around, and eat from the Tree of Life, follow the model, which God provides for us. The rest of the Bible, until the last 2 chapters, contains numerous cycles of human disobedience and God’s forgiveness. We suggest you use the eBooks in this series in group study / discussion sessions. Select a time and place for a group discussion. Then give invitations showing time and place of meeting along with the web address where each person can obtain their own eBook copy. Most of the eBooks in this series are very short, so it will take only a few minutes to read the eBook. The eBooks in this series will lend themselves to one or two half-hour or one one-hour discussion sessions. The chapters in the Bible covered in the "Seven Chapter Bible Overview" series are: Genesis Chapters 1, 2 and 3 John Chapter 1 Hebrews Chapter 11 Revelation Chapters 21 and 22. Books in the "Seven Chapter Bible Overview" Series include: Book 1: Seven Chapter Bible Overview Book 2: Created By: The Word of God Book 3: Harmonious Life and Responsibilities Book 4: It Is Not My Fault! Book 5: Role Model Book 6: We Live By Faith Book 7: Eden Restored Book 8: The New Jerusalem

  • ISBN: 9781370462810
  • Author: F I Group, Inc.
  • Published: 2017-01-21 10:35:08
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