Why Relationships Are So Messy
- Genesis 3:1 (NASB)
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BACKGROUND: Genesis 3 is one of the most essential passages written in the Bible. If an individual doesn't understand the Fall of Mankind, (s)he will not be able to understand what it is Jesus came into the world to do. In Genesis 1, God sees His creation as good, but, here, sin comes into the world destroying the Shalom (peace) of the world. One of the most evident effects of sin is the difficulty and messiness of relationships.
I. What is Sin?
A. Sin is primarily relational rebellion.
1. This is seen as Adam and Eve attempt to be God, eating from the very same tree that God had just commanded them not to eat of.
a. What the Bible is saying throughout is that man is in rebellion against anything good (stemming from God).
2. Even man's rebellious nature is evident in their courtship as they realize premarital sex is forbidden so the two individuals struggle to keep their hands off of one another.
a. Meanwhile, once the opportunity to have sex legally in God's eyes is given, the spark of sexual intimacy seems to fade as there is no rebellious attraction.
II. What Sin Does
A. What sin does is cause self-centeredness.
1. The only thing worse than self-centeredness in our relationships is a denial of self-centeredness.
2. Because of sin, we tend to be consumers rather than servants.
3. Relationships become all about what individuals can do to please us.
B. Sin also causes us to become hiders.
1. Due to a fear that we'll be figured out to the core, we often resort to hiding from people by way of our "personality."
2. Hiding will kill relationships as transparency is essential to have real relationships.
C. Also, sin makes us shamed blamers.
1. Fearing that others will figure out what's really going on inside of us, we resort to blaming others…possibly even God.
2. We see such evidenced by Adam and Eve's blame-shifting.
a Adam primarily blames God and secondarily blames Eve.
b. Eve, too, blame-shifts, accusing the serpent for her sin.
III. How God Responds
A. God responds to the Fall by not only realizing the ruin of relationships but going directly to the scene in pursuit of broken, ruined people.
1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is that God draws near to the ruins rather than forsaking them.
a. The "offspring" referred to as bruising the serpent's head is Jesus Christ.
i. In his death on the cross, Christ eternally defeats Satan (the serpent).
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