Remember God’s Purpose:
To Bring Glory To Himself And Have Fellowship With His Creation.

 

The Results Of Man’s Rebellion:

1. He died spiritually, bringing about a drastic change in his disposition.

A.  He was no longer oriented TO God but to self and against God. He no longer served God properly.

B.  His whole nature was perverted. This effect is called total depravity. This condition explains how/why man’s relationship to God was broken.

2. He died physically.

A.      He became subject to bodily decay such as disease, deformity, and death. Because of rebellion and its subsequent condition, man was denied access to the source for living forever.

3. His ability to govern changed.

A.      He lost his ability to govern some things at all

B.      What ability he retained was perverted and was doomed to abuse the Earth.

C.     Because his ruling disposition now was “against God,” he began to rule/govern HIS way, not God’s way.

4. Tragedy came to men’s domain.

A.     The production level of the soil was reduced.

B.     Thorns and thistles suddenly appeared.

C.     Animal nature changed from tame and non-carnivorous to creatures wild and carnivorous. ·        

In human experience, frequently the subjects of a country suffer because of the bad decisions/choices of the ruler/ king. Because of Adam’s choice and the out-workings of the rebellious choice, the creation of God was now subject to vanity and corruption up to the present time. Through sin, man lost his perfect environment and perfect ability   to govern for God


Details Of The Old Testament Time-Line

Moses was the human author of the Pentateuch…the first five books of the Old Testament. The word means “five scrolls”.  It also had an acceptable meaning among the Israelites of Torah or Law. Here are some of the items of interest in this part of the Scripture.

Genesis 3-6…after creation and original sin entered God’s creation, many years passed but by chapter 6, God was sorry He made man, and had Noah begin to build an ark…only eight people on earth were righteous in God’s eyes.

Genesis 11…the people made a tower…they wanted to get up to Heaven, not to worship but to defy God, and act in rebellion, pride and arrogance. At this time all spoke a common language, the language God gave for worship. At this point God gave many languages and commanded them once again to spread out across the earth.

Genesis 12…God and Abraham…God selected one man, and began a race of people with him. God promised Abraham three things: A LAND…..A SEED…..A PROMISE…and He used him to establish the Hebrew race. The Hebrews had three tasks, they were to remain pure morally and ethically in order for God to bring the Redeemer through them, they were to write and preserve Scripture and they were to be a testimony to His goodness and grace.

Genesis 38 to end…Joseph, great grandson of Abraham became second only to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. In time, he had his father, Jacob brought to Egypt along with all the family, eighty persons in all. By the time the Hebrews left Egypt may generations later, they were 2 million strong! 

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy…Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt, because of unbelief and disobedience, they turned a four day journey in to a forty year ordeal. They wandered in the wilderness until the entire generation that came out of Egypt died. During this time, God gave the Ten Commandments, the secondary law, laid out the Tabernacle for them to build for His presence, and gave instruction to the tribes.

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther…give us the details of the Promised Land Conquest, Israel’s failures, 12-14 cycles of sin and the consequences. When Israel had strong leadership such as Moses and Joshua they were relatively obedient. But under the leadership of Eli, Samuel and the Judges, they became more and more rebellious…until finally in 1 Samuel 8, they demanded of Samuel a King…Samuel was appalled, went to God who told him no to be unset, they (the Israelites) were rejecting Him, not Samuel…in 1043 BC, monarchy was established, when Samuel anointed Saul.

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon…books of wisdom and leading for a Godly life.

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel…the Major Prophets, warned Israel that judgment was coming for their many years of rebellion and disobedience. They didn’t listen.

Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi…The Minor Prophets, who did much the same thing, some of the Prophets prophesied in the Northern Kingdom and some in the Southern.


Five reasons for the cycles of sin…think about it!!

  1.  Didn’t obey and drive out the Canaanites…no separation as God directed.

  2. Idolatry…an idol is ANYTHING you put before God!

  3. Intermarriage with heathen women…in our day, non-believers.

  4. Nor listening and obeying leadership. Today, “every man does that which is right in his own eyes”…

  5.  Continually turning away from God to worship idols.

 

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