The Consequences of Wrong Choices- Genesis 3-5

First Thoughts

      A. Video- right or wrong

      B. A doctor said to a lady, "See those bottles. Notice that they are all empty.  The most important thing I want you to notice is that they have nothing in them. Now I can take one of these bottles and fill it with enough poison to kill or I can fill one with medicine to heal. I am the one who makes that choice. I can fill it with whatever I want. Each day that God gives us is like one of those empty bottles. We can choose to fill it with good things or with bad things- with right things or

with wrong things.  The choice is ours.  We can fill our bottles with either  consequences or rewards.

      C. Please look with me at Genesis 3 to see the consequences of wrong

choices.   

I. Genesis 3- Satan, Eve, & Adam- the consequences    of wrong choices

      A. Satan- 3:14,15

            1. Cursed

            2. Enmity (hatred)

            3. He will crush your head

      B. Eve- 3:16

            1. Greatly increased pain in childbirth

            2. Your desire will be for your husband

            3. Your husband will rule over you

      C. Adam- 3:17-19

            1. Cursed will be the ground

            2. Eat your food by the sweat of your brow (hard work)

            3. Return to the ground (death)

      D. Grace- 3:21- garments of skin to clothe Adam and Eve

II. Genesis 4- Abel & Cain- consequences of wrong doing

      A. Abel- 4:1-5- his offering was accepted

      B. Cain- 4:6-12

            1. His offering was rejected

            2. He killed his brother, Abel

            3. He was under a curse

            4. He couldn't get the ground to yield its crops

            5. He became a restless wanderer on the earth

      C. Grace- 4:13-16

            1. His punishment was more than he could bear

            2. His life was protected by God with a promise and a mark

II. Genesis 5- Rewards of right choices

      A. A good lineage from Genesis 5:3-20 (Seth- in the image of Adam)

      B. Enoch walked with God & was taken away by God- Genesis 5:24

      C. Noah would bring comfort to others- 5:29(6:9- blameless- walked withGod)

Final Thoughts

            A. Many years ago a man conned his way into the orchestra of the emperor of China although he could not play a note. Whenever the group practiced or performed, he would hold his flute against his lips, pretending to play but not making a sound. He received a modest salary an enjoyed a comfortable living. Then one day the emperor requested a solo from each musician. The flutist got nervous. There wasn’t enough time to learn the instrument. He pretended to be sick, but the royal physician wasn’t fooled. On the day of his solo performance, the impostor took poison and killed himself. The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language: “He refused to face the music.”    Today we can pretend to be a part of God’s orchestra by just blending in with the crowd and going through the motions. No one notices because we say the right things, go to the right places, and hang out with the right people.  But there will come a day when we will face the music.  On that day we will stand alone before God and give an account for our lives, our decisions, and whether or not we were real in our faith in God.  We will suffer consequences or enjoy rewards based on our acceptance of the grace of God and our works for God.  Where are you today?

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