The Trade of the World: For the prefect life, perfect health, perfect body, perfect marriage, perfect self-cleaning house, no grocery shopping, no laundry, pain free, no guilt, no stress, no worry (man) no pollution, everything provided and daily fellowship with God face to face. However; Eve chose what was behind leaf number one, the forbidden fruit. She did not consult the audience, her stockbroker or Adam if it was a good trade. What an impulsive buy that was. Not only did she get the fruit but she lost all that she had including the relationship with Father God but the ramifications of her deal are apart of our day to day life. One of the reasons Eve went for the fruit was for the wisdom. Don’t know how wise it was to sew fig leafs into clothes. Once again God’s wisdom is far better than man’s.
1. The Cause of Lost Fellowship –
We all know what caused Eve’s lost of fellowship with God, it was the introduction of sin into the world; let’s look at some of the things (sin) that can cause us to lose our fellowship with Him.
In Romans 3:23 we find that Eve is not alone in this sin issue.
“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” NLV
It is sin that keeps us from fellowship with Him. As we look at sin that the letter I is in the middle of the word. So one could define sin as this;
Putting I (self) before God, His standards, express commands of God, which require that we should love God with all the heart and soul and strength and mind, and our neighbor as well.
Susanna Wesley gave this wise counsel to her son John, “Whatsoever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of Spiritual things – whatsoever increases the authority of your body over your mind – that thing, to you, is sin.”
Let’s look at what the Bible says about sin and the various types of sin.
A. Willful sin – Pesha` – Transgression, Trespass, Rebellion and Sin.
This is not just an (I accidentally step on the line.) it is a willful disobedience to the will and Law of God. In other words you saw the light turn red but ran it anyways.
B. Disobedience to His Word – `avon – Iniquity, Punishment, Fault, Mischief, Sin.
This is close to Pesha but it is more of intent to do wrong. Here one plans on how they are going to do. For example when we were managers of a four-plex in PHX, AZ we woke up one morning to the wall out front having been use in the middle of the night as someone’s canvas. The big green word BOMB had been sprayed on there. It was not done in haste the person had taken his time in doing it. The wall was 6’ x 10’ and it covered the whole wall. This “artist” also took the time to make the O look like a bomb. Obvious this person had planned this mischief out as to how to do it and the best time to do it.
C. Changing His Word – Paraptoma – A lapse or deviation from truth and uprightness.
We all suffer from this one, thanks to EVE. This is the one that led up to our lack of fellowship with God as Eve once had it. Eve deviated from what God had said by adding the word touch. Many of the false teachers today and through out history have done this. They will take a verse from the Bible and twist it to mean something that it doesn’t mean.
D. OOOPPS I’ve Fallen – Hamartano – to miss the mark, to err, be mistaken, to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor, to do or go wrong, to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin.Like the story about, Corrie Ten Boom when she was a little girl at school there was a blue stone in the playground that they were told NEVER to step on that stone. One day during a drill Corrie accidentally stepped on the stone and received a slap across her face immediately from the head master. Now her actions were not a willful break of the rule or an out right act of rebellion it was just a simple slip up, not paying attention to what she was doing.
2. Our Cover Up – Many times instead of confessing our sins to the Lord, Who is Faithful and Just to forgive us, we get the cover up stick and try to make it un-noticeable, like the pimple on the nose that you would always get as a teenager just before something important was going to happen in your life. The thing is no matter what we do to cover up our sin; it will always be as plain as the pimple on our nose until we deal with it His way. I’m not saying that others will see it but that is how it will be to us.
A. Ignore it – If we act like nothing didn’t happen; then no one will know.
B. Hide it – This is like trying to put something back in the box that it came out of and hoping that no one will know that it was ever opened up.
C. Cover it up – Eve did this with fig lives and when we try to cover up our sins it is as
uncomfortable as wearing itchy fig leaves.
D. It is not my fault – Not me I didn’t do it. Ask any kid that has chocolate all over his/her face if they ate the last of the chocolate candy. Of course they will not own up to it.
E. Blame someone else –
This reminds me of a story about a man that went to Hawaii for a vacation. As he was out shopping and sight seeing he realized he was lost. When he got back and was asked what had taken him so long, he replied that he had gotten lost because Hawaii laid the streets out wrong.
3. He Still Seeks Us –
As we look at the rest of eve’s time in the garden we see that:
A. In the Cool of the Evening –
After Adam & Eve tried to cover up with itchy fig leave and that did not help they decided to hide from God. Yet God came seeking them in the coolness of the evening. It was not in the heat of the afternoon when everything had just happened, He waited till tempers had cooled down and giving them time to seek Him first for repentance.
B. He Knows Where We Are –
He knew they were hiding and where they were hiding (Some game of Hide & Seek, when the Seeker knows where you are hiding even if He did close His eyes.) He still gave them the opportunity to come out of hiding and confess to Him what they had done.
C. He Knows What We Did –
He knew the whole time during this game of Hide & Seek what they had done yet He wanted to hear it from them what they had done.
D. He Still Desires Fellowship –
The fellowship was broken by the sin that was committed yet He still sought fellowship with man. All through the Bible you can see God seeking fellowship with man – Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses & King David just to name a few
Today, He waits till we run out of ourselves and excuses before we can hear that still small voice in the evening. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to ignore the whole sin issue and then find that
I can’t sleep at night because I had not come to Him and confessed my sins. Then once I give in and confess I’m able to sleep.
Let me close with a RECALL NOTICE that I got recently:
Regardless of make or year, all units known as “human beings” are being recalled by the
Manufacturer. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named “Adam” and
“Eve” resulting in
the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect is technically termed, “Serious Internal Non-morality,” but more commonly known as:
Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect:
[a] Loss of direction
[b] Lack of peace and joy
[d] Foul vocal emissions
The Manufacturer is providing factory authorized repair service free of charge to correct the SIN
defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus Christ, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden
of the staggering cost of these repairs.
To repeat, there is no fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.
Once connected please upload the burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure!. Next,
download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Christ, into the heart component of the
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Christ will replace it with:
Please see the operating manual, HOLY BIBLE, for further details on the use of these fixes.
As an added upgrade, the Manufacturer has made available to all repaired units a facility enabling
direct monitoring and assistance from the resident Maintenance Technician, the Holy Spirit.
Repaired units need
only make Him welcome and He will take up residence on the premises.
WARNING: Continuing to operate a human being unit without corrections voids the Manufacturer’s
warranty, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will ultimately result
in the human unit being incinerated.
Thank you for your attention.
Please assist by notifying others of this important recall notice.