The Casting of Man from the Garden
                                 Genesis 1-3
I.  In the Garden of Eden we see the goodness of God.
    A.  And we see the severity of God.
        1.  The casting of man from the Garden.
II. Whose fault was it? (Ezek 18:20).
    A.  Let's see the whole picture & learn from the beginning.
    A.  God created man upright & holy.
        (Eccl 7:29 NKJV)  Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they
        have sought out many schemes."
        (Gen 1:31 NKJV)  Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very
        good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
        1.  Man was created in God's own image.
            a.  General image (Gen 1:27; 9:6).
            b.  Special image.
                (Col 3:10 NKJV)  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge
                according to the image of Him who created him,
        2.  Man was in complete fellowship with God.
            (Gen 3:8 NKJV)  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden
            in the cool of the day,
        3.  Man was incomplete without God.
            (Eccl 3:11 NKJV)  He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put
            eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from
            beginning to end (Eccl 12:13).
    B.  God gave man dominion over his environment.
        (Gen 1:28 NKJV)  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and
        multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds
        of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
        1.  Man was the crown of God's creation (Psa 8:3-9).
            (Psa 115:16 NKJV)  The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; But the earth He
            has given to the children of men.
        2.  Man was placed in the Garden of Eden.
            (Gen 2:15-16 NKJV)  Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of
            Eden to tend and keep it. {16} And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of
            every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
    C.  God designed man to find oneness with his wife.
        1.  It was not good that man should be alone.
            a.  Help meet (Gen 2:20-23   one comparable).
                (Gen 2:20-23 NKJV)  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air,
                and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper
                comparable to him. {21} And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on
                Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its
                place. {22} Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made
                into a woman, and He brought her to the man. {23} And Adam said: "This is
                now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman,
                Because she was taken out of Man."
        2.  It was God who joined them together.
            (Gen 2:24 NKJV)  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
            to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
        3.  It was God's design that they would be one: physically, emotionally & spiritually.
    D.  God fashioned man to enjoy peace within.
        1.  Man was not created a troubled being.
            (Rom 7:24 NKJV)  O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of
            a.  Man enjoyed peace with God.
            b.  Man enjoyed peace with his companion.
            c.  Man enjoyed peace with his environment.
            d.  Man enjoyed peace with himself.
    A.  God's laws secured man's serenity.
        (Gen 2:16-17 NKJV)  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of
        the garden you may freely eat; {17} "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you
        shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
                (1 John 5:3 NKJV)  For this is the love of God, that we keep His
                commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
        1.  There are consequences to disobedience.
            (Isa 57:20-21 NKJV)  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest,
            Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. {21} "There is no peace," Says my God, "for the
            (Isa 59:1-2 NKJV)  
            (Psa 51:12 NKJV)  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
    A.  Eve sinned.
        1.  She sinned in listening to Satan who contradicted God (Gen 3:1-5   deceived &
            a.  "God's doesn't mean what He says."
            b.  "You can be God."
        2.  She sinned in not be a help meet.
            (Gen 3:6 NKJV)  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was
            pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and
            ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
    B.  Adam sinned.
        1.  He sinned in listening to his wife who contradicted God.
            (Mat 10:37 NKJV)  "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
            And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
        2.  He sinned in not acting as the head of the wife.
            (Eph 5:22-23 NKJV)  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. {23} For
            the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the
            Savior of the body.
    C.  They sinned.
        1.  In yielding to temptation (1 Cor 10:13).
            (James 1:13-15 NKJV)  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God";
            for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. {14} But each
            one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. {15} Then,
            when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings
            forth death.
        2.  In wanting to be God (Jer 10:23).
    A.  Man was separated from himself.
        (Gen 3:10 NKJV)  So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because
        I was naked; and I hid myself."
    B.  Man was separated from others.
        (Gen 3:11-12 NKJV)  And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten
        from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" {12} Then the man
        said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."
    C.  Man was separated from his environment.
        (Gen 3:17-19 NKJV)  Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your
        wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat
        of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
        {18} Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the
        field. {19} In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For
        out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."
    D.  Man was separated from his God.
        (Gen 3:8 NKJV)  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the
        cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD
        God among the trees of the garden.
            (Gen 3:24 NKJV)  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of
            the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way
            to the tree of life.
        1.  Man was cast from the Garden (SEVERITY OF GOD).
    A.  Redeemer.
        (Gen 3:15 NKJV)  And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your
        seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
        (Titus 2:14 NKJV)  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless
        deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
        (Rom 16:20 NKJV)  And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The
        grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
    B.  Reconciler.
        (Gen 12:3 NKJV)  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;
        And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
            (2 Cor 5:18 NKJV)  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself
            through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation (atonement),
    C.  Ruler.
        (Gen 49:10 NKJV)  The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between
        his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
            (Luke 9:23 NKJV)  Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let
            him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
    D.  Restorer.
        1.  Harmony is restored in Jesus.
            a.  Harmony with Self (Jn 16:33).
                (1)  Harmony because of forgiveness (Col 2:13).
            b.  Harmony with Others (Jn 13:34-35; Mat 7:12).
            c.  Harmony with Environment (Jn 18:36; Ax 2:47; Phil 3:20).
            d.  Harmony with God.
                (Rom 5:1-2 NKJV)  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace
                with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, {2} through whom also we have access
                by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of
                (1)  Yet, this harmony is difficult to fully realize because of sin.
        2.  Harmony will be ultimately realized in heaven.
            a.  Harmony with self.
                (Rev 21:4 NKJV)  "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there
                shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for
                the former things have passed away."
            b.  Harmony with others.
                (Rev 21:27 NKJV)  But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or
                causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's
                Book of Life.
            c.  Harmony with environment.
                (Rev 21:1 NKJV)  Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
                heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
            d.  Harmony with God.
                (Rev 22:3-5 NKJV)  And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God
                and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. {4} They shall
                see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. {5} There shall be no
                night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives
                them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
I.  In the Garden of Eden man rebelled against the goodness of God.
    A.  And man invited the severity of God.
        1.  The casting of man from the Garden.
II. What are we doing today?
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