Synopsis of sermon 29.7.18 (delivered by Brian Thake)
Example 1: Isaac’s authority appears to have been tricked when Jacob pretends to be Esau and subsequently receives his father’s blessing (Gen 25). However, although Isaac was deceived, Esau had already given away his birthright on oath to his brother.
Example 2: Garden of Eden. There is a difference between Eve and Adam when the sin of eating the forbidden fruit takes place. Although Eve is often portrayed in a more negative light than Adam, she was merely deceived. Adam on the other hand knew full well what he was doing and did it anyway. Unlike Eve, he gave away his authority (over sin).
Challenge: Do we hold fast to what we know to be true and stand firm in the belief that our father has the best plan for us? Do we choose to be different rather than giving into what the world tells us is best for us?
Sin can be defined as: BELIEVING THE LIE ABOUT GOD.
Does he really know what’s best for me? Sound familiar?
Warning made by Paul in 2 Cor 11 v 3: ‘But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.’ So let’s not forget that we are the bride of Christ (full analogy Eph 5 v 22-33). As weird as that may sound to the guys!
Picture: Adam is an Old Testament type of Christ. We (men included) are a type of Eve. We all get affected by evil. Evil desires can trick us out of our authority. But every time we get tempted/fall, the father longs to lift us back up into his loving arms.
Satan tries to trick us into thinking we have no authority. Our response? We turn and see Jesus in his dominion and say to Satan ‘Jesus is on the throne Satan! He reigns forever!’