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There was a Ladies Bible Study, Thursday morning. The topic was “Put Your Hope in the Lord.”  Sometime we must wait for the answer to our prayers. We may not see the answer immediately. The Lord can give us peace while we wait. The Lord will not fail us.

Several Bethany Baptist folks came out for the pizza and movie night. Darlene’s homemade pizzas are popular with everybody. They watched “Facing the Giants” again and enjoyed it just as much as before.

Dan Stillings sang a special song accompanying himself on the guitar, Sunday morning. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought the first in a series on Bible marriages, “Adam and Eve.”

Genesis chapter 2 tells about the Lord God taking a rib of Adam to make a helper suitable for him. We like to think about how the bone was not taken from Adam’s head to rule over him, nor from his foot to be made a servant, but from his side to be equal with him. Eve was taken from the rib, under his arm for protection, near his heart to love. They were living in the beautiful Garden of Eden in a perfect relationship with God. There was only one restriction given them, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it…”

Every marriage should be built with a triune relationship with God, one man, one woman, and God. When God is left out, sorrow comes. The greatest reason for failure in homes is spiritual disobedience. Eve believed Satan’s lies, and Adam chose to eat the fruit which she gave to him. When Adam and Eve chose to leave God out of the decision process and they both ate the forbidden fruit, that beautiful relationship with God was broken. The dying process began, they were cast out of the beautiful garden, and sorrows began.

Before they took the forbidden fruit, they had both been naked and were not ashamed. Now this nakedness was a cause of shame. The problem was not the nakedness, but the sin that brought the shame and confusion.

Satan had made it appear that if they took the fruit they would find “greener pastures.” They had every need provided for them in the Garden of Eden, but Eve looked and was allured by Satan’s suggestion. In 1 John 2:15-16 we are told, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” If we are allured by promises that the grass is greener somewhere else, we are sure to lose what is best.

Now we had Adam blaming Eve, Eve blaming the serpent, and neither taking responsibility for their actions. Adam could have said, “No,” to the offer of the fruit. He could have said, “It was my fault.” We should not make excuses for our own sin by laying blame on anyone or anything else. We can begin a healing process by accepting the blame for our sins and errors.

One of the results of that error was the banishment from the Garden of Eden. They lost the goodness that the Creator had planned for them. Angels now blocked the way to the garden, the ground was cursed. They lost their position and their children. Their home was in a shambles. As time passed their firstborn son, Cain, killed his younger brother. This was not the perfect, beautiful plan God had made for them. When we take God out of his position of preeminence and place him like an ornament on the shelf, our own homes become shambles. Without God, our children have no absolute authority upon which to build their lives.

But God had another plan. He made coats of skin to provide a covering (atonement) for Adam and Eve. This covering was made possible by the shedding of the blood of an innocent animal. It  pointed to a time when Jesus Christ’s blood would be shed to provide a covering for our sins. The scriptures say that without the shedding of blood is no remission for sin. God has taken our sin upon himself and made it possible for us to enter Paradise with no shame.

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