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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Big Deal with Adam’s Sin

July 28

(Romans 5:12 NIV) "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned."

(1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NIV) "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. {22} For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

(Romans 3:22-24 NIV) "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

Adam’s sin in eating from the forbidden tree may appear trivial in the eyes of the theologically untrained. What’s the big deal anyway? The Greek word for sin is “hamartia”. It means to “miss the mark” or “miss the target.” Many Christians don’t drink, smoke, cuss, or do any of the things commonly associated with “sinners”. But they “live in sin” daily because they refuse to go, give, serve, reach out, or forgive. They are “missing the target”. We all do! Disobedience is sin, whatever form it might take. With man’s law, it’s the nature of the deed that matters when determining how bad a crime is. With God’s law, it’s the fact that we disobey at all. The deed is secondary to the rebellious spirit in which it is done. When we live for ourselves instead of for the glory of God, we “miss the mark”. That makes us all sinners. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Adam: First in a Long Line of Sinners

July 27

(Genesis 1:28-31 NIV) "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." {29} Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. {30} And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so. {31} God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day."

(Genesis 2:16-18 NIV) ""And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; {17} but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." {18} The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.""

(Hosea 6:7 NIV) "Like Adam, they have broken the covenant-- they were unfaithful to me there."

According to Scripture, all family trees begin with Adam. His blood flows in our veins. We carry his DNA. His rebellious nature infects us all. When Adam disobeyed God, his life became a hassle, and he began the long, painful process of dying. His once happy world became hostile. His once serene life became chaotic. His relationship with Eve deteriorated, as sin brought blame shifting and deception into the world. People often say they would be happy and content if they just had a “better this”, or a “better that”. But Adam had it all and still blew it. He walked and talked with God. All his needs were provided. His life was what we might call “perfect”, but he still wanted something else. This also makes Adam the father of all coveters, and like it or not, we are our father’s children. But we can be changed. We can be born again to a new Father. Thank God for His mercy and grace! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seeing Outside the Tent     

July 26

(2 Corinthians 5:1-11 NIV)  "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. {2} Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, {3} because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. {4} For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. {5} Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. {6} Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. {7} We live by faith, not by sight. {8} We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. {9} So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. {10} For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. {11} Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience."

God makes it clear to us that our lives on this planet will not last forever. We live in temporary tents, not permanent buildings. Deep inside, we know we are transients. We spend much of our life inwardly groaning, longing for our heavenly dwelling. Instinctively, we know that this world is not our home. But many are blinded by the darkness inside their tents and can no longer see out. They begin to think that this world is all there is. They spend their lives groping and grasping for stuff -- stuff that will ultimately belong to someone else. How foolish! How futile! God’s call is to walk in the light, not live in the darkness -- to live by faith, not by sight. All that we can see with our eyes of flesh is temporary. Believe God and receive new eyes. Only with eyes of faith can we see beyond our tent flaps and catch a glimpse of eternity. Only by faith can we move into our permanent home with Christ. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jars of Clay

July 25

(Genesis 2:7 NIV) "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

(Genesis 3:19 NIV)  "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.""

(2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18 NIV) "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. {8} We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; {9} persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed… {16} Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. {17} For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. {18} So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Jars made of clay are not particularly strong or beautiful, but they are extremely useful for storing many items like water, sugar, and flour. They are not valuable for how they look… they are valuable for what they can contain. Paul the apostle taught that we are like jars of clay, made to contain God’s Spirit for a season. We were not created just to be beautiful -- we were created to be functional. Our jar of clay is not all that valuable, but what’s inside our jar is priceless -- so valuable that Jesus would give His life for it. If we worship our jars of clay, we are worshipping the created rather than the Creator. We are placing a higher value on the container than on the contents. Jesus did not die on the cross so that our jar of clay would never crack, break, or crumble. Jesus died so that when our jar returns to the dust from which it came, the contents can live forever with God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day