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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

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