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Gen 3:14-21

THE BLESSING OF A CURSE

Feb. 23, 1969 pm


EVEN THE CURSE AND PUNISHMENT OF GOD BECOMES TO HIS CHILDREN THE BLESSEDNESS OF HIS HAND

  • Heb 12:5- "Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord." -Even the fires of judgement cleanse
  • "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons" The question is- are we sons?
  • V.11- "chastening ... yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness" The Judgment of God produces in human life something beautiful and grand, when we submit self to it!

I. THE CURSE OF GOD THAT TURNS TO GRACE

Some want to spend their time arguing about the authenticity of the early Genesis record-

A. GOD PRONOUNCED A CURSE OF ENMITY THAT BRINGS FORTH SALVATION TO ALL MANKIND Gen 3:15

  • The instrument of sin, the serpent, is universally hated by all civilized people (loved by evil ones)
  • The fact of serpents harm to mankind is well-known - effect of sin, the bite = death
  • But the Seed of Woman has bruised the serpent's head- Satan is defeated by Christ- claim it.

B. GOD HAS PRONOUNCED A CURSE OF SUFFERING THAT BRINGS FORTH LIFE TO ALL MANKIND Gen. 3:16

  • Childbirth was not meant to be full of pain.- So-called "natural" childbirth today tries to avoid pain.
  • But now the greatest of all suffering must needs come as a new life comes into existence.
  • Through the curse womankind is in many lands but a slave to the passions or men, yet life comes.

C. GOD HAS PRONOUNCED A CURSE OF SORROW THAT BRINGS FORTH THE BEST FROM MAN - Gen. 3:17-19

  • Man was meant to work, but without the agony of continuous failure and conflict of the curse
  • Now sweat, toil, sorrow- all hard work dashed to the rocks of nature and conflict- loss
  • But in the striving fighting, working, a man is made a man- Close to sod is close to God

"The sleep of a laboring man is sweet" whether great success, or failure- work works!

II. WHERE SIN ABOUNDS, GRACE DOES MUCH MORE - Rom 5:20

In the midst of the greatest earthly loss, the hand that reaches to God finds sweet grace

A. THANK GOD FOR THE SERPENT'S ATTACK, THAT OPENED THE DOOR TO SAVING GRACE FROM JESUS CHRIST

  • The serpent attacked mankind to destroy his soul, and there never was a more despicable deed
  • But when we lost the conflict, God came to our aid, our Champion, our Helper, our Saviour
  • Without the guilt of sin, I would never have known my need for a loving Saviour- Jesus

B. THANK GOD FOR THE SUFFERING THAT TEACHES US THE GREATEST MESSAGE OF LOVE IN HUMAN FORM

  • A woman chooses subjection to her husband and conquers all through the pain that brings life
  • Women rush into the "valley of the shadow of death" to bring back the joy of new life itself
  • In the glory of the self-sacrificing love, -being a mother- the frailest girl becomes an angel

C. THANK GOD FOR THE SWEAT AND SORROW THAT MAKES A REAL MAN OUT OF HUMAN CLAY, TEACHES FAITHFULNESS

  • With all the natural catastrophe, strife between capitol & labor, many workmen just quit!
  • But man is at his greatest when struggling against the odds of nature & the world to build.
  • In the struggle, sweat, the boy is made into a strong man. - competition builds muscles

It is not a man's hard work and defeat that destroys him - it is more likely his successes

III. THE LORD MADE GARMENTS AND CLOTHED THEM  Gen 3:21

God who created us knows far better than we the fashions that bring out our best-

A. GOD MADE THE GARMENT OF CHRIST FOR OUR SALVATION ROBE - Matt 22:11-12

  • For every soul, the righteousness of Christ has prepared for you a robe of righteousness
  • When you realize that you are naked because of your own sin- then you can come to Jesus
  • Rom 3:22- "The righteousness of Christ - .. upon all that believe"- and Satan is defeated

B. GOD MADE THE GARMENT OF LOVE TO HOLD THE FAMILY TOGETHER

  • The greatest bond shown in human hearts to hold people together is the self-sacrificing love
  • The church is the "Christian Family", and someone must have the love of soulwinning - life
  • If you are a child of God- you should be a part of that family- "in the beloved" - show love

C. GOD MADE THE GARMENT OF WORK TO HOLD US INTO FAITHFUL STEWARDS

  • The working people have always been the happiest people- the idle are the devil's hands
  • Seek your contribution to life, work hard at it, your success will build a world, but your work will build you
  • It is worth it all- to hear "Well done my good and faithful servant" - Matt 25:23

Even the curse of the fall of man can become your stepping stones back to glory - faith

WILL YOU LET THE HAND OF GOD DRAW YOU BACK TO HIS AMAZING GRACE EVEN THROUGH CHASTIZING? 

  • Take a good look at the mess of civilization, fighting God, and turn to Jesus for Salvation
  • Take a good look at your own self- sinful, weak, failure- and turn to God that He might give you life
  • Instead of rebelling against the hand of God, let Him life you to new glory!