Sunday, June 28, 2015

Victory Series Bible Study Week 8: Adam's Sin

Greetings Gents!

Last week we discussed the deception of Eve and its implication for male and female relationships. This week, we discuss Adam's original sin and its implications towards male fallibility. Our foundation passage for this week is Ezekiel 3: 16-19:

"16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."

What should be remembered is that, while Eve was deceived by the serpent, Adam willfully chose to sin knowing the wrongness of it. The consequence of this sin was death, as God so clearly warned. Not just physical death that Adam and all his descendants would be forced to suffer, but spiritual death: separation from God. It is important to note that it was Adam's willful sin and not Eve's deception that brought this about. Satan did not force Adam to sin or trick him through his naïveté.

Adam's sin reflects the failure of his descendants (aka me and you) to keep watch at our souls' gateways. Sin was not originally a part of the world, but was granted entry through Adam's disobedience. Adam failed as a watchman for his own soul. This theme is illustrated to later prophets, such as Ezekiel, who were expected to act as watchmen for the souls of the faithful:

"18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand." Ezekiel 3:18

The message is pretty straightforward: you're accountable to God if you fail to keep watch against sin and evil. Our duty as watchmen come from our spiritual dependence upon God. We need God in our lives, but we have the choice of trying to live independent of him. We can live independent of God, or we can live with God. Attempting to live independent of God is the nature of sin, and the consequences of doing so are clear: death (Romans 6: 23). The consequence of living dependent on God is constant vigilance. 

Questions we should consider over the coming week:
- Why did Adam choose to sin? Why do we choose to sin in our daily lives?
- How can we be deceived into believing we live righteous lives when we are not?
- What does it mean when it is said that "Everything that does not come from faith is sin" (Romans 14: 23)
- How can we train ourselves to recognize the short-term and long-term consequences of our choices and actions?
- What will be the effect on society when no one suffers the consequences of their choices and actions?

I hope everyone has a great week. Stay vigilant and strong, gentleman!

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