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Admit Your Sin Problem Gen. 3:1-13, 22-23 Dec. 09, 2007

I regularly ask the question, "Do you have a problem admitting you have sinned in your lifetime?" Many times the answer comes through a smiling face, "No, I know I have sinned."

I ask the question that way so I will not be judgmental. On one occasion I asked a woman who's hair had been dyed many different times, had a cigaret in one hand a bottle of beer in another and she said, "I don't believe in sin." I wanted to say to her, Go look in the mirror and you will.

I could have told her,"woman, you need to Admit Your Sin Problem." But that is truth for all of us.

1. Admit The . . Initiation Of Our Sin Problem. 3:1-6

 A. Initiation Through . . Deception. 3:1-3
    3:1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You can't eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, 'You
must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.'"

B. Initiation Through . . Denial Of God's Word. 3:4
    4 "No! You will not die," the serpent said to the woman.

C. Initiation Through . . Distortion Of God's Word. 3:5
5 "In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

D. Initiation Through . . Desires Contrary To God's Word. 3:6
    6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

   The serpent's activities continue through time. I like how the Book of Revelation identifies him; "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:" (Rv 12:9 KJV). He uses the same methods of denial, deception, and distortion, throughout history. He deceived Eve concerning what God said, then he made a flat out denial, and distorted what God said. Does that sound familiar? Of course human desire comes in to play, and Eve yields to the deception because of her desires.

2. Admit The . . Influence Our Sin Problem. 3:7-8

 A. Sin's Influence Of Trying To . . Cover Sinful Nakedness. 3:7
    7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

B. Sin's Influence Of Trying To . . Conceal Sinful Nature. 3:8
    8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at
the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Adam and Eve discovered they could not do the impossible and cover their sinful acts. The coverings they made did not fool God. Their attempt to hide from God by concealing themselves also failed. All of us at sometime tried to hide our sin from someone. My mother always knew when I did wrong. It must have shown on my face. Adam and Eve's sin must have completely changed the atmosphere, and God knew immediately what they did. Their nature change, and it affected everything influencing a relationship with one another and the Lord.

3. Admit The . . Inquiry Of Our Sin Problem. 3:9-13

 A. God's . . Personal Inquiry About Sin. 3:9-11
    9 So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
10 And he said, "I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid." 11 Then He asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I had commanded you not to eat from?"

B. God's . . Penetrating Inquiry About Sin. 3:12-13
    12 Then the man replied, "The woman You gave to be with me -- she gave me some
fruit from the tree, and I ate." 13 So the LORD God asked the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate."

There will always be an inquiry about our sin. It may come after we think we escaped notice but it will come. The inquiry came very soon for Adam and Eve. It was and will be a personal inquiry. Everyone will give an account of their sin. Did you note the penetrating quality of the inquiry about sin? Adam and Eve were asked directly as God probed for their answers, and admissions. Do you notice how Adam and Eve wanted to blame someone else rather than taking the responsibility for their actions?

4. Admit The . . Isolation Of Our Sin Problem. 3:22-23

A. Sin Isolated Man Through . . Separation. 3:22

    22 The LORD God said, "Since man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil,
he must not reach out, and also take from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever."

B. Sin Isolated Man Through . . Struggles. 3:23
    23 So the LORD God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from
which he was taken. HCSB

    Adam and Eve's sin caused a separation for themselves with one another and God. Sin always makes a separating affect. Sinful actions may draw temporary friends, but not long-lasting ones. Alcohol drinkers do not flock around the one who constantly gets drunk. He is an
embarrassment to them. The same is true of the users, and pushers of drugs. The finished product is never an attractive example. It is best to very early agree with God and, Admit Your Sin Problem. Amen? Amen!