Two Trees in the Garden

The Word: Two Trees in the Garden

(Gen. 1-3)

It didn’t take long before sin corrupted God’s good creation. While disobedience brought about brokenness, God revealed a plan to redeem what had fallen.

CONTEXT

  • God addressed formlessness and emptiness by stating, creating, and celebrating (Gen. 1:1-4).
1 – Light                4 – Sun, moon, and stars
2 – Sky & Water    5 – Birds and fish
3 – Land                6 – Animals and people
  • Mankind was made in the image of God in order to be like him (Gen. 1:26).
  • God did not provide a logic for the command regarding the two trees – the love of the Commander should have been sufficient (Gen. 2:16).

CONTENT

  • Satan tempts us to doubt God’s Word and attempt to take God’s place (Gen. 3:1-5).
  • Sin magnifies the prohibition yet belittles the freedom (Gen. 3:4-5).
  • Sin always results in shame and always leads to blame (Gen. 3:8-13).

CONCEPT

  • Some of the richest forms of God’s grace are the clearest displays of sin’s consequences (Gen. 3:15-19).
  • God promised that one born of a woman would come and fix what was broken in the Garden (Gen. 3:15).
  • To cover up their guilt, something had to die (Gen. 3:21).

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.