The Word: Two Trees in the Garden
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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.