We look at the account of the fall and see how it was that man sold paradise for a piece of fruit. We trace the origins of Lucifer, who possessed the serpent and deceived Eve. We consider his tactics and observe how similar they are today when he tempts believers. We see man cast out of the Garden and ponder the role of the cherubim and the flaming sword which prevented their return.

Finally, we see in the very curse that God pronounces on the serpent a promise of the restoration of the paradise man had lost. We see in the clothes God provided to cover Adam and Eve the first blood sacrifice and we understand that here at the moment of man’s disaster the redemption of Christ is anticipated.

Believers are once again urged to mourn over their sins but to rejoice in God’s glorious provision. Unbelievers are exhorted to flee to Christ as the only One who can save them from the wrath of God on the final Day of Judgment.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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