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Adam and Eve
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
1. They chose to sin.
No one makes you sin!!
It is a very common belief in Africa that people do not sin but that evil spirits enter into the body and make people sin.
Sin is a choice that every person chooses to make.
Sin comes from our own heart!
“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
2. They tried to cover their sin.
They tried to cover it with leaves.
They tried to find a way they could stand before God.
God did not accept their covering.
Many people are still trying to come to God with their own covering hoping it is good enough.
We see this with every religion in the world except true Christianity.
3. They hid from God.
Even though they had a covering, they still hid from God because they knew it was not enough.
4. The covering of leaves was not enough.
God does not and cannot accept anything from us when it comes to covering our sins.
5. The only thing that was acceptable was God’s covering that He made. This took the shedding of innocent blood.
Please note that God had to give them a covering so that they could stand in front of God and not be ashamed. The way of peace comes from God.
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
The blood is the important thing to think about.
Nothing has power to take away bad things but blood.
In the African Juju tradition, the only way you could get something removed was by blood.
If someone did an abomination, they had to bring an animal to the priest so that he could sacrifice it to the gods in order for the sin to be appeased.
It was only by blood!!!
If someone puts a curse on something or someone, then a lady that is in her period could not get near the person or the thing because the blood would erase the cure for the curse.
Many of the deep Juju priests are vegetarians because they think the blood that was spilled to kill the animals will take away their powers.
6. They blamed others not themselves!
Man always wants to blame God for SIN!
“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
The Devil made me do it!
“And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
7. The punishment of Satan, mankind, and the earth
14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
a. Satan was cursed. – God said there would be someone who would come and crush the head of Satan. We know that was talking about Christ.
b. The woman was cursed. – She would have pain in childbearing, and she would have to obey her husband!! Ladies do not like either of these because they are a curse because of sin.
c. The man was cursed. – God told Adam that he was cursing the ground so that it would be hard to get food. His work was going to be hard.
All animists worship some part of creation.
In Africa, it is a tree, a rock, a river, an idol, an animal, the stars, the moon or the sun.
God tells us all these things were cursed because of sin.
So we are worshiping an accursed thing.
If you try to get your power from something that is already cursed, you also will be cursed.
This fact is very common among traditionalists.
If people know something or someone is cursed, they will stay away from that thing or person.
This is one of the reasons Africans have not been blessed by God in the past, because they are worshiping an accursed thing.
The only thing their gods can give them is a curse.
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