Delivered By
Rev. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
November 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:22, 23
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 27

Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday. This morning, in anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving Day celebration, I want to preach about a non-traditional day event that takes place in the garden East of Eden. And I want to end with an everyday occurrence that takes place in |America.

To recap last week’s message, the Lord made coats of skin for Adam and Eve in spite of the violation of His command not to eat of the tree of Good and Evil. God clothed or dressed the couple, which became necessary only after sin. With tender loving care, God dressed Adam and Eve in plain, warm, tailor-made, perfect fitting garments.

To whom was God speaking in Genesis 3:22 when He said, “…Behold, the man is become as one of us…”? God demonstrates his plurality of persons. He is of one substance with three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So, though the scripture doesn’t say who made the garments, God spoke to the heavenly beings who surround His throne (the seraphim and cherubim). They are not like Jehovah, but like the divine persons who possess infinite wisdom and have the capacity to know right and wrong.

Man immediately learned he was guilty. Now he became aware of the distinction between good and evil. The text says, “Now, lest He put forth His hand and take also of the tree of life.” For whatever reason, the Eden dwellers did not eat from the tree of life, even though they were permitted to. Without the temptation of Eve, Adam just might have chosen to eat from the tree of life which would have given him immortality. But instead, because of the fall, he became mortal man. Therefore, God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden.

As I looked at the text and reviewed the evidence of the facts. I saw that Adam was unwilling to leave his comfort zone. God made him leave. But Adam was only sent outside of the garden to a place of toil, not torment. Adam and Even – though no longer innocent – were not left in despair, but were sent to common ground.

Allow me to bring into context a “Thanksgiving Eviction”. Thanksgiving Day was created for the blessing of the harvest. It’s a time of great travel; not about turkey and ham and all the trimmings. We’ve come to believe that when things go bad, especially during the holidays, they feel more tragic. Yet, we don’t want to deal with or acknowledge the possible circumstances behind the happenings. Sometimes God allows things to happen in our lives to get our attention. That’s what happened with Adam and Eve. It was about disobedience and poor stewardship. It was about not accepting responsibility. Adam and Eve just took things for granted. The couple may not have had a happy Thanksgiving. There may have been a forced eviction. The text doesn’t say that the Lord ignored the couple. He didn’t put their "stuff" in the field or on the curbside. But sin has consequences. Even for some of us in worship today, eviction could or would have taken place, if it were not for God’s grace.

As for me, my cup runneth over. It’s not half full. He anoints my head with oil. God has kept me and my house from dangers seen and unseen. He has kept the lights on. We have food in the cupboard. He still prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and in the midst of political games, and in the midst of racism and sexism, even during spiritual warfare. The Lord is good. He’s worthy! So in this season of Thanksgiving, let’s be mindful of our purpose and declare as the psalmist did to give thanks unto the lord!