Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
October 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:16 
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 23

We all have a bias or favor for something. Perhaps it is clothing, food, places to live, etc. Favoritism is the showing of special favor or partiality. Considering something to be favorite does not make it absolute, perfect, or free from imperfection. This morning I will talk about one who had no difficulty regarding favoritism.

Last week in the message titled, “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat”, I talked about God speaking directly to Satan and the serpent. The devil dwelled within the serpent and God cursed and punished both. Today, I will talk about how God then spoke to the woman who now stood before her Creator. She stood in the presence of her seducer, Satan; the serpent; and her husband, Adam, whom she had to face in her admission of convincing him to disobey God’s command. The group also witnessed the woman’s sentencing or punishment for her crimes enticing Adam to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil. God told her that He would greatly multiply her sorrow of her conception. This takes into consideration all griefs and sorrows, disorders, and pains from the time of conception or pregnancy to childbirth. Women would suffer from nausea, dizziness, fainting, loathing food, experiencing headaches and toothaches, and the danger of miscarrying. God further sentenced the woman that she would bring forth children with frequency. And her desires would be submitted to the husband’s will and pleasure; according to how he would see fit.

The woman had eaten of the forbidden fruit and her sin was in compliance of her desire. She hadn’t asked her husband about it. And, it seems like Adam hadn’t done a good job at explaining things to her either. It seems like they both had to share in the wrong, yet he shall rule over her. Hmm, someone is thinking this is unfair. Nevertheless, she is being punished for her disobedience. Man is to serve with kindness and goodness. Prior to the fall of man, there appears to have been a great deal of equality between Adam and his wife. Plus, the text doesn’t reveal that the subjection to her husband was pleasant and mutually agreeable. On the surface, it appears all was good. Like in marriages, they took each other for better or worse.

The woman was not cursed, like the serpent was, but she was/is punished for her guilt. Her sentence was two-fold: to a state of sorrow and a state of subjection. Despite the woman’s sin, it was a sin of her desires, a sin of her flesh. She was to deal with sorrows. There is victory despite sorrows. Follow Romans 2:11-13.

11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

God does not play the favorite game with anyone. Every man, woman, boy, and girl God created is on equal footing with Him. He has equal and unconditional love for all whom He created. The fact that we are still alive shows He has purpose for our lives.

The snake had to pay for his sins. We sometimes allow Satan to occupy our space, like the snake did. If you are outside the will of God, I appeal to you and encourage you to get right with Him. If you are not sure, contact me personally and I will have a one-on-one with you to help you sort through it and clarify. No, Adam did not get a pass either.

No matter what, we should always give God the praise. If you’re going into the operating room, or needing a medical assessment; If God has allowed you to live a long time, or helped you through the leanest times, your ministry still lives on. You may be a physician, but can’t heal yourself; arthritis, aches, and pains may rack your body, but whatever the situation, always give God the praise!