Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
October 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 24

We often walk blindly into matters without investigating the situation or giving it a second thought. We don’t heed warnings or take caution. Many of us are dogmatic regarding what others can tell us because we feel we know all we need to know and what we need to know.

Often times we get into predicaments because instead of listening to God, we listen to other voices. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me.” Because we are in relationship, we often put our guards down. Just because you’re in relationship, you must always keep your armor ready. Many times we are in and out of relationship. We listen to the voice of accusation, the voice of discouragement, the voice of non-accomplishment. We listen to the voice of worse-case-scenarios. We listen to those who play "the devil’s advocate" which is usually the devil speaking.

I want to talk about the sentencing of one who listened to a voice close to him. Adam listened to the voice of the woman God gave him; and she convinced him to sin. Last week I preached about God sentencing her. She stood before Him; her seducer, Satan; and her husband, Adam. The Lord, God, told her he would greatly multiply her sorrow (pregnancy) and conception.

Her desire would now be that of her husband. She did not consult with him prior to eating the forbidden fruit, but now she received the consequences. God does not show favoritism.

Listening to your partner is not a bad thing, if it is in line with Godly counsel. Adam’s sin was that he did not speak truth to untruth. When his wife invited him to eat of the forbidden fruit, his failure was to lead and protect her as head of the household. Instead, he listened to the one taken from his side as opposed to the One in whose image he was made.

Adam was given clear instructions from God not to eat of the tree for the tree and its fruit was forbidden. Because he did not use discernment, Adam’s punishment was harsh. He was originally given the assignment to dress and keep the Garden; a joyful and pleasant task. But now Adam would produce crops with thorns and thistles. Since this was a lifelong assignment, Adam and his seed would not be able to quit work. The life of man would be of sweat and toil to the end.

The body of man was composed of the dust of the ground. In death, he is returned to dust. Man is not annihilated but taken back to his roots. It’s symbolic of man’s frailties and where he must go. Then shalt the dust return to the earth. The name Adam means red, out of the ground (out of the red earth). His name does not define his crime but is symbolic of his beginning and end result.

In no way am I convinced that Adam realized the penalty of his crime. He allowed his flesh — his wife’s voice — to influence him. He had the option to shut it all down, but greed, power, and vain glory took precedence. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

God has given us volition (free will) to choose or not to choose. And, we know right from wrong. Sin has consequences. Think twice. And count to ten before you act.