Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
September 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 20

NONSENSE / nän - sens / noun
Definition: communication by way of speech, writing, or any symbolic system that lacks coherent meaning; synonymous with ridiculous.


We’re living during some very interesting and trying times. Individuals, groups, and/or organizations are saying and doing things that make no sense. In fact, worldly pleasures and non-edifying issues are on the rise. In Luke 3:5, Dr. Luke quotes Isaiah saying, “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth…” In other words, there will be no nonsense. Every humble soul will have its expectations raised, its faith encouraged, and its heart filled with spiritual joy. The haughty, will be humbled. The lofty shall bow down. The workers of iniquity shall receive new spirits and be led in the paths of righteousness and truth. Ill-tempered men shall become quiet and peaceable.

Last week we learned that in the Garden, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. And God called to Adam asking where he was. All-knowing, God wanted Adam to make the confession that he was lost. Confessing your sin is the beginning of your healing. God comes looking for those of us who are lost. Adam said he heard God’s voice but was afraid and hid because he was naked. His response to God’s question was pure nonsense. Adam’s confession does not inform God.

God was trying to get Adam to see how the enemy operates. You’ve got to watch the enemy. He’s sly, slick, and comes in many ways. And he leaves you only for a season. Adam became stumped when God asked him who told him he was naked. I believe Adam was warring within himself. Satan left him for a season – like he will leave you – to paddle in deep waters alone.

God’s question to Adam was to make him humble himself before His creator. All Adam had to say was that Satan planted the seed. He should have explained that he was expecting something good to happen. Adam should have confessed that he ate from the tree; that he lusted; that he was not satisfied with all God had done for him. But instead, he gave a non-sensical response to God and now had to stand before Him.

God found it necessary not to allow Adam to feel remorse. The Good Shepherd does not abandon His flock. God will not turn His back on you. God invoked His holy law that Adam should not eat of the fruit. Adam knew his duty. He knew the extent of his responsibility. And he knew the penalty of sin. We, too, talk and behave nonsensically before God sometimes. We, too, know the penalties of sin. We must not go against the will of God, but walk in righteousness and truth.