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Pursuer and the Pursued.

Genesis 3 is often boldly stated as the story where sin enters the World, and it also defines the purpose of Jesus coming to this Earth.  Through the sin, chasm was created between God and humanity, but Jesus paid the price of sin on the cross so that God & humanity can be one once again.  But, many live lives today thinking the great chasm still exists, and there is no way to be one with God again.  In fact, we all do fall into lies of the enemy and struggle to fight the lie, because it is so much to believe in something that is accepted by the society.  When Adam and Eve first sinned, they fell under the lies of enemy, because enemy made them feel "out of the circle" when they were part of great royalty under God.  Pastor Danny gave a sermon on Fall of Man today, and he spoke about the 3 ways the enemy lied to Adam & Eve, and 3 ways they responded to it.

The first lie was, “Are you sure He said you can’t eat from any tree?" which is alteration of God’s word, because God clearly said “You can eat from any tree EXCEPT from the tree of knowledge good & evil.”  The second lie was “you will not die from eating the fruit,” when God boldly says “You will die from eating the fruit.”  The third & last lie was “You will be like God once you eat the fruit,” when God has already made Adam & Eve according to HIS image.  So how did respond to God after sinning?  They respond by being ashamed of who they are, hide from who they were, and blame each other for what they did.  Just like all of us today.  We tend to point fingers or try to escape from conflicts when something goes wrong, because of our actions.  I testify to that.  Pastor Danny ended his sermon with comparing Adam, the first man, to Jesus, the second man.  Oh by the way, Adam means man in Hebrew.  

1st Adam – does not speak a word
2nd Adam Jesus – Speaks out Himself
Adam – Allows God’s word to be misquoted
Jesus – Does not allow the Word to be misquoted, and replies with the truth.
Adam – puts the blame on someone else
Jesus – Takes all the blame himself on the cross
Adam – hides behind a tree to cover sin
Jesus – is crucified before a tree to expose sin
Adam – through his disobedience death was brought
Jesus – through his obedience life was brought

After the sermon, God went beyond, and gave me a story: a story of endless pursuit and the definition/purpose of endless love, AGAPAE.  In other words, while I was repenting God for blaming and pointing fingers my wrongs, He convicted me with a beautiful story behind Genesis 3.  

First, God reminded me of magnet.  Yes, random, but I started thinking of magnet.  Incase you don’t know how magnets work, magnets are attracted to unlike poles, while attracted poles repel from each other. Well God reminded me of how it was us, not God, that tried to “repel” away.  For example, even though we were made in God’s image, we wanted something more: we wanted same position as God.  So we ended up having same pole as God, but instead of being one, we repelled from God.  Get it?  Magnet is a magnet no matter what pole it is.  In other words, we were God’s, are God’s, and was God’s, but we simply wanted more: we wanted it to be Your Name Here’s God not God’s Your Name Here.  But when Jesus came, he flipped upside down what the enemy has created, which made a way for us to be one with God once again.  Just like you flip the magnet to have opposite poles, and if you bring it close enough, magnets become one.  

Lastly, God reminded me the passage Matthew 6:25-34.  It says,

  25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

How does that passage relate to Genesis 3?  Often times when we read Genesis 3 or the bible, we tend to pay attention to what God says, but if you read the passage carefully, especially verse 21, it says, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”  Wait..what? Did I read that correctly?  Genesis 3 sound like God was angry with Adam & Eve for their sins, but God’s action spoke otherwise.  In fact, God still showed love to Adam and Eve by clothing them so they will no longer feel ashamed.  This goes back to Matthew 6 where Jesus talks about how God provides.  I think Jesus was basically saying, “Brothers. Sisters. How could you say God will not provide when you are so valuable to God?”  God decided to show love to Adam and Eve not because they were correct, but because they were so valuable to God.  So valuable because they were only creatures made in His image.  In other words, we are so valuable to God because we are created in His image. Genesis 3 is not only a story of our fall but it is also a story of this endless pursuit.  It’s like a high speed chase, except God is our pursuer with LOVE as his badge, and we are the one being pursued by God.  Not the other way around. Apostles caught this concept and the idea, which made them go beyond what their limits were.  Apostle John testifies to this endless pursuit in 1 John 4:19 saying, “We love because he first loved us.”   

I don’t know about ya’ll but I felt so secure, and still feel so secure as I write & share this with ya’ll.  I feel secure knowing that depth of my fall is not deep enough for LOVE to pull me back out.  I will never have to be measured upon my doing but what has been done already for me. And here’s the most beautiful thing about being pursued, in my mind. Once you know you are pursued, you can’t help but to pursue the one who pursued you, because of the curiosity.  Curious, marked by desire to investigate and learn, of what God has instore for us.      

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