I wanted to give you a headsup on the topic for the teaching part of Friday nights’ youth event. We are talking about “Moral Boundaries” which is #3 in our 7 Checkpoints that we cycle through on Life nIghts.
1 – Authentic Faith
2 – Spiritual Disciplines
3 – Moral Boundaries
4 – Healthy Friendships
5 – Wise Choices
6 – Ultimate Authority
7 – Humility & Service
Here is a preview of my ROUGH notes for the teaching time, if your students are bringing friends (& I hope that they are), we do need to make an effort to make sure that their parents know that we are addressing moral boundaries. Thanks for your help.
7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Point 1 – God Breathed his Breath into us. We are made in his image!
-Originally, made to live in paradise
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
-Point 2 – The tree represented a desire, a check
-did Adam want Knowledge of Good and Evil
-Why would that have been tempting?
21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs* and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
-What are some of the ramifications of woman being formed from man’s ribs?
-Same substance, Same creator,
25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
-This is how God originally planned for us to be,
-obviously our response needs to be thought through though,
-why is their shame, why do we need to cover up, what changed?
The answer is in the next Chapter
5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
-Do you think that the world would be a better place if we didn’t know both good and evil?
The thirst for that knowledge was all that it took to convince Eve, she wanted the wisdom.
- What does it take to convince person to disobey, to go against God?
7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
-What changes when your “eyes” are open to the realities of sin
Our Culture today seems to express no shame when it comes to sex. We are told that it is common, that it can happen anywhere and that you don’t need to be married. We see the damaging effects of pornography and we see the pain of adultery.
Yet for each individual person that God has created, we still have an innocence about us, an “eyes closed” sort of a state where even though we know what culture says, there is a part of us that is protected from the fallout of immorality as long as we don’t participate.
Much like the serpent of Genesis 2, our culture tells us about the pleasures without mentioning the problems that are caused.
-The serpent said that they would get wisdom, that they would no good from evil, and that is what convinced Eve.
-But the serpent didn’t say anything about how that would change their world
-Didn’t mention that they could no longer just appreciate beauty for what it is, without having to turn away in shame.
– Didn’t mention to them the side effects of disobedience (Gen 2:14-19)
-Didn’t mention that they would have to leave paradise, for their own safety ( to live in a state of sin for eternity is hell. God had to protect them from the tree of life)
But in spite of their disobedience, God loved and still loves Adam and Eve. God made them in his image, they still had his breath within them, they still had eternity in their hearts.
-And so God made them clothes
And even as they were walking out of paradise, God was planning a way to bring them back to a perfect place. They were now living in a sinful world, but God would rescue them. God would send his own son to come and bear the weight of their sin. Even as they pushed themselves away from God, he knew that one day he would send his son, to come, restore, redeem and renew them, giving new life to the human race.
Even before you sinned, God has already acted on your behalf to take the weight of that sin
Even before you were born, God had already put a plan in place to rescue you.
And even though we live in a broken world, far short of the paradse that God created, this isn’t how its always going to be.