Gen 3:14-15 Because Thou Hast Done This! 5/25/2003

 

 

 

 

#1. Thou Art Cursed Above All Cattle (Gen 3:14, Acts 10:28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2. Dust Shalt Thou Eat (Gen 3:14, Isa 65:25, Mic 7:16-17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3. Spiritual Warfare (Isa 56:11, Eph 6:10-17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please turn in your Bibles to Genesis, chapter 3:8 (2X). This sermon is based on two verses in this chapter: verses 14 and 15. The title of this sermon is "Because Thou Hast Done This!" (2X). Last week we have seen that Adam and Eve ate from the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil". They had known much good already since they were blessed by being righteous, and by having a conversational relationship with God Himself. But now they also got to know evil. Their eyes were opened and they discovered their own guilt. Instead of becoming now like gods, as the Devil had promised them, they found out they had been deceived. Instead of becoming deities, they had become dirty rotten sinners. They discovered how grievous their ingratitude to God was. They discovered that they now stood open and exposed to God with all their sins. And then they demonstrated how sin had clouded their minds: They tried to hide from God and they tried to make themselves silly girdles of fig leaves. And when God called them to account, they were:

Could it be that God would pardon them this one sin of eating from the tree? But in God's mind the whole Bible, from beginning to end, was already in progress. God knew what He was going to write in John, chapter 8:34. There the Lord Jesus spoke this very important principle: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin". Therefore, it takes only one sin to become a slave of Sin, and to be cast into Hell for that one sin, because through that one sin you have become a slave of Satan. Through that one sin you become a knifing, treacherous, slave of Satan. Let's read:

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

"They heard the sound of the Lord God walking". The words seem to indicate as if some giant had arrived in the Garden of Eden. How great is our God? Is He a giant? God is spoken of in Psalm 68:33 as He "who rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, a mighty voice". Just think of how great this universe is and you begin to get a faint idea of how great our God is. But for Adam's purposes God made Himself very small, so that He would fit in the Garden of Eden. Now, why do you think that Adam and Eve would suddenly be afraid from God? They had talked with Him many times. Of course, they knew that they had sinned. That is why they were afraid of God. That is also why all sinners on earth are afraid of meeting God. That is why almost everyone is afraid to die. But let me tell you this: If anyone of you is afraid to meet God, then you show thereby that there is something wrong with your faith. If you say that Christ suffered and died for your sins, but you are afraid to enter eternity with Him, then you really are not sure if He did die for your sins. He who is afraid of physical death, does not have assurance of salvation, and that is a serious matter.

Adam and Eve hid themselves from God; that is how dumb they suddenly had become. Let's read:

Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Did God not know where Adam was? Of course God knew. Therefore God approached nearer, and God drew the unwilling and resisting Adam out of the shrubs until he stood in front of Him. Is this not also how God draws us? We are alarmed at the voice of God as soon as His law sounds in our ears. But then He compels us to admit our guilt. That is when the Law slays us by charging us with our sins (Rom 7:11). As long as we are pleased with ourselves, we are puffed up with the false notion that we are alive. But when God draws us to Christ, He makes us see our sin and our guilt. Let's read:

Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

This was not the language of a humbled man. Adam was not even admitting His guilt. Let's read:

Genesis 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

God's question is in the language of doubt, for the purpose of piercing the soul of the stupid man in front of Him. Then, when God added, "whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat" God removed all doubt why He had summoned Adam to come to Him. God indicated that Adam knowingly and willingly brought destruction upon Himself. But Adam was still passing the buck. Let's read:

Genesis 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Now Adam was openly contending with God, and he was blaming God for giving him Eve as wife. Now we can see what an awful creature Adam became to be when He was infected with sin. Adam has knowingly and willingly set Himself as a rebel against God. He still acts as if he is not conscious of any evil, and he puts forth his wife as the guilty party in his place. Then God turned to the woman:

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

It is not that God was unaware what Eve had done. But the question that God puts to her is as if He had said: "How was it possible that you should bring your mind to be such a perverse counsellor to your husband?" But Eve follows the example of her husband, passing the buck. In other words, her answer was: "I received from the serpent what Thou hast forbidden; therefore the serpent was the deceiver". It was as if she said: "Satan made me do it". But who compelled Eve to listen to the lies of Satan? She placed more confidence in Satan's lies than in God's Word. Th God turned to the serpent

#1. Thou Art Cursed Above All Cattle (Gen 3:14, Acts 10:28)

Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Do we read this correctly? Is God here talking to a snake? This cannot be! We people sometimes talk to parrots, or we talk to dogs, but we do not really believe that they can understand us. But God

should know better than to talk to a snake! Therefore, God must be addressing both the serpent and the Devil who was hiding in that serpent. The first thing we see is that God does not question the serpent as God has done with Adam and Eve. The reason is that in the animal itself there was no sin, and to the Devil God would not hold out a hope for pardon. Why did God examine Adam and Eve? It is because He cares for their salvation. God acts rather as a physician than as a judge. The animals, including this snake, had been created for the benefit of man. There was nothing improper for God to curse the animal from the moment it was used for man's destruction. And by this act of vengeance God proved how highly He estimated the salvation of man. God showed here His authority over all His creatures, including the Devil, but also God showed us here the end for which He created them. The serpent had allowed his body to be used by the Devil, and that was an offense to the purpose for which God had created it. Quite often God speaks about animals as if they were representing people. For example, we know that God speaks about sheep and donkeys as if they are representing those people who are God's Elect. But a striking example is given in Acts ch. 10, where God gave Peter a vision of a great vessel descending from heaven, wherein were all kinds of animals. The Jews called most of these animals "common", meaning "unclean". But God said: "What God hath cleansed, call not thou common". A day later Peter admitted to Cornelius, the Roman centurion, that "God hath showed me that I should not call any MAN common or unclean". God had made it clear to Peter that the animals in the vision were representing people of different nationalities, whom God was going to save. Therefore, you see, that every animal or person who lets his body be used by the Devil, incurs the wrath of God. This is a very important principle, which God teaches us here. In this manner the Reprobate will be cast into the eternal fires of Hell with souls and bodies. Their bodies were not self-moved, but they were the instruments of a spirit who was perpetrating evil. So, whatever wickedness men commit they do so with their hands, or their feet, or their eyes, or their mouth, and therefore their bodies are polluted. But these bodies carried out their dastardly deeds under the impulse of a depraved heart. That is why these bodies as well as their souls are being judged and cast into Hell. That is why the serpent was being judged as well as the evil spirit that resided in him.

        People Are Willing Instruments of Satan (Luke 22:1-6,22, Matt 26:24, John 13:2,26-27)

Please turn to the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 22:1 (2X). Judas Iscariot is a clear analog of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. He too allowed his body to be used by the Devil and he inherited all the consequences of it. In God's timing the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ was near. We read:

Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

Luk 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

The chief priests and the scribes eagerly wanted to kill Jesus, because He gained in popularity, whereas theirs was decreasing. They were filled with envy, but they did not know how to kill Him.

Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

Luke 22:4-6 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might

betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

You see, this was the moment they were waiting for. They were waiting for Jesus to be alone, so that they could lay their hands on Him and would not have to deal with the crowds. At the right time God permitted Satan to indwell Judas Iscariot, so that he went to make a deal with the chief priests and the scribes. He told them that he would lead them by night to a place where Jesus was alone, with His disciples. He told them that he knew where and when Jesus was weak and tired. He knew Jesus' soft spot, and for money he could show others where Jesus' soft spot was. But Jesus was fully aware of Judas' dealings. Jesus knew that His time was near, and He knew that He was "being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God". Jesus indicated that in verse 22,

Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

Woe unto that man! Jesus also said in Matt 26:24, "The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born." This means that Judas Iscariot will on the Last Day stand before Christ's Judgment throne and Judas will be cast into Hell. There is no question at all that this will happen. Jesus said it.

But when did Satan enter into Judas Iscariot? Please turn about 40 pages to your right () to the Gospel according to John, chapter 13:2 (2X). In Luke 22 we read that Satan entered into Judas in the beginning of the week of the Passover. In John 13 we read that Satan entered Judas after dinner, but before Jesus washed the disciples' feet, and in the same chapter we read that Satan entered Judas after Jesus washed the disciples feet. When was it that Satan entered Judas Iscariot? We read in:

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

Judas was now absolutely determined to betray the hiding place of the Lord Jesus. But a little later Jesus announced that He was going to be betrayed by one of the twelve. Then, when the Apostle John privately asked Jesus who it was who would betray Him, Jesus said in verse 26,

John 13:26-27 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

By giving the sop, Christ did not give an opportunity to Satan, but rather Judas, having received the sop, gave himself up entirely to Satan. We have to remember that Judas was an unsaved man. The Bible teaches that the natural man is born with a depraved heart, and cannot please God. Judas was already in the possession of Satan since he was born, and God never intended to save him. As he grew older his heart was gradually hardened more and more. We learned from Romans 9 that God hardened his heart. Like the saints are gradually increasing in their faith as a gift from God, so the Reprobate are gradually entering into every kind of evil, which they commit out of the hardness of their heart. Then the dreadful vengeance of God falls on them when "God gives them over to a reprobate mind". This was the point when Judas received the sop. He became wicked like Satan.

There are many Judases in this world. Who are they? We have to look at the inner circle around Jesus. Who are those who have had such a close contact with Jesus? We have to look at those who know their Bibles better than anyone else in their churches, because reading the Bible is learning to know Jesus, the Word of God. Alas, all that knowledge has produced in them only a sense of pride. Instead of pointing people to the glory and majesty and sovereignty of Almighty God, they are leading people to the soft spot in the Bible, from where another gospel can be derived. It is a gospel that elevates man to the kingmaker, and Jesus is put in handcuffs. It is a gospel where man has to make the final decision if man wants to be saved, by believing on the Lord Jesus. It is a gospel where Jesus watches powerless, as if He is in handcuffs, because Jesus cannot do anything unless this man or woman or boy or girl decides to give his or her heart to Jesus. But that is exactly what this band of temple servants and soldiers under the leadership of Judas Iscariot came to do. They came to bind Jesus and they brought Him to the High Priest who was really going to show Jesus who was king. Who are these Judases? They are the pastors and elders in churches where a gospel is preached that you can be saved by your own free will. All you need to DO is accept the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That is the false gospel whereby man is in charge and Jesus has done all He could, but all He can do now is watch powerlessly. Let us turn to some happier notes in Gen 3:14 (2X).

#2. Dust Shalt Thou Eat (Gen 3:14, Isa 65:25, Mic 7:16-17)

We have just begun to unravel the curse of God on this being with a body and a spirit: It was the body of the serpent and it was the spirit of Satan. We read again in Gen 3:14,

Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

God said here that there rests a curse on every beast of the field. What is that curse? When God cursed the ground, in verse 17, not only the ground on which Adam was standing was cursed, but also this entire creation came under the curse of God, and with it all the animals also came under the curse. But the serpent was cursed more than any other animal. We can see that the serpent has no friends; he lives in constant terror, because he is at war with every other animal in this world.

But then we read something strange: "Dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life". Now we know that a snake does not eat dust. Every snake is carnivorous, which means snakes eat other animals. Even when snakes crawl in the dust, they do not lick the dust. And when God adds "all the days of thy life", that really makes it very puzzling. Snakes do not eat dust now, and they do not eat dust later. In the literal sense we cannot not understand this correctly. So let us look for the spiritual meaning of this verse. Please turn to the Prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 65:25 (2X). You find Isaiah about in the middle of your Bibles. In Isa 65 God speaks about the time beyond Judgment Day. For example, God says in Isa 65:17, "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind". This is the same NH&NE that God is talking about in Rev 21 and 22. What a wonderful promise that our sins shall not be remembered. Then we read in verse 25,

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Are there going to be animals in the NH&NE? No! Not the animals as we know them in this world, because God said in I Cor 15:50 that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God". But the peaceful situation of the wolf and the lamb feeding together, and of the bullock and the lion eating straw is only a metaphor, a picture, to symbolize how peaceful the situation will be there in the NH&NE. But the serpent will not be there in the NH&NE. The serpent is representing Satan, who has been cast into Hell, and God says: "Dust shall be the serpent's meat", repeating what God said in Gen 3:14. Remember God said, "All the days of thy life", which means even in Hell shall he eat dust. What kind of dust? Quite often the Bible speaks about dust as referring to people in their unsaved estate. For example, God says in Isa 40:15, "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance". And God says in Isa 41:2, "He gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword". When we understand how great this universe is, then we understand that this earth, and certainly those on this earth who are enemies of God, are only a speck of dust in God's creation. What does it mean, "Dust shall be the serpent's meat"? It means that in this life Satan is already preying on people. He is roaming "as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour". And that which is under the curse of God shall be the serpent's food. According to Gen 3:17 and 19, the dust of the ground falls in this category of being under the curse of God. According to Rom 9:22, the Reprobate fall in this category of being under the curse of God. Therefore if in this life Satan is already the tormentor of many who are under the curse of God, then this situation will only be aggravated when Satan is together with all those who are damned in Hell. That is the meaning of "dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life", and "Dust shall be the serpent's meat". That is why God said in Isa 65:25, "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain", because all the unsaved will have been removed into Hell, where Satan is their tormentor.

Now let us move on to the next verse in Gen 3:15. And there we read about:

Now God is no longer speaking to the serpent, but God is speaking to Satan himself. We read in:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; He

shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Who does this woman represent? Throughout Gen 2 and 3, up until Gen 3:20, the wife of Adam is called "the woman". It is only when we have reached Gen 3:20 that she is called "Eve". Thus when we interpret "the woman" according to the context, it must refer to Eve. But Eve is the mother of all living human beings. Then why is her Seed spoken of in the singular? "He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel". Who shall be victorious over Satan? Only the Lord Jesus Christ shall be victorious over Satan. He is called here "the Seed of the woman". Is Christ a descendant of Eve? Yes indeed He is. Christ is not a direct descendant of Eve. It is remarkable that Christ is called the Seed of Abraham, and Christ is called the Son of David, but Christ is not called the Son of Adam, because every descendant of Adam was infected with the original sin of Adam. The body of Christ was made in all respects like us; He was our Kinsman, except for sin. He could not be our Redeemer if He had been infected with the original sin of Adam. That is the first reason why He is called the Seed of the woman. Please turn in your Bibles to Revelation, chapter 12:1 (2X). The second reason is that Christ came through the body of believers, like Abraham, and David the king. Throughout the Bible the body of believers is personified by a woman. The church is personified by a woman, because we are called the Bride of Christ. She is the woman who is always at enmity with Satan, throughout the centuries, all the way to the end of time. We see that dramatically in Rev 12, beginning at V 1. There we read:

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

God showed the Apostle John this vision of the woman. The saints have always suffered, and that is why she was in pain to be delivered. Even after the birth she still endures suffering by persecution.

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

This great red dragon is Satan. Satan expected the Messiah. Satan was out to destroy Christ as soon as He was born. For example, he instigated king Herod to murder all the babies in Bethlehem.

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

After Christ endured the suffering for our sins on the cross He was caught up unto God and to His throne. There He was out of the reach of Satan. But Satan continued his battle with the woman.

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The wilderness is the wilderness of this world. The 1260 days are 3 years, which are symbolic for the entire NT period of time. The body of believers is safe and secure, because God has prepared for her a place where she will be fed with the pure Gospel for the entire duration of the NT time. But this also implies that there will be:

#3. Spiritual Warfare (Isa 56:11, Eph 6:10-17)

There will always be spiritual warfare between the true believers in the churches against the seed of Satan, which has infiltrated those churches. We can see that in our days, but it has occurred in all the centuries of the church's existence. Churches are overrun by different gospels that receive the blessing from pastors and elders. Today especially the Arminian gospels and the Charismatic gospels have overrun perhaps more than 95 % of the churches. Why do they allow such a travesty? It is because most of those pastors are hirelings who flee when they see the wolf coming. The wolf says: "If you preach the true Gospel you will lose of your congregation, and that means that your salary will be cut to of its present size". Or they risk their pensions. Or they risk being thrown out of their parsonage. And so on. Well, that is more than these pastors are willing to sacrifice for the sake of Christ. For example, God describes them in Isa 56:11. Let me just read this to you. God says here:

Isaiah 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Since the Free Will gospels and the Charismatic gospels are attracting massive crowds that is why many churches are imitating each other, just to grow for the sake of increasing their membership. But God is not pleased with the hirelings. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, chapter 6:10 (2X). God calls us to fight this enemy with spiritual armor. We must fight, because the enemy will infiltrate every church on this earth. The enmity prophesied in Gen 3:15 is that warfare. God calls us to put on the whole armor of God, because the battle will come to our church also.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Now, does this not mean that we must trust in the power of His might, and not in our own wits? We are not strong enough to do battle with Satan. We can stand only if God is on our side.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

And what are the wiles of the Devil? The Devil will try to persuade us just one little step at a time. First take the children out of the worship service because they are noisy, and take them to a smaller simpler children's church. And as they grow older make them believe that serving the Lord takes only one hour on Sundays. Have them study books about the Bible, instead of the Bible itself. And so on.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand

in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In this day and age people do not know the Word of God. All they know is the word of their pastor. They will go along with what their pastor or their elder says. Therefore they are not able to fight spiritual battles. Please turn to Heb 2:2 (2X).

In Hebrews chapter 2 God emphasizes that we must not neglect this great salvation. How can we be effective witnesses if we do not make time for Bible Study? How can we be effective witnesses to our children if we are lukewarm for most of the activities of our church? We cannot. God says in:

Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels (Read: messengers) was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

How can we withstand Satan if we would not have the Word of God? Essentially, if we do not know our Bibles, it is as if we do not have the Word of God. But it is not too late! God calls us to make time to learn what the Word of God says. And then shall we sing along with the saints who have been singing these words for more than 130 years:

        Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before; Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see His banners go.

        Like a mighty army moves the church of God; brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod; we are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

        Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain; gates of hell can never 'gainst that church prevail; we have Christ's own promise and that cannot fail.

        Onward, then, ye people, join our happy throng, blend with ours your voices in the triumph song: glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King; this through countless ages men and angels sing.

And you know very well the refrain:

        Onward, Christian Soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.

These are the words of Hymn # 466 that we are going to sing in a few minutes.

Amen. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.