"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23
For the past three weeks, we have been looking at the story of creation–how God created the world and everything in it, how God saw everything He had made and said it was good, and how all of creation exists to glorify God and to bring us joy.
Starting today and continuing on for the next four weeks, we will be looking at how “Creation is Ruined.”
We started off by looking at our Big Picture Question: “What does it mean to sin?”
We concluded that “To is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.”
In today’s story, we saw how Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree that God had commanded them not to eat from, which subsequently led them to being banished from the beautiful garden God had created for them to live in–a place where they could at the time walk alongside God.
Sadly, ever since Adam and Eve sinned, we all now are born with sin and fall short of the glory of God (as our Key Passage from Romans 3:23 tells us very clearly.)
Sin has consequences…it separates us from God, it causes us to quarrel, to speak or behave in ways that do not please God and hurt one another. That goes against God’s design–remember, God created everything for His glory and for our good; God’s purpose is not for us to harm one another. But that’s what sin does–it destroys; it harms; it kills; it lies; it separates….
Thankfully, God loves us still. In fact, he loves us so much that He promised to send a Rescuer that would come from Eve’s family. God send His Son, Jesus, to rescue His people from sin and bring us back to God. What a wonderful and merciful Saviour we have!
During Sunday school, FaithKids played a fun game where they had to hunt for hidden dinosaurs all around the room. See, when Adam and Eve sinned, they immediately hid from God! Sin often leads us to feelings of shame and embarrassment…it makes us want to hide our sin, just like these hidden dinosaurs!
FaithKids also played a game where they drew secret pictures and then had to tell two truths and a lie about their drawing as their peers guessed what they drew. Although they had fun doing this activity, they were reminded that lying is a sin, and it actually requires more effort to make up a lie than to tell the truth. Lying is never okay, because it leads others away from God and His truths. Because Adam and Eve listened to the serpent’s lies, they sinned against God. Because God is so holy and righteous, Adam and Eve could no longer dwell in the same place as God. What’s sad is not just that they had to leave the garden, but that they had to leave God’s presence. When Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, everything changed. FaithKids learned that sin never makes things better; rather, it always takes things worse. We must always be on guard against the schemes of the devil.