Judgments of God Back to all sermons


Date: March 18, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 3:14–3:24

Tags: Justice, judgment, Righteousness, Sin, Fall, Broken



  • Genesis 3:14-24
  • The Judgments of God

14 The LORD God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all livestock

and above all beasts of the field;

on your belly you shall go,

and dust you shall eat

all the days of your life.

15  I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.”

-Genesis 3:14-15

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;

in pain you shall bring forth children.

Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,

but he shall rule over you.”

-Genesis 3:16

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

18  thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

19  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

-Genesis 3:17-19

20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.  21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

-Genesis 3:20-21

22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand rand take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

-Genesis 3:22-24

  • Main Point
  • These verses inform us of the repercussions of the first act of sin
  • Because of this humanity falls and is judged for their sin
  • The judgment against humanity has ramifications for all humanity
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man
    • Chapter 3 is often described as the fall of man
    • Humanity has a place where they are given much, yet being created in the image of God gives them choice
    • The result, humanity falls into the temptation
    • The highest of created beings, the image bearers of God, fall into sin
    • The first point we can see about the Fall is that our choices do matter
    • Predestination does not negate our responsibility to use our freedom
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (2)
    • The second thing we notice is that the choices of the first of our race has repercussions for all of our race
    • Women still receive the pain of childbearing and child rearing
    • Women have great joy in children, but it does not come painless
    • Thus from the greatest of blessings comes also one of the hardest times in a woman’s life
    • We are reminded of the fall with every joyful moment of childbearing
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (3)
    • The same is true of marriage
    • Husbands and wives are equal with different purposes
    • Wives can become envious of the husbands role, or focus on their husbands more than God
    • It becomes tarnished because of the fall, and we see this even to this day
    • Meanwhile, men, and husbands, often do suffer from work
    • Work was originally seen as a blessing, it becomes burdensome
    • Work becomes tiresome, far more tiresome than it was originally
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (4)
    • Then there’s the seed against seed motif
    • The deceivers seed will continue to do so
    • The struggle between right and wrong, the struggle between following God rather than deception
    • This tension is most tangible in the reality of life and death
    • Sin, disobedience, leads to death
    • Each one of us feel the reality of death
    • We taste death because we are like them falling into temptation
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (5)
    • So it is we see the broken relationships with each other, the world around us, within ourselves
    • Our purpose to live and enjoy the providence of God is broken because of sin
    • The greatest relationship which is broken is our relationship with God almighty
    • We see that this is the result of sin…One sin did all of this
    • Today we see it doing the same thing…it breaks things
    • It breaks what is good, what is pleasing, what is acceptable
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (6)
    • All of us have experienced these things because of sin
    • It calls us to follow and bind ourselves to the destruction
    • Adam and Eve are tempted by the fruit of a lesser tree, so are we
    • Each one of us knows the satisfaction that sin brings to mouth, yet is poison to the body
    • The Fall of Adam and Eve is a prelude to a long line of individuals who have failed
    • None of us are fit to enter back into the garden
    • There is “none who are righteous, none who are good, not one who seeks after God”
  • Application Points
  • The Fall of Man (7)
    • The devastating consequence of the fall is apparent in the great sins which are committed, and in our great displacement
    • We are a race of a long line of leavers
    • It all starts here in the garden, and leads to where we are today
    • In this chapter we see humanity and why humanity is in the state of brokenness that it is in
    • We see our origins, but also went wrong as well
    • It deals with humanity in all of its glory, and that’s what makes the fall so great
    • A garden, a commandment, a tree, a deceiver, and disobedience
  • Application Points
  • God’s Justice
    • We also learn a great deal about God
    • Though we sinned, He still gives up hope through life
    • It reminds us of the wisdom of God
    • God who distinguishes between darkness and light
    • It is God’s rightful place to cast judgment
    • Our God does judge
    • He cannot allow wickedness to go free, and thank God for this!
    • If God had let them go, He wouldn’t be very righteous
  • Application Points
  • God’s Justice (2)
    • God is just
    • It allows us to see that if we are to made in the image of God, then there is a serious call to seek righteousness
    • To seek justice
    • We are not to be a people who allow sin and evil to simply exist, but seek to separate ourselves from our sins
    • We should be the loudest voice against injustice
    • We are not called to be silent when injustice occurs in our culture, we are called to be those who seek justice
  • Application Points
  • God’s Justice (3)
    • We should praise God for His judgments
    • We should sing the praises of God for His righteousness
    • Seek justice
    • Seek to abolish injustice
    • Be lovers of obedience to our God, knowing that it is through obedience to Him we find justice
    • The “just shall live by faith”
    • Praise God, then, for these things
    • He has taught us much about Himself, and the more we learn, the better we will appreciate and love His ways
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
    • Origins
    • Fall
    • Redemption
    • Glorification