February 17 – People of the Earth – Local Event, International Tragedy

Read Genesis 3:1-24

Although this passage may be familiar, the idea of reading it through the lenses of our current devotional theme is likely foreign.  At this point we see little in terms of “the peoples of the earth.”  After all, Adam and Eve are its only inhabitants.  And, as to “the praise of His name”…well, this is certainly a low point in human history.  People seem to be thumbing their noses at God rather than seeking to honor His name.

The link to our theme, however, is found in the far-reaching repercussions of the decision made there in the garden.  There would be global fallout from the eating of the fruit.  Let’s examine three ways in which the nations yet to come would be impacted.

  1. Every person from every nation would be born in sin. (Christ is the noted exception here. 2 Cor. 5:21)  Just as genes are passed from one generation to a next, so too, all descendants of Adam are inheritors of a sin nature (Rom. 5:18, 19).  It matters not whether they are European, African, North American, South American, Australian, Asian, or even if they were born in the cold, icy tundra of the Arctic, all people have experienced the shock waves of this historic event.
  2. Every person from every nation would be placed in Satan’s crosshairs (Gen. 3:15). The devil is the one who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy (Jn. 10:10).  He seeks to distract people from God’s desires and plans for them.  He is the tempter (Matt. 4:3), the roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8).  His efforts know no national boundaries.  He makes no exception among the people groups of the world.
  3. The only hope of the peoples and nations is found in the One Who crushes Satan’s head (Gen. 3:15). Of course, God is here looking ahead through the corridors of time to the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of His one and only Son.  Jesus is the only hope for people born in sin and caught in the crosshairs of Satan.

He is your only hope.  Will you praise Him and honor Him today?

Steve Kern

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