Updated: Apr 2, 2018
It all began with Prophet Adam آدم .
There is a countless number of things we can say about what's wrong with our world. But what about the way God has revealed to us in His Word, in particular the first three chapters of the Book (Genesis تكوين )?
God created mankind in His own image. God wants us to bear characteristics Him: loving, creative, thinking, relational. Yet we are not programmed robots. We enjoy the freedom of choice.
He desires to have an intimate relationship with mankind. He desired to communicate and walk with them.
How it began to go wrong...
But mankind's own desires to be in charge and decide what is best for us. Adam and Eve did not follow God's rule and betrayed God. This disobedience is sin, and sin led to death and a broken relationship with God.
God knew what they have done. God can see through everything and everyone. But God asked them, 'Where are you?'
What is the human response? Shame, blame, fear, and hiding from God. Adam and Eve simply wanted to pretend nothing has happened
How sad and hurt God must have felt.
This is the story of what is wrong with mankind. We dishonour God by sinning, by thinking that we, instead of God, are in charge. Sin has entered the world. Like Adam, we have all sinned. The consequence is death and separation from God because God is sinless and holy and He cannot tolerate sin (both physical and spiritual death).
The relationship between God and mankind is broken.
The relationship between mankind is broken.
The relationship between mankind and the world is broken.
Our choice and evil desires led to the destruction of these three fundamental relationships in the world God has created, leading to constant suffering, broken relationships and death.
But God provided a way out.
God is a merciful and loving God. He would not give up. He immediately announced a plan-- a plan to make the relationship right, a plan of redemption:
God promised that one day, someone would be born and defeat both sin and death. Through this, the relationship between God and mankind would be restored. We would be able to enter God's presence and paradise again.
God stated very clearly that the fulfilment of this promise would be provided by God Himself. Mankind cannot provide an answer because we are sinful. God is a faithful God. When He promised something, we can trust that He would do it.
God provided clothes for Adam and Eve to cover their shame. The clothes were made of the skin of the first sacrifice animal. The first death had happened as a result of mankind's disobedience.
How shocking and shameful it must have been for mankind to witness blood and death for the first time, seeing the cost of this broken relationship with God. God also provided this sacrifice as a symbol of the great promised that God had made with His beloved people.
What do you learn about God and yourself? Do you see the same broken relationships in your world today?
An overview of the first 11 chapters of Genesis