Whether Adam or Eve in the Garden or you or me in our daily life—we see the results of sin every day, we almost take it for granted. Yet, stemming from God’s authority, we find a reason to engage the world rather than just complain about it—
A Divine Concert—Even as God was brokenhearted about the results of sin, before even fully declaring the impact of their decision on Adam and Eve he revealed his concerted plan(Genesis 3:14-15) So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your bell and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.God’s promise comes in the pinnacle of pain—in the moment of defeat God declares an eternal victory. Let that speak to wherever you are at this morning. Maybe you are in the pinnacle of struggle, the epicenter of doubt, the greatest shaking of addiction and you wonder if their hope beyond brokenness. God has a plan more powerful than your problems. In a world that seems arbitrary and random—God decree shows direction. He promises a protector. As you open up scripture, each piece has a greater purpose–every prophet, judge, priest, and king, every story is part of THE STORY of God has been working across the years, centuries, and millennium to restore relationship that was lost.
Recently, Chelsea and I visited Gatlinburg, TN. It had a bustling downtown and as we walked along the main street what struck me was how each store has their own music playing and so a stroll down the street produced quite the concoction. Country with rock, Mexican into music which would play during a drama, nothing made sense. Let’s see how good you are at picking up the full song with just the pieces… Music tracks– http://blog.zanorg.com/?perm=545….
In a lot of ways when we try to stand alone, we become like a single track. We lose our contact with church, our connection with the community and the clarity of our purpose, and all encompassing scope of God’s plan. IN the divine concert, God takes what is random and redeems it through Christ. God offers to do the same in your life and he does through our lifeline of Scripture. Animal sacrifices seem random until we see Christ redeem it through cross as the Unblemished Lamb. Talk of a temple seem out of place until Jesus redeems it through himself as the temple torn down and on the third day rebuilt. Even the law which leaves us feeling overwhelmed is redeemed through Christ. Let me give you an example. Deuteronomy 21:23 we are reminded of the curse of dying on a cross and then Deuteronomy 27:26 we are told of the curse of failing to keep the whole of God’s law. Two curses of many and yet from the view of Christ on the cross, we find that he embraced the curse of the cross so we could avoid the curse of those who fall short. It is the GREAT EXCHANGE of the random for the redeemed, the ruined for the reconciled, the restless for the recharged.