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Scripture: Genesis 3: 11-19      Sermon Title:  Freewill Ain't Free

 

This morning our scripture was from Genesis the 3rd chapter verses 11-19.  And that scripture really sums up, the first freewill choice made with consequences attached. Surely if you read chapter 2 you will see man had already made quite a few free will choices,  God allowed man the choice of what man would name everything  20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. So God gave man infinite choice and dominion. There was just one condition verse 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”  In our scripture man evokes his free will and leads us to the title of our sermon Free Will Ain’t Free. So let’s just take a moment to see how we got here in Genesis 2, 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Here we have the first free will choice with consequence, and the consequences were for first the serpent, then the woman and lastly man. .” 14 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 belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”, but God didn’t stop there 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. This free will the angels envy, this ability to choose, which is awesome, is also a death sentence, yet the angels envy us. Angels can fly around, visit people, praise God, run errands for God do God’s will whatever it is without question comment or even thought. You see unlike us angels have no choice in the matter, we have a choice, and it is that choice that is one of the main ways that differentiates us from angels. We have learned through countless sermons that salvation ain’t free well neither is freewill. Freewill on it’s own like the law carries a death sentence. Isn’t that what we just read, if you choose to eat from this forbidden fruit, the consequence is death, you shall surely die. We have the advantage this “Son of Man” you see not even the angels could know everything, though Jesus had been there from the beginning, the angels asked who is this man that thou art mindful of him and the Son of Man that you visiteth him. When you look back over your life sometimes at the mistakes and wrong turns and you just turn to God and say why, didn’t you stop me, Lord. Well consider this even when you use your free will you are still within God' will and in the end My Will will be done. How many like me were crushed when we heard of the death of Prince, most of us had our teen years with the music of Prince. So when we heard he died we all asked how and why this happened? For hours I mourned and wondered how and then finally I realized it really didn’t matter why or how, we still will miss him. It doesn’t really matter why God gave us free will, but remember the old saying, if you love someone let them go, and if they love you they will come back. I think this gift of free will might work something like that. God loves us, we are His own special creation and He gives us permission to choose to leave, because God knows how good He is and He knows if we have any sense, or when we come to our senses we will like the prodigal son will come back home and just like that father, our Father is right there, go and get a fine robe, a gold ring for his finger, roast the fattest sheep, for that which was lost is found, what was dead has come back to life. Let me stress There are consequences for free will but thank God for Jesus. Our mediator our advocate, the one who can plead your case before God Almighty and have all charges dropped. We all have free will no argument, but let us do as Paul says in Philippians 3 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. In other words it ain’t over you and I will continue to stumble and fumble with this gift of free will, but press on. Don’t look back, don’t turn around press on and make a free will choice for Christ I’ll live and for Christ I’ll die, and in the end we will hear come on up my good and faithful servant, for you have chosen correctly.

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