The daily devotionals will begin on August 1st with a series through the month of August on Genesis chapter 3; “The Fall & Rescue of Humanity.”

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The following is a sample of what you can expect for the month of August.

… Aug. 2011. “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (Genesis 3:1-24)

Genesis chapter three describes an event in history which began as the most horrendously destructive in all of human history (considering the extent of the consequences) but ends with the most glorious of prospects conceivable (as we shall see when we consider Vs. 24). As we follow the history of the fall and rescue of mankind throughout this month we will see details of this story played out in the lives of men and women still today; it is a story of grace immeasurable reaching down into grief unfathomable.

There are three main characters in the story, Satan, humanity (Adam and Eve) and God, the creator. Satan is the great deceiver, the liar from the beginning and he has not changed in tempting man who also has not changed in his rebellion and self-will. But the remarkable feature of this story is that God, against whom both Satan and men have sinned, remains the unchanging and unchangeable gracious God, loving sinners.

If we stop the story short at Vs. 12 this is the story of every person who has paid the wages of sin himself; separated from God. But if we follow through to the end of the chapter this is the story of those who rest in Christ by faith and have found life and immortality in Him. Let the reality of this percolate into your mind and you will experience what Pilgrim experienced when he said to Mr. Pliable “I can better conceive of it with my mind than speak of it with my tongue” and what Peter spoke of in I Peter 1:8 “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
Robert Robinson (1735–1790)