Today we pray for the Nation of Tunisia and Meditate on 1 John 2:7

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Today we are praying for the country of Tunisia in North Africa.  Please help us  lift up this nation to the Lord today.  You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups.  You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.  If you want to pray for more nations in North Africa and the Middle East you can click HERE and explore the different nations and peoples that makes up the region.  

Please pray for the nation of Tunisia by joining in prayer with the video below.

The flag of the Tunisian Republic is washed in red to represent the blood shed by martyrs in the struggle against oppression, a struggle that continues today for Christians in this northern African nation. Tunisia has long been considered a restricted nation, one that does not allow the spread of the Gospel, and the government is further grounding itself in Islam.

 

Today's Devotional Thought

If you missed the last 2 devotions on 1 John 2:7, please go to www.missionsurge.com/blog and catch up.  Today we conclude our look at the old commandment:  the gospel.

III. This message has been preached since the very beginning

If we go all the way back to the beginning we find God creating the heavens and the earth, the seas and the dry land, the stars of the heaven, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, the beasts of the field, and ultimately he made man in His own image.  He created a helper for the man and placed them in the garden that He had prepared.  He instructed them that they could eat from every tree in the garden, except  for the tree that was in the midst of the garden; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Adam and Eve were warned that if they ate the fruit from that tree, they would surely die.  Then we come to Genesis 3.  Notice what happens.

First we see Adam and Eve failing God in verses 1-6.  “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day 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 tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Then we see them fearing God in verses 7-11.  “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.  8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”  Three things happened when Adam and Eve fell into sin.  First they felt shame.  They knew that they were naked and they tried to hide it.  Secondly, they felt guilt.  Rather than meeting God face to face in the garden, as usual, Adam and Eve avoided God.  Finally, they felt fear.  They hid themselves from God because, as Adam explained, they were afraid.  

Then we see Adam and Eve facing God    v12-19.  This encounter with God was not a happy meeting.  God delivers judgement on the serpent, the man, and the woman.  The account reads, “The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”  16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.”  17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.  18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”  Thankfully, the account does not end there.  

Finally, we see them have faith in God in verse 20-21.  “Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.”  It is interesting that she was named Eve because she was the mother of all the living, when in actuality, now that sin had entered the world, she was the mother of all the dying!  Adam knew God however.  He had claimed the hidden promise He made in verse 15:  “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”  God was predicting that one of the woman’s descendants would bruise his heel as he bruised Satan’s head.  How would he do that?  By stepping on the serpent’s head.  By putting all things under his feet.  The interesting thing is, that biologically speaking, a woman does not have a seed.  Men have seed.  Women have eggs.  What woman has ever had a seed, apart from a man?  Mary, the mother of our Lord had a miracle seed implanted into her womb.  That seed developed until a child was born in Bethlehem who would live the life that we are required to live God, who would did the death that our sin deserves and a just God demands, and who would crush the head of the serpent on Sunday morning when he conquered death by rising from the grave!  

And notice what God does in verse 21. “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”  For the first time in the short history of the world, blood was shed.  God, sacrificed an animal.  He shed it’s blood to symbolically atone for their sin.  He took that innocent animal skin and covered their nakedness.  He covered their sin and covered their shame foreshadowing for us the day when our sin would be paid for in full by the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world!

Please do not think that this gospel message came into being just because of necessity in the garden.  It was not plan B.  This commandment, this gospel message, was and is plan A for the world and it has existed since before time began.

IV.  This has been the message since eternity past

Consider Ephesians 1:3-6.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  This holy, pure, and sinless God chose to redeem us in Christ before He ever said, “let there be light” in Genesis 1.  He chose to adopt us into His family before we were ever born!  The old commandment, the gospel, was not plan B.  It was plan A and it is your only hope in this life and the life to come.

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