The Need for a Redeemer

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What was the result of Adam’s and Eve’s sin?

“So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24 Genesis 3:24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
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God banished Adam and Eve and their descendants from the Garden of Eden. But something else happened to them that was even more far reaching. God denied access to the tree of life to Adam and Eve and their descendants until the promised Seed, the Messiah, would appear and redeem them (1 Peter 1:18-21 1 Peter 1:18-21 18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
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) and permanently reconcile them to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-21 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God. 21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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Their choice to listen to Satan started man down a path of ignoring God’s instruction and way of life. They chose instead “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” They chose to determine for themselves right and wrong. They embraced “a way that seems right to a man” but in the end will always produce an abundance of tragic consequences (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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; Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 16:25There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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). It is the pathway of sin, which leads to misery, violence and death (Romans 3:15-16 Romans 3:15-16 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
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; Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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What happened in the lives of Adam’s and Eve’s descendants?

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Genesis 6:11-12 Genesis 6:11-12 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth.
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As people developed their civilization apart from God, the consequences of choosing their own way of life quickly became apparent. Beginning with Cain’s murder of his brother Abel (Genesis 4:8 Genesis 4:8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
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), violence multiplied.

By the time of Noah, the world had became so corrupt that “the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6 Genesis 6:6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
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). Except for Noah and his immediate family, everyone lost his life in the great flood that followed (Genesis 7:23 Genesis 7:23And every living substance was destroyed which was on the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
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How do God’s words to Noah after the flood compare to His original instruction to Adam?

“. . . In the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it” (Genesis 9:6-7 Genesis 9:6-7 6 Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. 7 And you, be you fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
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In reminding Noah that God created human beings in His image, He reemphasized the key to right relationships. God wants people’s behavior to reflect His character and way of life. That is the only way a civilization can develop peacefully and productively. It is the only way to avoid the evils that caused the flood.

The lessons of the violence and destruction before and during the flood were soon lost on the descendants of Noah. Genesis 11 describes humanity, after the flood, again openly opposing God’s rule. At a place that came to be called Babel, or Babylon, men built a tower that stood as a lasting symbol of their renewed determination to build their civilization apart from God’s instruction.

The very name Babylon ( Babel in Hebrew) became a biblical epithet for the kingdom of Satan. In the last book of the Bible we find that Satan’s kingdom at the end of our age is symbolically referred to as Babylon (Revelation 14:8 Revelation 14:8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
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