The perfect storm is defined as a particularly violent storm arising from a rare combination of adverse meteorological factors. On October 30, 1991, the North Atlantic experienced a perfect storm when Hurricane Grace, a storm that had formed days earlier in Bermuda and which had moved north, encountered a massive low pressure system that was moving south out of Canada. The clash of systems over the Atlantic Ocean caused 40-to-80-foot waves on October 30—unconfirmed reports put the waves at more than 100 feet in some locations. This massive surf caused extensive coastal flooding, particularly in Massachusetts; damage was also sustained as far south as Jamaica and as far north as Newfoundland. As the storm developed, the crew of the 70-foot fishing boat Andrea Gail was fishing for swordfish in the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. The Andrea Gail was last heard from on October 28. When the boat did not return to port on November 1 as scheduled, rescue teams were sent out. The boat was never found; the crew was never heard from again.
As devastating as that storm was, though, a storm with more dire consequences for the entire world is recorded for us in Genesis chapter 3. Let’s look at that storm:
The Serpent (3:1) The Bible doesn’t answer many of the questions which people have in regards to the serpent.
- Did Satan take the form of a serpent?
- Did Satan indwell a serpent?
- Did God create serpents with the ability to speak?
There are a few things that we, from Scripture, do know.
In Revelation 20:20, the Bible calls Satan, “that old serpent.” 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us…
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
But, probably one of the things that is most important for us to remember about Satan is that he is our sworn enemy. He will do anything; use anything to destroy us.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:18
Ladies and Gentlemen, Satan does not like you. Satan does care about you. Satan does not have your best interests at heart. Satan is not your friend. Satan hates you. He hates your family. He hates this church. He will do anything – use anything – to bring death and destruction to you, your family, and to anything that you love and care about.
Adam. Genesis 2:15-18 indicates that, before God had created Eve, that God had given the command, “Thou shalt not eat,” to Adam.
Therefore, Adam would have been responsible to then communicate that command with Eve.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” Ephesians 5:23
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
Allow me to simply state this – Gentlemen, as the head of your home, you are responsible before God to teach them – your wife and your children – God’s Word. Don’t abdicate that responsibility to your wife; don’t abdicate that responsibility to the church.
Eve – Eve was deceived. Eve was responsible for her actions. Eve was held accountable for her actions.
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” 1 Timothy 2:14
The Doubt. (3:1 – “Yea hath God said?”) This perfect storm began when Satan attempted to get Eve to doubt God’s Word. One of the things which Satan seeks to do with all of us is to get us to doubt God!
- Does God love me?
- Can I trust God?
- Does God know what is best?
The best – and really the only way – to combat doubt is to know God’s Word!
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
That’s why Satan works so hard at keeping us from spending time in God’s Word. He knows that, the less we know God’s Word, that the more likely we are to doubt it when we find ourselves in a time of testing and temptation.
Also, the less we know God’s Word, the more likely we are to twist it; to change it; and the add to it in the same way in which Eve added, “neither shall ye touch it,” to God’s command! (3:3)
The Appeal. Once Satan cast doubt upon God’s Word, he then made his appeal to Eve. (3:4-6)
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:6
- She saw that the tree was good for food. (The lust of the flesh.)
- The fruit was pleasant to the eye. (The lust of the eyes.)
- The tree was desired to make one wise. (The pride of life.)
We must understand that Satan appeals to us in the very same way. Satan used these same appeals when he tempted Jesus in Matthew chapter 4.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1:14
Ladies and gentlemen, to guard against the attacks of Satan, we must 1) know God’s Word and 2) guard our eyes and guard our hearts from the appeals of Satan.
Some of the saddest words in all of Scripture are recorded for us in Genesis 3:6, “…she took of the fruit…and did eat…” God created man with a free-will – the ability to choose. Satan can persuade but he cannot push!
- Eve – being deceived – made the choice to take and eat.
- Adam deliberately, with his eyes wide open, made the choice to take and eat.
Satan can try to get you to doubt God’s Word; he can appeal to every lust and desire within your heart. However, when you sin, it is because you made the choice.
Every choice that we make in life has consequences. This choice by Adam and Eve was no different. It carried definite consequences.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15
Before you choose to give in to sin remember this – We can choose our actions. We cannot choose the consequences. God had told Adam, in Genesis 2:17, what the consequences would be if he disobeyed….
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12
On that day, because of their choice, they died spiritually. And, on that day, because of their choice, we all died spiritually – “…all have sinned!”
Adam and Eve’s sin had to be covered. They tried to cover their sin with fig leaves. I hate to say it but fig leaves don’t last. Their attempt at covering their sin was futile. Any attempt that you and I make to cover our sin will not be adequate; it will not last. Religion is not adequate. Works can never be adequate. A more lasting covering had to be made.
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
The covering that the Lord made pointed to and was a picture of the permanent covering that would be offered – that is offered – through Jesus Christ.
“But God commendeth [demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Because of Jesus Christ, we have another choice – to either receive Him or reject Him. Which will you do today?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
In October, 1991, during the “perfect storm” that I referenced at the beginning of my message, all those individuals on the Andrea Gail lost their lives. During the perfect storm that is recorded for us in Genesis chapter 3, all of mankind died – died spiritually. However, there is hope! Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection provides us with hope – hope of eternal life – not death. Yet, we must choose to receive Him. Choose Him today!