Origin of Repentance
The concept of repentance is intertwined with the origin of Sin. The story of Adam and Eve is a familiar one to most Believers. It is the story of falling from grace to grass, from immortality to mortality, from the divine to ordinary but it is not all gloom. It is also a story of one of God’s greatest gifts to man, the option of repentance that carries the forgiveness and the love of The Father.
Reading Genesis 3, you will discover that God gave no option of repentance to the three participants in the sin of disobedience. In verse 14 God cursed the serpent, in verse 16 God cursed the woman, and in verse 17, God cursed the man. Nobody was spared. Everyone was cursed including the grounds.
READ Genesis 3. “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow, thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam, he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt, thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”.
Some might differ on this fact but read Genesis Chapter 3, then read Genesis Chapter 4 (compare God’s approach and demeanor on both times) and then read the entire Old Testament to see God’s reaction(demeanor) when Israel starts sinning against God and God’s reaction above.
REPENTANCE: A MINDSET…….SERIES B coming up soon