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A Blessed Hope
5/14/2015

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 (NKJV)

There is a song I have grown fond of on Christian radio; it’s called Leaving Eden, and it is by singer/songwriter Brandon Heath.  Brandon says he got the idea after leaving a counseling appointment where his counselor was talking about mourning the loss of Eden.  It was as if his counselor was saying every act of mankind, starting with the original sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden, would continue to take us further away from the blissful state of being in perfect harmony and fellowship with God — fellowship once possessed by mankind in the Garden of Eden. 

This song speaks of the various challenges and trials we may face within our lives — the loss of our homes due to finances or natural disasters, or simply forgetting our own names.  It also speaks about the sad things people will do to each other out of selfishness or bitterness.   And at the end of each line of the song you hear the chorus, “One more step away,” speaking of how we are getting further away from the way it was in Eden.

Brandon went on to say, “I want to take responsibility for my own actions.  And eventually, if we are walking away from Eden, I want to walk towards hope, and not towards hopelessness…there is a choice we get to make.  There is hope, and I choose to walk towards that.”

I believe we can learn a valuable lesson from his song.  As Christians, we should never lose our hope, because we know where we are going.  Yes, God drove man out of the Garden of Eden, and He set up His cherubim with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life (Gen. 3:24).  It is also true, there is no turning back with hopes of our gaining access to the Tree of Life once found in this now sealed Garden.   But we have all been given a new hope in Jesus.  This is because God provided another tree of life in the Cross of Calvary, where Jesus bore our sins so we might have access once again to dwell in the presence of our Lord and God.  Praise God!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to acknowledge where you are and where you are going.  Keep your minds fixed upon Jesus and be filled with joy because of the blessed hope you have been given.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 1:3 where should we find our hope?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find your hope being derived from knowing you have been saved through Jesus and are one day going to be back in paradise?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to fix your mind upon the truth of God’s word when you are tempted to become discouraged with what you are seeing.  Choose to share this hope with someone in need today. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me this amazing hope.  Help me to remember this isn’t my home so I can continue to walk in the direction of hope.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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