Memory Text: “‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel’” (Genesis 3:15, NKJV) .
After the creation of the world, God declared everything was “very good” (Gen. 1:31) . However, it’s obvious now that everything in the world is not “very good.” Despite various -isms and ideologies that, over the centuries, have tried to make things right, our world continues toward chaos, insecurity, violence, war, pollution, oppression, and exploitation. If the 20th century began with all sorts of optimism about the future and what humans could do to improve the future, the 21st century has certainly lost that optimism-and with good reason too.
How did we get into this situation? The answer is found in the great controversy, which, though beginning in heaven, had, unfortunately, come to earth and fairly early on in earth’s history too.
This week we will look at how Satan was able to exploit human freedom and, thus, start the devastation that we all experience even today. The story of the Fall remains a powerful reminder that our only safety as human beings exists in not only believing what God tells us but, more importantly, in obeying what He tells us, as well.