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Monday
Aug042014

Blood, Sweat, and Tears Now Fill Our Years

Many folks today proudly dismiss the traditional Christian teaching that mankind is fallen. The concept of “universal sin” is viewed as an unscientific tale. It is, they say “foolishness”, worse than a fable, indeed, some say,a dangerous fantasy. For them, the concept of the biblical Fall, the expulsion from the Garden of Adam and Eve, and all of the uncomfortable spiritual ramifications that come with it simply cannot be.



It’s just a ‘metaphor’, they tell us, a misguided attempt to explain the wrong and unfortunate choices that we humans sometimes make. After all, we’re all basically good, and the “Fall” just isn’t kosher.

This modern “explanation” sounds so contemporary…so plausible…so uplifting! So soothing…so therapeutic!

But I, for one, am not persuaded. My mama had to try to teach me to be good. I wasn’t born good. I had a penchant for bad from the “git go”. I had ME-centered rebellion pretty much down pat from the start.

And so did you, whether or not you’d like to admit it.

Author Steven James put it well when he observed:

“The true nature of man left to himself without restraint is not nobility but savagery.”

A quick glance at the headlines from around the world today ought to confirm this observation….though denying the obvious is most often our default position these days. After all, deniability and buck-passing is part of the fallen package, too.)


"Who?....ME!?"

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” —(Jeremiah 17:9)

“There is no one righteous, not even one….” (Romans 3: 10…)

The Bible, of course, teaches us what the problem is: we are born with a fatal spiritual disease. We are morally corrupt one and all. We walk in darkness. We are fallen and unrighteous at the core, and we deserve Divine Justice. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for “upbeats” like ourselves, but it needs to be done.


“After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”
—Genesis 3:24


“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.”—Psalm 119: 105



Blood, Sweat, and Tears Now Fill Our Years


The Way was lost at such great cost!
When Adam disobeyed…
Blood, sweat, and tears now fill our years1,
God’s blessing there betrayed.

The Tree of Life was sacrificed2,
When Satan tempted Eve.
The table set, he cast his net3,
When she first disbelieved.

There was no gain, just guilty stain,
Here east of Eden, friend4.
The Way was lost at such a cost!
No need now to pretend.

The curse did fall upon us all5
The Lie we all believed6,
The darkness fell, the light dispelled,
In Adam all deceived.

Now Satan fans the Evil plan,
We twist beneath its pow’r.
In this dark day, we’re locked away7,
And Sin controls the hour.



But in this loss…Behold!...The Cross!8
The flaming Sword still burns!9
Truth, Hope and Love from God above,
Yes, by His Grace discerned.10

So, now we see!...The Master Key!11
And prisoners now rejoice!12
At last they found the solid ground…13
“Come out!”…They hear his voice.14

The Lord’s blood shed will bruise his head15,
That Sword ??...Still shining bright16….
The Good News heard!...Sealed by the Word
To walk by Faith not sight.17

Though once concealed, His plan’s revealed,18
For God so loved the world 19
So, turn to see this Mystery!20
God’s Banner there unfurled.21

“Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.”—Song of Songs 2: 4

“The bridegroom was a long time in coming and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.”
—Matthew 25: 5-10




1 Genesis 3:19

2 Genesis 3: 22

3 Psalm 124: 7

4 Genesis 3: 24

5 Genesis 3: 17-19

6 2Thessalonians 2: 10-11

7 Galatians 3: 22-23

8 Colossians 1: 19-22

9 Ephesians 6: 17

10 Ephesians 2: 6-9

11 Isaiah 33:6

12 Luke 4:18

13 2Timothy 2: 19

14 Luke 11: 43

15 Genesis 3: 15

16 John 1: 5

17 2Corinthians 5: 7

18 Colossians 1: 25-26

19 John 3: 16

20 Ephesians 3: 8-11

21 Song of Songs 2: 4