Lesson 3 - At the end of the sixth day...
God finished making everything He intended to make.
God looked at it all and He said that it was very good.
And God rested from all His work on the seventh day.
He set the seventh day aside as a day of rest.
It would be a glorious day, different from the other six days.
It would be a day for God and man to rest from all their work.
Then something terrible happened!
It was so terrible that it destroyed the love man had for God.
Can you guess what happened next?
The woman was beguiled by an evil serpent, named Lucifer.
The serpent lied to her about the things God had said.
Lucifer said, "You shall NOT surely die!"
Eve listened to his lies. She took the fruit from
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and ate it.
She gave it to her husband, Adam, and he ate it, too!
Did God know that Adam and Eve sinned against Him?
Did God see it happen? Would God keep His promise,
that on the day they ate the fruit of
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would die?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
God knows everything, God sees everything and God cannot lie. He will keep every promise He has ever made forever.
That's why God is called, Faithful.
Yes! That very day, Adam and Eve experienced a terrible death! Not only in their bodies, which began to age and decay, but more terrible than that - in their souls!
They lost their love for God and were suddenly blind to His Glorious Light.
THE HYMN: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
"It is the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning:
great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22, 23
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not.
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed, Thy Hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, LORD, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine Own Dear Presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
TUNE: FAITHFULNESS, William M. Runyon (1870-1957)
MUSIC: Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)