I am eagerly anticipating beginning to teach a new Sunday School series, Beginnings at the End: Creation, Fall, and Redemption in the Book of Revelation. This eight-week study begins on June 7 and builds on our current series, which has been a study of Genesis 1-4.
In preparation for teaching this series, I have been studying Genesis 1-4 and carefully pondering some key questions concerning the Fall of mankind, including the following:
—Was Satan’s tempting Eve a manifestation of his own unbelief in what God had said?
—What would have happened if Eve and Adam had resisted the temptation initially? Would the devil then have continued to tempt them repeatedly, as he did with Jesus for 40 days (Luke 4:2)?
—What would have happened if Eve had succumbed but Adam had rejected Eve’s offer for him to do likewise?
I also have read the book of Revelation through four times in the last two months and hope to read it at least three more times before we start. What a phenomenal book Revelation is!
What’s more, as time allows, I hope to read a couple of books that explain the value of understanding Scripture using the paradigm of Creation, Fall, and Redemption: God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible and Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. If God would lead you to do so, I would appreciate prayer for my continuing preparations for this tremendous opportunity.