Stories Shame Tells

[Sermon summary from 6/4/17’s Sunday Service]

Link to Sermon audio: 6/4/17 Sermon Audio

Genesis 3:6-7

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[a] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Good. Delight. Wise.

Shame creates isolation.

First​, shame is already at work before sin happens. A couple months ago we described what evil looks like. Evil assumes the position of knowledge for yourself and assumes the worst about the other person. Until the woman and the man eat the forbidden fruit, we know how the woman engaged the serpent and the man remained passive – it’s a state of entitlement or enthronement. The man assumed the position of not only knowledge but of power since he took no action to intervene.

Second​, shame tells stories. Shame tells good stories that are entertaining as well as educating – good, fun, and savvy stories just like many TED talks. This makes shame a powerful sales force. Shame can sell anything in the world to get to your soul. Shame is powerful force in creating needs.

Third​, shame is a very good escape artist. You feel it but you cannot pinpoint what it is, where it comes from and how it happens. As we will see in the next verses, shame turns the woman and the man against one another and against God. It is vital that we name the evil for what it is and understand shame to find it and fight it well.

1. Shame isolates good from God (“Good for food”)
– “God created man in his own image” (Genesis 1:27) & “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5)
– It leads to the idolatry of turning creation into creator

2. Shame isolates delight from discipline (“Delight to the eyes”)
– “You shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17) & “Neither shall you touch it, lest you die” (Genesis 3:3)
– It leads to the insanity of turning truth into lie

3. Shame isolates wisdom from obedience (“Make one wise”)
– “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion” (Genesis 1:28) & “She ate and he ate” (Genesis 3:6)
– It leads to the insecurity of turning knowledge into judgment

4. Hell is the absolute isolation (“Eyes opened, they knew, and they sewed and made loincloths”)
– “Were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25) & “They knew they were naked” (Genesis 3:7)
– Self-condemnation (The eyes of both were opened)
– Self-justification (They sewed and made themselves loincloths)
– Hell is decreation (“male and female he created them” – covering and hiding their identity)

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Look to Jesus who has come to destroy the isolation by despising the shame. He did by coming to the desert or the wilderness the world of exiles. He was tempted by the devil in the same way but in a much worse condition. There was nothing to eat in the wilderness. Jesus despised shame by telling the devil, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus despised shame by telling the devil, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus despised shame by telling the devil, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only you shall serve.” On the cross, Jesus became sin for you and experienced the dark night of his soul when he experienced the absolute isolation from his Father. And he defeated idolatry, insanity, and insecurity shame brings so you and I can be made good, delight in God, and be wise unto salvation of our lives.

Believe in Jesus and you can say with the apostle Paul, “I am not ashamed” of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Community Group Questions

We make everyday followers of Jesus by meet ups throughout the week. Currently we meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. For more info, visit Community Groups.

1. How does daily reading of God’s word and being attentive to God’s presence help you fight idolatry?

2. Why do you entertain the idea of telling a lie?

3. Why is doing or living according to whatever you feel like actually lead to insecurity and ignorance?

4. If hell looks like absolute isolation, when what does heaven look like?

Congregational Prayer

We learn to pray as a family of God and encourage a culture of dependence and delight in God’s presence throughout the week.

  • Pray for the life of living for God’s glory by enjoying his presence and power in the gospel.

Reading the Bible

We follow the story of God in the midst of everyday episodes of making followers of Jesus.

  • Read “Facing the Future with God” with R.C. Sproul 10 day devotional calls you to live in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

Visit for a free Bible and the reading plans.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

– Register for Center Church summer camp “BUILD 2017” at Camp Pendleton: June 16-18, 2017.
– Worship at the Park on June 25 (Sun), 11 am – 3 pm, @ Oak Creek Community Park located 15616 Valley Oak Irvine, CA 92618


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