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How the Fall helps us make sense of suffering

I had the privilege of preaching at the Journey: Metro East this weekend.  We are working our way through a series called Foundations, a series that is looking at the story arc of the Bible (a diachronic view of scripture).  It started with the nature and importance of God revealing himself (in nature, the Bible, and in Christ) and then moved on to creation, the fall, redemption, and then on to restoration.

So we are in week three, so I got to preach on the Fall.  It is a hard but good passage - one that is passed over too lightly too often.  It is one of those passages that is taught by Aunt Mabel in a back room at the church on a flannel graph - but generally only loosely referenced by the pulpit.  
This is a shame because as we understand more fully where we came from, we will have a better understanding of where we are, and where we are going.  Specifically, I think understanding what our first parents did - and what the consequences were - helps us make sense of the pain and suffer…