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Supporting Scriptures for "From Solid To Striped:" Genesis 3:7 Romans 5:12
We are at the crossroads of the story where the first man and woman (represented by the number "1" and number "2" billiard balls) have been tempted by the Devil disguised as the serpant (represented by the black "8" ball) to eat the fruit (represented by the chalk) from the tree that God (represented by the cue ball) told them not to eat from. However, despite God's warning and instruction, the woman picked a fruit off of the tree and ate it and gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate it also.
At that very moment, they gained knowledge that they did not have before.
Their understanding of life changed.
They looked at each other in their nakedness and suddenly felt shame so they scurried to the nearest fig tree and they strung its large leaves together around their hips in an attempt to cover themselves.
Before eating the fruit, their lives were pure and solid like these solid billiard balls.
After their disobedient act of eating the fruit, they were striped by sin like these striped billiard balls and they had to find a way to cover up their shame.
"FROM SOLID TO STRIPED"
The man and the woman gained understanding after eating the fruit. According to Psalm 14:2-3, how is understanding defined?
Psalm 14:2-3 - "The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God. But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!"
The man and the woman gained both good and bad knowledge when they ate from the tree. What is associated with good knowledge?
1 Kings 4:29 - "God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured."
Psalm 119:66 - "I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge."
Proverbs 1:7 - "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline."
Proverbs 5:2 - "Then you will learn to be discreet and will store up knowledge."
Proverbs 8:12 - "I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment."
Proverbs 23:12 - "Commit yourself to instruction; attune your ears to hear words of knowledge."
Isaiah 11:2 - "And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him - the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord."
Isaiah 33:6 - "In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure."
Daniel 1:4 - "Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men," he said. "Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good sense, and have the poise needed to serve in the royal palace."
What does the Bible contrast good knowledge against?
Proverbs 10:14 - "Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites trouble."
Proverbs 14:6-7 - "A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge there."
Proverbs 19:27 - "If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you have turned your back on knowledge."
Proverbs 22:12 - "The Lord preserves knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the deceitful."
Jeremiah 10:14 - "Compared to God, all people are foolish and have no knowledge at all! They make idols, but the idols will disgrace their makers, for they are frauds. They have no life or power in them."
Hosea 4:1 - "Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel! The Lord has filed a lawsuit against you saying: 'There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land.'"
1 Timothy 6:20-21 - "Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness."
What "pure and solid" qualities might have clothed Adam and his wife prior to eating the fruit?
Colossians 3:12-13 - "Since God chose you to be the holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you."
Name some sins that stripe our lives with shame.
Galatians 5:19-21 - "When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results:
* sexual immorality, * impure thoughts, * eagerness for lustful pleasure, * idolatry, * participation in demonic activities, * hostility, * quarreling, * jealousy, * outbursts of anger, * selfish ambition, * divisions, * the feeling that everyone is wrong except
those in your own little group, * envy, * drunkenness, * wild parties, * and other kinds of sin,
Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Adam and his wife designed their first article of clothing from fig leaves. Who designed their second article of clothing and what was it made from?
Genesis 3:21 - "And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife."
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"Billiards Bible Study 11 - From Solid To Striped."