1. This story (in Luke) begins differently than many stories. It talks about real people and places and things that have been going on for years.
2. Entering a story already in progress can put us at a disadvantage. We can miss details, and questions we have might not be addressed.
3. This story is a part of much larger story and until we realize how it fits together, we can’t appreciate or understand all that’s happening here and why it’s being told the way it is.
4. The passage from Genesis helps us start close to the beginning.
5. What happened in this account in Genesis robbed people of God’s favor and presence and plunged them in a world that’s now cursed instead of blessed.
6. Here is a Promised Victor theme for humanity who’s been in a struggle with evil ever since Eden.
7. God gave Adam and Eve a chance to own up to their responsibility, but they looked for someone else to blame. Curses were the result.
8. The world God created was good, but because of Adam and Eve’s choices,