Genesis 3:1-24

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Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walkingin the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.  Genesis 3:1-24

When the Lord created Adam and Eve, He created them and told them they could eat from any tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Once God gave them His command, Satan found how he would deceive Adam and Eve.  But God was not surprised by the deception of Satan and God was not surprised by the fall of man.

When Adam and Eve at of the tree of knowledge of good and evil their eyes were open to the fact that they were indeed naked.  They sowed figs together to cover themselves and hid from the Lord when they heard the Lord walking in the garden.  The intimacy they had with God before they sinned was gone.  They were now separated from God because sin had entered their lives because they disobeyed the command of the Lord not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

When Satan first speaks to Eve the thing he begins with is challenging what God has told Adam and Eve.  Satan’s question is ” did God really say that you should not eat from any tree in the garden”.  Whenever Satan is going to tempt us he is always going to attack and distort the word of God.  God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree that they would surely die.  But Satan challenges the word of God and says to Eve that the only reason God told you not to eat of the tree is because you would become just like Him.

Satan is the father of lies and every word that proceeds from his mouth is a lie.  God has given us His word and His word is truth.  The way we attack and destroy the lies of the enemy is with the truth of God’s word.  That is why the word of God is known as the sword of the Spirit.  It is with the word of God that every lie, deception, and stronghold of Satan is demolished.

Adam and Eve when they partook of the fruit of the tree died spiritually and were removed from the garden of Eden.  When Adam was confronted about his sin he blamed his actions on Eve.  When Eve was confronted with her sin she blamed it on the serpent.  All of us are accountable for our actions.  Even though Satan may tempt us to sin and deceive us, we are reasonable for the choices that we make.  There is nothing that Satan can ever force us to do.  But just like the piece of fruit from the tree it was appealing to the eye.  When Satan presents sin to our lives it is very appealing to the eye, but carries with it a sentence of destruction.

Satan’s only desire is to kill, steal, and destroy.  When Satan was created he was originally named Lucifer and was created perfect and had incredible beauty.  This can be found in both Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.  But Satan in his pride rebelled against God and deceived a third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion.  This is why he is the father of lies.  He has been a liar from the beginning and today his lies and deceptions fill the world leading many to destruction.

What we can learn from Adam and Eve is the importance of walking in obedience to the word of God.  Under the new covenant found in Christ we are called to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy will continually present things to use that will be appealing to the eye, but we must remember that if we begin to indulge in sin that it is incredibly deceptive and will only result in destruction.

The greatest way that we will guard our hearts is developing deep intimacy with Christ.  The relationship that was lost in the Garden of Eden was restored at Calvary.  Through Christ we can walk in deep intimacy with God on a daily basis.  This is our greatest defense against the lies and deceptions of Satan.

God created Adam and Eve perfect and He created them with freewill.  Some will ask that if God knew Adam and Eve would sin why even create them.  But before God ever created Adam and Eve the plan of salvation was established because it was God’s plan from the beginning that Jesus the Son of God would be the center of everything.  That He would be the ultimate King and because of our love for Him for what He did for us that we would give Him our lives by choice.

God could have created humanity and required humanity to serve Him, but what would be missing is love.  God is love and without choice and freewill, love cannot exist.  But even when Adam and Eve sinned the Lord gave them skins to wear.  These skins would have come from animals and it required that the blood of an animal be shed so that Adam and Eve would have their needs met.

Life is found in the blood and because Adam and Eve sinned blood had to be shed so they could be covered in skins.  When it speaks of skins it speaks of animal hides.  Even though they were removed from the Garden God did not abandon them.  They had to be removed because of sin and they could no longer eat of the tree of life.  But God in His grace, love, and mercy has not left the human race to simply die in their sins.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free and spend all eternity with Him.  Through Jesus Christ anyone can be saved.  By simply placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven and we are born again.



Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 NIV

The law the Lord gave Israel was to govern them as a nation and was to govern their lives.  God was in covenant relationship with Israel and the blessing of the Lord was simply found in walking in obedience.  Through these verses the Lord speaks to the people about the importance of teaching the commands of the Lord unto their children.

Every parent is given stewardship of their children for a period of time.  There is a day when every child reaches adulthood and that child leaves the home of their parents.  Those children ultimately belong to the Lord and it is the responsibility of the parent to teach their children about the commands of the Lord.

Today under the blood of Jesus we live under the New Covenant.  We have the whole counsel of God’s word and we today still have the responsibility to teach our children about the Lord and His word.  We live in a world and culture that is steeped in the lies of the enemy.  Any parent who fails to teach their children about the word of God, leave their children vulnerable to the lies and deception of Satan.

In America one of the greatest godless institutions we have is the public education system.  Daily children are ingrained with a humanistic perspective that is based upon demonic lies.  To guard the hearts and minds of our children we should not only pray for them, but daily we should be in God’s word together with them.

The seeds that we sow into their lives as children will stay with them throughout their lives on the earth.  Train up a child in the ways of the Lord and they will not turn from it.  Yes I have seen some of my friends turn for a time who were raised in the Lord, but their is always a day when the Lord begins to soften the heart and call them back to Him.

Let us understand the honor and privilege we have in raising and training children up in the Lord.  The word of God is precious and life changing.  Let us take time each day to seek the Lord with our children and pray the hand and protection of the Lord over their lives.  Praying that God’s will be done and every plan and purpose He has for their lives be released in His due time.

Genesis 2:4-25 commentary

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This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up,for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.  Genesis 2:4-25

Man was created from the dust of the ground.  It was the Lord God who breathed into Adam and gave him life.  God alone is the creator of all things and has created man in His image.  When man looks at creation he must come to a conclusion.  He either believes that indeed all that he sees is created and has a creator.  Or man believes that this some how came by accident or chance.  But when you examine to complexity of life and creation it is pure foolishness to reject the existence of God and He alone being the creator of all things.

God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and in that garden the Lord placed many different trees that were pleasing to the eye.  In the middle of the garden God placed the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  God has to give man a choice because He gave man freewill.  Love cannot exist without choice and freewill.  It was not God’s desire that man would be forced to love God, but to choose to love God.  This is why what Jesus did at Calvary was incredible.  He chose to lay down His life because of His love for us.  Even though we rejected Him, because of His love for us He chose to die for us.

The Lord placed a river in the garden of Eden that would water the garden.  This river would break off into four head rivers that would water the land.  These four rivers can be seen today if you go onto any map and look at their location in the middle east.

The Lord placed man in the garden and had him steward and take care of the garden.  God told Adam he could eat of any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God was very clear that if Adam ate of this tree that he would surely die.  God was very clear with Adam and in giving Adam choice and freewill, Adam had the ability to obey or rebel.  The choice still stands for each person on the earth.  Every person has a freewill to choose God and His ways or to live in rebellion and seek after the ways of the world.

It is incredible that in the garden of Eden Adam was told that he could eat of all trees except one.  Today we who are on the earth are told by Jesus that there is only one way to Heaven and that is through Him alone.  Jesus said that broad is the road that leads to destruction and many will walk on it.  But narrow is the road that leads to life and few will find it.

God sees Adam in the garden and sees that it is not good for Adam to be alone.  God has created us to live in relationship.  Not only with God but with others.  God began by creating animals and birds from the ground and they were brought to Adam to be named by Adam.  When God created Adam, He created him with authority over all creation because Adam was created in the image of God.  But when Adam sinned he lost their authority he had when he was deceived by Satan.

God saw that all the animals and the birds were not suitable companions for Adam.  For the animals and the birds were not created in the image of God.  So God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and from Adam’s rib God created woman.  She was brought to Adam by God and Adam named her woman because she was taken from part of Adam.  It is important to see that number one Adam named woman showing that Adam still had ultimate authority.  The other thing that is important is the word woman.  We live in a culture that desires to empty culture of all masculinity and rid our vocabulary of the word man.  But this attack of our culture on masculinity today is simply demonic in nature and the whole strategy of political correctness is a demonic strategy to paralyze and silence people.  We need to know God’s word and understand the power of words.

The Lord sets the president for marriage when the Lord states that a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and become one flesh.  God’s created order is that man would marry woman and they would become one.  The culture and world we live in which is based upon the lies and deceptions of Satan has tried to distort God’s design and definition of marriage.  But God’s design for marriage is between a man and woman.

Before sin entered the human race Adam and Eve felt no shame.  Even though both were naked they didn’t understand they were naked.  For they were created perfect without any blemish.  It wasn’t until Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that they understood they were naked.  It wasn’t until sin entered the human race that shame entered the human race.