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.

 

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