Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What was the Fall?


Lesson 7: The Fall


 

Bible Study: Read Genesis 3:1-2.

 

In these verses, a snake starts up a conversation with Eve. Is Eve surprised that a snake is talking to her? No, she simply replies to the snake’s question without any surprise.

 

If Eve wasn’t surprised to hear a snake talk, do you think that means animals used to talk? Most animals make noises and some birds can even replicate human speech. It is possible that animals could talk to humans before the fall.

 

Who is this snake? Is it just a regular snake or is it someone else?

 

Read Revelation 20:1-2.

 

The snake was Satan disguising himself as a snake.

 

How did Satan start tempting Eve? He said, “Did God really say…?” What is he doing here? He’s trying to make Eve doubt what God had said. He was trying to make her doubt God’s word. That’s the same thing Satan does to us, isn’t it? He tries to make us doubt.

 

How does Eve reply? She says, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’” Is that what God said? Did He tell Adam and Eve not to touch it or did He just tell them not to eat it?

 

Read Genesis 2:16-17.

 

God just told them not to eat it. The reason that Eve was so easily tempted is that she did not know what God had actually said. She forgot. The only way that we can resist temptation is to know what God has said. We have to know God’s Word, study it.

 

Read Matthew 4:4.

 

That’s how important God’s Word is. We need it to survive.

 

Read Genesis 3:4-6.

 

Now what is Satan doing? He started out making Eve doubt what God had said. Now he outright contradicts God.

 

What made Eve eat it? She “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom” It looked good, right? The fruit seemed like it had some benefits to it. But not everything that looks good is good, right? You have to stop and think about the consequences of things.

 

Read Genesis 3:7-10.

 

Do you think God knew where Adam and Eve were? Yes

 

Do you think He knew what they had done? Yes

 

Then why does He ask where they are? Why doesn’t He just start pronouncing guilt on them and giving them their punishment? God is giving Adam and Eve a chance to come out and confess their sin.

 

Read Genesis 3:11-13.

 

But instead of simply confessing their sin, what are Adam and Eve doing in these verses? They’re refusing to take responsibility for what they’ve done. They’re making excuses. Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the snake.

 

Does God accept their excuses? No. They’re still punished for what they’ve done.

 

Read Genesis 3:14.

 

What is the punishment for the snake here? Didn’t snakes always crawl on their bellies? This verse implies that snakes once walked.

 

Read Genesis 3:15.

 

What is the punishment here? Before, all was peaceful in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve took care of the animals. Now, humans and snakes will be enemies. Snakes will bite humans and humans will kill snakes.

 

Read Genesis 3:16.

 

What are the consequences for the woman? Childbearing will hurt. And she will no longer be the equal of her husband. When God created the man and the woman, they were equals. But now it says that the man will lord it over the woman. The man will be the ruler of the woman. This is not how things originally were. This is not a good thing. This is a negative consequence of sin entering the world.

 

Read Genesis 3:17-19.

 

What are the negative consequences for the man? His work will be hard.

Originally, God made the man to like to work (Genesis 2:15) when He told him to take of the Garden, but now work will be hard and not fun.

 

Read Genesis 3:20-24.

 

What is the consequence in taking the tree of life away? This means that Adam and Eve cannot live forever now.

 

God said that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die (Genesis 2:15). This didn’t necessarily mean that they would die immediately. It simply says that they would die. Having the tree of life taken away means that Adam and Eve and all humans after them would eventually die. This is where Adam and Eve and all humans become mortal.

 

But they don’t die immediately, do they? Why is this? I think it’s because God is being gracious to them. He’s giving them time to repent for what they’ve done and learn to live in the holiest manner that they can now. In speaking on why Jesus had not yet come back, Peter says

 

Read 1 Peter 3:9.

 

God did not kill Adam and Eve right away because He wanted to give them time to repent. Jesus has not come back yet because He’s giving us time to repent before the Judgment Day.

 

Now we’ve talked about how Adam and Eve were cut off from access to the tree of life. But where is the tree of life now? Did it just die? Can the tree of life die? If not, where is it?

 

Read Revelation 22:1-2.

 

The tree of life is still alive, waiting for us in heaven. Eternal life is still available for those who have faith in the God who will give it to us.

 


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Lesson 7: The Fall

 


Bible Study: Read Genesis 3:1-2.

 

 

Is Eve surprised that a snake is talking to her?

 

 

What could it mean that Eve was not surprised?

 

 

Who is this snake? Is it just a regular snake or is it someone else?

 

 

Read Revelation 20:1-2.

 

 

Satan starts tempting Eve by asking, “Did God really say…?” What is he doing here?

 

 

Eve answers, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’” Is that what God said?

 

 

Read Genesis 2:16-17.

 

 

The reason that Eve was so easily tempted is that she _________________________________ what God had actually said. She forgot. The only way that we can resist temptation is to know what God has said. We have to know God’s Word and study it.

 

 

Read Matthew 4:4.

 

 

How important is God’s Word?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:4-6.

 

 

Now what is Satan doing?

 

 

What made Eve eat it?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:7-10.

 

 

Do you think God knew where Adam and Eve were?

 

 

Do you think He knew what they had done?

 

 

Then why does He ask where they are? Why doesn’t He just start pronouncing guilt on them and giving them their punishment?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:11-13.

 

 

But instead of simply confessing their sin, what are Adam and Eve doing in these verses?

 

 

Does God accept their excuses?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:14.

 

 

What is the punishment for the snake here?

 

 

Didn’t snakes always crawl on their bellies?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:15.

 

What is the punishment here?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:16.

 

 

What are the consequences for the woman?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:17-19.

 

 

What are the negative consequences for the man?

 

 

Read Genesis 3:20-24.

 

 

What is the consequence in taking the tree of life away?

 

 

God said that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die (Genesis 2:15), so why doesn’t God kill them right away?

 

 

We’ve talked about how Adam and Eve were cut off from access to the tree of life. But where is the tree of life now? Did it just die? Can the tree of life die? If not, where is it?

 

 

Read Revelation 22:1-2.

 

 

The tree of life is still alive, ____________________ for us in Heaven. Eternal life is still available for those who have faith in the God who will give it to us.

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