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GENESIS 3:1) "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

Sometimes this may seem to us like "blind" trust, but only God can really know what lies ahead in our lives and what may bring harm to us. Satan is still pulling the same trick today. He is still enticing people to doubt God's word and His love for them. This is the only way he can tempt Christians. Once you have turned your life over to God, Satan will try to drive a wedge between you and The Lord and separate you from His love. Just a little seed of doubt is all that is needed sometimes. So Christians, beware! When you feel yourself beginning to question God, make sure you are not being enticed to eat of the tree of knowledge!

It is so easy to blame Eve here in Genesis. And then, why did Adam eat this fruit? Did he know it was the fruit from the forbidden tree? If he had eaten it in ignorance, would it still have been a sin? I believe he must have known the fruit was from the tree of knowledge. Perhaps he saw a change in Eve and wanted the same knowledge. We may never know the answer to this question but we do know that God placed the blame on both of them equally. Eve blamed the serpent for beguiling her and the man blamed Eve for giving him the fruit and God for giving him Eve.

In verse 16, God told the woman she would bring forth children in sorrow. Does this mean she would begin to have children or that she would begin to have pain during childbirth? Up until this point there had been nothing bad in the garden. Not so much as a thorn or weed. But after Adam and Eve rebelled against God the ground was even cursed and began to bring forth thorns and thistles. Up until now there had been no death but God promised Adam and Eve they would return to the ground from which they were formed. For the first time we also find animal sacrifice. God killed the first animals to cover the shame of man.

In verse 22 we find the reason why God sent Adam and Eve out of the garden. It was not just as a punishment...the tree of life was in the midst of the garden and if they ate from it, they would live forever. So God placed Cherubim and a flaming sword at the east of Eden to keep the way of the tree of life.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1) Who do you think was most to blame for the sin committed here? Adam or Eve?

2) Evidently, the serpent's physical appearance changed after sin. Do you think Adam and Eve's appearances also changed?

3) Do you think Eve had children while living in the garden or was Cain her firstborn?

4) Do you believe the garden of Eden still exists today? Why or why not?


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