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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