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Genesis 3 - It all crashes down

God responds to our rebellion with both justice and mercy.


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Genesis 3 Summary

  • v1-5 - The serpent simply puts an idea into the woman's head by twisting the truth.

  • v6-7 - The man and woman succumb to the newly planted temptation and eat the forbidden fruit.

  • Ironically, the text says "their eyes were opened." The rest of the Bible will go on to refer to this phenomenon as spiritual blindness.

  • The first thing their newly 'opened' eyes see is their own shame.

  • v8-13 - God confronts His rebellious image bearers, and the blame game commences.

  • v14-19 - God curses everyone involved, but in doing so He also introduces the gospel (v15).

  • v20 - Before God punishes Adam and Eve further, He provides for their immediate needs.

  • v22-24 - God expels Adam and Eve from the garden, but this is for their own good, so that they don't end up gaining immortality by eating from the tree of Life and eternally cementing themselves in the curse.


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We properly attribute the fall to Adam, even though it seems Eve (who doesn't get her name till after the fall) is the most complicit in succumbing to the serpent's temptation.

  • God gave the command not to eat of this fruit before the woman was even created (Gen. 2:17).

  • Remember that although the man & woman are equal in status, they have differing roles, and Adam was to lead and teach his wife what God had said.

  • Eve did not understand God's command as she should of, instead she added to it the provision not to touch (v3). Properly understanding God's Word is important!

  • Adam was to care for the garden, so he should have evicted the evil serpent immediately.

  • Adam complicity stood by while Eve disobeyed and then immediately joined her in disobedience.


AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The God of justice who loves and cares for His image bearers even as He righteously punishes us;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will properly fulfill your role in knowing and teaching God's Word;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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