ADMIT YOUR SIN PROBLEM
Genesis 3:1-4:26 December 9 2007
Paradise did not last long in the garden of Eden. Though God had
provided everything the man and woman needed, they fell prey
to the serpent’s temptation to want more. After dialoguing with
the serpent, the woman broke god’s one command by eating the
fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The man
quickly followed his wife’s Action(Gen. 3:1-6).
God punished the serpent, the woman and the man by making far
more difficult for each. Adam named his wife Eve because she
"was the mother of all living"(Gen. 3:24). God demonstrated He
cared for them by providing the appropriate clothing, but He also
sent them out of Eden so they would not eat from the tree of life
Adam and Eve became the parents of two sons, Cain and Abel.
Cain kills Abel and God driving him further from Eden; but God
also protected him from possible enemies. Cain’ line made great
contributions to civilization but also maintained a spirit of
vengeance (Gen. 4:1-24).
Eve bore Adam another son whom they named Seth, who then had
a son named Enosh. With this new line, the worship of god began
again (Gen. 4:25-26).
1. Temptation Lures Us (Gen. 3:1-5)
Gen. 3:1 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’?” 3:2
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees
in the garden, 3:3 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.’ ” 3:4 “You will not surely die,” the
serpent said to the woman. 3:5 “For God knows that when you
eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil.”
Serpent. The great deceiver clothed himself as a serpent,
one of God’s good creatures. He insinuated a falsehood and
portrayed rebellion as clever, but essentially innocent, self-
interest. Therefore “the devil, or Satan,” is later referred
to as “that ancient serpent” (Rev 12:9; 20:2). Crafty. The
Hebrew words for “crafty” and “naked” are almost identical.
Though naked, the man and his wife felt no shame (Gen.2:25).
The craftiness of the serpent led them to sin, and they then
became ashamed of their nakedness (Gen 3: 7). Did God really
say . . ? The question and the response changed the course of
human history. By causing the woman to doubt God’s word,
Satan brought evil into the world. Here the deceiver undertook
to alienate man from God. In (Job 1-2) he, as the accuser,
acted to alienate God from man ( Zec 3:1).
And you must not touch it. The woman adds to God’s word,
distorting his directive and demonstrating that the serpent’s
subtle challenge was working its poison.
You will not surely die. The blatant denial of a specific divine
God knows. Satan accuses God of having unworthy motives. In
(Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5) he accuses the righteous man of the same.
Your eyes will be opened , and you will be like God. The
statement is only half true. Their eyes were opened, to be sure
(Gen 3: 7), but the result was quite different from what the
serpent had promised. Knowing good and evil. (Gen 2:9).
2. Sin Alienates Us (Gen. 3:6-10)
Gen. 3:6 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. 3:7 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. 3:8 Then the
man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking
in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God
among the trees of the garden. 3:9 But the LORD God called to the
man, “Where are you?” 3:10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden,
and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Good for food. . . Pleasing to the eye. . . Desirable for gaining
wisdom. Three aspects of temptation. ( 1John 2:16; Luke 4:3,5,9).
They realized they were naked. No longer innocent like children,
they had a new awareness of themselves and of each other in their
nakedness and shame. They. . . Made coverings. Their own feeble
and futile attempt to hide their shame, which only God could
cover (Gen3: 21).
The garden. Once a place of joy and fellowship with God, it
became a place of fear and of hiding from God.
Where are you? A rhetorical question (Gen.4:9).
3. God Confronts Us (Gen. 3:11-13;22-23)
Gen. 3:11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have
you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me —she gave
me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 3:13 Then the LORD
God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman
said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 3:22 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.” 3:23 So the LORD
God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from
which he had been taken.
The woman you put here. . . Gave me. The man blames God and
the woman —anyone but himself —for his sin.
The serpent deeived me. The woman blames the serpent rather
Cursed. The serpent, the woman and the man were all judged,
but only the serpent and the ground were cursed —the latter
because of Adam (Gen.3:17). Dust. The symbol of death itself
(Gen.3:19) would be the serpent’s food.
Clothed them. God graciously provided Adam and Eve with more
effective clothing (Gen.3: 7) to cover their shame (Gen.3:10).
Us. (Gen.1:26). Knowing good and evil. In a terribly perverted way,
Satan’s prediction (Gen.3:5) came true. Live forever . Sin, which
always results in death (Rom. 6:23; Jas 1:14-15), cuts the sinner
off from God’s gift of eternal life.
Banised him from the garden. . . To work the ground. Before he
sinned, man had worked in a beautiful and pleasant garden
(Gen.2:15). Now he would have to work the ground.
Bible students long have argued over the serpent’s identity in Genesis 3. Some Bible students suggest the serpents was symbolic of pagan fertility religions or representative of the
forces of evil and chaos that opposed the created order.
Other Bible students believe the serpent symbolized life and wisdom since it was reborn on a regular basis through the shedding of its skin and cleverly survived even without limbs. still other Bible students state the serpent symbolized humanity’s inner desires that lead to sin (Jas. 1:13-14).
None of these views are based on the New Testament , which understands the serpent to be Satan (2 Cor.11:3.14; Rev. 12:9;20:2).
Ultimately Satan employed the Serpent, spoke against God and His
command, and thus tempted the Man and woman to sin . Even as Satan used Peter to attempt to dissuade Jesus from His mission
(Matt. 16:22-23). Satan used the serpent and still uses situations
and people today to tempt individuals to question and disobey God.