After God had formed man, he placed him in the garden of Eden to take care of it. In the garden were many trees which were nice to look at and good for food. In the midst of the garden were two special trees, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told the man that he could eat of any tree except the tree of knowledge of good and evil because he would die. After instructing the man, God decided that the man should not be alone, and He created woman.
One day, a serpent approached the woman. He asked her, “Did God really say you cannot eat of any tree in the garden?” The woman responded that God said that they could eat the fruit of any tree except the one in the midst of the garden. Further, she stated that they were not allowed to touch the tree, or they would die. But not giving up so easily, the serpent stated, “Surely, you will not die. God knows that once you eat the fruit that your eyes will open, and you will be like Him knowing good and evil.” When the woman looked at the tree and saw that it was good for food and that the fruit was pleasing to the eye, she picked the fruit and ate. Then, she gave some to her husband who was with her. After he took a bite, both of their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked. They sewed together fig leaves to make loincloths.
After the man and woman had sewn the loincloth, God came walking in the garden. The man and woman hid among the fruit trees. God asked, “Where are you?” The man responded that they hid because they were naked. God asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat off the tree I told you not to eat from?” The man responded that the woman God had given him gave him the fruit to eat. God asked the woman, “What have you done?” The woman responded that the serpent deceived her and that’s why she ate the fruit.
Upon hearing what happened, God punished the serpent, the woman, and the man. The serpent lost his ability to walk and would have to slither on his belly. The woman would have to endure great pain in childbirth, and her husband would have rule over her. The woman’s children and the serpent would become enemies. Because the man received the command and disobeyed God, he would have to farm the land to produce food, but God cursed the ground. Thus, his tasks would not be easy. Finally, God instituted death for humans. God sewed together skins to clothe the man and woman. Then, He put the man and woman out of the garden, so they could not eat from the tree of life and live eternally. To guard the tree of life, God placed cherubim and a flaming sword that turned all ways in front of the entrance to the tree of life.
Source: Genesis 2-3
- What did God tell the man? What did the serpent say? What did the woman tell the serpent? What was the difference?
- When the downfall happened, who’s fault was it? Why?
- In the midst of the garden, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were both there. Why didn’t the woman and man choose the tree of life?
- Why did God punish everyone?
- What were the consequences of their actions? Did they mean for this to occur? Does it matter?
- The woman said that the serpent deceived her. The man said that the woman gave him the fruit. Do these actions excuse their sin/wrongdoing?
- The man was with the woman when she picked the fruit. Why didn’t he stop her, and why did he eat?
- Did they have the ability to resist the temptation?
- Why didn’t someone ask for forgiveness?
- Why is it important for you to know God’s word for yourself?
- God said that man would die if he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. How did man die?
- If you are standing around when wrongdoing is happening, do you have a responsibility to try and stop it? Do you have family or friends who try to stop you from wrong actions? Do you appreciate them? Why or why not?
What does the bible say? Discuss.
- If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 ESV
- But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:14-15 ESV
- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
- For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 ESV
- Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV
- Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NKJV
- Know God’s Word for yourself. The enemy is always seeking ways to trick you.
- The actions you take are the actions you chose.
- Surround yourself with people who have the mindset to do right like you. Otherwise, you’re more likely to fall.
When you are called out for a poor choice, ask yourself, “What could I have done differently to have done the right thing?” Then, apply it to your life.
Father God, we know the enemy is constantly seeking ways to trick us. However, you have said that we are already overcomers. Thus, when the enemy comes, we are able to win. We win by showing our love to you and following your commandments. Strengthen us with your Word, so that we may continue to win these battles in life. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
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