Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 10 – Two Warnings Eve Ignored. 
Genesis 3:1

In this lesson, we will see two warning signs that Eve ignored.  And because she ignored these two warning signs, sin and suffering came into her life.

Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtil 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?”

What animal is in this verse?  It is a serpent.  We will learn in verse 15 that the serpent was under the power of the devil.   The devil inhabited the serpent’s body to speak to Eve. 

When Eve first met the serpent, she did not know that she was dealing with the devil.  She thought she was talking to a regular snake. 

This verse tells us that the serpent was more subtle than any other creature God made.  What does subtle mean?  It means cunning and crafty.

The devil chose to use the serpent and bring it under his control for his purposes.  This serpent was clever but in a bad way.

Eve did not know this serpent was under the power of the devil when it spoke to her.  But that should have caused her to stop and say, “Something is wrong. This serpent is speaking to me.” 

If a snake started talking to you, what would you do? I would probably run away.  We understand that snakes are not supposed to talk to people.  In this case, the snake is talking with Eve.  

The snake was doing something out of place, out of character.  He was doing something that he was not designed to do.

It should be a warning sign to us when we see an animal or a person do something they were not designed to do. 

Everything God made was good including the serpent.  But the devil used this serpent to do something in a bad way that he was not designed to do. 

It should have warned Eve that something was not right and she should have run away.

Likewise, we should take warning when we hear people talk against God.  You do not want to be associated with anyone like that and should get away.    

Next we read in this verse, “And he said unto the woman”.  Notice that the devil talks to Eve, not to Adam.  There is a reason why the devil talks to Eve instead of Adam.

In our last study, we read that God spoke directly to Adam about the trees of the garden. 

The woman was not there when God commanded Adam. She was not made yet.  She got her instructions from her husband, Adam.

Since she did not hear God give the command, the devil came to try to cause her to doubt God’s Word.  He said, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” 

He tells Eve, did God really say that?  Then after putting doubt in her mind, he misquotes what God said.  

Did God say, “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?  No. God did not say that.  God said that they could eat the fruit of every tree, but one tree. 

By twisting the Word of God, he caused Eve to doubt what God said.  Maybe she wondered if Adam really told her the truth or maybe she thought that he misunderstood what God said? 

It caused her to question what God said, which is what the devil wanted.  This happens in our day too.  The devil loves to twist God’s Word to make you think it means something else. 

The first warning sign Eve ignored was being with someone that was doing something they were not designed to do.  The second warning sign Eve ignored was when she began to doubt God’s word.

The devil likes to deceive people so they do not believe God or His Word, the Bible.

You will find that this is the case in your life too.  When you stop believing God and start believing that your way is better, then you will find yourself having all kinds of problems in life.

The devil also uses religious people to twist the words of God to give a different message than God intended.  That is why we need to study the Bible. 

Any man that does not speak according to the Word of God is not speaking truth.   I do not want you to know what I believe, but I want you to know what God has said in His Word.  

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Questions Lesson 10

1. What animal do we find in Genesis 3:1?  ___________

2. According to Genesis 3, the serpent was under the power and control of whom?  _________

3. According to this lesson, what does subtle mean? ______________

4. According to Genesis 3:1, who did the snake (devil) talk to?  _________

5. According to the Bible,
a. Eve heard God’s command to not eat of the fruit of this tree.
b. Eve did not hear God’s command not to eat the fruit of this tree, but learned it from Adam.

6. According to this lesson, the first warning sign that Eve ignored is when an animal or a person is doing something they were not ____________  to do.

7. According to this lesson, the second warning sign that Eve ignored is when you begin to _____________ what God said.

8. According to Genesis 3:1, the devil twisted God’s word to cause Eve to doubt God’s word. 
a. True            
b. False

9. According to Genesis 3:1, the devil tries to deceive people so they will not believe God’s word. 
a. True            
b. False

10. According to this lesson, it is better to trust what religious people say about God rather than studying the Bible and knowing what it says yourself.   
a. True            
b. False

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