Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 11 –Little Words Bring BIG Problems. 
Genesis 3:2-3

The devil used the serpent to speak to Eve in Genesis 3:1.  She did not know that she was speaking with the devil.  He twisted the Bible and made her doubt what God really said.

Then we read Eve’s reply in vs 2-3.  There are little words in her reply that caused big problems.

Genesis 3:2-3 – “2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But 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.”

In verse 2, she said “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden”.  But she left out two words.  God told Adam in Genesis 2:16 that “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat”.

She left out the word “every”.  God said they were allowed to eat the fruit of every tree but one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

She also left out the word “freely”.  God gave Adam and Eve the fruit trees of the garden so they could eat.  They were free to eat whenever they wanted and how much they wanted. 

But Eve was not mindful of God giving them the freedom to freely eat of every tree, but one.  The lesson is this, we need to be thankful people.

We need to learn to thank God for the blessings He has given us. If you set your eyes on what is wrong and what is missing in your life, you will become unthankful.

An unthankful person is a person who cannot see clearly all that God has done for them. This is where the devil started with Eve. 

He tricked her into thinking that God was withholding something good from her and it caused big problems in her life going forward. It will cause big problems in your life too.

I recommend that you take some time and write down the blessings that God has given you.  Then, thank God for things you have instead of complaining about what you do not have.

Not only did Eve leave out some of God’s words, but she also added to God’s words.  In verse 3, she is speaking about the tree that God warned Adam of. 

She says, “God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die”.  Notice the words, “neither shall ye touch it”.  Did God say that to Adam?  No.

In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam, “thou shalt not eat of it”.  God said, do not eat it, but Eve added the words “neither shall ye touch it”.

That is a big problem. She added to what God said.  God did not say “do not to touch the tree”.  He only said not to eat of the tree.

Maybe she felt that what God said was not strong enough and thought she could add to what God said to make it a stronger case.  This is a big problem. 

It has happened many times before. People see what God said.  They are not happy with God’s message.  Then they think they need to add words to tell others this is what God really said. 

Not only did Eve take away from God’s word and added to God’s word, but she also changed God’s word. 

In verse 3, she tells the devil “lest ye die”. The word lest means maybe.  So, she is saying that if you eat it, maybe you will die and but maybe not.

Is that what God said?  Genesis 2:17, He told Adam, “thou shalt surely die”.  Surely means it absolutely will happen.  Eve changed God’s Word from “you will die” to “you might die”. 

She minimized the judgments of God to be something smaller than what they were.  She made it sound like maybe there would be no consequences for disobeying God.   

When we minimize the judgments of God in our life, we begin to think that maybe God won’t punish this sin and we can get away with it.

We see what Eve did when she quoted God.  She took away from God’s word, she added to God’s word and she changed God’s word. 

This is why it is important for you to know what God said.  You should not believe what man says about God’s Word. 

I do not want you to believe what I say.  I want you to see what God says and believe Him.

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Questions Lesson 11

1. According to the Bible, Eve knew she was talking to the devil.     
a. True
b. False

2. According to Genesis 3:2, what two words did Eve leave out? 
a. ______ 
b. ______

3. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve could eat the fruit from all the trees but one whenever and how much they wanted.         
a. True            
b. False

4. According to the Bible, Eve was thankful for the freedom to eat from every tree but one. 
a. True            
b. False

5. According to the Bible, if you focus on what is missing in your life, you will be become unthankful.   
a. True     
b. False

6. According to Genesis 3:2-3, the devil tricked Eve into thinking that God was withholding something good from her.   
a. True
b. False

7. According to Genesis 3:3, what words did Eve add to God’s word?  _________________

8. According to Genesis 3:3, Eve changed God’s word from you will surely die to what?  _________________

9. According to this lesson, it is important for you to believe God’s word for yourself and not what someone else says, since man can take away from God’s word, add to it or change it.
a. True            
b. False

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