Firm Foundation Bible Study
Lesson 14 – Ignoring the Obvious.
God put Adam and Eve in the garden. He had told them they could eat the fruit from every tree that was there, except one tree. They were not allowed to eat of that tree.
In our previous lesson, we saw that the devil caused Eve to doubt God’s word. She began to consider that maybe God was keeping something good from her. She saw the fruit was good.
She took it and ate it. Then she gave it to Adam and he ate of the fruit also. By disobeying God, they sinned the moment they ate the fruit. In this lesson, we are going to see the results of that sin.
Genesis 3:7 – “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
What happened? The eyes of the both were opened. God is not talking about the physical sight. They were not blind. When God created man and woman, He made them with eyes that could see.
So, what was “opened”? Their eyes were opened to a new level of understanding. They began to see the world around them differently.
God warned them that if they ate the fruit, there will be knowledge of good and of evil. They already were experiencing good but now they will also experience evil.
Sin will be something that they will desire. Likewise, we all have the same problem. There are some things that God said “do not do this”, but we see it as something that we desire.
Both Adam and Eve thought they could get something good by disobeying God. But instead of something good, they would now experience evil and as a result experience suffering.
When they ate the fruit, their eyes were opened. They saw things differently than before. One thing they saw differently was that they were naked.
The verse goes on to say, they knew that they were naked. God made Adam and Eve without clothing. They were in a state of innocence and not ashamed.
But now, they lost that state of innocence. Their eyes were opened to a new understanding. They now saw nakedness as something to be ashamed of.
What did they do next? They made themselves clothing by sewing fig leaves together to cover up their nakedness. They were ignoring the obvious problem.
They sinned against God and now they came up with their own plan on how to fix their problem and cover their nakedness.
When they disobeyed God, they knew that something was wrong. But instead of confessing their sin to God and seeking God’s help, they tried to find a way to cover up their sin.
The same thing happens in our life. We try to find ways to cover our sin and make people think we are a good person. Usually we do not admit the truth about our own sin, but God sees it all.
In our next lesson, we will see that God comes to the garden to talk with Adam and Eve. He has a plan to fix their problem. Likewise, God also has a plan to fix the problem of sin in your life.
Many times we see the evil and suffering around us and we want it to be fixed. But there is some sin that is appealing and calls to us. We secretly desire it.
We know that things are not right in our life but we ignore it just like Adam and Eve and try to cover it and hide it.
Man tries to fix the sin problem his own way. Some people try religion and think it will make them right with God. But religion cannot make you right with God.
Some people try living a good life and think that if they are a good person, God will overlook their sin. But being a good person cannot make you right with God.
Adam and Eve are going to find out that covering their nakedness will not make them right with God. Likewise, God will not accept your efforts to cover your sin.
God has provided a way to fix the problem of sin. It is the only way God will accept. That is the central message of the Bible.
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Questions Lesson 14
1. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve sinned when they disobeyed God and ate the fruit.
2. According to the Bible, before eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve experienced evil.
3. According to Genesis 3:7, after Adam and Eve at the forbidden fruit, what was opened? ______
4. According to Genesis 3:7, what did they see for the first time? ___________________
5. According to Genesis 3:7, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God,
a. They went right to God and confessed their sin.
b. They tried to cover up their sin.
6. According to Genesis 3:7, Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin by ______________ together.
7. According to the Bible, God sees all our sin.
8. According to this lesson, religion can cover your sin and make you right with God.
9. According to this lesson, being a good person can cover your sin and make you right with God. a. True
10. According to this lesson, God will accept your own efforts to cover your sin and make you right with Him?
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