Firm Foundation Bible Study
Lesson 17 – Who Do You Blame?
After Adam and Eve sinned, they realized they were naked. They sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Then they heard God coming to them and they hid themselves in the trees.
God called out to Adam and he finally came out to meet God. He replied to God,
Genesis 3:10 – “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Adam was afraid and ashamed because he knew that he had sinned against God. Then God asked Adam if he ate the fruit that God had forbidden.
Genesis 3:11 – “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
Notice Adam’s reply,
Genesis 3:12 – “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
Adam answered God’s question saying that he did eat, but Adam did not accept the responsibility for his sin. He blamed Eve for giving him the fruit.
Adam could have told his wife, “No, I will not eat it”. But he took of the fruit and he ate knowing that he was disobeying God.
No one forced Adam to disobey God. He willingly disobeyed God. Adam is not taking responsibility for his action. He is blaming Eve.
When we do something wrong, it is easy to blame someone else for influencing us to do it. But the truth is, when we sin, it is because we choose to sin.
It is my fault when I sin, not someone else’s fault. We are responsible for the choices that we make. Adam was wrong to blame his wife.
Adam not only blames his wife, but he also blames God. Adam told God, “the woman you gave me”. He blames God for giving him the woman.
I hope that you do not make the mistake of blaming God for your sin. Many people have blamed God for allowing things to happen in their life that influenced them to sin.
Then God turns His attention to Eve and asks,
Genesis 3:13 – “And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
Eve also confessed that she ate the fruit, but she blamed the serpent. She said, “The serpent deceived me”.
Just like Adam, Eve did not take responsibility for her actions but blamed it on someone else.
God did not want Adam and Eve to blame their sin on their circumstances or other people. Likewise, God does not want you to blame your sin on your circumstances or other people.
Sin is caused by our own choices and not by our circumstances or the people around us.
Just as God wanted Adam to accept the responsibility for his sin, so God wants us to take responsibility for our sin.
This is a difficult lesson to learn. The truth is we are responsible for our own actions. Once we accept that, then we are ready to hear God’s plan to fix our sin problem.
Who are you blaming for your sin? If you are going to blame your sin on other people or on your circumstances, then there is no solution to fix your sin problem.
God has made a way to fix your sin problem and bring you into a right relationship with Him.
But it requires you to accept responsibility for your sin and stop blaming it on other people or your circumstances.
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Questions Lesson 17
1. According to Genesis 3:12, Adam confessed to God that he ate the fruit.
2. According to Genesis 3:12, Adam accepted the responsibility for his sin.
3. According to Genesis 3:12, what two people did Adam blame for his sin?
4. According to Genesis 3:13, Eve confessed to God that she ate the fruit.
5. According to Genesis 3:13, Eve accepted the responsibility for her sin.
6. According to Genesis 3:13, who did Eve blame for her sin? _____________
7. According to the Bible, did Adam and Eve choose to disobey God or did the devil force them to disobey God.
a. Adam and Eve chose to disobey
b. The devil forced them to disobey
8. According to the Bible, when you sin, God wants you to…
a. Blame God for your sin
b. Blame someone else for your sin
c. Accept the responsibility for your sin and the choices you make
9. According to the Bible, it is God’s fault that you chose to sin?
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