Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 18 – Consequences of Sin for the Serpent.  
Genesis 3:14

Sin has consequences.  Remember the devil inhabited the serpent’s body, took control of him, and used him to tempt Eve to disobey God. 

In this lesson, we are going to see what happens to the serpent because of his involvement.  After Adam and Eve sinned, God came to meet with them in the garden. 

Then God pronounces the consequences of sin for the devil, for the woman, and for the man, but first, He starts with the serpent.  

Genesis 3:14 – “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”

Notice that God is talking to the serpent.  “And the Lord God said unto the serpent.” God is not speaking to the devil.  He will speak to the devil next, but He starts with the serpent.

God says, “Because thou has done this.”  What was it that he did?  The serpent allowed the devil to use it to tempt Eve to sin.  God then curses the serpent saying, “Thou art cursed …”

The serpent was a creation of God. As a creation of God, it was not to give itself over to the devil.  The serpent allowed the devil to control him.   

As a result, God said that it was now cursed more than any animal God made.  Then God says, “Upon thy belly shalt thou go”.  

Evidently, the serpent had legs and walked on the earth.  It is hard to believe, but even science has proven that snakes used to have legs. 

God cursed the serpent and some kind of genetic mutations took place to the point where snakes were birthed with no legs.

Then God says, “And dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life”.  The serpent now crawls on the ground.  What do we learn from this?

First, we learn that we are responsible for the choices that we make in life. The serpent made the choice to allow Satan to use its body.

If God will judge a serpent for that choice, how much more will God judge us for the times we choose to sin.

Second, there are consequences that we must face for our sin.  Just as there were consequences to the serpent’s actions, so there are consequences for when we choose to go against God.

God wants you to know that there consequences to your sin so that you will follow His plan to fix your sin problem and bring you into a right relationship with Him.

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Questions Lesson 18

1. According to the Bible, there are no consequences for sin.   
a. True
b. False

2. According to Genesis 3:14, the serpent allowed the devil to use it to tempt Eve to sin.  
a. True            
b. False

3. According to the Bible, it is o.k. to give ourselves over to the devil and allow him to use us.
a. True            
b. False

4. According to Genesis 3:14, God cursed the serpent.    
a. True
b. False

5. According to the lesson, science has proven that snakes used to have legs.   
a. True
b. False

6. According to Genesis 3:14, it shows that we are responsible for the choices we make in life. 
a. True            
b. False

7. According to the Bible, God will not judge our sin as long as we are religious and try to be a good person.     
a. True
b. False

8. According to the Bible, there are consequences we must face for our sin.    
a. True
b. False

9. According to the Bible, God wants you to follow his plan to fix your sin problem. 
a. True            
b. False

10. According to the Bible, God wants you to come into a right relationship with him. 
a. True            
b. False

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