Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 22 – Sweat, Death and Deliverance. 
Genesis 3:19

In this lesson, we are going to look at how Adam’s sin still affects us today.  

Genesis 3:19 – “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

God is still talking to Adam and Eve about the consequences of their sin.  In verse 19, God tells them, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”

What does God mean that they will sweat?  It means that in life there will be hardship, suffering, and sorrow.

Every time you go outside to dig a hole in the ground, you begin to sweat.   You go cut down a tree, you sweat.  You plow a field or reap a harvest, you sweat.  You go out hunting for food, you sweat. 

Every time you sweat, it is a reminder that your sin brings hardship, difficulty, suffering, and struggle to your life.  Do you struggle to take care of your family?  Most people do. I do.

One reason God allows the suffering and struggle in our life is to help us realize we have a sin problem.  Adam passed a sin nature to the human race.  We all have a sin problem.

Then God says, “till thou return unto the ground”.  What does ‘return unto the ground’ mean? 

God reveals how He made Adam in Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

God made Adam’s body out of the dust of the ground, but God gave Adam his soul when He breathed life into his nostrils.

God told Adam that he will return unto the ground.  The key word here is “return”.  If you return to something, it means you came from that something. 

Did Adam’s soul come from the ground?  No.  God gave Adam his soul when He breathed life into his nostrils.   So, what then came from the ground?  It was Adam’s body. 

God is talking about what happens to the body at death.  God says, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”.  At death, our bodies will go back to the ground. 

Death is all around us.  Funerals are taking place every day all over the world.  People that you love and care about die. 

Death is a reminder that we all came into this world with a sin problem already affecting our life.  The consequences of sin affect the whole human race.

It does not matter what the color your skin is, what country you come from, or how much money you have. You cannot escape death and you cannot escape the struggle, sweat and suffering of life.

God designed this judgment for man’s benefit so that we will be reminded that we need God.  The first step to deliverance is to recognize that we have a sin problem and need God.   

Some people get angry against God when someone they love dies.  But it was not God’s fault they died.  There was no death before after Adam and Eve sinned.  Death is a consequence of sin. 

Some people ask, “How do you prepare for what happens after death?”

First, you must come to God and admit that you have a sin problem.  You choose to disobey God.  The consequence of your sin brings hardship, suffering, and sorrow to your life.  

Second, you must ask God for His solution to your sin problem.  God has made a way to fix the sin problem in your life so that you can come into a right relationship with Him.

I did that over 20 years ago.  I went to God and admitted that I had a sin problem.  He showed me the solution and that was the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

One day, I will die. But I know that God saved me from the penalty of sin.  I know that when I die, I will go to be with God in Heaven.

That is what I want for you.  I want you to come to know God. I want you to know the forgiveness of sin and have a genuine relationship with God.  That is the purpose of these Bible studies.

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Questions Lesson 22

1. According to Genesis 3:19, God saying “in the sweat of thy face” means that in life there will be hardship, suffering, and sorrow.           
a. True            
b. False

2. According to the Bible, God allows the suffering and struggle in life to help us ______ we have a sin problem. 

3. According to Genesis 2:7, God made Adam’s body out of the _________ of the ground.

4. According to the Bible, death is a reminder that we all came into the world with a sin nature. 
a. True            
b. False

5. According to the Bible, it is possible to escape death.      
a. True    
b. False

6. According to the Bible, it is not God’s fault when someone dies; death is a consequence of sin.  a. True              
b. False

7. According to the Bible, it is possible to escape the struggle, sweat, and suffering of life. 
a. True            
b. False

8. According to the Bible, the first step in entering a right relationship with God is first to recognize that we have a sin problem.           
a. True   
b. False

9. According to the Bible, there was there death before Adam and Eve sinned.      
a. True   
b. False

10. According to the Bible, God has made a way to fix the sin problem in your life so that you can come into a right relationship with Him.          
a. True      
b. False

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