Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
How does verse 1 describe the serpent? It says that it was more subtle than any other animal. What does subtle mean? It means cunning and crafty. This serpent was clever, but in a bad way.
Can a serpent speak? No. So, how was the serpent able to speak? It was under the power of the devil. The devil inhabited the serpent’s body to speak to Eve.
What did the devil say to Eve in verse 1? He said, “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Basically, he says to Eve, did God really say that you cannot eat from every tree of the garden?
The devil is trying to deceive Eve by putting doubt in her mind about what God said. God already said they could eat the fruit of every tree, but one tree.
But by twisting God’s word, he caused Eve to doubt what God said. This happens in our day too. The devil twists God’s Word to deceive people so they do not believe God.
Genesis 3:4 – “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
What did the devil say to Eve? He told Eve that she would not die. But what did God tell Adam? We already read that in Genesis 2:17, God said, “thou shalt surely die”. The judgment for sin was sure.
The devil contradicted and denied God’s word. Remember that God always tells the truth. The devil is a liar.
Genesis 3:6 – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Sadly, Eve was tricked into disobeying God. However, we read that Adam willingly disobeyed God. There are four action words in this verse. What is the first action word? It is the word “saw”. There are three things that she saw in this verse.
First, she saw that the tree was what? It was “good for food”. She saw the thing that God had forbidden as something good. She thought she had a good reason to disobey God.
Second, she saw that it was what? It was “pleasant to the eyes”. Looking at the tree made her feel happy. Maybe she was thinking, “How could something that makes me happy be wrong?”
Perhaps she started wondering if God was keeping something good from her.
This is the mistake that many people make. They look at sin and think that it will make them feel happy. Then they think that something that feels good could not be wrong and start thinking that God is trying to keep something good from them.
Third, she saw the tree was what? It was “desired to make one wise”. She is thinking, “Why did not God create me with more wisdom? What is God hiding from me?”
What is the second action word? It is the word “took”. She took of the fruit. She goes from looking at the tree to taking of the fruit.
God allowed Adam and Eve to eat of every tree except this one tree. God kept this tree for Himself. He said it was His. But Eve decided to take that fruit which belonged to God. She stole it from God. She saw it, and then took it.
What is the third action word? It is the word “eat”. She saw, she took and then she ate. She did what God said not to do. She disobeyed God. This is the way sin progresses in our life. We see things that God has forbidden and then find a way to make it ours.
What is the fourth action word? It is the word “gave”. She was not happy being in sin alone. She wanted to include her husband and have him disobey God as well. Usually, sin does not stop with one person doing wrong. The one who sins wants to include other people in their sin as well.
This verse shows us the steps to sin. It starts when she thought why she should have something that God said no to. Then she took it. Then she ate it and gave it to her husband, and he did eat.
All the sin, evil and suffering in this world is the result of man’s sin and disobedience to God. But the good news is that God made a way to conquer that sin in our life so that we can come into a right relationship with Him.
Questions Key Truth #6
1. What is the animal in Genesis 3:1?
2. What does this verse tell us about the serpent?
3. What does subtle mean?
4. Who inhabited the serpent’s body to speak to Eve?
5. The devil twists God’s Word to _______ people so they do not believe God.
6. In Genesis 3:4, what did the devil say to Eve?
7. Did the devil contradict and deny God’s Word? Yes or No
8. Who always tells the truth? God or Devil
9. In Genesis 3:6, what is the first action word?
10. Eve saw three things about the tree. What were they?
11. What is the second action word?
12. What is the third action word?
13. What is the fourth action word?
14. All the sin, evil, and suffering in the world is the result of man’s ___________ and ______________ to God.
Genesis 3:8 – “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”
In verse 8, what did Adam and Eve hear? They heard God’s voice. What did they do when they heard God coming? They hid from Him.
Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God, when God came to the garden, He would call out to them and they would go and talk with Him.
But now after they disobeyed God, when they heard God coming, they hid from Him. Instead of going to God and telling him about what they did wrong, they hid themselves.
We learn something very important about God. Did He come looking for them or did they go looking for Him? Of course, it was God that came looking for Adam and Eve. What does this teach you about God? Even though you sin, God comes looking for you so he can restore a relationship with you.
Some people think that it is hard to find God. Is that true? Was God hiding from Adam and Eve making it difficult for them to find Him? No. God was out in the open where He could be seen. God does not make it hard for people to find Him.
Adam and Eve were hiding from God. They did not want to meet with God because of their sin. Likewise, man hides from God because of their sin.
Genesis 3:9 – “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”
God did not stop looking for Adam because he was hiding. He did not turn around and leave. Likewise, if you are hiding from God because of your sin, He will not stop looking for you too.
What does this verse say that God did? He called unto Adam. He wanted Adam to know that He was looking for him.
God could have forced himself into Adam’s life, but He did not. Likewise, God could force himself into your life, but He will not. He wants us to come to Him willingly.
When God called out to Adam, what did He say? He said, “Where are you?” God knew exactly where Adam and Ever were hiding, but He called out to them because He wanted them to respond.
Likewise, He also knows where you are. He knows all about your life, your struggles, your suffering, and your sin. He is also calling out to you because He wants a relationship with you.
God asked them, “Where are you?” because He wanted them to realize that they had a sin problem and admit that he was not right with God.
Their problem is not with God. God did not do anything wrong to them. Their problem was with their own sin. Likewise, the problem in our life is not with God. God never wronged us. Our problem is with our own sin.
God came to Adam and Eve because He wanted to restore their relationship with Him and had a plan to fix their sin problem, but they would need to come out of hiding and meet with Him.
Likewise, God made a way for you to come into a right relationship with Him, but you will need to come out of hiding to meet Him. You will not find God if you hide yourself from Him.
Questions Key Truth #7
15. In Genesis 3:8, what did Adam and Eve hear?
16. What did they do when they heard God coming?
17. Is God looking for Adam and Eve or are they looking for God?
18. Does God hide from man to make it difficult to find Him or is He out in the open making it easy to find Him?
19. What is the reason most people hide from God?
10. In Genesis 3:9, did God stop looking for them, turn around and leave because they were hiding? Yes or No
11. In verse 9, what did God do unto Adam?
12. This shows that although God could have forced Himself into Adam’s life (and us), He will not, but wanted Adam (and us) to come to Him _______________.
13. In verse 9, what did God ask Adam?
14. This shows that God wanted Adam (and us) to realize that we have a ________ problem and admit that he (and we) are not right with God.
15. Although you have sinned against God, He still wants a _________________ with you and comes looking for you.
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