Genesis Chapter 3 is the third of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the first book of the Bible. Learn about the fall of man and how Adam and Eve's sins affect us all still today. See how Satan, the Father of Lies, uses a lie to trick mankind just as he continues to do today.
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Genesis Chapter 3 (New International Version)
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
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1. Who is the serpent and what are the possible explanations for a talking snake?
2. Compare and provide comment on the extracts of scripture from Genesis Chapter 3 below. What was the lie, the temptation, and the trickery of each?
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
Genesis Chapter 2, verses 16 and 17
"Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
Genesis Chapter 3, verse 1
“We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
Genesis Chapter 3, verses 2 and 3
Genesis Chapter 2, verses 16 and 17
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Genesis Chapter 3, verses 4
Genesis Chapter 3, verse 6
3. From your study of Genesis Chapter 3, why did Satan tempt Eve? What motivated him, and what profit was there for him?
1. Does Satan tempt us today in ways similar to the methods he used to tempt Eve in Genesis Chapter 3? If so how – provide an example.
2. Describe the transformation of Adam and Eve that occurred when they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. What was different about them after they ate of the tree?
3. In verse 8 of Genesis Chapter 3, God is said to be walking in the garden. This is an example of personification where human traits are attributed to God. We know that God is Spirit (John 4:24).
From the following verses from Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 list the specific human traits attributed to God:
1. How might Eve have answered the serpent’s question "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" another way?
Why was her answer "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" wrong?
2. Analyze Adam’s answer to God’s questions "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
3. What is peculiar about Eve’s answer to God’s question “What is this you have done?”
1. If you could sum up the fall of man in one word, what would the word be?
2. What does enmity mean? Describe what this first prophecy found in the Bible, spoken by God Himself, is predicting.
3. Who are the woman’s offspring or seed? Who are the serpent’s offspring?
1. List the consequences for all women for Eve’s sin from verse 16 of Genesis Chapter 3.
2. List the consequences resulting from Adam’s sin from verses 17 through 24 of Genesis Chapter 3. Which is the most serious?
3. Regarding the tree of knowledge of good and evil God promised Adam in Genesis Chapter 2, verse 17 “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.", Satan said he would not surely die. Did Adam die? If he did die, how did he die and how are we affected today?
1. Did Adam and Eve realize they were committing a sin by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Why was it wrong if they did not yet understand the difference between good and evil?
2. Was the Garden of Eden a physical place or a spiritual place or a relationship?
3. How does mankind today understand the difference between good and evil?
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NLT
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