Genesis 3: 1-7

Satan is a fascinating character.  the word ‘crafty’ that describes him in this passage is shrewd and wily.  He knows just what to say, just what to do.  He has Eve recount the words that God has said, but she gets the words wrong.  She implies that God has said that instant death will come to those who even touch the forbidden fruit.  Satan tells the truth when he says that instant death will not come.  Instead the sentence of death will hang over Adam and Eve, they will banished from the nutrient rich Tree of Life.  They will die.  What knowledge is worth giving up life to obtain?  What are you dying to know?  Could you imagine risking everything to find out?

Genesis 3: 1-7

The Fall of Man

 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.

Questions

  1. What did the serpent say to the woman?
  2. What did the woman reply?
  3. What will happen if Adam and Eve eat the fruit according to the serpent?
  4. How is the ordered creation of God broken here?
  5. How have your actions caused disharmony in the home, workplace, or church?

Going Deeper

Observation

  • How is the serpent compared to other animals?
  • How many times are the words Satan and Devil used in the passage?
  • Which tree does the serpent suppose is forbidden?
  • What will the man and the woman know?
  • What did the man and the woman do after they ate the fruit?  Why?

Interpretation

  • How did the ancients think of serpents?
  • Why do people assume the serpent is Satan?
  • Are Adam and Eve juveniles or adults?
  • Would humans have access to the forbidden tree in due course?
  • Why is a transition from nakedness to clothing highlighted?

Application

  • How are you tempted?
  • How have you failed?
  • How can you deal with your temptation?
  • Are juveniles innocent?
  • What roles do men and women play in your family?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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