Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God
said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 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 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the
presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." 11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" 12 The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be
with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." 16 To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over
you." 17 And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." 20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. 22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-" 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
In verses 8-11 we learn how sin, disobedience to God, ruins our fellowship with the Lord. Sin causes us to hide from God, our Creator, the very One who loves us the most and desires our well-being. In verses 12-13 Adam and Eve don't take responsibility for their own sin, but assign that responsibility to someone else. This is not healthy. We need to take responsibility for our own sin and deal with it as God has instructed us. Today we are instructed to acknowledge or confess our sin to the Lord, receive His forgiveness and be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). When we do this we are restored to fellowship with the Lord, our greatest Help in a sinful world.
Verses 14-19 reveal how disobedience to God brought sin and its effects into a perfect world. The serpent was cursed. Satan was condemned to death. The woman was now going to experience pain as she fulfilled her role (giving birth to children) in filling the earth with people and the man was going to experience pain as he fulfilled his role (providing for the material needs of his family) in filling the earth with people. Verse 19 reveals death also was a consequence of sin. Paul writes in Romans 5:12 "Sin came into the world through one man, and death spread to all men because all sinned." This passage of Scripture explains why bad things happen in this world. Sin and death entered the world. This passage also highlights our need for help in overcoming sin. Paul explains our dilemma and God's solution in Romans 5:17-18 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness reign in life through Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men."
We need to remember sin is the cause of the evil that happens in the world, that Satan has been sinning from the beginning and tempting man to sin. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sin and destroy the works of Satan. We receive Jesus' help by repenting of our sin and believing the gospel - that Jesus paid for our sin by dying on the cross, that He was raised from the dead on the third day and that He is Lord over all (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 10:9). We overcome sin and Satan by obeying Jesus Christ using the resources He gave us when we believed the gospel (2 Peter 1:3-4 bears reading!).