Genesis 3 Study – “THE FALL OF MANKIND”
The Temptation and Fall of Mankind
3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day 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, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And 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, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be [e]for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall [f]bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve,[g] because she was the mother of all living.
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
IT ALL STARTED IN A GARDEN A PLACE OF PARADISE …
God created and established a place called Paradise – (Garden of Eden), and mankind was given an oral command regarding the tree of knowledge of good and evil … Both Adam and Eve disobeyed God, but did not die a physical death right away … What the Lord God was referring to was spiritual death being cut off from eternity in torment away from the Lord our God …
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE FALL??? THE ANSWER IS SPIRITUAL DEATH …
Notes Genesis 3 – Study – (vv. 1-24)
3:1-7: THE SERPENT is the devil – (2Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9), and he tempted Eve … He has in the Serpent contradicted God’s commandment – (Genesis 2:16-17) by denying death and decay in the grave as the penalty for disobedience – (YOU SHALL NOT DIE BY DEATH) … He also tempted Eve with the promise of deification – (YOU WILL BE LIKE GODS, KNOWING GOOD AND EVIL) … But truthfully, deification comes through strict obedience to God, and His Will that governs all … Deification does come through disobedience, but nevertheless, Eve was deceived, which led to her disobeying God … Eve, then in turn gave the fruit to her husband, and he ate it … In his disobedience, he willed contrary to the will of God, and thus ate it … His free will was the first thing to suffer in the Fall of Mankind, and so was the first thing that needed healing in man – (JohnDm) …
The grace of God through which believers grow to become like Him and enjoy intimate COMMUNION with the FATHER through the Son in the Holy Spirit – (see also, 2Peter 1:2-4; 2Peter 1; 2Corinthians 3:18; and 2Corithians 5:17) …
2 Corinthians 11:3
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the [a]simplicity that is in Christ.
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
3:8: Adam and Eve had now fallen and because of their embarrassment and guilt they tried to hide from God, so now fallen man now has fallen will which is the tendency to run from God … But it’s the grace of Christ our Lord and Savior that heals the will of those who return to Him through repentance, so we can pursue God and serve only His will …
3:15: THE WOMAN’S SEED is first Christ, and the second is His Church – (Galatians 3:16, 26) … The serpent’s seed are those who reject Christ and follow Satan, Lucifer, the serpent the devil … (1John 3:8-10) … Christ destroyed the devil through the CROSS – (BRUISE YOUR HEAD) …
Galatians 3:16, & v. 26
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
The Imperative of Love
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
3:17-20: ADAM’S DISOBEDIENCE CURSED THE GROUND and placed all of mankind under toil and labor until his end in death and decay in the grave … (RETURN TO THE GROUND) … For death and decay in the grave entered the world through Him – (Romans 5:12) …
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
3:24: Because of Adam, man is born outside Paradise … THE TREE OF LIFE Prefigures Christ, through whom man regains Paradise …