Genesis 3


There is a profoundly important lesson in the way Satan tries to tempt the woman.  “Did God really say . . .” is literally the oldest temptation in the world.  Satan tried the same thing with Jesus as recorded in Luke 4:1-13.  People are still using this today and we are reaping the consequences (Did God really say Jesus is the only way to salvation?  Does the Bible really cliam that Jesus is God?  Did God really say that divorce [except under certain conditions] was wrong?  Did God really say homosexual behavior is wrong?  Did God really say lust is wrong?  And on and on.)

Note that Eve is complicit by misquoting God (she adds “and you must not touch it, or you will die.”).  We need to be very careful when quoting God.  Adding to or subtracting from his Word is a bad idea.

Genesis 3 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’?” The woman said to the serpent, “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.’” “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.”

Here’s an easy to remember tip: If God has said it, believe it.  If someone teaches something that is the opposite of what God said or a distortion of it, then don’t believe it (this assumes you have sought to clearly understand the scripture in context). 

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. 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. 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. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Did God really not know where they were?  Of course He knew. 

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Eve and Adam sinned.  They both knew it was wrong.  Adam compounded the problem by trying to blame Eve.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 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. 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.”

The previous verse about Satan’s head being crushed is a reference to Jesus.  It was veiled somewhat to the Israelites, but as we look back from the New Testament it becomes very clear.  I thought Mel Gibson did a nice job of working this theme into the Garden of Gesthemane scene in The Passion of the Christ.

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.” 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. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 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.” Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

Note that even when God is punishing them he cares for them by making them clothes. 

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 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.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 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.

People often try to turn this passage into an allegory, but the fact is that the rest of the Bible treats Adam and Eve as real people.  Genetically speaking, all humans can be traced to a common ancestor (go figure!).  Watch how the geneologies flow from them in future chapters. 

When my youngest daughter was about six she was really irritated at Adam and Eve for bringing sin into the world.  I assured her that if they hadn’t, their kids would have.  Or mine would have.  Seriously, this is where sin originated (hence the term, original sin).  I’m not sure how this sin manifested itself into our natures, but it did – almost like how certain drugs can alter your body chemistry. 

But the great news is that God had a plan from the beginning to reconcile us back to him.  If we have faith in Jesus Christ, our countless sins can be forgiven and we can be clean and pure in God’s sight once again.  Praise God for that truth! 

Please post any comments or questions you have.


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  1. Genesis 3
    3:1 Now the serpent was more a subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he b said unto the woman, yea, hath God said; you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
    (a) As Satan can change himself into an angel of light, so did he abuse the wisdom of the serpent to deceive man.
    (b) God allowed Satan to make the serpent his instrument and to speak through him. 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, you shall not eat of it; neither shall ye touch it, c lest ye die.
    (c) In doubting Gods warnings she yielded to Satan. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely d die:
    (d) This is Satan’s chiefest subtlety, to cause us not to fear Gods warnings. 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, e knowing good and evil.
    (e) As though he said, God forbids you to eat of the fruit, only because he knows that if you eat of it, you will be like him. 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 f did eat.
    (f) Not so much to please his wife, as moved by ambition at her persuasion. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they g knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (g) They began to feel their misery, but they did not seek God for a remedy. 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 h hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
    (h) The sinful conscience flees Gods presence. 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself.
    (i) His hypocrisy appears in that he hid the cause of his nakedness, which was the transgression of Gods commandment. 3:12 And the man said, the woman whom you gave [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
    (k) His wickedness and lack of true repentance appears in this that he blamed God because he had given him a wife. 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, what [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (l) Instead of confessing her sin, she increases it by accusing the serpent. 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life:
    (m) He asked the reason from Adam and his wife, because he would bring them to repentance, but he does not ask the serpent, because he would show him no mercy.
    (n) As a vile and contemptible beast, (Isaiah 65:25). 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
    (o) He chiefly means Satan, by whose action and deceit the serpent deceived the woman.
    (p) That is, the power of sin and death.
    (q) Satan shall sting Christ and his members, but not overcome them. 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will multiply greatly your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire [shall be] to your husband, and he shall rule over you.
    (r) The Lord comforts Adam by the promise of the blessed seed, and also punishes the body for the sin which the soul should have been punished for; that the spirit having conceived hope of forgiveness might live by faith. ( 1 Corinthians 14:34 ).
    3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for your sake; in sorrow you shall eat [of] it all the days of your life;
    (s) The transgression of Gods commandment was the reason that both mankind and all other creatures were subject to the curse. 3:18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; (t). These are not the natural fruit of the earth, but proceed from the corruption of sin. 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God u make coats of skins, and clothed them.
    (u) Or, gave them knowledge to make themselves coats. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
    (x) By this derision by reproaches Adams misery, into which he was fallen by ambition.
    (y) Adam deprived of life, lost also the sign of it.

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