The first week we learned how God created the heavens and earth and all the things within. Then last week we learned about Adam and Eve who were instructed to enjoy, multiply, and have control over the earth and all the creatures within.
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 18 And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him. 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. 3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is during the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 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 did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 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 hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 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. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 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, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 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 forever: 23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken”, Genesis 2:15-3:23
The Lord put Man in the garden of Eden. They were instructed that they could eat from any tree they desired except from the tree of knowledge.
Now God did give Man a warning about eating from the trees in the Garden of Eden. God was cleared about eating from the tree of knowledge would result in death for the Man who ate from it.
A perfect scenario. Live, enjoy, duplicate, but you can’t eat from one tree. Yes, till the wanna be show stopper enters stage left. Satin asks Eve if God says Man can’t eat from the tree of Knowledge. Eve replied that was true and that they would die. Satin then convinces Man to eat from the forbidden tree. Satin says that God won’t know that they ate from the tree and as well they will have the knowledge of good and evil just like God.
Upon Man eating the fruit, their eyes opened and they realized they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together. They heard God’s voice and proceeded to hide from him.
No matter the reason they ate from the forbidden tree, they were to be punished by God for disobeying his directions. They were sent from the garden which is a far cry from death but none the less they had disappointed their creator.
The simple lesson here is disobedience. You are told not to do something and you do it and trust me you will be punished. The more direct point to this message is that Man created sin by being tempted in the Garden of Eden.
We must admit to ourselves that we are all tempted on a regular basis. Something simple as a cigarette or a drink to a lottery tickets. How about the cute brunette on television trying to call in. We will never be able to resist all temptation but we need to put all effort into it.
It has been a reminder how great our God really is. When he introduced Man to the Garden he says that if they ate from the tree of knowledge they would surly die. However, they were banned from the garden instead after being disobedient. This would be the simple translation.
This could also be a reminder here that death is referring to what we refer to currently salvation life and death. In other words, if we are believers we are born again but failure to believe we are a dead person.
We are all sinners and we can’t change that. We will never be able to totally resist temptation. What we can do is to recognize our sins and try to correct them, and do our best to resist temptation. Then remember to pray to God, read his book, and tell others about your beliefs.
This leaves the following questions:
- What do we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What new did we learn?
- What changes do we need to make?