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.
This week’s bible study message comes from 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 want to 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?