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04. Fall into Sin

1 – The Fall

1.  Fall into Sin

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(1)  What does the bible say were the three categories of tree in the Garden of Eden?

Genesis 2:8-9

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.  And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

(2)  What was God’s command to the man?

Genesis 2:15-17

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

(4)  How did the serpent misquote God’s command to the woman?  Why did he do so?

Genesis 3:1-3

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’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 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.’ ”

(5)  What did the serpent claim they would be like, to tempt the woman to eat?

Genesis 3:4-6

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was 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.

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(6)  How did (a) the man, and (b) the woman, respond when questioned about breaking God’s command?

Genesis 3:11-13

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.”

(7)  What was the result of Adam breaking God’s command?

Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and this death spread to all men, because all sinned –

(8)  What was the impact on creation?

Genesis 3:17-19
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
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.”

(9)  What pattern did it set for human behaviour?

Genesis 4:8

Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him

Genesis 4:23-24

Then Lamech said to his wives . . .

For I have killed a man for wounding me,
Even a young man for hurting me.
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.

Genesis 6:5

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

(10)  What does this record in Genesis show us about:

(a) What kind of power does mankind want for himself?
(b) How this affects our relation to God, our own nature, and the world around us?
(c) The general tendency in behaviour of each successive generation of mankind?
(d) The condition of man compared to God’s original creation?

Do you observe these patterns in our world today?

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