The Fall and Curse

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The Fall and Curse (Genesis 3)

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

· Serpent/Satan: A liar (John 8:44); disguises as good to work bad (2 Cor. 11:14)

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths

· 1 John 2:16 “desires of the flesh, eyes, and pride”
· on shame, see Heb. 4:13; Rev. 3:18

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Opportunity for Adam to Confess)
10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

· Fig leaves fail to cover sin, next try—pass the buck! We must accept responsibility for our actions and we must confess our sins honestly to God.

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,cursed are you above all livestockand above all beasts of the field;on your belly you shall go,and dust you shall eatall the days of your life.15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring; (Heb. 2:14; Revelation 12:13-17; 20:1-3, 10)he shall bruise your head,and you shall bruise his heel.”

· From Eve’s offspring will come Abraham’s Offspring—Jesus!
· The first time the gospel is preached in the Bible!
· New Testament Perspective: 1 John 3:4-10—Jesus has destroyed the Devil’s works; believers are born of God, gaining ability to learn to obey God.

16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;in pain you shall bring forth children.Your desire shall be for your husband,and he shall rule over you.”

· “Battle of the sexes” Originally, man lovingly lead, woman voluntarily submitted; since Fall, woman works to take control and man forces his leadership.
· New Testament Perspective: 1 Timothy 2:8-15—Minor on outward beauty; major on inner beauty through good works; women shouldn’t pastor, taking authority over man; “childbearing”? Ephesian false teachers dissed marriage; “c/b-ing” represents whole of married life by its product, Paul encouraging women to accept their proper role and through believing the gospel, gratefully loving their family, church and neighbor, devoting themselves to God & avoiding sin and generally controlling yourself, you’ll be saved.

17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
(didn’t lovingly lead, but followed the misguided leadership of his wife)and have eaten of the treeof which I commanded you,‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you;in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;and you shall eat the plants of the field.19 By the sweat of your faceyou shall eat bread,till you return to the ground,for out of it you were taken;for you are dust,and to dust you shall return.”

· Fruitlessness added to man’s work; God’s good gifts, now not so good.
· I.E., God says, “You won’t die yet, but will live with misery to humble you, reminding you to guard against sin
· New Testament Perspective: Romans 5:12-21

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

· Animals for man’s use—new need arises: God covers their shame with animal skins.
· Leviticus 17:11—Death required to cover sin; Salvation through Christ’s death is like being clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

· Garden was like God’s temple—God cleanses his garden-temple of sinners.
· In Adam & Eve’s expulsion, God shows mercy by keeping them from the tree of life which would have bound them to an immortal existence of sin & misery. In God’s wrath, he remembers mercy.

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