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Genesis: Chapter 3

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This chapter is probably one of the best known in the whole Bible.

Genesis 3:1: introduces the serpent. Depending on which version of the Bible you read, it’s described as the most subtle, cunning or crafty beast of the field, that God made. Moreover, it talked! Often in the Bible, we’re only given the information we need to know. Whether all serpents spoke or even all the animals, we’re not told. But the serpent questioned Eve about the instructions God had given her regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve didn’t appear to be surprised that the serpent spoke. We noted the first lie ever spoken.

Genesis 3:4-5: “You won’t really die.” The second lie was that if Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she’d be like God, knowing good and evil.

Genesis 3:6: So the serpent tempted Eve and she looked at the fruit. She yielded to temptation when she saw the fruit was pleasant. She believed the serpent’s words and ate the fruit, then gave some to Adam. We discussed temptation and agreed that Eve could have said no. The Serpent tempted Eve but she had a choice. Often something wrong looks attractive, seems harmless but we know the difference between what we should or shouldn’t do. We’re responsible for our own actions.

Genesis 3:7-8: once Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command, they knew they’d done wrong and felt different. Aware of each other’s nakedness, they needed to clothe themselves, then they tried to hide from God.

Genesis 3:12: We’re familiar with the excuse making, blame mechanism that kicks in when we’ve done wrong. Adam and Eve started it! We discussed their reactions to God’s accusations. The man didn’t just blame Eve, he went on to blame God. “The woman you gave to be with me….”

The woman blamed the serpent. God didn’t ask the serpent, He put a curse on it. (Genesis 3:14-15).

In Genesis 3:15, we read that there would be enmity between the woman and the serpent and their respective decedents. Then we read, that a descendent of Eve – who we now know to be Jesus Christ – would bruise the serpent’s head but the serpent would bruise his heel.

Genesis 3:16 describes Eve’s punishment. Childbirth would be painful and her desire would be to husband who would rule over her. Men have indeed ruled over women. Whether or not that’s right, it has happened.

In Genesis 3:17, we read about Adam’s punishment. The ground would be cursed with thistles and thorns and if his family were to survive he’d have to work hard. Genesis 3:19 reminded Adam that man was made from dust and would return to it. God’s warning was true. If they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they would die.

Genesis 3:23-24 tells us that Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden so that they wouldn’t have access to the tree of life. There was some discussion about the tree of life. There are other references to it in the Bible, but we haven’t read those together yet so cannot refer to them.

ADDITIONAL READING

FURTHER THOUGHTS

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