#3 – Lesson from Garden of Eden
We have read the creation story in Genesis chapter 1 and the downfall in chapter 3. One of the topics in my small group was “did Adam really sin because Eve is the one who took the first bite and Adam just followed her lead.” Let’s go back and read Genesis 2:15-17 and compare it to Genesis 3:1-2.
SCRIPTURE – The what
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
Who did God command to not each from the tree of knowledge?
What do you notice about the two accounts of what God told them?
What do you think God means by “you will die”?
APPLICATION – The so what
- The Lord is a God of love, creativity, beauty, and generosity. All these characteristics are displayed by His creation and His care and provision for us.
- God intends for us to be productive in our work. In our scripture above, Adam’s job was to cultivate and keep the Garden of Eden. God also said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (v. 18), and He created Eve. Together they were to complete what the Lord had intended for them to accomplish, and this is still God’s will for us today.
- God is protective. The Garden of Eden was filled with fruitful trees from which Adam and Eve could freely eat, but there was one tree in the middle of the Garden, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” from which they were forbidden to eat.
- Giving into temptation has consequences. God gives us principles by which to live, but if, like the first couple, we listen to distractions and give into temptation, there are consequences.
- God always keeps His Word. He had warned Adam that death would result from disobedience, and He kept His Word. Although Adam and Eve didn’t die right away, an internal spiritual death took place when they ate the forbidden fruit. God’s Word will prove true in our lives as well. When we choose to disobey Him, our desire for Him and dependence on Him begins to dwindle.
- We cannot hide from God. After Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to hide among the trees when they heard the sound of the Lord walking in the Garden (Gen. 3:8). However, no one can hide from God because He is present everywhere and sees everything. Disobedience produces shame and a desire to hide, but God loved us enough to send His Son to die for our sins so we could be forgiven.
- The penalty for transgressions cannot be avoided by blaming others. When Adam and Eve were confronted by God, Adam blamed Eve, and she blamed the serpent. However, God holds us each responsible for our own transgressions no matter what the other person’s role may have been because we always have choices.
Write a few sentences reflecting on how these lessons might influence your decision-making process in the future?
Dear God, thank you for knowing everything about us. Lord continue to guide us to do what you intended us to do when we were created. Help us talk to you when we do something wrong so you can forgive us. We know you never stop loving us and we are deeply grateful. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.