Genesis 3 is referred to as “the Fall.” It is the turning point for all of human history, and the lens through which all Scripture must be read from this point forward. Before the events in this chapter humanity is walking with God in harmony and fellowship. After this chapter the human relationship with God is separated and sin corrupts and captivates all of creation.
Even after man sins against God, God is still good and merciful. The Lord could have simply wiped humanity from existence and been done with us all together. Yet, He does not desire the eternal death of even one person, so He provides redemption. Though we lament our pain and the futility of our daily tasks, it is these very things that remind us that this world is broken and beyond our control. As you continue to read Genesis 3, remember that sin changes everything except God. Every action of humanity from this point forward must be viewed through the light of our sinfulness. Yet God will prove time and time again that He will pursue us, that His blessings are unmerited, and that even His discipline has grace and mercy within it.
Read Genesis 3
- What did the Serpent and Eve say about God and His commands in verses 1-5 that create confusion and helped lead to Adam and Eve’s disobedience?
- What three statements from the serpent show his strategy to lead to disobedience (verses 1, 4, and 5)? Read Ephesians 6:10-12. What does this verse tell you about the devil’s schemes?
- What do you understand is the “knowledge of good and evil?”
- What things did Eve perceive to be desirable in the fruit she was forbidden to eat by God? What connection can be made between desire and disobedience? Compare with 1 John 2:16.
- What was Adam’s role in this? (v 6) What doest the New Testament say about the first Adam and the second Adam – Christ?
- The issue behind the issue for all of us is the question of “Is God good?” How does this play into the temptation and the fall from grace?
On the effects of Sin
- Sin is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). Where and how do you see separation and broken relationships in the narrative?
- Verses 8-13 are the blame game. Review Eve and Adam’s response to their sin.
- This disobedience of man is known as the cause of “Original Sin” which leads to “actual sins” (disobedience in thought, word, or deed or failure to the right and loving thing). Original Sin is the corrupted heart of all people for all time (until our final restoration, that is! See 1 John 1:8-9. In Romans 7:18 St. Paul writes of his struggle with power of a sinful inclination. How do you understand the effect and power of sin in your life as a Christian?
- Look back and read Genesis 1:28. How does the command to be fruitful and multiply become frustrated by the curse of pain in childbearing? (3:16) How does the command to subdue the earth become frustrated by the ground being cursed? (3:17-19)
God’s Plan of Grace
- Genesis 3:15 is known as the “proto-evangelicum” – the first Gospel promise. What do you see in this pronouncement from God?
- The same word for “cover or cloth” (verse 21) is used to also mean to forgive.
- What truth in this chapter is most important for you?
- What does this tell you about human nature?
- What does it tell you about God’s nature?
Pray together and for each other