The Original Story
While the verses listed give you good lists with specifics, it is good to zoom out a bit to see that God creates spaces and then fills them. If you look at days 1-3
Day 1 God separates light and darkness
Day 2 God separates water from water forming sky
Day 3 God separates water from earth and then covers the earth with vegetation
After these areas are created and then God starts filling them.
Day 4 Lights are added to the sky a greater, a lesser and stars creating day and night and enforcing time.
Day 5 God fills the seas and the sky with creatures that swarm and fly
Day 6 God fills the earth with wildlife, livestock and creatures that crawl.
And at the end of this Day after He created the earth and all that is in it He creates man in His own image to rule His creation.
1.What was it like in the beginning? Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25
As it is today, plants and animals wise. Perfect, or as God called it, “Good.” No mention (yet) of the results of Man’s sin.
There was land and sea. plants, vegetation, day, night, creatures of the sea, every living and moving thing and every winged bird, wild animals, livestock – all according to their kind
In the beginning, everything was good. Things had just been made by God, so there was not yet any bad influences.
Earth is brand new, with only plants and animals at this time
v10 God forms the earth and the seas
v12 the earth produced vegetation – seed bearing plants and fruit trees
v18 God placed two great light along with stars in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth
v21 God creates every living creature that moves and swarms in the sea along with large sea creatures and every winged creature
v25 God made the wildlife and livestock and every creature that crawls on the ground
2. How many commands did God give Adam and Eve? Genesis 2:17
The first command with a (negative) consequence was for Adam and Eve NOT eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That would be a Sin against God and His Word (Commandment).
God only gave Adam and Eve one command, and it was for their own good.
God placed man in the garden to work it and watch over it. They were able to eat of any tree except…
v17 You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
3. What was God’s command to the first human beings? Genesis 2:16-17
They were told to eat from the plants of Creation, except for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, 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.
God’s command was to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Eat any fruit you want, except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. You eat, you die
v17 You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
4. How did Adam and Eve respond to God’s command? Genesis 3:6-7
They disobeyed His command. It might have been sooner after they were created or many years later. We just don’t know those details.
Despite being told not to eat the fruit from the tree, she relied on her own judgment to reinforce the serpent’s doubts.
Disobedience, Eve ate first, then gave it to Adam
They ate the fruit, sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves
Eve saw that it was good for food, beautiful and desirable for obtaining wisdom. She ate it and then gave it to her husband.
5. In light of this, do you think you would have responded any differently?
Think about what God attempted to shield Adam and Eve from; the knowledge of evil. What loving parents today don’t do everything possible to protect their children from dangerous material – on television, on the Internet, or anywhere else?
I doubt that I would have done any better. Perhaps at first Satan’s temptation could/would have been rejected. But the longer a temptation or tempting thought goes unanswered and unresolved, the more likely I would be to sin.
I like to think that I would do better, but I can’t say that for sure. I rely heavily on my own perception, and I think that many others do as well.
I don’t know. I think I could have held out longer than Eve did, but Satan is very persuasive when trying to twist what God says
6. Who tempted Eve? Genesis 3:1
The Serpent, the Devil, Satan tempted Eve with his words. But Eve allowed the natural appeal of the fruit and what it offered to tempt her as well.
The serpent tricked Eve. Serpent is another name for liar in today’s times, and when I think of a liar I think of the devil.
Satan, as a serpent
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit – in essence saying to God, “We don’t need you or your rules.” They disobeyed God. They sinned.
7. How did Adam and Eve react after their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked?
Look at Genesis 3:7-10 to answer this question. Reply below.
They realized that they disobeyed God by eating from the tree he told them not to touch or eat from
They sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves and hid when God was looking for them.
After they realized that they were naked, the were ashamed and mad clothing out of the leaves to hide themselves from God.
v7 they tried to cover themselves – They felt vulnerable, there was a separation in their relationship.
v8 they hid from God – Guilt and shame stepped in and separated them from God.
v10 they knew God was coming and that they had disobeyed – they were afraid because they had this new wisdom of good and bad and knew that they were naked and they had done something wrong and tried to hide from God.
8. Why do you think they reacted this way?
The tree of knowledge, good and evil. They knew they did wrong
They were embarrassed
They reacted this way because they knew that they had messed up because they had the knowledge of good and evil.
knowledge of good and bad
9. How did God respond to Adam and Eve’s sin?
Look at Genesis 3:8-9 to answer this question. Reply below.
God was walking around and called out to Adam, asking where he was
He came looking for them
God is all knowing, he definitely knew that they had eaten the fruit. Despite the fact that they messed up, God still sought them out.
Where are you?
Response to sin
– man tries to cover up and hide
– God seeks out man
10. What did you learn about God? What has He done?
That His plan for us was for our benefit, creating an entire world for us to enjoy and care for. But He also knew that we would screw it up and so He made a way for us to be restored to His original plan.
God is trying to protect his people like we try to protect our children
He is the creator of all things.
He creates spaces and structures to form His creation. He is in control, but creates in a way to give man control over His creation. Like a Father He tries to keep us from evil.
When we do evil He still tries to find us and help us.
11. What did you learn about people? Yourself?
That our having a free will is really too much for us to handle. We never do the right thing, all the time, every time. Me included. So, without a Savior we all would be victims of our own foolishness and rebellion.
It’s really easy to think we know what’s better for us than God
We are created in God’s image.
We were to rule over the earth with God.
We desire things and try to take what we want.
We want to decide for ourselves what is good and bad.
When we do wrong we try to run, cover up and hide.
Good Rule of Thumb – If you are trying to hide it, it is probably wrong.
12. How are you going to obey this passage (“I will…”)?
I will continue to remind myself that I am prone to Sin and that I have someone whispering in my ear constantly (Satan) that I deserve to have things my way, to be happy no matter what God might have said about it.
I will try to remember that God knows what’s best for me at all times
Recognize my own sinfulness.
Instead of running from God I should be running to Him.
If I do wrong, disobey God’s way, I should confess it.
13. Who will you share this with?
Anyone and everyone who needs and wants to know more about God, creation, the existence of Satan, and our human failings and nature.
Neighbor and kids
The Results of Sin
Here is a quick word study on Sin from the Bible Project.
Lesson 2 – The Results of Sin
- What state does the Bible describe us as being in? Ephesians 2:1
We are DEAD due to our trespasses and sin.
Dead in transgressions and sins
We were dead in our trespasses and sins
- Why ultimately is our sin so serious to God? Leviticus 11:44
God is HOLY and we are not, but we are commanded to be holy.
Because God is holy
He is holy, but we’re not
Be holy because I Am holy – we are to consecrate ourselves. Remember we are the image of God and should be reflecting Him to the world.
- What does iniquity do to our relationship with God? Isaiah 59:1-2
Our sin separates us from God and causes him to hide his face from us so he does not hear us.
Separated us from God – hidden God’s face from us
He turns his back on us
Our iniquities separate us from our God.
Lesson 2.1 – The Results of Sin
- Describe sinful humanity’s desperate condition. Romans 3:9-20, 23
We all have sinned. None of us is truly wise or seeks after God. We all have turned away from God and do no good. Our talk is foul and filled with lies, cursing, and bitterness. We commit murder and cause destruction and misery. We have no fear of God at all.
No one is righteous, no one is good, all have turned away from God, there is no fear of God before their eyes, all have fallen short of the glory of God
Everyone is a sinner and cannot save himself. Only God can save us
All have sinned an fallen short of the glory of God
Jews and Gentiles alike, we are all under sin
no one seeks God
no one does what is good
no one knows the path of peace
no one fears God
the world is subject to God’s judgement
no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law
the knowledge of sin comes through the law
- Describe the impact sin has on our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.”
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Deceit and wickedness
the heart is more deceitful than anything and incurable
- What are the “wages” of sin? Romans 6:23
Death. The opposite of God’s free gift of eternal life.
Wages of sin is death
Lesson 2.2 – The Results of Sin
- What does the Bible say happens after we die? Hebrews 9:27
We face God’s judgement.
We are to face judgment
After we die there is judgement
- How does the Bible describe eternal judgment?
It is a place of eternal fire created for Satan and his demons.
Revelation 20: 11-15
There is a lake of fire into which Satan and his demons, death and the grave are thrown into. Also, all those whose names are not in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire.
The non-saved are consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Matthew 25:41 – eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels
Revelation 20: 11-15 -great white throne, the dead were judged according to what they had done – anyone whose name was not written int he book of life was thrown into the lake of fire
Revelation 21:8 – the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur
Revelation 20: 11-15
Lake of fire if your name is not in the Book of Life
Fiery lake of burning sulfur
depart into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels
The great white throne – the dead are judged accordig to their works by what is written in the books. Death and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
8 But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
- What does Paul, the writer of Romans, call himself? Romans 7:24
A slave to sin.
A wretched man
A miserable person
Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Lesson 2.3 – The Results of Sin
God lets us know – sin is a very serious issue. How grave a problem is it for you? What do you think that you deserve for your sin?
In God’s eyes, my sin is a huge problem… my biggest problem. It is bad enough to warrant me eternal death in the Lake of First. And, that is what I deserve, without Christ.
God defines what happens with His creation. The wages of sin is death. Why? Because sin separates us from God. He is eternal life. So yes, I deserve death becaue it is the result of sin and I have sinned.
But praise God He has made a way for people to be reconciled to Himself – NEXT LESSON
Through this lesson:
What do you learn about God? What has He done?
God created us knowing full well that we would sin. And knowing that the only way to rescue us from our sin was the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ. He freely offered His Son for us because of His love for us.
He is holy
He is the judge
He has set up a way for us to live
He has prepared the lake of fire as judgement for the devil and his angels.
What do you learn about people? Yourself?
We are all sinners, being slaves to sin but also willing sinners. Myself included. We all need a savior.
We deserve death
we are separated from God
our hearts are deceitful
if our name is not written in the book of life we will suffer the second death
How are you going to obey what you have learned (“I will…”)?
I will continue to rely upon, have faith in, my Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot save myself and cannot live a sinless life. Therefore, my only hope is in Christ.
Walk in His way
Be holy as He is holy
But can I do this on my own?
Who will you share this with?
Every one I can get to listen. In particular, those who recognize their sinful condition and know they need a savior. Jesus Christ is the only way, no other religion or philosophy will do.