Chapter 1 – Sin & Salvation

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).

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God only gave Adam and Eve one command, and it was for their own good.

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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

No

Probably not

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

The serpent

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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. 

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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

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