I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ!
Now, let’s bow our heads and pray
Lord, show us how to resist the enemy in every area of our lives. Enable us to resist his lies by having a full knowledge of the truth of Your Word. Enable us to resist his temptations by knowing Your commandments. Enable us to avoid his traps by the knowledge and wisdom You give us. Thank You, Jesus, that You defeated the enemy when You were crucified on the cross and You have given us authority over him. Because of You we now have the power to resist the enemy, and when we do, he must flee!
Prayer Power Verse: James 4:7
Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
This week’s lesson is based on Genesis 3:1-19
Genesis 3:1-19 (NLT) 1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” 4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” 14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. 15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” 17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 3 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. 19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
Adam was the first man — created by God, he became the father of the human race.
Eve was the wife of Adam, mother of the human race.
This text is rich and there are so many different directions we could go in but just because time limits us we must choose a few verses to use as a focal point. I am not picking on us women here by choosing the text below because the entire text clearly says that both Adam and Eve sinned and so did the serpent but the focal points of our study today will be more closely centered on Eve.
Genesis 3:1 (MSG) The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”
1. Takeaway point
As I read this text in preparation for our lesson this week many things went through my mind. Like the fact that it sounds too wild to believe that a woman was speaking to a snake! But, what we must remember is that the serpent was clever and shrewd. You see, he wanted to make himself appear as if he were a natural part of The Garden of Eden. There were many snakes and serpents in the garden so it is not a surprise that Satan chose to take on the form of an animal that was a part of the natural habitat. The bible tells us that the serpent was one of the most beautiful animals in the garden (prior to the fall). The bible also tells us that Satan was the most beautiful angel in heaven before iniquity was found in him). So, it is not a surprise that he would choose this animal in the garden in order to speak to Eve.
Fallen angels or demons have certain “spiritual” qualities and we will go into some detail on this matter later on in our studies.
The physical serpent was a created creature that had no defense against Satan’s attack. So it was used for “unholy” purposes.
Eve’s mistake was to engage in a conversation with the enemy and this was further compounded in that she lacked the fruit of humility. She allowed herself to be talked into wanting what GOD was only to possess. She also mistakenly believed that she could handle this serpent alone. Let this be a lesson to us! GOD paired us off into two’s and it is a commandment that we are to love the Lord our GOD with all of our mind, heart and souls and lean not to our own understanding in all of our ways we are commanded to acknowledge Him then He will direct our paths. So, GOD and Adam should have been with Eve before she entered into that conversation with the serpent!! A tri fold triangle is not easily broken!
Genesis 3:15-16 (MSG) 15 I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.” 16 He told the Woman: “I’ll multiply your pains in childbirth; you’ll give birth to your babies in pain. You’ll want to please your husband, but he’ll lord it over you.”
2. Takeaway point
Why is it considered a sin to make choices that go counter to GOD’s Will? I wondered this for many years myself. You see, there are standards and GOD does not just do right things HE is righteousness. GOD does not just tell the truth HE is the truth. GOD does not just love HE is love. Why then would any good thing happen by us going against righteousness, truth, and love? To go against these fundamental building blocks of living is “evil” and GOD has the right to “judge” this state of affairs. Our disdain of being judged should only apply when someone other than GOD is typing casting themselves in this role! We can assess the facts of a situation and draw conclusions so that we can make changes in our behaviors but we are not to judge a person’s fundamental worthiness. Only The Word of GOD is sharp enough to “slice” between soul and spiritual conditions within a person. Our personal assessments cannot penetrate that deeply into the spirit which is timeless. When dealing with people we can see symptoms meaning behaviors that they display but that tip of the ice berg is only 10% the other 90% is submerged beneath the surface of the water and once again this is something that GOD along can deal with.
Psychology deals with fixing the mind but it is the heart meaning the “soulish” qualities of a person that needs to be realigned before re- aligning can take full effect for the good.
Our GOD created Eve for the main purpose of relationship to Adam. All of her “punishment” would fall into this area of life. GOD had created her with a special anointing to carry out her given task. In GOD’s mercy HE did not strip of the ability to relate altogether but there would be some hardship and pain involved in that process. This is to cause her to learn to lean of GOD and to develop humility (as we discussed above).
Down the passage of time, the seed of the woman would be our Savior Jesus Christ!! GOD created a family line in which Jesus Christ could be born into the human race! Christ “crushed” the head of the serpent which means the authority he gain in the garden through the work done on “The Cross”!
Now that the work has been done on “The Cross” we can begin to redeem some of what was “lost” in the garden. In a marriage between two believers in Jesus Christ a man does not, should not rule over his wife under any banner but the love of Jesus Christ. He, the husband is also to submit himself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ! One that is in authority should also be under authority!! Least his rule become only a manifestation of his “fleshy” desire to dominate. All things, even power that is derived from GOD walked out under the fruit and banner of agape love takes on a glorious countenance! And once again man and woman become partners in life even though we walk out different roles. Christ was equal to His Father in heaven but while on earth he took on the form of a servant and made Himself obedient unto GOD even to the point of death. Men and women were created equally but in order to be in the perfect Will of GOD we humble ourselves to our own husbands in the spirit of worship and love of our GOD. We don’t need a two headed monster in our homes. It should be two hearts living in just one mind and that mind is the Mind of Christ!!!
1. What did the serpent ask the woman, and how did she respond? (3:1-3)
2. What happened when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? (3:6-7)
3. What’s the problem with having “knowledge of good and evil”?
4. What do these verses tell us about temptation and how to resist it?
5. How does this original sin affect us on a daily basis?
6. What does the fact that Adam and Eve felt no shame before their sin and that they felt shame after their sin tell us about the effects of sin?
- Old Testament answer: What does the tree symbolise in Genesis (wiki.answers.com)