Genesis 303
Lesson Two
The consequences of sin
part two

 

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 
Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 
Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 
Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 
Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 
Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 
Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 
Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 
Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 
Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 
Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 
Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 
Gen 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 
Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 

If you recall, in lesson one we started looking at the five things that happened immediately after Adam and Eve sinned. Lets look at them again...


(1) They try to cover their sin with works

(2) God shows up to deal with the sin

(3) They hid from God

(4) They blamed everyone but themselves

(5) God judges the sin

 

In lesson one we looked at the fact that they tried to cover themselves with fig leaves, and how that was a picture of man made religion. We saw that God made them coats of skin, and as a result, something innocent had to die and shed it's blood. This then became a picture of Christ dying for us. Further, we looked at how God came looking for them, but that they hid because they knew the fig aprons were not good enough, and that sin will always cause you to hid from God.

 

Today, we are going to look at the last two events on our list..... Blaming others, and God's judgement.

 

Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

 

Notice first that, when God questioned what happened, Adam immediately blamed the woman... "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat."

 

And then when questioned, Eve blamed the serpant.. "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."

 

And of course, the serpent looking around couldn't find anyone to blame.

 

But notice something else that Adam said. "...The woman WHOM THOU GAVEST TO BE WITH ME..." Adam even tried to blame God.

It appears that nothing has changed in the last seven thousand years. Adam and Eve tried to take matters into their own hands and fix the problem themselves. When that didn't work, they tried to hid themselves from God. And, when God confronted them, they tried to blame others...even God Himself...and not take the responsibility for their own actions.

 

Today we do the same thing. We create all kinds of religion (fig leaves) and works of our own hands to take care of the sin problem. But, knowing that don't work, we try to hid from God by saying He doesn't exist, or that He is someone or something else other then who He really is. And then when that doesn't work, we try to blame everyone and everything else, other then ourselves, for our sins....even to the extent of blaming God Himself. "It's all God's fault. He let it happen".

 

We must remember, God does not tempt us (James 1:13) Has has written right and wrong upon our hearts (Romans 2:15), and He has given us victory over sin (1 Cor. 15:57). No, we must take the responsibility for our own actions, repent, confess, and turn to God.

And then lastly. lets look for a moment at how God judged the sin.


Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 
Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 
Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 
Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 
Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 

First, God judges the physical serpent for allowing Satan to enter him. The serpent is relegated to crawling around on his belly and eating dust all of its life. And further, because he tricked the woman, there would be a hatred between the two of them from that point on.

Secondly, God speaks to Satan who entered the serpent and gives a prophetic statement... "It (speaking of the woman's seed "Jesus", shall bruise they head, and thou (speaking of Satan) shall bruise his (Jesus) heel. This prophetic statement tells how Satan will bruise Jesus' heel. This took place at the crucifixion. And further, that Jesus would bruise Satan's head. This also took place at the crucifixion.

Then God pronounces judgment on the woman. She will now have pain during child birth...something that it seems did not happen before sin entered. Also, she would now be under her husband and he would rule over her. It must be understood that prior to the knowledge of sin, and sin entering into their very being, pain, sorrow, and and the likes was not known. These, just like the serpent having to crawl around are all a part of the curse.

 

Then unto the man God turns His attention. The man will now have to work hard to make a living, Sweet will come from his very pours, and he will have to fight with the land just to stay alive. And, now, death as well. God had told them that the day they eat of the tree, they will surely die. This was the spiritual death that took place when sin entered into their being and their eyes were open. But now, a physical death is also mentioned... "from dust thou art and and unto dust thou shalt return".

 

So, God's judgment was swift... everything from the earth, to the serpent to Adam and Eve was affected because of sin....and everything is still in that curse today.

 

Praise God He has promised that there is coming a day when He will return everything back to the way it was, and sin will no longer plague God's creation. 
 

Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.