Gospel 02 – Man’s fall
This is a series on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the faith that I have that Jesus Christ is my Saviour, please check out the main “gospel” section here. These pages are meant as a basic introduction to the Christian faith.
Genesis 3:1 (ESV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
In the last section we read about God’s perfect blueprint for mankind, I am sure that you will agree that when we left it last it was all “very good” and it was really much different to what we have today. In this article we look at the “fall of man” and how we allowed sin to come into the world and create a division between God and man.
How did it go wrong?
The first part of Genesis chapter 3 tells us that there was a tempter called the “serpent” or the devil, who wanted to derail God’s perfect world by allowing man to use their free will to make a bad decision. There was only one sin he could introduce as God had only given one rule.
The serpent decided to try to attack the man through his helper, he knew that God gave Adam the instruction directly and he thought that Eve would be easier to topple. God had stated to Adam that Eve should be the helper; Adam did not lead his home well by allowing Eve to deal with the serpent.
As we read in verse 6 “she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate” those words jumped off the page to me the first time I really studied it. Adam was actually with her, stood by and watched the decision that would change the course of man’s relationship with God and just watched. (Then eventually ate also)
Calling God a liar
The serpent begins by calling out God, he calls him a liar by stating “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” he goes after Eve because she had the instruction second hand from God to Adam and then to her. Now Adam had the original instruction and could have stepped in at any point.
Satan manipulated the words of God which said of how many trees they could eat, and turned it around and focused on what they could not have. The temptation would never have been so strong if he would have told the story honestly. He also gave an illusion of what they could gain, rather than the catastrophic loss that would occur due to this action.
Be like Gods
Satan uses the very thing that made him fall to trip up man. He promised that they “and you will be like God” talk about appealing to their soft side. Adam and Eve looked up to God, but this animal is offering us the chance to be on the same level as God! Talk about a huge temptation.
The response of man
Eve didn’t answer well, as a husband I don’t call Eve out on this but do wonder how well Adam told the story to her, When I am at a meeting that affects my family, I know The serpent then starts to contradict God, twist the commands of God and essentially backs them both into a corner. There was still a way out, they could have fled the scene and not sinned against God.
Walking hand in hand with the devil is never a good plan, he knew what was said originally and made a case based on manipulating Eve’s answers in order to gain a foothold and used what was said such as additions like “neither shall you touch it, lest you die”
God confronts Man
God came looking for them, Adam and Eve knew that he would want to be with them as they were close. So they knew that as soon as they ate they realized they had messed everything up, like a toddler hiding from his parents when he makes a mistake, God had to call out to them in order to get them to come out. God is timeless and does not fall within a space, a time constraint so I know that he already knew what had happened.
Adam was scared, he hid, just like modern man, he did all he could to avoid the presence of God. Here is the thing, God is a just God, slow to anger and quick to love, so despite the sin against him, he spared their lives. He asks the following questions to confront Adam:
Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?
The fall of man
They chose to sin and disobey Gods only rule. Because of this we have the following:
Separation from God
Serpents that slink on their belly
Women were cursed with the following:
Pain in childbearing
Husband to rule over the woman
Men were cursed with the following:
Banned from eating of the tree
Would have to work harder
Beginning of death
The first death was to occur when an unnamed animal was killed to clothe Adam and Eve. The shame that they felt after they sinned would serve as a reminder of their sin. This would also begin a chain of events of decay, death, sin and suffering. He was banished from Eden and never allowed to return.
In order to understand why you need a saviour, you have to understand what you are being saved from. Man is apart from God due to man’s sin. God never intended it to be that way but we have our own choices to make, whether to choose God or choose our own way. Please read on to the next page to see how God would continue to reach out to those who have chosen another way.
Man did not physically die that day, the relationship between man and God did and spiritually he created a chasm between God and man, one that would require atonement to God.
Here is a question, which world would you prefer to live in? The one where everything was good? The one where there was no decay, sin or death? Or the one we do now? Then you will see the very price of sin.
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