Have you ever wondered if God cries? Is He moved by the world’s pain and poverty, its suffering and sorrow, its heartache and horror, its calamities and conflicts?
The Bible teaches that God is deeply moved by the tragedies His children experience. The prophet Isaiah affirms: “In all their affliction He was afflicted” (Isa. 63:9). God wept the day sin entered our world; and His broken heart will never be fully mended until the day sin is gone forever.
In this lesson we will study sin’s effect upon God, this planet, and the entire human race. We will discover God’s heart abounding with incomprehensible love.
1. As Creation week came to a close, what declaration did God make? Read the following text and circle the two words that describe God’s incredible joy as He looked over the planet He made so marvelously.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Gen. 1:31).
When God created this world and declared it “very good,” all the heavenly beings “sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). Joy filled God’s heart as He looked over the magnificent world He had created. God intended that all His creatures experience this same joy forever. Sickness, suffering, and death were never part of God’s plan.
2. After reading the following text, describe in your own words why eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was so significant and carried such serious consequences.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:16, 17).
God created Adam and Eve with the power of choice. By obeying God’s commands they revealed their loyalty to God. By their disobedience they demonstrated their doubt and disloyalty.
3. What lie did Lucifer, disguised as a serpent, tell Eve that directly contradicted God’s warning about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die’” (Gen. 3:4).
You ___________________________ surely _______________________________________.
Eve yielded to the temptation of the evil one. She first doubted, then disobeyed, God’s command. Adam soon joined her in disobedience (Gen. 3:6, 7).
4. After their sin, what was Adam and Eve’s response to the presence of God?
“And they heard the sound 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 among the trees of the garden” (Gen. 3:8).
When our first parents heard God approaching they ________________________ themselves.
Sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:1, 2). Separated from God, our hearts are filled with fear, guilt, shame, and condemnation. Separated from God, we suffer the devastating consequences of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned, their natures were changed. Hearts that were once pure became corrupt. Natures that were once holy became defiled. Lives that were once healthy became subject to sickness, pain, and death. Our entire planet came under the curse of sin. All nature was affected by the Fall.
5. When Adam and Eve sinned, God immediately came looking for them. Read the following text and write on the lines below the heart-wrenching question of a brokenhearted God.
“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Gen. 3:9).
God asked: _______________________________________________________________
God did not call out to Adam and Eve because He didn’t know where they were. He called out in love to let them know He cared. He wanted them to know He was seeking them. He longed to restore the fellowship broken by sin.
Have you ever longed to restore a relationship? Is there someone hiding from you because they have wounded you deeply? God took the initiative. With tears in His eyes and sorrow in His voice He called out to Adam and Eve. God had one desire: to restore the fellowship lost by sin.
6. What judgment did God pronounce against Satan (the serpent) in the wake of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden? Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15).
What does the word enmity mean? _____________________________________________
Hint: Read Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:15; James 4:4.
Who is the “Seed” of the woman that would bruise Satan’s head?
The bruise on the head, is it mild or mortal? _________________________________________
Through Jesus, all the horrible results of sin will be eradicated. As the result of His life, death, and resurrection He has given Satan a deadly blow. Soon the pain in God’s heart will be over. Soon He will return to claim as His own those whom Jesus redeemed with His precious blood.
May your heart be filled with praise today as you serve a God who longs to have you with Him through all eternity.
Next month’s study, “Hope in the Garden,” will look at God’s remedy for sin.