When Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan in the splendor of Eden’s garden, God’s love would not let them go. Although there was no excuse for their sin, God couldn’t bear the thought of being separated from His children forever. They sinned through their own deliberate choice, but God provided salvation through His own deliberate choice. In this lesson we will discover love’s divine plan to redeem a wayward planet.
1. What fatal choice did Eve make?
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Gen. 3:6).
In your own words describe what Eve did, and why it was so offensive to God.
2. What were the consequences of our first parents’ choice to disobey God?
“To the woman [God] said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you’” (Gen. 3:16).
The consequences to Eve were:
“I will greatly multiply your __________________________________________________ .”
“In _____________________________________________ you shall bring forth children”
“Then to Adam [God] said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it”: Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return’” (Gen. 3:17-19).
The consequences to Adam were:
“In ____________________________________________________ you shall eat of it.”
“ ______________________________ and ___________________ shall [the ground] bring forth.”
“For ____________________ you are, and to ___________________________ you shall return.”
Sin has consequences. Although a gracious God would make provision for Adam’s and Eve’s salvation, the entire human race would experience the tragic and painful consequences of their disobedience.
3. How did Adam and Eve attempt to deal with their sin?
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Gen. 3:7).
“[They] made themselves _____________________________________________________ .”
Our first parents attempted to hide their guilt and embarrassment by covering themselves with garments made from leaves. But substitutes don’t satisfy the demands of a righteous God.
4. Notice how Adam and Eve tried to shift responsibility to someone else. What excuses did our first parents offer?
“Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.’ And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’” (Gen. 3:12, 13).
Adam blamed ________________________. Eve blamed ________________________.
It’s a human tendency to blame someone else for our failures. But excuses for our disobedience never satisfy God (or anyone else). The only way to change is to take responsibility for our actions and repent before God.
5. How did a loving God give Adam and Eve hope? What judgment message did He make against the serpent, who represented Satan?
“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).
The Seed of the woman, Jesus, our Savior, would ___________________ the head of Satan.
A blow to the head is a deadly blow. Jesus’ death on the cross crushed the evil one, making Satan a defeated foe. A bruise to the heel is not fatal. Although Jesus was crucified, He rose from the grave victorious.
6. What symbol of His sacrifice did Jesus give Adam and Eve and their children?
“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21).
“Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering” (Gen. 4:4).
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11).
When Adam and Eve sinned the Lord provided tunics of __________________________.
These garments required the death of an innocent victim. As soon as sin entered the human experience, God provided animal sacrifices that pointed forward to the death of Christ on the cross.
“The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Since all have sinned, all deserve eternal death (Rom. 3:23). The shed blood of animal sacrifices pointed forward to the shed blood of Christ. When Jesus died, His life was poured out for us.
7. If death came upon the entire human race through Adam, what do we receive through Jesus?
“For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many” (Rom. 5:15).
Through Jesus we have the ________________________________________ of God.
Adam and Eve’s sin made us all sinners, both by nature and by our own choices. But, praise God, through the death of Jesus we receive His grace. When we were hopeless, He gave us hope. The garden promise given by a loving God in Eden speaks powerfully to each of us. We are too precious for God to let us go.
Don't miss next month's Bible study, "Truth or Consequences."