In The Beginning God, God…
Week 3, “Creation Upended”
June 12, 2022
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
The Enemy’s 3 Plays
Man was made from dirt (the world/the flesh) and the breath of God (the spirit)
2 Timothy 3:16a (AMPC)
Every Scripture is God-breathed…
We choose to feed one or the other (the flesh or the spirit).
Jesus used God’s Word when Tempted by Satan.
We feed the spirit by reading/hearing/living God’s Word.
Sin separates us from God. It will cause us to hide from God.
We blame our bloodline. We blame our children. We even blame God.
We are responsible for our own sin and have to choose to confess/repent.
The Christian Playbook
- The Word-Read It
- The Word-Memorize It
The Word-Use It
Challenge yourself to read 1 verse per day.
Challenge yourself to finish the Book of Genesis before 2023.
Challenge yourself to memorize 3 scriptures before the New Year
Read Genesis 3:1-8, why do you think God would even put a tree in the garden that would bring about death?
Why do you think God allowed Satan in the garden/in the world today? What are some of the ways the devil will help us to sin?
How important should the Bible be to Christians? On the average how important is the Bible to Christians? If there is a difference can you think of any explanations?
Why do you think sin can be so attractive? Has there been times of a “forbidden fruit” in your life? If you are willing to share, share either a success story or a story that you may be still struggling with.
Is Satan omnipotent (all knowing)? What are some ways he can work around this?
Has there been a time in your life where you were either more/less focused on God’s Word? Are there explanations for the change?
Why is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness important for us today? What are some things about that temptation that stand out to you most?
Think of a time that you struggled with sin. What are some of the characteristics of that struggle?
Do you feel the curse(s) were justified for the sins of Adam/Eve?
Please continue to pray for the church, its leadership and for courage for the church to reach out to a sin filled cursed world.