Satan’s exile from God’s presence in heaven was his motivation for challenging God’s authority once again on earth.
Unknown to Adam and Eve, there was danger in the Garden of Eden. Satan was there. He wanted to derail God’s plan for His own Creation. Satan tried to hijack HIStory.
Succumbing to the allure of being like God, Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God brought sin to earth. Their sin infected all creation. Death and destruction was the consequence. But that is not the end of the story. Learn to tell the story of the fall and you will play a critical role in the continuing grand story of God’s glory. Teach others to tell it and they will join you in hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Genesis 3:1 – 24
1. Behind Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve is his continual war with God. He wanted Eve to question the one commandment God gave to her husband. Quote: “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (previously memorized in the Story of Adam & Eve)
2. In response to Satan’s question, “Did God say?…,” Eve replied that they could not eat or touch the fruit lest they die.
3. Satan replied, Quote Genesis 3:4-5: “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
4. Adam observed Eve disobeying God, eating the forbidden fruit. He then followed her in rebellion.
5. Their eyes were opened; they were ashamed, and attempted to cover their nakedness. Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden.
6. Finding them, God confronted their sin. Adam and Eve both tried to shift the blame for their own disobedience.
7. God spoke to Satan. Quote Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
8. God provided a sacrifice to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.
9. Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden.
10. Adam and Eve believed God that one day someone from the “seed of the woman” would defeat Satan forever.
*Verses from NSAB
Points to Ponder
1. Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve struck at the core of God’s plan to glorify Himself in all the earth.
2. The fall created confusion and conflict between husbands and wives, and parents and their children throughout all of history.
3. The first unconditional covenant of the Bible is given. Because Adam and Eve were unable by their personal works to obey just one command, God promised to do for them what they could not do for themselves.
4. Adam and Eve believed in God and were restored from spiritual death to life.