“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12
Objective Of The Lesson
We will look at the narrative of when Adam and Eve sinned against God and the consequences of their sin. Your kids will also have an understanding of what sin is and how it affect them.
Take the opportunity at the end of the lesson to present the Gospel to your kids.
The Simple Command
Quickly go over the command that God had given to Adam. Recall that this command was clear.
“16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 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.” Genesis 2:16-17
Adam would have no excuse for disobeying God’s command!
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1-2
The Bible presents us with man made in the image and likeness of God working in the Garden of Eden. And who happens to slither by, a serpent.
Ask your kids what a serpent is.
The Bible describes the serpent as more crafty than any beast of the field. In reality the snake was the devil himself, the New Testament makes this point clear (Revelation 12:9; 2 Corinthians 11:3).
And who does he talk to? He talks to Eve. He asks her “indeed, has God said, you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”
Ask your kids if this is what God really said.
The devil was not telling the truth. The Bible describes the devil as the father of lies. He cannot be trusted.
What was the devil doing? He was twisting God’s words. The very first thing that the devil does in his temptation of Eve was to question the word of God. He wanted Eve to doubt God’s word.
The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3:3
Here we also see the first problem.
Eve continued her conversation with the devil even though she knew he was wrong and was deceiving her.
She answered the devil, but her answer was differed to what God actually said in three ways.
First, she misquotes God. ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat…” God had said that they could FREELY eat of every tree. She left out God’s generosity.
Secondly, she added to what God had said. “You shall not eat from it or touch it…” God never forbid them from touching the fruit.
Thirdly, she left out the urgency in Gods warning. “…or you will die.” God had said that they would SURELY die.
When we ignore the fact that there are consequences to our actions we can get ourselves into a lot of trouble.
“The serpent said to the woman, “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.” 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 desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:4-6
First the devil twists God’s words. Now he is directly calling God a liar. He tells Eve that they will not die if they eat from the fruit.
Adam and Eve already knew the good. They were sinless and were in fellowship with God. The sad thing is that because of her desire to be like God her eyes would be open, but they would be open to the evil. She and Adam would come to understand evil by looking at their own fallen nature.
When the devil openly calls God a liar what does Eve do? Does she walk away saying that God is good and does not lie? No she starts justifying the temptation.She starts rationalizing the allure to disobey God’s command.
She went through every step in justifying the temptation (1 John 2:16).
- The Lust Of The Flesh– she saw that it was good for food.
- The Lust Of The Eyes– she saw that it was a delight to the eyes.
- The Pride Of Life– She saw that the tree was desirable to make one wise.
Eve was deceived into eating the forbidden fruit and later tried to use this as an excuse. But she ate from the fruit out of her own free will and so did Adam.
Neither Eve nor Adam were forced to eat it. They were both guilty of their own disobedience, but as we will see neither one of them will take responsibility for their actions.
“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 loin coverings.” Genesis 3:7
There eyes were open and they could see their sin. Adam and Eve did gain knowledge from their sin, but it turned out to be knowledge of evil. shame and death.
Adam and Eve were now filled with shame as they realized that they were naked. Before they were not ashamed, they had nothing to be ashamed about. Once they ate from the fruit their conscience instantly attacked them.
Now they made clothes for themselves out of fig leaves. Their plan was not well thought out because fig leaves are prickly and are not an ideal material to make clothes out of. But they were not thinking about this in their rush to cover themselves.
They were not only covering their nakedness, but they were attempting to cover their shame. And as we read in the Bible nothing good comes out of trying to hide our sin. The Bible tells us that we need to confess our sin, not hide it.
And even if we try to hide it, it is no use, because God sees everything. Nothing is hidden from Him.
“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.” Genesis 3:8
In the middle of covering their shame they heard God coming and his themselves behind the trees. This is foolish because there is nowhere that we can go to get away from God. Physically we cant hide from God (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 139:7-12). We can’t hide our sin from His knowledge as well (Jeremiah 16:17; Hebrews 4:13).
God is everywhere and God sees everything. God had already seen when Adam and Eve sinned.
Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:9-13
God asks them if they had eaten from the tree from which He commanded them not to eat.
Did God truly not know? As we have already seen God knows everything and sees everything. God already knew that they had sinned.
God is presenting Adam and Eve with an opportunity to confess and repent from their sins. But as we see in these verses neither one of them will repent. Neither one of them wants to take responsibility.
Instead of taking responsibility for their own sin, they each blame someone else.
Who does Adam blame. He blames Eve, but not just Eve. He is ultimately blaming God. He said “the woman whom YOU gave me.” Adam had the audacity of blaming God for his sin.
Who does Eve blame. She blamed the serpent. Now it is true that the serpent deceived her, but she still has no excuse. She ate from the fruit of her own free will knowing full well that she was disobeying God.
Ask your kids if either Adam or Eve had a legitimate excuse. Neither Adam or Eve had an excuse. They each sinned and were each responsible for their own actions.
“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And 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.” Genesis 3:14-15
Here we find the consequences for the serpent’s involvement in the fall of man.
First God punishes the instrument that the devil used, the physical serpent.
God curses the serpent and punishes it by forcing it to crawl on his belly all the days of his life. This tells us that before the fall snakes had legs. How many and where they were located we will never know.
“…dust you will eat All the days of your life…” This would be a sign of degradation and humility.
“…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed….” There is a natural aversion between mankind and serpents.
The important thing to keep in mind is that these were the punishments for helping to cause the fall of man.
Second God punishes the spiritual serpent, the devil himself.
Verse 15 is the first prophecy concerning Christ in the Bible. God is promising to send a Savior. The devil will bite His heel and he did so. Christ was brutally tortured and nailed to the cross. But Christ would bruise the devils head. Christ would physically die, but He would come back to life and in this way He would destroy the work that the devil accomplished in the Garden of Eden (1 John 3:8).
“To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
Here we find the consequences for Eves disobedience. God was not only going to punish the serpent. He was also going to punish Adam and Eve.
First her pains would be increased not only in giving birth, but in raising children.God’s original plan for childbirth and child rearing had been free of pain and sorrow. Now mothers would struggle through pain, not only in giving birth, but also suffer heartache in the raising of their children.
Secondly Eve would struggle against the established roles set by God for husband and wife. God had ordained from the time of creation that man and woman should live together in harmony and cooperation, each perfectly content in and satisfied with his role. But now, sin had corrupted that relationship, and the women would strive to take control.
“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
Here we find the consequences for Adams sin.
Both Adam and Eve turned their backs to God and disobeyed His commandment. Eve listened to the serpents voice and Adam to the voice of his wife.
For his disobedience the ground would be cursed. Thorns and thistles would grow. Every kind of plague and infestation appeared. Adams sin had an affect on all of creation!
Adam would also have to work the ground in order to feed himself and his family. Not only would he have to work, but it would be hard work. Before the fall Adam worked in the garden, but it was enjoyable. Now it would be tedious and laborious.
Finally we have the consequence that affects all humans, men and women. They would no longer be immortal and would one day die. They would return to the dust of the ground from which they were made.
When Adam and Eve ate from the fruit God’s warning took effect. God warned them that they would surely die. At the moment they ate from the fruit they did not die physically, eventually they would, but they died spiritually. No longer would they have perfect fellowship with God on earth and now they would need a Savior. And recall that God had just promised them that Savior.
“Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:20-21
Up to this point Even had no name. Adam names his wife Eve, meaning life, because she would be the mother of all the human race.
In order for Adam and Eve to be clothed, a sacrifice had to be made. An animal had to die. (Hebrews 9:22) Adam and Eve were clothed in a garment that was purchased with the life of another. A reminder to them of the coming Savior who would destroy the work that the devil accomplished that day.
“So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” Genesis 3:24
Before the fall Adam and Eve had intimate fellowship with God. He would spend time with them in the beautiful paradise that He had made for them.
Now God was throwing them out. God is holy and does not take pleasure in sin and cannot have fellowship with it.
To prevent them from entering the garden He placed a flaming sword and a cherubim to guard access to the Garden of Eden.
They would no longer be allowed to enter into the paradise that God lovingly prepared for them. Wanting to have it all they sinned and ended up loosing everything.
Adam and Eve sinned against God.
Ask your kids what sin is.
The Bible itself gives us a clear definition of what sin is. Sin is breaking Gods law.
“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4
Sin is incompatible with God and His law. Sin is being in open rebellion against Him.It is a disregard for the law of God, which is a disregard for the God Himself.
How did Adam and Eve sin against God? God had given them a very clear and easy to understand command, but they both chose to openly rebel against Him and disobey His commandment.
The Affects Of Sin
This first sin introduced evil, suffering and death to the world. This contaminated all human beings because we are all descendants of Adam.
“Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.”Romans 5:12
“I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born.” Psalm 51:5
As a result, every person who has ever lived with the exception of Jesus Christ, is a sinner by nature and by choice.
“All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” Romans 3:23
There are many consequences of human sin, but we’ll talk about two: Physical Death and Spiritual Death
Some people think that because things like illness, suffering and death exist, this must mean that there is no God. But the Bible has a very good explanation for the origin of death. Before Adam sinned there was no death. Death is a result of the sin of man. Everyone who has ever lived has sinned and is worthy of death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
This is the death of eternal punishment in hell that separates us from God for all eternity. Instead of spending eternity in heaven we deserve to be forever separated from God in hell.
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” 2 Thessalonians 1:9
Take this opportunity to end the lesson with the Gospel presentation.
- What animal came to talk to Eve? Who was in possession of it?
- What did the snake first say to Eve? What was he doing?
- What was Eve’s response/her answer? What did she add and leave out?
- What was the devils response to what Eve said? What was he calling God?
- Did Eve end the conversation with the devil? What did she start to do with the sin?
- When both Adam and Eve ate from the apple what happened to them?
- What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God coming? Was it a smart thing to do?
- Who did Adam blame for his sin? Who did Eve blame?
- What was the consequence to the physical snake?
- What was the consequence to the spiritual snake, the devil?
- What was the consequences of Eve’s sin?
- What was the consequences of Adam’s sin?
- What is sin?
- Who has sinned?
- What are the affects of sin?
Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.
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