After God’s good Creation, Mankind rebelled against their Creator.  With the first sin, history was...
January 28, 2019

After God’s good Creation, Mankind rebelled against their Creator.  With the first sin, history was forever altered and the plan for redemption began.  

The Role of Satan

  • Scripture gives insight into Satan’s fall in Isaiah 14:12-14 & Ezekiel 28:12-18.
  • Satan is a fallen angel who desired to take God’s place.
  • Satan comes in the form of a serpent which Man had dominion over.
  • Throughout history, Satan’s recurring temptation is: “Are you sure God said…”

The Strategy of Satan

  • Satan goes directly to Eve instead of Adam.  She hadn’t heard the rule from God herself.
  • Adam’s responsibility was to inform his wife about what God had told him.
  • He entices them to know what God knows.  He knows they want he wanted – to replace God.

The Effects of Sin

  • Adam and Eve immediately felt shameful.
  • For the first time, they hid from the presence of God.
  • They blamed others for their sin.
  • God gave out punishments.
  • He promises one that will come to reverse the effects of sin.                           

The Punishments of Sin

  • Serpent
    • God curses (arur) the crafty (arum).
    • Gen. 3:15 is called the “Protoevangelium” (the first announcement for the gospel).
    • The serpent is understood to be Satan (Rev. 12:9; 20:2).
    • Satan’s enmity will come from the “seed of the woman.”  Women aren’t viewed as having “seed” (Matt. 1:16).
    • A battle will ensue with Eve’s seed triumphing over the serpent’s seed (Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8; Matt. 12:29; Mark 1:24; Luke 10:18; John 12:31; 16:11; 1 Cor. 15:24; Col. 2:15).
  • Eve
    • Childbearing will now become painful (Gen. 3:16) for the “mother of all the living” (Gen. 3:20).
    • Marriage roles and their accompanying distinctiveness will now become an issue of conflict.
    • Eve will continue a sinful desire to oppose her husband and assert dominance over him.
    • Adam will struggle to care for and shepherd his wife, but he will instead sinfully “rule” over her.
    • Eph. 5:21-33 displays the practical way to reverse this curse.
  • Adam
    • Adam’s curse is directly tied to the fact that he listened to his wife’s words more than he listened to God’s Word (Gen. 3:17).
    • God reveals that it was Adam’s responsibility to warn his wife concerning the sin God commanded him.
    • The ground from which Adam came (Gen. 2:5-7) will cause him pain (Gen. 3:17) and eventually death (Gen. 3:19).
    • The harmonious relationship that originally existed between humans and nature is now corrupted.
    • Work is not the punishment.  Frustration with work is the punishment.

The Covering for Sin

  • Eve receives her name at this time.  It means “life-giver” and conveys a sense of hope.
  • In the midst of their shame, God clothes Adam and Eve with garments of skin (Gen. 3:20).
  • This shows:
    • The effects of sin are real.
    • Despite their sin, God stills cares for them.
    • To cover up their shame, something had to die.
    • Since they ate from the tree of knowledge, they cannot eat from the tree of life.  They are banished from the garden.
    • A cherubim takes their place as keepers of the garden (Rev. 22:15).