SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 3
SITUATION: Eve was standing in the middle of the in the Garden of Eden where the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was of which the LORD God said, “…you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” There was a serpent in the tree and being the most cunning of the beasts that God had made, it spoke to Eve.
- What does the serpent ask Eve? Why was the question asked? (Genesis 3:1).
- What was Eve’s response? (Genesis 3:2, 3) How does it compare with what God said in Genesis 2:16, 17?
- What does the serpent then say to Eve? (Genesis 3:4, 5)
- What made Eve decide to eat the fruit? (Genesis 3:6)
- What did she do with the fruit? (Genesis 3:6)
- What happened when to Eve after she gave the fruit to Adam? (Genesis 3:7) Why weren’t Eve’s eyes opened until then? (Genesis 2:24)
- What did Adam and Eve realize and what did they try to do? (Genesis 3:7)
- What did the couple do when they heard God walking in the Garden? (Genesis 3:8) What was the reason? (verse 10)
- How did God know that they had eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? (verse 11)
- What was Adam’s excuse? What was Eve’s? (verses 12, 13)
- What judgement did God pass on the serpent, Eve and Adam? (verses 14-19)
- What did God do after He held the couple accountable for their actions? (verse 21)
- What else did God do to demonstrate the gravity of what Adam and Eve had done? (verses 22-24)
Eve was the mother of all living. She was created by God for Adam to be a helper comparable to him. Like Adam, she was created in God’s image. Although she sinned by disobeying God’s instruction not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, she had the promise that from her would come the Seed who would provide salvation for mankind and defeat the enemy (verse 15). The apostle Paul wrote that although it was Eve who being deceived, fell into transgression, “she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control” (1 Timothy 2:14, 15).
- What did Satan, through the serpent was hoping to accomplish by asking Eve if God really told her that she couldn’t eat from every tree of the Garden? What did Eve say that made him come right out and contradict God? (See Proverbs 10:19)
- When the serpent contradicted what God said, why didn’t that raise a red flag for Eve? She must have realized that she had been told two different things about the same tree. Why would it have been wise for her to leave right then?
- Why is it very important that we make decisions that are not based on how we feel or what we think is best for us? Why is it important that we always obey God’s Word?
- How does God’s act of making tunics of skin to clothe Adam and Eve demonstrate His plan of salvation for them and us?