Outline Genesis Chapter 3 – The Fall of Mankind
The serpent (Devil) talks with
the woman – 1-3
The greatest lie ever told. – 4,5
Man rebels against God’s command
The consequence of disobedience –
Man refusing to take
responsibility for their actions – 12, 13
God’s judgment on the Devil,
Adam, and Eve – 20
God provides a covering for Man’s
sin - blood – 21
Man is expelled from the Garden
for his good – 22-24
Why was the serpent so subtil?
This is the character of Satan
who inhabited the serpent. We know that Satan is crafty, subtil and
a liar. But why? I believe Satan knew what the woman knew, and that
was that she was not to eat of that tree. A straight push to get her
to disobey God, simply for the act of doing it might not have
worked. Even the woman would have possibly put up a fight to such a
bold move. But, the serpent ‘beguiled’ Eve. He misled her from
performing what would be outright disobedience to God to thinking
God was holding something back from her. That she was missing out on
something. The serpent tricked and deceived!
Why was Eve not shocked by an
animal talking? Answer –
Innocence! Still learning about the creation all around her. She
just didn’t know this was odd to have a serpent speak to her. Maybe
the animals spoke in some kind of way before sin and the Fall.
Nevertheless, the Bible does not say Eve was taken back in any way
by a talking serpent. Baalam’s donkey spoke and I believe God did
that. Was Satan able to mimic some sounds (through the serpent) like
Man’s speech to talk and deceive Eve? Find out in heaven!
What might be the main reason Eve
ate the forbidden fruit? Answer
– I believe the answer is in these verses
“… then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing
good and evil.” Gen 3:6 “…and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took
of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband
with her; and he did eat.” The
woman knew the tree was good for food and nice to look at already
before the serpent told her. What moved her to eat was twofold 1.
The Lie. “Ye shall not surely die” and 2. “… ye shall be as gods…” I
believe the concept that got her attention the most was that she
could be like God. Pride! This was what got Satan cast out of heaven
and it is exactly what he knew could get the man and his wife cast
out of the Garden of Eden. Satan’s wicked desire to take God’s
glory, and be worshipped was the same desire he deceived the woman
with. Adam simply chose to rebel, and disobey God with eyes wide
open and understanding.
What was the multiplied sorrow of
the woman? Answer –
think the woman was ever intended to have absolutely ‘no pain’ in
childbirth but certainly nothing like is seen today when a woman
delivers a child. This pain can last for several hours to days. It
can be intense and extended. What should have been a much easier
process was now intensified many times. In addition we see that the
woman was now to be in subjection to the man and not equal in their
ruling capacity. The woman was now to humble herself and her wishes
and affections would always be to him.
Why was Eve called the mother of
all living when no one was born yet?
Answer – Adam named Eve
and he had certainly heard God when He was talking to the serpent
and pronouncing his judgment in verse 15 of chapter 3. The enmity
that would be between the serpent’s seed and the woman’s. Also Adam
heard of the judgment on Eve of the multiplied sorrows in
childbirth. Adam puts two and two together! He knows the creation
was to multiply and fill the earth.
What animals were slain to
provide clothing for Adam and Eve?
Answer – The Bible
doesn’t actually tell us what kind of animal was slain but we can
make some informed conclusions. I believe they were lambs because it
is the lamb that was the sacrifice for sin throughout the Bible. In
John 1:29 we are told
that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
Under the Law it was the lamb that was for a sin offering
And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a
female without blemish. Genesis is a book of beginnings and here
we see the beginning of blood being shed and the innocent for the
guilty dying or being sacrificed. The lambs are being slain and
their blood shed to provide skins to cover the man and his wife. We
see a type in the Garden of the Lord Jesus Christ the Lamb of God
slain from the foundation of the world.
Why were Adam and Eve banished
from the Garden?
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to
know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The clearest and simplest
answer is given to us in that if man was to eat of the tree of life
he would live forever in a fallen state. Man’s eyes were now opened
to understand good and evil which means innocence has been lost. Man
would only get worse and worse as the destroying power of sin came
to fruition. But, if he was to live forever in this state he could
not occupy heaven but forever be in a state of corruption in his
flesh. Adam and Eve had to bring sacrifices to atone for their sin
as they taught their children later.