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Creation #3

Good Questions:
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by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com 



Genesis 3:1-24 (1)




  1. In this passage, we find principles that help us in dealing with temptation. Look for them as we read. (2)
  2. How valuable would it be for you to learn to effectively deal with temptation?
  3. Look at 3.1. What do we learn about Satan's strategy in temptation from this verse?
  4. What is a modern example of Satan inviting us to question whether God has really said what he has said?
  5. Did Satan quote God correctly? What had God said?
  6. Why is this significant?
  7. What are some ways you have seem people want to make God's rules more strict than they are?
  8. Why the temptation to make God's rules more strict than they are?
  9. The Pharisees had a concept they called "building a hedge around the law." This is the idea. If the speed limit is 70, we will require that you go no more than 60. This 10 mph gap is the hedge. By setting the hedge, we insure actual obedience to the true law. All of us slip just a bit. This hedge insures that we don't slip past the true law. Sounds good doesn't it? What is wrong with this line of thinking? (3)
  10. T/F It is just as dangerous to make the law more strict as it is to be too loose with the law.
  11. The next thing Satan attempted to confuse Adam and Eve about is the consequences of sin. Are we always harmed by sin?
  12. Is it always in our best interest to be obedient to God?
  13. What was the list that Eve concentrated on as she took the first bite?
  14. Were these benefits that Eve concentrated on, were they true?
  15. What else was true?
  16. Satan always tries to minimize the consequences of sin and maximize the pleasures of sin. What is a modern example of that?
  17. Were Adam and Eve together in this sin, or was Adam off wandering around doing something else?
  18. How did Adam and Eve become reconciled to God? Who took the initiative?
  19. Who takes the initiative with us? (4)
  20. What was the reaction of both Adam and Eve when God accused them?
  21. Is it easy or hard to take responsibility for our actions?
  22. Why is blaming such a temptation?
  23. How does it help us to take responsibility for our actions?
  24. What punishment was given to woman?
  25. What punishment was given to man?
  26. Was work the punishment of the fall? (5)
  27. There is some symbolism here in the fact that an animal had to die to cover for their sin. What later event in the Bible does this point to? (6)
  28. Let's summarize principles that help us deal with temptation from this passage and others.
  29. How can we pray for one another this week?

1. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

[2] The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, [3] but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "

[4] "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. [5] "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

[6] When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. [7] Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

[8] Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. [9] But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"

[10] He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

[11] And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

[12] The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

[13] Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"

The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

[14] So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this,

"Cursed are you above all the livestock

and all the wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly

and you will eat dust

all the days of your life.

[15] And I will put enmity

between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

he will crush your head,

and you will strike his heel."


[16] To the woman he said,

"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;

with pain you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

and he will rule over you."


[17] To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'

"Cursed is the ground because of you;

through painful toil you will eat of it

all the days of your life.

[18] It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

and you will eat the plants of the field.

[19] By the sweat of your brow

you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are

and to dust you will return."


[20] Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

[21] The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. [22] And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." [23] So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. [24] After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:1-24 (NIV)

2. I normally go around the room and ask each person to read 3 or 4 verses. I always tell people they can pass and not read if they wish.

3. We need to be reminded from time to time that the Pharisees started with pretty good motives. What starts as an honest and sincere attempt at obedience can slip into legalism if we are not careful.

4. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16

5. No.

6. The cross.