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God created the heavens and the earth, and every part of it was “good” and “very good.”  Everything worked together flawlessly, there was no pain, suffering, sadness—it was paradise!  And less than a chapter later Adam and Eve mess it all up.  Eve listened to the serpent and decided that she should eat the fruit so that she could be like God, and then she gave it to Adam and he did the same.

At that moment, everything changed for all of human history.  With one small disobedient bite, sin entered the world and its first effects were made clear—Adam and Eve felt shame and hid from God because they felt guilty for disobeying.  What was previously filled with perfection was now filled with fear, shame, and hiding.  God tells Adam and Eve that there are consequences for what they have done—there will be hard work, pain, there will be big and small disagreements between them, and they will eventually die. And by doing this, God pronounces his judgment on the misdeeds of Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  After their disobedience, God had no choice but to kick them out of the Garden of Eden.

In this passage we are introduced to two common themes in the Bible—1) that with sin in the world, all this pain in suffering is NOT what God had intended for us, and 2) that God is not happy to simply say “oh well, that’s just how it is.” For more on theme 2, see below.

Names Places
Major 

God/Lord God – creator of everything

Man (Adam) – first living person

Woman (Eve) – second living person

The Serpent – convinces Adam and Eve to eat the fruit

 

Major 

Garden of Eden – where God created man/woman and plush trees bearing fruit

Minor 

none

Minor 

none

Interesting fact:

Though God clearly shows that He cannot and will not tolerate disobedience, He also knows that it is impossible for something imperfect to somehow fix everything and become perfect again.  Thankfully, God isn’t happy to just let sin be and let humans suffer.  He not only provided for Adam and Eve’s physical needs as they left Eden (making them clothes), but in verse 15 God also promises hope for the future. He says “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.  He will strike your head and you will strike his heel.” What God is promising is that one of their descendants will destroy what the serpent has caused (like crushing his head).  We will see that Jesus is the one who fulfills this and destroys sin’s curse through His death and resurrection!


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