Sin (disobedience) enters the world

What happens in the third chapter of Genesis?  Adam & Eve disobey God!

Adam & Eve are tempted by the serpent (beginning in verse 1).  “neither shall ye touch it” (verse 3) was not part of God’s Word!  It is important to understand God’s Word clearly!!  Clear understanding is a primary goal of this Executive Overview of the Bible!


The lie: “Ye shall not surely die.” (verse 4) and enticement “for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.”  Verse 5 is like a persuasive advertisement that tells only a part of the story to allure a person to “try it—it’s irresistible.”


The advertisement worked!  “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat” (verse 6).


A short moment of euphoria: “And the eyes of them both were opened” (3:7a).


Then the result or outcome: “and they knew that they were naked” (3:7b).   The consequences of disobeying God’s Word begin to set in!


Their own feeble and futile attempt to hide their shame: “and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (3:7c).  See 3:20.


In Genesis 3:8-11 fear & separation (the disease) sets in!  “And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden.  And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”

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