GENESIS 3 (3 OF 47)

by Harley Howard

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Genesis 3 (3 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

The third chapter teaches us of the fall of man and the results of the fall. We live in a society that blames sin on everything except the individuals' committing it. This chapter shows clearly that sin has nothing to do with man's environment. Even in a perfect environment such as Adam lived he still disobeyed God. Nor could Adam say that his sin was hereditary.

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

The serpent was not a slithering, slimy creature, but a beautiful and cunning creature. There is much left out of the account of the fall. For example: Was it strange for the serpent to speak? How did Satan get to this animal, etc? There are many questions that are not answered. But the important fact is this: Don't let what we don't know keep us from what we do know.

The shroud of the unknown sometimes leads us astray and away from what we do know and what we do know is sufficient. The serpent was used by satan for his cunning and he used him to speak to Eve. First, satan goes to Eve, now that's important. He would have never gotten this far with Adam, I'm sure of that. Eventually Eve would be the one to give the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil to Adam.

Satan immediately questions Eve of the truthfulness of God's word. You have to understand this next point carefully: The object of satan was not Eve, but Adam.

Temptation to sin did not come from God, but satan. Eve should have never been listening to anyone or anything telling her to question the truthfulness of God's word. Did God say that you should not eat of every tree of the garden? Is that what God really said? Maybe you are interpreting what God said incorrectly? Maybe I can help you understand what He really means. God's trying to hold som ...

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