by Jonathan McLeod

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Series: The Beginning
Jonathan McLeod
Genesis 3:1-7

So 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 its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (v. 6).


In Genesis 3:1-7, we read about the beginning of sin in the human race. What is sin? Sin is disobedience to God's commands. (We are commanded to do what is good, and we are commanded to not do what is evil.) God gave to Adam and Eve only one command. He said, ''You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die'' (2:16-17). But Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command and sinned.

[Read Gen. 3:1-7.]


Back when I attended Bible college, I was in the school choir. At the end of each year we went on a choir tour. One year our choir tour was in Ontario, and we visited Niagara Falls-the most powerful waterfall in North America. While we were at Niagara Fall a few of the choir members and I went to an attraction called the Journey Behind the Falls.

The Journey Behind the Falls is a series of tunnels that go behind the falls. There are a few places in the tunnels where there are openings that allow you to see the water crashing down. At one of these spots, a male choir member-for reasons unknown-jumped over the fence. He took a couple of steps and then slipped on the wet floor. Fortunately, he's still alive today. But if he would have slipped a little farther, he would have fallen off the edge of the opening and down the waterfall.

This week I watched a YouTube video of the Journey Behind the Falls to refresh my memory. I noticed in the video that two warning signs are posted at the entrance to the tunnels: (1) ''Do not climb over railing. Stay within design ...

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