LESSONS FROM THE FALL [PART I]

THE FALL: GENESIS 3:1-13

For the next few weeks, I would like us to consider a few lessons from what is popularly referred to as The Fall of Man.

“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’?””
Genesis‬ 3:1‬ NIV‬‬

‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬“…was more crafty than any…” – you’re going to have to know your adversary and be aware of his M.O. otherwise, you’re at risk of being taken advantage of. [2 Corinthians 2:11 AMP]

We know that one of his go-to schemes is messing with what God has said – either by taking it out of context or as we see here, intentionally misquoting it.

“He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

But Genesis‬ 2:16-17‬ NIV‬‬ tells us what God had said:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.””


‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬So what was wrong with what the serpent was saying?

Don’t eat from any tree VS. Eat from any tree except one.

The serpent’s question, in which he deliberately misquotes God, makes it seem like God is a mean Person who is keeping everything good from you. Immediately we start to think like that, we have made up, in our minds, a god who is not the true God (and is therefore an idol) because Psalm 84:11 NIV says this of the God who created us:

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
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The world struggles to understand the concept of absolute power that goes hand in hand with absolute goodness. One of the enemy’s biggest weapons is perpetuating this idea that God is not entirely good. For as long as he can keep people questioning and doubting the absolute goodness of God, he can keep people doubtful about whether to worship Him and trust Him with their lives and their all.  

Also, understand that when our crafty adversary comes at us with questions, he is not seeking knowledge or insight into what God has said; he knows full well what God has said [otherwise he would not be the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10 NIV); an accuser knows exactly what makes/will make the one he accuses guilty.] When he comes with his questions, he is seeking to shake your faith and de-stabilize the foundations of truth you have built by God’s grace.

The lesson for us is this: You must know God’s word for yourself or else you may be misled about who He is, what He stands for, what He wants for you, what He expects from you, etc.

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“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 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.’ ””
Genesis‬ 3:2-3‬ NIV‬‬


‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬We’ve looked at what God actually said about the trees in the garden and the eating of them, but as a reminder: 

“And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.””
Genesis‬ 2:16-17‬ NIV‬‬

So what was the problem with her response?  

  • Did God say anything about not touching the tree/fruit? 

In the story of the fall, we see the danger of embellishing God’s WORD, particularly, of adding to it [there’s also trouble that comes with subtracting from it].  

  • What you add may come to take precedence over what actually is.
  • What you add may come to make you forget what actually is. 

For example, “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house…, your neighbour’s wife,… or anything that belongs to your neighbour” [Exodus 20:17 NIV] — becomes “You shall not covet or even get close to anybody or anybody’s house or anything that belongs to anyone.”

With this resolve, you find that you have become removed from everyone and everything, and this is a recipe for the enemy to attack you; because lone, isolated people are the easiest to attack and harm.

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