Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 6:00pm
Bible Reference: 
Genesis 3


        So we are in a series in the Book of Genesis, the book of beginnings.  In Chapter one, I pointed out that God is mentioned over 30 times.  This may be the most God saturated chapter in all of scripture.  This tells us that the Bible is all about God.  I am afraid we lose sight of that sometimes.  We can’t see the forest for the trees. 

        In chapter two, we discussed creation, the incredible, indescribable, unbelievable, awe inspiring creation.  Yet creation is only God’s second greatest act.  Redemption of fallen mankind is God’s greatest achievement. 

Tonight we want to look at chapter 3.

3 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,  “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.  15 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.”
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,  and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”

17 And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.  All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground
from which you were made.  For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”

20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beingshave become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

 In the first two chapters, scripture states that God’s creation was good six times.  And in verse 31 of chapter 1, the Bible records that God’s creation was very good.  If God says it is good, you know it is very good. 

        So, if life began in a perfect Garden that was very good, then how did it all get so bad?


        Of course the answer is sin.  The origin of all the trouble we face on earth is sin.  Now we need to be reminded that sin did not begin on earth.  The first sin did not take place in the Garden of Eden.  Sin began in heaven, when the arch angel, Lucifer rose up in pride and rebelled against God.  Satan is a powerful, but limited being created by the hand of God.  Satan is real.  He is alive.  And he is at work.  It is not politically correct or socially sophisticated to believe in the devil and he likes it that way.

        I read about two 6 year olds struggling with the problem of the existence of the devil. One boy said, "Oh, there isn't any devil." The other, rather upset, said, "What do you mean, there isn't any devil? It talks about him all the way through the Bible!" the first replied, "Oh that's not true, you know. It's just like Santa Clause, the devil turns out to be your dad." 

        That is a cute story, but it is wrong.  Look what is recorded in scripture.

Ezekiel 28

11 The word of the LORD came to me: 12 "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says:  " 'You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, [2] turquoise and beryl. [3] Your settings and mountings [4] were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.  15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.  16Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.  So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.' "

        When sin entered the Garden of Eden it entered in the heart of Satan, the now fallen angel disguised as a serpent.  He came to attack God’s creation.  He was not concerned about Adam and Eve.  He did not care one way or the other about them.  He simply wanted to hurt God and the only way he could do that was to go after God’s children.

        Someone once wrote:

Satan promises the best, but pays with the worst;
he promises honor and pays with disgrace;
he promises pleasure and pays with pain;
he promises profit and pays with loss;
he promises life and pays with death.


A.  Doubt

        Now look with me at how sin operates.  Satan starts with doubt.  He wants us to doubt God.  He wants us to doubt God’s Word.  He looked at Eve and said, “Did God really say,…?”  Is that what God really meant?  Are you sure you didn’t misunderstood Him?  

Doubt works so well with those who do not truly know the Word of God.  Eve, in responding to Satan, added to God’s Word.  You know it is a dangerous thing to add to the Word of God. 

God said in 2:16 – “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Eve quotes – “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die”  When we start adding to the Word of God it should show us that our faith is not what it needs to be. 

B.  Denial

        After doubt was registered, Satan followed up with denial.  He went from asking a question that planted the seed of doubt to issuing a statement that flat denied the truth of God’s Word.  Satan looked Eve in the face and said, “You shall not surely die”. 

In effect, he is calling God a liar.  Which is kind of ironic that the father of lies called the one who cannot lie, a liar. 

Satan tells Eve, “You will not die”.  He tells her that instead of killing her, the fruit will add to her life, it will enhance it.  He tells her that she has been missing out on life because she hasn’t eaten from this particular tree.  He tells her that this fruit will make her life complete.  She really needs it.  She deserves it.  God is cruel for with holding it from her.    

C.  Delusion

        After doubt was registered and denial was issued, delusion was sprung.  Satan told her that she would not die.  Instead he told her that in essence, she would be just like God.  She would be her own god.  He deluded her with the exact same temptation that had destroyed him. Satan had tried to ascend above God’s throne and be a god and now he is throwing that temptation at Eve. 

        And isn’t it amazing that today, that is man’s greatest temptation.  We want to be our own gods.  We don’t want any rules.  We don’t want anybody telling us how to live, what to do, where to go, and how long to be there.  We want to make our own rules based on what’s in it for us.  We want to be followed, adored, and respected above all others. 

We want power, attention and glory.  We want it to be all about us.  We want to be served rather than serve.  We want to get our way.  We want our opinion respected above all others.  Think about this, who do you know that has to work at being arrogant?   Don’t we have to work at being humble? 

        The heart of the human race struggles with wanting to be our own god.    

D.  Desire

        Now look at Eve’s response.  She saw that the tree was good for food.  This is the lust of the flesh.  She saw that the tree was pleasant to the eyes.  This is the lust of the eyes.  And she saw the tree was desirable to make one wise.  This is the pride of life.  It looks so simple when we break it down, but we fall for it each and every day. 

I John 2:16  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

E.  Decision

        Satan cannot force us to do something against our will.  Remember the comedian Flip Wilson.  He had a character named Geraldine.   Geraldine was wrong.  The devil did not make her do it.  She chose to do it.  And so did Eve.  Eve willingly decide to rebel against God.  She volitionally decided to reach out and take the forbidden fruit. 

“When the desire became a decision, the choice became a chain.”

Eve became a sinner, and sin induced Eve to become a seducer.  The bible says that Eve gave the fruit to Adam and he ate.  Why did he not argue with her?  Husbands have been arguing with their wives ever since. 


        The bible says they heard the sound of the Lord God walking through the garden in the cool of the day.  God came that day for His time with Adam and Eve.  He already knew what they had done.  He had heard the conversation.  He knew their thoughts.  He saw their actions.  He was not surprised.  And now it was time for the reckoning. 

        Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, from paradise.  Look at all they gave up and look what they got in return.  Sin never pays what it promises.  Adam and Eve’s biggest problem, they did not see God’s limitation as love.   They didn’t see the purpose in God’s precept.  They didn’t see that the boundary God set was for their good. 

        Sin cost them so much.  They lost their home.  They lost their innocence and all the horrors of sins came crashing into their hearts. 


        The final thing I want you to see tonight is that God had a plan.  God always has a plan.   God has never been caught off guard.  God has never been surprised.  Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurred to God?

        First thing God did, was in an act of mercy, He banished them from the garden.  Mercy removed them from the Tree of Life.  How cruel would it be for sinful man to live forever in his fallen condition?  It was an act of grace that cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden and away from the Tree of Life. 

        Next, God turns and faced the serpent.  Satan and God come face to face.  The showdown has occurred.  Satan smirks thinking he has beaten God, but God was ready.   God announces that the Messiah will come.  Jesus will come.  Satan will bruise his heel.  Jesus will die on the cross.  He will suffer, He will hurt, and He will agonize.  He will bleed and He will die.  Satan will exact pain on God.  But, Jesus will crush his head.  Jesus will win.  Death will be swallowed up.  Hell will be defeated.  Satan’s power will be vanquished.  Mankind will be restored to its proper place with God.  Jesus will pay the price.  Jesus will satisfy justice.  Jesus will atone for sin.  Jesus will conquer all.  And in the end, satan will lose again. 

        Please see this and I am done.  Grace is not a New Testament concept.  Grace is a Bible concept.  You see the Grace of God extended here in the Garden, in the very beginning, just as soon as it is needed.  Grace will be extended to you.  Just as soon as you need it, it is available.  Don’t let temptation lead you to sin, but if it does, don’t let satan keep you from God who will offer you grace.