4. The Fall of Man

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Bible Story 4

Title: The Fall of Man
Bible Passage: Genesis chapter 3 verse 1 – verse 24

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

Genesis chapter 3 verse 6

The Story

apple in one's hand

Adam could freely eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden. But before Eve was created, God commanded not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God warned that Adam would die if he were to eat it.

One day, Satan used a snake to get close to Eve and to secretly cast a trap. “Did God really say you can not eat from the trees in the Garden of Eden?” Eve answered the snake, “No, there is only one tree we can not eat from – the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And that’s because we will die.”

Satan stated the following, trying to cast doubt in Eve’s heart towards God. “You will not surely die.” He then cast the next words to try and get her interested. “If you eat this, you will come to know right and evil.”

Eve was intrigued by the vanity – becoming wise – without knowing she was caught in a trap. She ate of the fruit and gave it to her husband, too. Adam knew this was something wrong, and yet he ignored the warnings from God and ate of the fruit also.

an apple on the ground with a couple mouths worth bitten out

At that moment, Satan succeeded to take both Adam and Eve and all humankind that will be born from them into hell with him, as punishment of sin. Not only that, but Satan also succeeded at breaking the close relationship man had with God. Satan was full of joy.

Just as he had cast Satan out of heaven, God also cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden because they had not heeded His warnings and had sinned.

However, man was a special creation to God. God wanted to somehow get back that friendship He had with man that had now been lost because of Satan. God then made a plan to send Christ to earth in the future, and through Christ taking punishment of sins, that all men would be free from sin.

The Lesson

Point: We must win against temptation!

arrows pointing multiple directions on the ground

When God created man, He gave him free will, which is the ability to think freely and to choose freely. (Reference: Henry’s Bible Handbook/by Henry H. Halley/p. 66.) Adam had the freedom to choose to follow God’s Words. However, he used that freedom to choose to follow Satan’s words. Because of that, sin now hard control over man. Life is a continuation of choices. With freedom comes responsibility. Man is given the responsibility to look out and see if sin is not there with its mouth open waiting to catch us through its invitation to see, to touch, to smell and to taste. God wanted to get back the relationship He had with man, and so He executed the plan of having Christ pay the penalty of sin. All man hast do is accept his sins and believe in the atonement by Christ, and he can once again get back the friendship with God. This is the message God sends to man through the Bible.

By Grace: Will you choose God, or will you choose Satan?

woman with shopping bags looking at another store's show widow

Temptation appears is in many places in life. Its starts in the morning when you are battling against the alarm clock. And it follows you right until the end of the day when you hop into the bed covers and leave on a journey into the world of dreams. Temptations come in all different sizes. Some temptations are like the cute sound of a bell, while others are like huge magnetic forces pulling you closer. I want more! I want to enjoy more! I want to look better! These voices of “More! More!” try to take control over us.

hand tempted to pick up a colorful doughnut

Eve listened to the temptation from Satan and started by merely looking at the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. That turned into taking the fruit and holding it in her hand. From there, she started wanting to smell it. And as her nose got closer, she wanted to eat it. This is how Eve’s heart was caught in temptation. Ultimately, she had picked the fruit and had taken a byte from it.

If Eve had only listened to God, and shutout the words of Satan, the result would have been completely different. Sin starts when we start to listen to temptation. As we listen, our hearts get drawn closer to it. And the desire to sin becomes uncontainable.

Eve could not control herself. That is when this brightly shining jewel turned into a mere stone. The poison of sin suffocated the complete purity of these two people. The mutual trust and friendship between God and man was shutout because of sin. The perfect world crumbled and this deep trench that suddenly appeared broke God and man apart in darkness and coldness.

Sin has the power to take away great joy in just one instance. And it is something the produces sad result. The way to shutout the tempting whispers of Satan is to just listen to the Words of God. I want to store the Words of the Bible in my heart so that I am always rejoicing only in God and protecting the friendship I have with Him.

Application: I will store the Words of the Bible in my heart so I can shutout temptation.

Order my steps in the word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalm 119 verse 133
two signs with the words "choice" pointing opposite directions

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