Lesson 10 第十课

Lesson 10

Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God.

Genesis 3:7-8 / 创世记3:7-8

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.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.

7 他们二人的眼睛就明亮了,才知道自己是赤身露体,便拿无花果树的叶子,为自己编做裙子。 8 天起了凉风,耶和华上帝在园中行走,那人和他妻子听见上帝的声音,就藏在园里的树木中,躲避耶和华上帝的面。

 

1.     When Adam and Eve sinned, they were immediately separated from God.


God had told Adam and Eve that they would die if they ate fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. What did God mean by “die”? They didn’t die physically at the moment when they ate the fruit. They were still alive. Does this mean that what God said would happen didn’t come true? Had God lied to them? Was Satan right after all? No!

 

   Adam and Eve had died to God, their source of life.

 

Death wasn’t evident in their bodies on the day they disobeyed God. They were still breathing. They were still walking around. But they had died to God. That part of them that was made in God’s image so they could know, love and obey God was immediately separated from God when they disobeyed His command. Disobedience to God's commands is sin.


God always does what He says. God doesn’t threaten to punish sin and then not do it. God faithfully carries out what He says He will do. God hates everything that is wrong and punishes all disobedience to His commands. The punishment for sin is death.


Because of Adam and Eve's sin, their relationship to God was now dead. Their bodies would also eventually die, and they would be separated from God forever. Because they had joined Satan in his rebellion against God, immediately when they died physically, they would go to the place of everlasting punishment that God prepared for Satan and the evil spirits.

 

   Adam and Eve had become the enemies of God.

Because God is holy and righteous, He will not continue in friendship with those who disobey His commands. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were cut off from their friendship with Him. They were no longer in oneness with God. They had taken sides with God’s great enemy, Satan.

Satan is God’s great enemy. Adam and Eve turned away from God and followed Satan, so they, too, became the enemies of God.

 

2.      Adam  and  Eve’s  attitudes  and  actions  showed  that  they  had  become separated from God.

 

When Adam and Eve sinned, they were immediately separated from God. Their attitudes and actions showed that their relationship with God had died.

 

   First, their attitudes toward their bodies changed immediately.

Genesis 3:7  At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were naked but were not embarrassed. But, once they were separated from God because of their sin, their thoughts were no longer under God’s control. Their thoughts had become evil, and their attitude toward their bodies changed. They were embarrassed by their naked bodies.

 

   Secondly, they tried to provide for their own needs.

 

Before they were separated from God, they looked to God to provide everything they needed. But once they were separated from God, they tried to do things for themselves. They clothed themselves with fig leaves. They no longer trusted God to give them whatever they needed. They were trying to live independently of God.

 

   Thirdly, they tried to hide from God.

Genesis 3:8 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.

God loved Adam and Eve, and so He came to talk with them. Before they were separated from God, they loved Him and wanted to talk with Him. But when God came to visit with them after they had disobeyed Him, Adam and Eve hid. They no longer wanted to talk with Him.

 

Adam and Eve’s attitude toward God had changed. Because of their disobedience to God, they were no longer His friends. When God first made Adam and Eve, they were of one mind with God. But as soon as they disobeyed God, their thinking was different. They were of one mind with Satan. They could no longer know and understand God, and they didn’t love God any more. They were under Satan’s control. They were on Satan’s side.

 

 

   Because they had disobeyed God’s command, Adam and Eve were afraid of God.

No animals would hurt them. Sickness and death did not exist. But after Adam and Eve sinned, they were afraid.

Do you think that Adam and Eve were right to be afraid of God? Would God really punish them for their disobedience?

Does God merely give idle threats? Think about what happened to Lucifer and the angels who rebelled against God. Did God merely threaten them when they rebelled? No! God removed them from their place of service in Heaven

What about Adam and Eve? God had created them to depend upon Him for everything. He had given them the very breath in their bodies. All that they had came from Him. But Adam and Even had disobeyed their creator. They had separated themselves from their source of life.

 

   It was right for Adam and Eve to be afraid of God.

 

Adam and Eve had disobeyed God, and He always punishes those who disobey His commands.

 

Disobedience to God is the reason that we have fear in the world. Think about this. When God first created Adam and Eve, they had no fear. Fear came because of sin. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, there has been terrible fear in the hearts of men and women. 

  What do you fear? What things in life do you most fear?

 

   Adam and Eve were afraid of God, so they tried to hide from Him.

Do you think that God saw them? Of course He did. God saw Adam and Eve when they were trying to hide among the trees.

Can anyone hide from God? Is there anywhere we can go where God is not already there? No! God is everywhere. No one can hide from Him.

When people do things that they know are wrong, they usually try to do them when other people cannot see them. People do evil things in the dark. But God can see in the darkness just as He can see in the light. People may try to hide their evil actions by going to the jungle where others cannot see them. But nothing can be hidden from God.

God has heard everything that you have said and He has seen everything that you have done from the day that you were born.

3.      Satan led Adam and Eve to disobey God because Satan hates God and people.

God created Lucifer, but he became proud and wanted God’s position. Therefore, God removed Lucifer from his position of service in Heaven.

Satan still hates God, and he fights against God all the time. He does all he can to hinder God’s plans for man.

Satan not only hates God, but he also hates people. Because God created people to know, love and obey God, Satan and his spirit followers hate all people.

Because Satan hates all people, he wants them to go to the place of everlasting punishment that God prepared for Satan and his spirit followers. Satan doesn’t want anyone to listen to God’s Word. He doesn’t want you to hear, understand and believe the Bible.

4.      This story teaches us many things.

 We should learn many things from this story.

   We should learn that God always tells the truth.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were separated from Him, just as He said they would be.


   We should learn that Satan is a liar.
Satan said that Adam and Eve would not die if they disobeyed God, even though he knew that they would be separated from God and die. Satan lied.

 

   We should learn that Satan is a murderer.
Satan wanted Adam and Eve to die, so he tempted them to sin by deceiving them. He deceived them by lying to them.

Beware! Satan is still the same today. He doesn’t want you to listen to God’s Word because he wants all of you to be separated from God forever.


Questions:

1.     God said that Adam and Eve would die if they ate the fruit of the tree from the knowledge of good and evil. Satan said they would not die. Who spoke the truth?

2.     Adam and Eve didn’t die physically at the moment when they ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In what way did they die?

3.     What did Adam and Eve do when they realized they were naked?

4.     What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God in the garden in Eden, after they had disobeyed Him?

5.     Is it possible to hide from God?

6.     Adam and Eve hid from God because they were afraid of Him. Did they have a reason to be afraid of God?

7.     When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, were they still friends of God?

8.   Does Satan want you to listen to and believe God’s words?

9.     Why doesn’t Satan want people to hear and believe God’s words?

10.     What is Satan's desire for all people?