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Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 3

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 3. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

3 – “It wasn’t the apple in the tree that was the problem. It was the pear (pair) on the ground.” (Tony Evans – A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place – Beth Moore)

3:1 – serpent – as a creature, Adam and Eve should have ruled over him (see 1:28), but they allowed him to rule over them!

the words for “crafty” and “naked” are almost the same. (NIVSB) crafty – arum – means smooth. It’s a play on the word “naked” from 2:24-25. Together, these verses say, “the man’s skin was smooth and the serpent’s tongue was smooth.” (A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place – Beth Moore)

the serpent was craftier than the wild animals God created – Did God not create the serpent? Did God create the serpent as a domestic animal? Were other wild animals crafty, I wonder?

The serpent spoke – did the other animals in the garden speak? This would seem likely since Eve wasn’t scared out of her mind that the serpent was speaking to her!

3:2 – know God’s Word so you won’t be fooled. Also, don’t talk to strangers. (Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

3:3 – Eve added to God’s Word, “and you must not touch it.” (Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

3:1-5 – DO NOT debate with Satan! (Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

3:6 – “good for food…pleasing to the eye…desirable for gaining wisdom” – Three aspects of temptation. See Luke 4:3, 5, 9; 1 John 2:16. (NIVSB)

Adam was with Eve at this time. He could have stopped her.

3:8 – God immediately sought them. He’s sought us ever since.

3:10 – “sin always leads to guilt, shame, anger, and alienation.” (Explore the Bible, Winter 2007-2008, Genesis 1-27)

3:12-13 – they both blamed someone else! AVOID BLAMING. (Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

3:13 – God asks Eve what she has done. He isn’t accusing. He’s giving her an opportunity to confess.

3:14-15 – 1st prophecy of coming savior.

3:15 – Jesus is her offspring.

3:20 – Adam named Eve AFTER the fall. Her name shows his faith.

3:21 – 1st sacrifice to cover sin – skin garments – an animal was slaughtered.

3:22 – God is speaking to the Son and the Holy Spirit.

3:23-24 – 1st prison.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?


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