Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Oct- 3- Sin IS a Big Deal
September 21 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh, speaker, author

Focal Passages: Genesis 3:1-6, 16-19, 24; Romans 5:12-14  

After the meal, Lance and my husband Jack went upstairs to the computer. Before long, Lance reentered the kitchen. Exhibiting disdain, he said, “I want you to know that when I have a need, I look within myself! I need no one but myself!” With that, he left me wondering what had inspired his rage. 

Later, Jack explained: “Lance went online to show me photographs of his art show. I expressed admiration and added, ‘Lance, I’m sure you thank God for the way He’s gifted you.’ Suddenly, he stiffened, and raced downstairs to confront you.”                                

Studying Genesis 3, I recall how Lance behaved as though he were his own god, and how Eve believed Satan’s lie — that eating the forbidden fruit was no big deal; on the contrary, she would be wise like God (v. 4).

But by eating from the tree, Eve turned God’s creation, including endless life, upside down, and with sin came mortality and death. Genesis 3 is hauntingly familiar.

The passage doesn’t read right except in first person. Adam’s story is my story.

Yes, Adam poisoned the headwaters, but the stream has touched the shores of my life.

Without Genesis 3, the rest of the Bible cannot be understood, for there we find the elements of sin as we all experience them.

As Satan approaches Eve, we’re struck by his manner. He sounds pious and quotes scripture. Without contradicting God, he only raises a question: “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat the fruit from the trees in the garden?’”

At first, Eve leaps to God’s defense. Considering God’s wondrous provision — the sky, sun, plants, animals — how marvelous it is! She answers, “We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But concerning the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”                                                                                                        
“No! You will not die,” the serpent said. “Instead, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”                       

Eve is thrown off balance. She no longer focuses on God’s provision, but on the one thing denied her.

Satan tempts her through her physical senses. She looks at the fruit (sight), she listens to Satan (sound), she takes the fruit (touch), and she eats (smell and taste). And in that moment sin is born, and mankind needs a Savior. Because sin IS a big deal.
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