The fall of mankind

To understand why we needed Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross, we first need to understand what happened in the Garden of Eden.

Read Genesis 3:1-19 before answering the Bible study questions.

The book of Genesis is the starting point for us to understand the gospel. In this Bible book we read how God created man to live in complete companionship with Him. However, everything changed when man sinned. This Bible study will let you reflect on what happened in the Garden of Eden and why we need God’s forgiveness.

1. Read Genesis 2:16-18. What command did God give? Was Eve present when the command was given?

2. What does it mean that the serpent is craftier than any of the wild animals that God made?

3. Are the words of the serpent true? What can you learn from the fact that the serpent’s first words are in the form of a question?

4. Compare Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:3. What addition does Eve make to the instructions that the Lord gave them?

5. Read Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:4. How does the motive of the serpent differ from the motive of God? What do you learn from this?

6. Is the statement of the serpent in verse 5 completely false? Compare Genesis 3:22.

7. What is significant in the fact that Eve took the lead in the sin? Compare with Genesis 2:16, Genesis 3:9 and Genesis 3:17.

8. What was Adam and Eve’s first reaction to their sin in verses 7, 8 and 10?

9. What do we learn from man’s second reaction to sin in verses 12 and 13?

10. What do we learn about God, and how He deals with sin in verses 14 to 19?

11. In verses 15b and 21 there is a description of God’s mercy and grace. What can we learn from God’s actions?

12 Why did the Lord banish man from the Garden of Eden?

In this Bible study we learned how the sin of one man changed the existence of all humankind. When you look at your own life, can you see how Satan is trying to undermine your relationship with God? Try to determine what lies Satan tells you and ask God to give you the wisdom to discern truth from lies. Seek God’s forgiveness for your sins and pray that you will always confess your sins before Him.

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