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Genesis 3:20-24

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 3:20
  • Genesis 3:21
  • Genesis 3:22
  • Genesis 3:23
  • Genesis 3:24

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.


Genesis 3 tells the story of the fall of man through the temptation of Eve and the entrance of sin into the world. Satan came in the form of a serpent to tempt Eve into disobeying the one command that God had given to Adam and Eve, not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent told her that what God had said was not true. Eve was tempted by the thought of becoming wise and by the appealing look of the fruit. She gave in and sinned, and gave the fruit to Adam who ate as well. Their eyes were opened and they saw that they had sinned. They were ashamed and hid from God. God cursed the serpent and punished Adam and Eve. Because of their rebellion, Adam and Eve had to live outside of the original blessings that God intended for them.


Adam named his wife Eve. God made clothes from animal skins for them. God drove them out of the garden and guarded the way to the tree of life.

Adam named his wife Eve which means living. Literally, Adam called his wife’s name life because she was to be the mother of all living souls. God made garments of skin and clothed them. This is seen by many as the first animal sacrifice. To this point humanity was not given animals to eat, only plants; the permission to eat animals does not occur until Genesis 9. Blood was shed by the death of another in order to offer the garments that God provided by His grace. Later, Israel would offer animal sacrifices in order to remedy their sin.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they did gain knowledge of good and evil which led to a life of strife and pain. The tree of life in the garden had fruit that would grant Adam and Eve immortality, an immortality accompanied with a life of strife and pain.

So, mankind was exiled from the garden. They became outcasts from paradise to work the ground from which Adam came. God placed angelic beings to guard the entrance to the garden, making the way to the tree of life inaccessible to mankind. Humanity was exiled from the place where immortality is possible.

God promised that in the day Adam and Eve sinned they would experience death.  What death’s have they experienced so far? Death is a separation. Physical death is when the human spirit separates from the human body. Adam and Eve are now separated from paradise. They are separated from immortality. They are separated from a special relationship with God. They are separated from innocence. They are separated from creation, in that death had to take place to cover them. And they were even separated from themselves, seeking to cast blame on others rather than taking responsibility for their actions. Finally, by being exiled from the garden, they are condemned to physical death.

Chapter 3 tells the story of the fall of man into sin and out of his direct relationship with God. But, in it, we also see the promise of redemption through the Savior (Jesus).

Biblical Text

20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

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