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Genesis 3:6-8

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 3:6
  • Genesis 3:7
  • Genesis 3:8

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.


The woman ate the forbidden fruit and also gave it to her husband. They recognized what they had done and hid from God.

 

Eve was deceived by the serpent, then she gave into temptation and took the fruit and ate it, and then she gave some to Adam. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul reiterates that it was Eve who was deceived by the serpent: And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression (1 Timothy 2:14). The text here says that Adam was with her. This seems to indicate that Adam was watching this scene transpire and did nothing to intervene. Since he was not deceived, this would indicate that he knew Eve was sinning and did nothing to try to persuade her counter to the serpent. Adam is credited with sin entering the world (Romans 5:12). Perhaps it is because he sinned deliberately. However, it is clear that both Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God.

Eve’s desire to become God-like and her delight in the fruit trumped God’s command. She saw that it was desirable to make her wise and it looked good to eat. Both she and Adam ate the fruit, but Satan’s promise of divine enlightenment was a lie. They did receive a knowledge of good and evil, but not the same knowledge as God. The knowledge of good and evil did not make them like God, it made them ashamed. Adam and Eve felt shame and tried to cover it by making clothes and hiding from God. Instead of going to God and telling him what they had done, the two hid when God came to them.

In Genesis 3:7-8, mankind moved from the innocence of the garden to understanding sin and shame.

Biblical Text

6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

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