Genesis 3:9-13

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 3:9
  • Genesis 3:10
  • Genesis 3:11
  • Genesis 3:12
  • Genesis 3:13

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.

After Adam and Eve hide, God comes looking for them and confronts their disobedience. Now having sinned, Adam and Eve refuse to take responsibility, and seek to cast blame elsewhere.

God called to Adam in the garden and Adam responded by admitting that he was afraid and hid because he was naked. Here is the first mention of fear in the Bible, which came because of the shame of sin. Instead of directly admitting that he had sinned, Adam said he hid because he was naked.

God knew that Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit from the tree which he expressly told them not to. When God asked if they had eaten from the tree, Adam blames both Eve and God. Saying “The woman you gave me” indicates that Adam is blaming both God (for giving him the woman) and the woman (for offering him the fruit). Eve blames the serpent.

But the bottom line is that Adam and Eve made a choice to disobey God. Their response was to hide from him. In the end, they both still had to confront their sin and admit it to God. It is clear enough that God could have prevented this from occurring. God could have prevented Satan from tempting Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve might still have sinned some other way, but not this way. God could also have prevented the sin by not giving Adam and Eve a rule to follow, but it appears that granting a true ability for humans to choose is of such importance to God that He allowed Adam and Eve the possibility of sin.

Biblical Text

9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so, I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

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