Broken

Posted by Karah

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Have you ever broken something really valuable or lost something that was really important to you? Recall the way you felt when you realized what you had done.

With that in mind, read Genesis 3:1-7 in your Bible.

“Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” —Genesis 3:6

In an instant, sin entered the world. God had set a boundary, and Adam and Eve had chosen to live in opposition to Him.

Consider these questions:

Look at Satan’s interaction with Eve in verses 1-4. How did he tempt Eve to further question God’s goodness and the truth of His word? Why do you think questioning these things leads to sin? Explain.

Prior to this, God had been the One who determined what was right and wrong, but Eve took on that role in verse 6. If God is the Author and Main Character of Scripture, why is it wrong to usurp that role? Explain.

Adam and Eve’s sin didn’t just affect them; it affected the entire human race. How do you know this to be true? Explain.

Read verse 7. Satan had said that disobeying God would cause Adam and Eve’s eyes to be opened to all wisdom, but instead of power, that knowledge brought fear and shame into their lives. How does choosing to sin against God still do that today?

The Point

In Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin entered the world. As a result, the intimate relationship God wanted to have with all humanity seemed irrecoverably damaged.

Respond

Think back to the way you felt when you lost or broke something that was important to you. Now, stop to really mourn for what was lost in the garden and the depth of your own sinfulness. Be honest with God and repent of any sin in your life.

For further study of the affect of Adam and Eve’s sin on us, read Romans 5:12-21.

Behind the Story

In Genesis 3:1-6, Satan played on Adam and Eve’s God-given desires. The need to eat, appreciate beauty, and gain knowledge and wisdom were all legitimate needs that God had already provided a way to be met—by trusting Him. But instead, Adam and Eve chose to go outside of God’s will and find their own way to meet those needs. We sin when we tell God that the way He has provided to meet our needs is not good enough.


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