Turning Point #1 – Sin Enters The World

This journey through the Bible will focus on the main “turning points” in the Bible story whether it be something man did to change the course of history or the things God did to bring about his plan to save mankind.

Turning point #1 takes place in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. Reading Assignment: Genesis 3.

Background: God created an ideal environment for man. Everything was very good (Genesis 1:31). There was a purity and innocence about man’s relationship with God. There was no shame (2:25) and Adam and Eve enjoyed peace with God.

God had said: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (2:16-17).

Turning Point: In chapter 3 Satan tempts Eve and she and Adam disobey God by eating of the forbidden tree. The moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God everything changed! 

Read the description of this in Genesis 3:7 through the end of the chapter. How did life change for Adam and Eve when they sinned against God?  List several consequences of this sin.

We have all gone through and go through similar turning point experiences. Satan lies to us and tempts and tempts is to disobey God. When we make the choice to not trust God and sin, we likewise feel guilt, suffer the loss of peace, and often experience other painful consequences.

Genesis 3 is a horrible turning point. Everything was good and it became ruined by sin. But even in this dark moment there are a couple of hints that someday God will reverse the consequences of man’s sin. In Genesis 3:15 God promises that someday the “seed of woman” (Jesus) will bruise the head of the Serpent (Satan).

How might 3:21 (compared with verse 7) also be be a future reference to Jesus?

NEXT: GOD CALLS ABRAHAM.

7 thoughts on “Turning Point #1 – Sin Enters The World

  1. You are absolutely correct in saying that this is a horrible turning point! Everything was perfect for Adam and Eve until it wasn’t. It’s just like Satan to tell us lies to try to tempt us into doing wrong or bad, but there are certainly times when the temptation seems worthy. I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil to become like God? Eve was tempted in body (food), in soul (pleasant to the eyes), and in spirit (to become wise like God).

    Adam has been instructed to guard and keep the garden. Shouldn’t he have made the serpent leave the garden? Adam knew what was happening and he allowed it to happen. He didn’t stop Eve from eating and then chose himself to eat as well. Had Adam already begun to “slip” from his fellowship with God?

    In 3:7, when they realize that they are not clothed, that they are no longer “naked and unashamed”, the glory of God that had covered them was gone. There is now shame and modesty instead of trust and nakedness. The coverings that they made for themselves were unacceptable to God, and one punishment was the death of animals to make clothes for them.

    When God was looking for them and they were hiding from Him – we cannot hide from God. He calls to us in the midst of sin – I think that’s that little voice in your head that you hear when you are second-guessing your decision.

    God gave them the opportunity to repent when He asked them who told them that they were naked. God already knew the answer but He asked them to see what they would say. Adam blamed Eve, then blamed God for giving him Eve, but never said anything about Satan. Eve blames Satan for tricking her. I wonder what would’ve happened if they had different answers?

    Instead, they were punished and they became mortal. They could no longer walk and talk face to face with God. They would have to experience pain and sickness and death.

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    1. Wonderful answers Kelli. You brought up some perspectives I have never considered. I’ve never thought Adam had any kind of authority over the serpent in the garden to cast him out, but be that as it may, you’re right, he should have been a better leader instead of going along with the temptation.

      I also never thought of how they responded to God’s question and what if they had taken more responsibility?

      Excellent thoughts. Anyone else?

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  2. I have a few questions 1st. In re-reading Genesis 3, it says, in verse 1, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” And, in Genesis 3, the serpent came, on his own to tempt Eve. The serpent was doing this by “talking” to Eve. From reading that, God made the serpent. So, does that mean that God made the Devil? Are all serpents part of the Devil? I think in other places of the Bible, it might have mentioned, but I can’t really remember well enough, that the devil can & does take on other forms. Does that mean that the devil can take on any form, &look like just about anything to us, so he can better deceive us, in any situation ,at any time? And, if God made the serpent, when he made all the other beasts of the field, why is the serpent the only one who can talk to man & woman, & they can understand him, & talk back to him. I know it said that the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field, but, how did the serent become able to talk & communicate with man, and then,how did he get so strong & powerful to become the devil, that is mentioned many times in the Bible? Also, since God, Jesus, & the Holy Ghost, who are all of one mind, but 3 separate beings, who all kinds ewe of all things from the beginning of time, why did they all, want the bad devil to be here with us always on this earth? Was that so we would be tempted by the devil, and have to think, read,learn God’said word, follow it, & also, learn & get stronger in God’said word, in our minds & hearts, & get better and better at following God’said word, & keep becoming better Christians?

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    1. You bring up many great questions Amy. Im not sure on all details regarding the origin of Satan so I won’t speculate. I do believe he is a created being, not eternal like God. Perhaps created good but then rebelled? If so, what tempted Him to rebel? Im not sure.

      I think you express a great possibility in the idea that Satan can take on different forms. A better way of thinking about might be he uses people. Jesus said to Peter “Get behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:23) and Paul warned that Satan “transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). Satan can use anyone to tempt us.

      I also like your thoughts on why God allows the existence of Satan: to provide a test for us, so we can be tempted and show our faith by choosing right simply because it is the right thing. If there was no choice between good and evil then being good would really not mean that much. Its when we want to do wrong and do right anyway that we really show we believe in God.
      This reminds me of an old song…
      Somebody’s knockin’
      Should I let him in
      Lord, it’s the devil
      Would you look at him
      I’ve heard about him
      But I never dreamed
      He’d have blue eyes and blue jeans.

      Peter warned us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”, 1 Peter 5:8.

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  3. Why did God remove Adam & Eve, from the garden oder eden, after Eve got the apples off the tree, and gave one to Adam to eat? I could understand about God being upset, & lots of the things that were going to be changed & made different from that point on, but in verse 22, God said: “…Behold the man has become like one of Us, (does the capitalized US, refer to God, Jesus, & the Holy Ghost?), to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– Why is it that when Eve put out her hand, and ate of the apples from the tree of life, that she didn’t live forever. But, according to God, if he left Adam & Eve in there, that Adam might put out his hand and eat of the tree of life, and then he, Adam, would live forever, where Eve didn’t?

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    1. I think this is fairly simple. Genesis 3:22 “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

      The implication is that if they could have stayed in the garden…well, what God said was they could eat the tree and live forever.

      Its called the tree of life. God said if they continued to eat it they would live forever.

      I would say the reason we die is Adam and Eve were separated from the garden and the whole human race was breed outside of the garden.

      Its exciting when we come to the end of the book and in chapter 22 we see the tree of life in heaven, figuratively I believe because we will not be physical beings, but the meaning is we will not die!

      If my interpretation is incorrect someone please shed light on this.

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  4. Jimmy, I’ve read you’re reply about 4 times. The first 3 times, I evidently wasn’t properly understanding all your answers to my questions, & now, tonight, it all makes total sense, & I am able to think & understand how well you actually answered all my questions. Thank you so much! Please keep praying to God to help me with understanding and remembering things from & about the Bible. 😊

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