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.