The Fall of Man

I. Lucifer is the “Chief Angel of God’s Spiritual Creation.

A. He was one of the three “Arch” angels (Ezekiel 28:13-17)

1. Gabriel – seems to be connected to the ministry of the Holy Spirit (Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Zacharias in Luke 1:19 and Mary in Luke 1:26)

2. Michael – seems to be connected to the ministry of the Son of God (Daniel 10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7).

3. Lucifer – seems to be connected to the ministry of God the Father.

B. He was created perfect in knowledge and beauty.

C. He was the “anointed cherub that covers.”

D. He was on “the holy mountain” and walked in the “stones of fire.”

E. He chooses to rebel against God (Isaiah 14:12-15).

1. Angels created on 1st or 2nd Day (Job 38:7 and Psalm 104:4)

2. Lucifer is thrown out of heaven (Luke 10:18; Ezekiel 28:16-17).

3. War in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-9)

4. 1/3 angelic host followed in rebellion (Revelation 12:2-4, 9)

F. He is recognized throughout Scriptures by three main Titles.

1. The Dragon (Revelation 20:2; 12:3-9; Isaiah 27:1)

2. The Devil (Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:11; 1 Peter 5:8).

3. The Adversary (Satan) (Job 1 & 2; Zechariah 3:1-2; Luke 22:3, 31; Revelation 20:7).

G. He entered the body of the “Serpent” (beautiful, clever “Shining, upright”).

1. Not long ages: Eve not yet pregnant with Cain when Genesis 3 occurred

II. Biblical Basics of Genesis 3

A. God had set one “prohibition”

1. Eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

2. God had given clear warning against disobedience

3. “You shall surely die.”

B. The “Serpent” deceived Eve

1. 1 Timothy 2:14

C. Eve “bought in” to the lie of Satan

1. John 8:44

D. Adam consciously disobeyed God’s command.

1. He was “with” Eve (Genesis 3:6)

2. He was not “fooled” like Eve was (1 Timothy 2:14)

III. Biblically speaking . . .

A. Genesis 3:17-19 – And to Adam he said, “…cursed is the ground because of you; …pain … thorns and thistles … the sweat of your face … till you return to the ground … for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

B. Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men … death reigned through that one man…as one trespass led to condemnation for all men”

IV. The three-fold “Test” of Man – Genesis 3:1-6

A. Satan initiates “lie” and “murder” in the revelation of his worldwide and age long strategy to deceive (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9).

B. First - Attempt to make DOUBT with the word of God

1. “Has God said . . .?” (3:1)

C. Second – Statement of DENIAL of the word of God

1. “You will not die . . .!” (3:4)

D. Third – Accusation of DENEGRATION of God Himself

1. “God knows . . .” (3:5)

V. Eve responds in the classic pattern of being deceived.

A. She misapplied or misunderstood God’s Word (3:3).

1. Subtracted – “freely eat” . . . “all” the trees.

2. Added – “neither shall you touch it”

3. Interpreted – “Lest (might) you die” from “ye shall surely die.”

B. She failed to rebuke or question Serpent.

C. She failed to seek counsel or assert obedience

1. She should have rejected this lie. 

2. All was now clear – believe the serpent or believe God.

D. She acts out her decision in the classic pattern for giving in to temptation.

1. Attractively Physically – “good for food” -- had all other fruits – did not need (not even hungry).

2. Attractively esthetically – “pleasant to the eyes” – lived in the most beautiful garden – enjoyed perfection, daily!

3. Attractively mentally – “desired to make wise” – had perfect knowledge of good.  They had daily fellowship with God – what more could they want!

4. 1 John 2; Galatians 5; Colossians 3

a. She reasoned from the flesh (Romans 8:5-8).
b. She loved “the things of the world” (1 John 2:15-17).
c. She wanted a companion to mimic her choice (Genesis 3:6; Romans 1:32; 1 Corinthians 15:33).

VI. Adam’s rebellion was deliberate, wicked, and inexcusable.

A. He was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14).

B. He is the cause of sin and death in the world (Romans 5:12, 15 and 1 Corinthians 15:22).

VII. God initiated the attempt to reclaim them (Genesis 3:8-11).

A. God was looking for them – (they hid).

1. They made aprons of leaves (Isaiah 64:6).

2. They had guilt and fear (Isaiah 59:1-2, 12-13).

B. God called for them – (they kept silent).

C. God gave opportunity to confess – (they gave excuses).

1. Adam: “The woman you gave me.”

2. Eve: “The serpent beguiled me.”

VIII. God pronounced Judgment on each of the individual participants in the rebellion (Genesis 3:14-19).

A. The serpent becomes the age-long enemy of Man.

1. It is cursed above all other animals.

2. It is to crawl on it belly and “eat” dust.

3. It is to have constant enmity against mankind.

4. It is to injure the seed of the woman, but will receive mortal injury from the woman’s seed (3:15).

5. Note: Many Bible scholars refer to this as the “first gospel.”  Interpreting the “seed of the woman” to be Christ.  This concept is certainly borne out in the message of the Gospel, but this curse may also only refer to the age-long physical battle between mankind and serpents.

B. The woman now is altered in her relationship with man.

1. The "shame" of nakedness now dominates (Genesis 3:7; Exodus 32:25; Revelation 3:18).

2. The Woman will have "greatly multiplied sorrow" (Hebrew: ITSTABOWN..."worrisomeness"), and an increase in her childbearing "toil".

3. The Woman will also "long" (Hebrew: ETSEB) for her husband, and her husband would "have power" (Hebrew: MASHAL) over her.

C. The man’s relationship to the Earth and Its environment is forever altered.

1. The "ground" (Lit: "earth", "elements") became cursed because of Adam's sin (Romans 8:20-22; Hebrews 1:10-12; 1 Peter 1:24).

2. The curse on man was fourfold:

3. Sorrow, resulting from continual disappointment and futility.

4. Pain and Suffering, signified by the "thorns" which hinder man in his efforts to provide a living.

5. Sweat and Tears from intense struggle against a hostile environment.

6. Physical Death would eventually triumph over all man's efforts.

IX. God then initiates the “redemption” process (Genesis 3:20-24).

A. God made coats of skins and clothed them.

1. An animal must have had to been killed to provide this.

2. God had rested from creating, would not have “created” skins, but have “made” them.

3. Adam and Eve would have witnessed the killing.

4. An example of the “innocent sacrifice” would have been clearly instilled in Adam and Eve’s mind.

B. God prevented Adam and Eve from living in the Garden of Eden.

1. They were forced away from an “eternal life’ in sin and decay.

2. They were forced into a condition that would constantly remind them of their disobedience and need for God’s redemption.

X. The Battle Is For Your Mind!

A. 2 Corinthians 11:3 – “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Series: 
In the Beginning
Lesson: 
#6
Book: 
Genesis
Verses: 
3:1-24

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