Term 1 – Week 3
Big Idea – Adam and Eve sinned and were banished by God
- To understand the rebellion of Adam and Eve and its consequences
- Belief – We have a sin problem where we act like Adam and Eve and want to be our own God
- Behaviour – We must turn to God for forgiveness through Jesus who gives us the power to say no to sin!
Does the story of the fall surprise you? How could Adam and Eve – who had everything they needed – revel against a loving God? Do you think you would have acted differently?
Adam and Eve’s story is our story. Think about the last time you blatantly sinned. What lies were you believing in that moment? Satan was crafty in the garden by twisting God’s words to make him out to be a spoil sport – notice in 3:1 how he says ‘any tree.’ Then Satan convinces Eve that she will ‘not certainly die.’ Satan wants us to believe the same lies that Eve believed: that God’s commands are not good, and that God’s warnings are not true.
Before the fall, Adam and Eve enjoyed a loving, two-way relationship with God. The garden was a true paradise. God filled the garden with good gifts so that they might enjoy them and give Him thanks. This glorifies God. All of that changed when Adam and Eve gave in to the serpent’s temptation.
Adam and Eve ignored the good commands of God that gave them free reign to enjoy every tree in the garden besides one. They didn’t heed God’s warnings of death should they eat the fruit! To us this can seem strange to ignore such obvious commands, and yet we think about how easily we do this! We are deceived into thinking that we know best and that God doesn’t.
When their eyes were opened, they were aware of their nakedness – a sign of innocence now becomes a sign of shame (like how perceptions of nakedness changes as we go from baby to adult). As sin entered the world, so did guilt and shame. God cast Adam and Eve out of the garden. Though they did not die right away, sin’s effect was immediate and thorough. Their lives and their children’s lives – and the lives of all humanity – would be forever affect by their choice. We see this in the world around us. We experience God’s grace, his undeserved kindness to this sinful world, but we are very aware that the world is broken. It was not meant to be this way.
Sin is a big problem that needs a big solution. At just the right time, God sent His Son into the world, born as a baby. Matthew 1:21 says, “You are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” How? Genesis 3:15 is the clue – the human descendant of Adam will crush Satan’s head – Jesus is the one who defeated Satan when he rose from the dead after paying for sins -> proving God’s word to be true and destroying Satan’s claim on our lives.
As the kids you teach become increasingly aware of the bad news – that we are all sinners from birth – rejoice with them over the good news: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim 1:15).
‘…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God‘
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