Admit Your Sin Problem

                                    Genesis 3-4

                              December 9, 2007


A lot of problems here - v. 1 - Satan deals first with

the woman - weaker of the two?  - Milton's idea that

Eve desired to be independent and had withdrawn

herself out of Adam's sight - sets up a beginning of

the fall before the fall - would it have been any different

if Adam was there?


"Yea, hath God said....??  Did God really say such a

thing as that?  Note  the  slightly superior condescension

to Eve's "naive" acceptance of God's command - a

technique followed by Satan and his human emissaries

with great success ever since.  Sin always begins by

questioning the Word of God or His goodness or both.

This is the age-old lie of Satan, the one with which he

deceived himself.


Satan suggests a distrust of the Divine goodness and

a disbelief in God's truthfulness.  He also intensifies

the prohibition.  Romans 7:7-8


He attempts to change a Living, Personal God into

a merely general God by using Elohim, not Jehovah,

thus obscuring the covenant relationship and    (recommend book

representing man as a subject and not a son.     The Names of God

                                                                                         by Nathan Stone - Moody Bible Institute)

Eve was placed at the furthest distance from the

Supreme Being and then assailed.


vs. 2-3 - the woman was wrong to have a conference

         with the serpent in matters of so great an

         importance, in so familiar a manner.


Compare ch. 2:16-17 with v. 3.  It is dangerous to

alter God's Word whether by addition or deletion -


Deut. 4:2                     Rev. 22:18-19 ****


Eve puts in a little addition to God's Word - "neither

            shall ye touch it" - is this a misunderstanding

            or a rising feeling of dissatisfaction of the

            prohibition and an indication that her love

            and confidence towards God was beginning

            to waver?  Is there doubt &  hesitancy in her



v. 4 - "ye shall not surely die" - assailing the Divine

           veracity.  Not content with altering God's Word,

            Satan blatantly denies it, calling God a liar!


Satan is setting himself up as his own god - he is deciding

for himself the standards of truth and righteousness.


Christ presents Satan as the liar that he is - John 8:44


Two passages - "resist the devil and he will flee from  you"

and "Save yourselves from this untoward generation".



v. 5 - "your eyes shall be opened" - denoting an impartation

            of power to perceive objects otherwise indiscernible -

            physically, mentally, spiritually.


"and ye shall be as gods" - a promise of divinity.


No descendant of Adam has ever lived to an age of

conscious awareness of right and wrong without actually

choosing wrong.


Doubt and pride - the characteristics of practically every

type of temptation today - "earthly, sensual, devilish" -

James 3:15


v. 6 - the attractiveness of sin for the time being, disguising

          its true character - the harbinger of death.


"she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.  And gave also

to her husband" - Eve was to have been an help meet, not

Adam's destroyer.


Thus Satan undermined Adam and Eve's confidence in God,

he wanted to remove the fear of punishment from their path,

and fire their souls with lust and ambition while all the time

appearing to be seeking man's good.


Eve questioned God's Word, doubted, then modified and

finally rejected God's Word favoring the temptation to body,

soul and spirit which was presented to her.



Eve and Adam bit, they were disobedient in their

unbelief, the were selfish to make self the center of

all things and they showed their love of the world

in their attempt to gratify their senses.


vs. 7-8 - reality - cover up - they hid - it is the

            instinct of sinful man to flee from God.


It is noteworthy that people are clothed in heaven -

Rev. 19:14 and Christ is presented as "clothed with

a garment down to the foot" - Rev. 1:13


vs. 9-13 - God's questions


Adam blames his wife, Eve blames the serpent,

and ever since, sinners have been blaming everyone

and everything but themselves.


Adam showed no grief for his act but rather a

desire to cover his sin - "I did eat but it was not

my fault" - sound familiar? Nothing can justify sin.


vs. 14-15 - Judgment on the perpetrator - perpetual

            degradation - on its belly  - judgment without

            mercy - hostility between the two - the promise

            that the Seed of the woman will destroy the serpent

             and the works of the devil.


The promised Seed would one day be born of a human

woman, but Satan was left in the dark as to which woman

and at what time!


v. 16 - to the woman - childbirth - deferential submission


We believe in equality and that the woman "as being heirs

together with man, to the grace of life" - I Peter 3:7 - as

"the weaker vessel" - and caution all about the modern anti-Biblical

extremes, demanding absolute equality, in all legal, political,

cultural and personal relationships - citing I Cor. 11:10 - the

example of the fall of angels as an example.


It is interesting that in all that women have gone through in

history, that the joy of motherhood has for most normal women

been their greatest  happiness!  Abortion on demand has in the

end some very bitter consequences as time and judgment will

tell  -


vs. 17-19 - to the man - hard work - in the sweat of thy

            face you shall eat the herb of the field,  not the fruit

            of Paradise - "till you return to the ground for out

            of it you came" - man's mortality is certain - the

            consequence of his transgression was the forfeiture

            of immunity from death  - "in the day you eat

            thereof you shall surely die"  - "be sure you sin

            will find you out" - Numbers 32:23


Learn the folly of attempting to hide or flee from God  - we

need to run to Him, not from Him!  It is the shortest path

to mercy and forgiveness.




v. 21 - The providence of God - the providing a sinner with such

                a covering as God requires must ever be the work of God!


v. 22


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vs. 23-24 - the idea of force and displeasure - only when

            perfected and purified could fallen humanity return

            to Paradise - meantime - man is utterly  unfit to

            dwell within its abode.


Hope - the Divine presence was still with him - Paradise

            was still reserved for him - there was prospect of

            readmission to the tree of life and when purified by

            life's discipline he would no longer be excluded.



Rev. 2

    Taken from The Genesis Record by Henry Morris