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Genesis 3:6-15

December 5, 2012 In our last study we asked why God would put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, and we concluded that it was the beginning of His plan of redemption which would prove His love for us. This week were going to go back over some of these verses and were going to look at three things more closely: (1) the shame that came with sin, (2) the curses that followed, and (3) the promise of redemption. Its important to remember that this story is literally true, but that it also serves as a type or shadow: theres an initial law and promise: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Gen. 2:17). This sounds a lot like what God told the Israelites several hundred years later: Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day. [] 26Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen. 28:1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God (Deut. 27:10, 2628:2) And it sounds a lot like what we find being told us today: Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Heb. 4:7). This theme is all throughout the Scriptures. Adam had rest in the garden, but he lost it and God has ever since been gathering His people to bring them back to rest. This is the gospel: Christ was cursed on our behalf, suffered our punishment, and raised from the dead to reverse everything Satan brought through his lies. Jesus is bringing life and redemption to His people. Lets read about it now. The serpent tempted the woman to eat the forbidden fruit,

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that

they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. They wanted to be like God in knowing good and evil, and now they have it but its not what they intended. Rather than feeling very wise and god-like, they instead feel shame and embarrassment. I imagine its the same way Satan felt after he decided to be like God and failed. Adam had been face-to-face with God before the fall, and we dont read of him being afraid, but thats no longer true. Its interesting that no one had to tell them anything, and something that was so natural and which had been taken for granted is suddenly an issue. They now have firsthand experience of evilthey have rebelled against God and they are ashamed of their very bodies. Its no coincidence that Isaiah tells the Babylonians, Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen (Is. 47:3) or that Jesus tells the Laodiceans, I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear (Rev. 3:18). And so they sew together some leaves to wrap around their bodies:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: Dont forget that Jesus Christ is the express image of God, and that He existed in flesh even at this time.1 and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Why would they hide themselves from the presence of the Lord? This is something that happens when people come across God, especially when His holiness is contrasted with their wickedness. In the next chapter Cain acts pretty stiff-necked in Gods presence, but we know hell be with those who beg the mountains to hide him from the face of the One sitting on the throne. Abraham saw God and bowed down low. Moses took off his shoes, the Israelites were afraid to come near the cloud on the mountain, and Isaiah said, Woe is me! Inside the Holy of Holies the high priest burned incense to hide himself from the plain view of God.

For more details see an earlier study here

God is so holy, and wicked men fear His presence! And so, how do we have any hope? If He has promised death and curses for disobedience, how can we even think about life and blessing or being in His presence? Our righteous acts are filthy rags! Look at Jude 1-2: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied. To be sanctified is to be set apart for holy use. Everything used for worship in the Old Testament was sanctified by God, and though it too was corrupted by sin, God declared it fitting for use in worship. And look at us: dead in our trespasses, deceived by the devil, blind, wicked, and enemies with God in our minds, yet we are sanctified by Him! Also, were preserved in Christ Jesus. But, preserved from what? We suffered the full consequences of the Fall; we are ruined! But Christ has preserved us from wrath and all the curses of disobedience! Though we were dead, yet shall we live because our life is hidden in Christ! And its because of this that we find mercy, which is exactly what Adam needed. God promised, If you eat of that tree you will die. But sanctified by the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus means we dont get what we deserve. And because of that we have peace. Adams sin caused him to hide from God and to fear him. Its what has caused us to do the same, but in Christ Jesus we have peace with God!

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

This is exactly the opposite of what Satan wanted. He is so proud and wants to be above all, but now he is cursed to crawl along the ground eating dust. Everything in creation is to be cursed, but he more than all for whoever exalts himself shall be humbled (Mt. 23:12).


And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Satans plan is to put enmity between God and man, and he did. Jesus tells the Pharisees that they dont believe Him because His word has no place in them (Jn. 8:37). We were enemies in our minds (Col. 1:21). Men have hated Jesus, and His disciples suffered in His name. Satan wanted to destroy Gods relationship with man and he did, but see how its backfired! He is the one cursed, and he turns out to be nothing more than a puppet accomplishing Gods will. When he tempted the woman to sin it provides the means by which God will show His eternal love to her. When he tried to destroy Jobs life, all it did was prove Gods faithfulness and sovereignty to Job! Everything Satan tries to disrupt and destroy is only used by God for our good. Every arrow, every weapon, every hurt only amounts to something good for us.