Happy New Year! 2020!
(I wrote a stand alone post for Chapters 1,2, and 3)
I recently did a Bible study with teens on Genesis. Chapter 3 was by far the longest discussion. In an effort to keep this short I will bullet my points:
- Did you notice the serpent (satan) spoke to Eve about the tree? Why? Because the direct instruction from God was NOT given to her. Go back to 2:16:
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Eve wasn’t even created yet when God gave this command to Adam! So of course the serpent was so crafty he went straight to her.
- I am not even going to go on a tangent about 3:12. Good grief!
- Another favorite is 3:17, God defending what He told Adam directly….
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
LET’S get to the BEST Part!! The Plan of Salvation…the Gospel…the Atonement….Right here in Genesis Three!
3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
We see here man’s attempt to cover his own sin. But let’s skip to the first FORESHADOW of Jesus on the Cross. Ready…..
3:21 The Lord made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
We see God’s Covenant of a substitutionary death. See God killed something innocent to COVER them (that is where the skin came from). The word atonement means to COVER. The death of another covered their sin. God set in motion the foreshadow of the Cross right here in Genesis 3
OK, one more thing I have to talk about or I will burst. Look at the LAST verse of today’s reading.
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 3:24
WHY?? Why did GOD HAVE to guard the tree?? The Tree of Life was in the garden for immortality. God could spend eternity with us. But everything changed. God cannot be in community with sin and it created a separation between us and Him.
So God states in 3:19 ‘until you return to the ground….’ Death is now a part of this fallen world. Good or Bad? Well, here is the deal: If God chose to leave the Tree of Life for us, we would live forever separated from God. However, God loves us so much that he has placed an Angel to hide the Tree of Life from us so that one day we will all have a death and be reunited with God (and the Tree) and be in community with Him again.
So I ask you… Will we see this tree again in the Bible? The Tree of Life? We already read 2 of the 4 chapters in the Bible that show us in perfection…the other 2 are at the end ( flip to the last chapter of Revelation 🙂 that’s right. We eat from the Tree of Life in Heaven giving us eternal life again with the Lord. ) Pretty cool huh.
BTW, I am exhausted. Please excuse any typos.