The Fall


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Genesis 2:16-17 - “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’”

Why did Adam fall?

Genesis 3:5 - “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:6 - “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

What happened as a result of the fall?

  • Sin entered the world

◦ It took away their innocence

Genesis 3:7 - “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”

  • It impacted their intimacy with God.

Genesis 3:8 - “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

  • It put a wedge between man and woman

Genesis 3:9-13 - “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”

God declared judgment on sin.

  • The Serpent was judged
  • Satan was judged
  • Woman was judged
  • Nature was judged
  • Man was judged

Genesis 3:17-19 - “And to Adam He said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’”

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 because all sinned—”

The Fall is the beginning of God’s story of grace

  • We see God’s grace in this story
  • He seeks out Adam
  • He clothes them
  • He removes them from the Garden of Eden
  • He promises them a Savior

Genesis 3:15 - “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Romans 6:23 - “For the wages of sin is death... ”

Isaiah 59:2 - but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

Isaiah 53:5 - “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.”

Revelation 21:5 - “And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”

1 Corinthians 15:22 - “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

1 Corinthians 15:45 - “Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being;’ the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

The Fall Is The Beginning Of God’s Story Of Grace

We see God’s grace in this story

  • He seeks out Adam
  • As soon as Adam sins, God is in the garden seeking Him out…

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

  • He clothes them
  • We see at the end of the vs. 22 that God…
    • Removes them from the Garden of Eden
    • He promises them a Savior

    Genesis 3:15 - I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

    • Theologically this verse could read this way - “And there will be intense hatred between Satan and Christ. Eventually Christ will crush the head of Satan, while suffering a heal wound in the process.”

    Romans 16:20 - The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    Isaiah 53:5 - But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

    Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    • God’s grace is seen throughout the pages of the entire the Bible.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    • We see a promise of God’s grace in the end. He promises to restore everything and makes all things new.

    Revelation 21:5 - And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

    • Because of grace, God’s has demonstrated His ability to pick you back up, put you on your feet and use you once again.

    1 Corinthians 15:22 - For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

    1 Corinthians 15:45 “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

    Notes:

    Read Genesis 3:5-8

    Q1: When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the forbidden tree the scripture says that they hid from God. How would you say our disobedience affects our relationship or intimacy with God?

    Read Genesis 3:9-13

    Q2: How do you think our disobedience affects the people around us (in our homes, where we work or where we play)?

    Read Isaiah 53:5

    Q3: God had a plan for our sinful dilemma. How does that plan give us peace in our minds and hearts each day?

    Read Revelation 21:5

    Q4: Do you ever doubt that God has covered your sin? If so, how?

    Read 1 Corinthians 15:22 and 45

    Q5: The bible teaches us that through Adam death began. In what ways do you believe (or experience) that Jesus makes us fully alive?

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