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The Fall

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Genesis 1:31a- And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis 2:1- Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
When God made the world He made everything good. There were no thorns, no stings, no poisons, nothing harmful. It was all good! Did you know that the devil was good once? He was! He was a special type of angel called a Cherub. And he was called by a different name. Do you know what it was? Lucifer. That means light bearer. The devil was a good, and beautiful angel that God created.
Ezekiel 28:14- Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
The devil was created perfect. But, what happened? Pride, the first sin.
Ezekiel 28:13- Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
God made Lucifer to be beautiful! He was covered with all sorts of gems. And, he had an amazing ability to sing! God made something inside of him like an organ to make beautiful music. He was suppose to praise God. But that didn't happen. He got to admiring himself and thinking how beautiful he was. He thought that because he was so lovely he must be better than God. And that's when he began to sin.
Isaiah 14:12-14 -How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The devil's pride made him want to be God. He thought he could do a better job. But God wasn't going to allow him to take over. God had to punish him and so, he cast him out of heaven. But he wasn't alone.
Did you know that sin always effects other people? It doesn't just ruin you, it ruins those around you. You see, the devil wasn't the only one who sinned. There were other angels that followed him and sinned, too.
Revelation 12:9- And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
God has to punish sin. So, he created a place for sin to go. When he created this place, it was for the ones who sinned- the devil and his angels. Do you know what that place is called?
Matthew 25:41- Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
When God created the Lake of Fire, it was for the devil. God didn't want people to go there. He only wanted sin to go there. And that is what it was created for- sin. All sin is to go to the Lake of Fire. But, God didn't send the devil there first. He cast the devil somewhere else first.
Ezekiel 28:16-17- By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
The devil came to earth. He decided to reign like a king on the earth. But something happened that he didn't like. God created humans and gave them rule over the earth.
Psalm 8:3-8- When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Boy, was the devil mad! He wanted to rule the earth. So you know what he did? He decided to ruin the perfect world that God created. He decided to bring sin to mankind.
He was going to make Adam and Eve sin. Once they sinned, he could take rule of the earth again. But how? Do you know what he decided to use?

Sometimes the devil doesn't tempt us with evil; sometimes he allures us with good, distracts us with obligations, confuses us with compromise, or hinders us with business to keep us from that which is best- service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


 

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Awesome! I am reading and discussing this with my boys later.
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JCPenny
by Group Owner on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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God made a wonderful world for Adam and Eve to live in.

Genesis 2:8-9- And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Now, remember, God made everything good. All the animals were good. Even the devil was created good. The earth had no sin in it- yet. The devil had to find something to use to bring sin into the Earth. And he decided to use the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil wasn't bad. It was a good tree that contained the ability to give spiritual knowledge. The knowledge that the tree contained wasn't bad, either. God made it all good! So how could Satan use the tree to cause Adam and Eve to sin?
Well, as with all people, Adam and Eve couldn't learn if there weren't tests. Your teacher gives you tests in school to see if you learned what she taught you. God was trying to teach Adam and Eve to obey him even if they didn't understand why. So God gave them a test to pass.
Genesis 2:16-17- And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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.
This test wasn't on a piece of paper. This was a test of life. We all have those- your mom says to clean your room. Guess what! That's a test of life. You clean your room- you pass. You don't- you fail. The more tests of life you pass, the smarter you become. These tests of life help you to become a grown up. They help you to learn the difference between good and bad. They help you to look past your wants and to see the needs of others.
But, remember, there was someone else on earth that wanted to make Adam and Eve sin. And he had come up with a plan.
Genesis 3:1- Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The devil used a serpent to make Eve question what God said. That's where everyone starts to sin- when they question what God says. The Bible has God's words to us, but if we start to question those words, we are stepping towards sin. All Satan has to do is make us question part of God's words, not all of them. If we question when to obey our parents, we are starting to sin. If we question how often to obey our parents, Satan is tempting us to sin.
Genesis 3:2-3- And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Ooops! Eve made her first mistake. She added to God's word! God never said they couldn't touch the fruit. He only told them they couldn't eat the fruit. But once she made this mistake, the devil knew he had her! Satan not only makes you question God's words, but he makes you change them! He either makes you add to them or take away from them. And that's dangerous! God says what he does the way he does for our benefit. It's to help us be our best! But Satan knows how to make us sin!
Genesis 3:4-5- And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Uh oh! What was the sin that caused the devil to fall? Pride! He wanted to be like God. Now, he's using the same sin to tempt Eve- ye shall be as gods.
Humans always want to be better than they are. We work so hard to make ourselves better. Eve wanted to make herself better. So she started thinking about the fruit and questioning whether it was okay to eat or not.
Genesis 3:6a- 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,
Was the fruit evil? No! Was the knowledge it contained evil? No! Remember, God made everything good. Then how did Eve sin by eating good fruit? The sin was in disobeying what God said. God said to obey your parents. If you don't you are sinning. God said don't lie or steal. If you do you are sinning. God said to love your neighbor as yourself. What happens when you don't? Yep! You're sinning.
All sin is disobeying what God said. God gave us rules to follow, and when we don't follow those rules we are sinning. Eve failed the first test of life that anyone was ever given.
But where was Adam? Did he know what was going on? Was he there the whole time?
JCPenny
by Group Owner on Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Last week we learned that Eve was tempted by the serpent and she ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God told her not to eat.
But where was Adam? The Bible doesn't tell us if Eve was alone when the serpent tempted her. It doesn't tell us if Adam was right beside her ignoring the serpent.
We do know that at some point he shows up and he sees what Eve has done. And Eve offers Adam the fruit.
Genesis 3:6- 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.
Adam ate the fruit that Eve offered him. But something was different about this sin.
I TImothy 2:13-14- For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
You see, Eve was deceived. That means she didn't really know what exactly she was doing. Satan had really made her believe his lies.
But, the Bible says that Adam was not deceived. Adam knew full well that he was disobeying God! Adam knew that God said they would die if they ate the fruit. Adam knew that if he ate the fruit there would be consequences for his actions. But, what Adam didn't know is what would happen to Eve if he didn't.
You see, Adam loved Eve so much that he didn't want to live without her. God had made Eve so he wouldn't be alone. He knew Eve filled a need in his life. Perhaps Adam was afraid that he would have to live his days alone. We're not sure what Adam was thinking, but we do know that he was willing to die for Eve, rather than live without her. So he ate the fruit knowing that he would die.
James 1:14-15- But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
The spiritual death of man happened. He was no longer perfect. And because he knew he was disobeying God, the guilt of sin came upon mankind. Adam and Eve now knew shame. They weren't ashamed before!
Genesis 3:7-8- And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Sin makes us feel bad inside. Sometimes it makes us grumpy. Sometimes it keeps us from sleeping at night. Sometimes it even makes us feel sick to our tummies. Not only can sin destroy us physically in our bodies, but it can destroy us emotionally inside. It messes with our feelings.
When we know that we've sinned, we just can't feel good until we make it right. But did you know that some things can't be made right. Some hurts can't be undone. And some consequences can't be taken away.
Adam and Eve had to face the consequences of disobeying God.
JCPenny
by Group Owner on Jan. 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM
All sin is disobeying God. And all sin has consequences. If you don't do your homework, you're going to get in trouble with your teacher! You may even fail that class.
But, when Adam and Eve sinned, something else happened. The consequences weren't just a one time thing. And the consequences didn't only effect them.
Genesis 3:8- And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Never before had they been afraid of God. They probably looked forward to the visits that God made before they sinned. But now, it was different. There was this awful feeling inside! So they hid from God.
Genesis 3:9- And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Do you think that God didn't know where Adam really was? I'm sure God knew. Perhaps he was wanting Adam to confess what he had done, and to realize that there was a problem.
Genesis 3:10- And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
This was only half the truth. Adam didn't hide because he was naked. He made an apron of fig leaves. There was more going on in Adam's heart, and God wanted Adam to realize it.
Genesis 3:11- And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Oh no! God knew! Adam was trapped. He could come forward and tell God the truth or he could try to get out of it. Hmmmm- What do you think he did?
Genesis 3:12- And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Adam blamed Eve! He took the fruit because he loved her. He sinned because he didn't want to lose her. But now he was blaming her! Sin does that. It wants to justify the reason why. It tried to make us feel like we didn't really do wrong- it was someone else's fault.
Genesis 3:13- And 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.
Oh boy! Eve is now blaming someone else!
God had to put a stop to this. They weren't understanding that they needed to confess their sin. Instead of admitting that they did wrong and asking for forgiveness, they were trying to get God to focus on someone else. So, God started with the consequences.
Genesis 3:14-15- And 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: 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.
Before this curse, snakes were different. But now, God made them to slither. The snake flicks it's tongue to help him navigate and he gets dust in his mouth when he does it- just like God said in Genesis.
But, God also cursed Satan. He told Satan that there would come a time when he would bruise the Son of Man. But, there was also a time coming when the Son of would bruise Satan.
Then God turned to Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3:16- Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
God told Eve that now it would hurt to have children. They would get skinned knees and broken bones. They would disobey and rebel. They could even get sick now.
But that wasn't all. She now had to obey a husband that was no longer perfect. The man who blamed her for his sin. That wasn't going to be easy!
Genesis 3:17-19- And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Taking care of the Garden of Eden was easy. But it wasn't going to be easy anymore! Now, man had to work hard to get the food to grow. He had to sweat! But there was more. God cursed the ground, too.
Romans 8:22- For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
The earth doesn't like sin. It makes the earth sick! Not only did the earth have to grow thorns, but man was doomed to die and be buried in the earth.
But that wasn't the worst thing that Adam and Eve had to see.
JCPenny
by Group Owner on Jan. 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM
God had to punish Adam and Eve for their sin. Not only did they eat the fruit that God said not to, but they tried to blame someone else for their sin. When we sin it's our own fault. We didn't have to listen to the person who tempted us to sin. We could have walked away. We chose to commit the sin.
The best thing to do when we sin is confess it and get it right, or say "I'm sorry". We should not only say I'm sorry to the person we wronged, but also to God. When we confess our sin, we are taking the steps necessary to get rid of the guilt or shame.
I John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 28:13- He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they tried to hide their shame by making clothes. They tried to cover what they did wrong.
Genesis 3:7- And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The problem is that when we sin we can't cover it up. Someone is always going to know. God is always going to know!
Not only did God have to punish Adam and Eve, he had to give them clothes. Now, it would be a shame for them to walk around without clothes on.
Genesis 3:21- Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Adam and Eve realized that they were going to die because of what they did, but they had never seen death before. God had to kill an animal to make them clothes. This was the first time they had seen death. Perhaps this was the first time they realized what exactly was going to happen to them.
Then God tells us another part of their punishment.
Genesis 3:22-24- And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
The Garden of Eden had 2 special trees in it. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and, also, the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life could give eternal life to whoever ate from it. God knew that if Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life, something not good would happen.
You see, in God's mercy he allowed death to be the consequence of sin. If Adam and Eve never died, they would keep committing sin and eventually they would become very wicked- perhaps even as wicked as Satan had become!
Jeremiah 17:9- The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mark 7:21-23- For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
So the Lord kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and he placed a guard there to keep them from coming back in. Not only could they not come back in, but their children couldn't come back in, either. Their sin passed on to their children and their grandchildren.
Romans 5:12- Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Adam and Eve sure did face a lot of consequences for disobeying God! They lost their home, their relationship with God, and their lives. And they passed sin on to every human!
Satan tried to tell us that we won't suffer the consequences of sin. He lies to us just like he lied Eve. Sometimes he tells us that the consequences won't be as bad as God says. If you're wise, you won't listen to Satan's lies, you'll listen to God. What does God say?
Galatians 6:7- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Every sin has consequences, and no one ever escapes the consequences of sins they've committed.
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