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.
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.
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.
God created man without sin. In his infancy, man had no knowledge of evil but knew only the joys of fellowship with God. The first man had a perfect environment, a perfect spouse, and an uncorrupted mind. He had little in the way of commandments as God only gave one “thou shalt not” (Genesis 2:16-17). Of all the things man could have done within the will of God, man chose to violate God’s one restriction by partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Immediately man’s eyes were opened to good and evil, and he died spiritually just as God had promised. In order to rescue man, God sacrificed an animal, providing coats of skin to cover man’s nakedness, and removed him from the garden.
- (For children): Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. Obedience is a proof of love. Read what Jesus said we would do if we loved Him (John 14:15, 23). When we disobey our parents (Colossians 3:20), we are not showing love to them or the Lord.
- (For everyone): Why did God place a tree in the garden that could potentially break the fellowship between man and Himself? What would the option to sin prove had man instead chosen to do right?
- How did God offer salvation to Adam and Eve? What did He do for them? What did He do to keep them from doing further damage?
- Ask God to show you how the sin of Adam and Eve affects you.
- Thank God for His care for mankind.
SONG: CHRIST RECEIVETH SINFUL MEN