After God’s good Creation, Mankind rebelled against their Creator. With the first sin, history was forever altered and the plan for redemption began.
The Role of Satan
- Scripture gives insight into Satan’s fall in Isaiah 14:12-14 & Ezekiel 28:12-18.
- Satan is a fallen angel who desired to take God’s place.
- Satan comes in the form of a serpent which Man had dominion over.
- Throughout history, Satan’s recurring temptation is: “Are you sure God said…”
The Strategy of Satan
- Satan goes directly to Eve instead of Adam. She hadn’t heard the rule from God herself.
- Adam’s responsibility was to inform his wife about what God had told him.
- He entices them to know what God knows. He knows they want he wanted – to replace God.
The Effects of Sin
- Adam and Eve immediately felt shameful.
- For the first time, they hid from the presence of God.
- They blamed others for their sin.
- God gave out punishments.
- He promises one that will come to reverse the effects of sin.
The Punishments of Sin
- God curses (arur) the crafty (arum).
- Gen. 3:15 is called the “Protoevangelium” (the first announcement for the gospel).
- The serpent is understood to be Satan (Rev. 12:9; 20:2).
- Satan’s enmity will come from the “seed of the woman.” Women aren’t viewed as having “seed” (Matt. 1:16).
- A battle will ensue with Eve’s seed triumphing over the serpent’s seed (Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8; Matt. 12:29; Mark 1:24; Luke 10:18; John 12:31; 16:11; 1 Cor. 15:24; Col. 2:15).
- Childbearing will now become painful (Gen. 3:16) for the “mother of all the living” (Gen. 3:20).
- Marriage roles and their accompanying distinctiveness will now become an issue of conflict.
- Eve will continue a sinful desire to oppose her husband and assert dominance over him.
- Adam will struggle to care for and shepherd his wife, but he will instead sinfully “rule” over her.
- Eph. 5:21-33 displays the practical way to reverse this curse.
- Adam’s curse is directly tied to the fact that he listened to his wife’s words more than he listened to God’s Word (Gen. 3:17).
- God reveals that it was Adam’s responsibility to warn his wife concerning the sin God commanded him.
- The ground from which Adam came (Gen. 2:5-7) will cause him pain (Gen. 3:17) and eventually death (Gen. 3:19).
- The harmonious relationship that originally existed between humans and nature is now corrupted.
- Work is not the punishment. Frustration with work is the punishment.
The Covering for Sin
- Eve receives her name at this time. It means “life-giver” and conveys a sense of hope.
- In the midst of their shame, God clothes Adam and Eve with garments of skin (Gen. 3:20).
- This shows:
- The effects of sin are real.
- Despite their sin, God stills cares for them.
- To cover up their shame, something had to die.
- Since they ate from the tree of knowledge, they cannot eat from the tree of life. They are banished from the garden.
- A cherubim takes their place as keepers of the garden (Rev. 22:15).
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.