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Summary: The Downward Steps of Eve

Adam & Eve

JOKE:

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the apple on the tree that got us banished from Paradise.

It was the pair on the ground.

JOKE:

A family came home from Church where the sermon was on Adam and Eve. The Mother noticed the boy sitting on the bed feeling his ribs. She asked what he was doing.

He said, "I counted my ribs 3 times now. Ma !!! I think I’m having a wife."

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Let’s turn to Gen. 3:1-15

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Scripture is plan when it says:

1 Tim 2:14

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. KJV

But Adam is not without fault. It was Adam that was given Dominion over all creation and he lost this after his sin.

But let me give you the version I enjoy reading.

Gen 3:1-15 NLT

Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. "Really?" he asked the woman. "Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?"

2 "Of course we may eat it," the woman told him. 3 "It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die."

4 "You won’t die!" the serpent hissed. 5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil."

Some think that she saw the serpent eat of that tree, and that he told her he thereby had gained the faculties of speech and reason, whence she inferred its power to make one wise, and was persuaded to think, "If it made a brute creature rational, why might it not make a rational creature divine?" See here how the desire of unnecessary knowledge, under the mistaken notion of wisdom, proves hurtful and destructive to many.

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too. 7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.

Christ is a tree to be desired to make one wise, Col 2:3; 1 Cor 1:30. Let us, by faith, feed upon him, that we may be wise to salvation. In the heavenly paradise, the tree of knowledge will not be a forbidden tree; for there we shall know as we are known. Let us therefore long to be there, and, in the mean time, not exercise ourselves in things too high or too deep for us, nor covet to be wise above what is written.

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

2 Tim 3:7

7 Ever learning , and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. KJV

Verse 6 – Contains the three common temptations of man:

Lust of the Flesh – She saw it as good for food (Satisfying)

Lust of the Eye – It was Pleasant to the Eye (Appealing)

Pride of Life – A tree to be desired to make one wise

1 John 2:16

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh , and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

8 Toward evening they heard the LORD God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees. 9 The LORD God called to Adam, "Where are you?"

10 He replied, "I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked." (Naked = Without)

11 "Who told you that you were naked?" the LORD God asked. "Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?"

12 "Yes," Adam admitted, "but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it."

13 Then the LORD God asked the woman, "How could you do such a thing?"

"The serpent tricked me," she replied. "That’s why I ate it."

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly. 15 From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." NLT

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J C Prince

commented on Jun 12, 2008

Good sermon!

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