Summary: To point out what happens and why individuals sin.
WHY DO WE SIN?
Ge 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?
Ge 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Ge 3:3 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.
Ge 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Ge 3:5 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.
Ge 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.
Ge 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.
Ge 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.
Ge 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Ge 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Ge 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?
Ge 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.
Ge 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.
Ge 3:14 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: (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: Why do we sin? We sin because we are sinners. We sin because we want to sin. Most sin because they enjoy certain sins and look at them as enjoyment. Yet there is more to it than just being sinners.
Why did Adam and Eve sin? We can see our own failings in their life also. They had never seen wrong before. They didn’t know what sin was. They probably knew that evil was unrighteousness and was against the very nature of God, but having never experienced it didn’t know the full consequences of it. God had never told Adam and Eve to quit doing a certain thing because it was wrong and shouldn’t be done. They had not been corrected for wrong before their first experience with sin.
The only command they had to keep was to not eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden. Nothing else was off limits to them. Anything they could think of to do was acceptable to God except eating of that one certain tree.
How many of you have told your children to not do a certain thing, and then they would do it anyway. Mine never did to that. They never did anything wrong. Ask them and they will tell you they were perfect children.
All children can think of hundreds of sins to do without having to be taught to do them. How many had to teach you child to stomp their foot on the floor when they didn’t want to do what you told them to? You didn’t have to give them lessons on ignoring your instructions. They just knew how to do them on their own. That’s called self-will. Apparently Adam and Eve didn’t have a self-will until after their sin. Nothing they could have done would have been wrong.
They only had one temptation and yielded to it the very first time.
Why did they sin?
I. THEY DIDN’T TAKE SERIOUSLY GOD’S WORD
Ge 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Ge 2:17 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. (KJV)