Adult Sunday School 1/6/2018 Genesis 3:1-13
3 Opportunities Adam and Eve missed in the garden of Eden
1. Communication (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.”
What did Adam and God talk about all that time in the garden before Adam’s disobedience occurred?
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?”
Mark 4:11-13 KJV
God shows Himself more than willing to talk about hard things. How often do we ask Him?
Also/ what did Adam and Eve talk about? She knew the commandment by rote, but she didn’t have it right internalized.
If we aren’t leading our families to be separate from the world and holy before God, we’re missing a huge opportunity.
2. Obedience (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?”
Every biblical truth is an opportunity that we grasp through obedience.
We hardly ever look at obedience as an opportunity.
Adam has 1 truth and 1 command: eat not if the tree, or else you will die. His lost opportunity was paradise with God.
2 Cor. 6:17, 10:5. Rom. 6:16
3. Responsibility (Genesis 3:11-13)
“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? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 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.”
God’s first question: “Who told you that you’re naked?” Adam never answered that question. It became a part of the sinful nature to blame others. So he blamed his wife.
This question was an opportunity to take responsibility for his actions, but he missed it.
To have told the truth, Adam would have to have admitted that his heart condemned him and told him he was naked.
To blame someone else gives that person power over you. Adam gave up his authority by blaming Eve.
We are quick to “not claim it” when an illness threatens to rob our power from us. But we will name and blame someone who wrongs us very quickly.
Even Satan gets power he should not have when we blame a failure on him.
Here’s what Adam lacked:
1. Necessity- we have a charge to flee from sinfulness and run to righteousness (1 Cor. 6:18, 1 Pet. 1:10, 1 Pet. 4)
- Curiosity- we must discern what God wants us to do (Eph. 5:17)
Perspective- we have to know that we are vulnerable to sin and prone to make mistakes.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:8-9 KJV
We have these things.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Romans 1:20 KJV
And we have no excuse.