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The Trees in Eden (Genesis 2 & 3)

The Trees in Eden (Genesis 2 & 3)

Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-7, 22-24

I. Abundance of trees (2:8-9)

    A. God provided beautiful trees – “pleasant to the sight”
    B. God provided nourishing trees – “good for food”

II. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:15-17; 3:1-7)

    A. Eve noticed three things about the tree (3:6)
    B. What is the “knowledge of good and evil”?

III. The tree of life (3:22-24)

    A. A tree that made perpetual life possible
    B. This tree is still available to us, but not in the “here & now” – it is in “the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7)
    C. How can we have access to it? (Revelation 22:14)

The Tragedy of Sin (Genesis 3:1-13)

The Tragedy of Sin

Genesis 3:1-13

I. The temptation (Genesis 3:1-5)

    A. Focuses on the negative
    B. Suggests we can interpret what God says however we please
    C. Creates a false distance between man and his Lord
    D. Even Eve adds her own prohibition – “nor shall you touch it” (cf. Genesis 2:16-17)

II. The sin (Genesis 3:6)

    A. Eve was deceived (John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 15:33; Galatians 6:7-8; James 1:12-17)
    B. Adam was not innocent – he was “with her”

III. Who is to blame? (Genesis 3:8-13)

    A. Adam blamed both God and Eve (James 1:13)
    B. Eve blamed Satan (1 Corinthians 10:13)

For an excellent in-depth study of the book of Genesis, I highly recommend Michael Whitworth’s The Epic of God. Purchase at this link.