Just Features Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, Sampler - Page 13

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Prov 28:13
2 Cor 11:3
1 Tim 2:14
Deut 28:15
Isa 65:25
John 8:44
Rom 16:20
Heb 2:14
1 Cor 11:3
Eph 5:22
1 Tim 2:15
Job 5:7
Eccl 1:3
Rom 8:20-22
God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9Then
the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was
11“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from
the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
14Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike* your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.*”
to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
3:15 Or bruise; also in 3:15b .

3:16 Or And though you will have desire for your husband, / he will rule over you.
Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Makes you question God’s Word and his goodness
Discouragement . . . . . . . . . . .Makes you look at your problems rather than at God
Diversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Makes the wrong things seem attractive so that you will want
them more than the right things
Defeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Makes you feel like a failure so that you don’t even try
Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Makes you put off doing something so that it never gets done
Eve failed to heed
—God’s warning recorded in 2:16-17.
did not understand
the reasons
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help for his command, so they chose to
act in another way that looked better to them. All of God’s commands
are for our own good, but we may not always understand the reasons
them. People
who trustorGod will obey him because he asks them
whether or not and
they understand
his reasons.
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God asked Adam about his sin, Adam blamed Eve. Then
Eve blamed the serpent. How easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming
someone else or our circumstances. But God knows the truth, and he
holds each of us responsible for what we do (see 3:14-19). Admit your
wrong attitudes and actions, and apologize to God. Don’t try to get away
with sin by shifting the blame.
3:14-24 Adam and Eve chose their course of action—disobedience—
and then God chose his. As a holy God, he could respond only in a way
consistent with his perfect moral nature. He could not allow sin to go
unchecked; he had to punish it. If the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin
seem extreme, remember that their sin set in motion the world’s tendency
toward disobeying God. That is why we sin today: Every human being
ever born, with the exception of Jesus, has inherited the sinful nature
of Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12-21). Adam and Eve’s punishment reflects
how seriously God views sin of any kind.
3:14-19 Adam and Eve learned by painful experience that because
God is holy and hates sin, he must punish sinners. The rest of the book
of Genesis recounts painful stories of lives ruined as a result of the Fall.
Disobedience is sin, and it breaks our fellowship with God. But fortunately,
God is willing to forgive us and to restore our relationship with him when
we admit our sin.
3:15 Satan is our enemy. He will do anything he can to get us to follow
his evil, deadly path. The phrase “you will strike his heel” refers to Satan’s
repeated attempts to defeat Christ during his life on earth. “He will strike
your head” foreshadows Satan’s defeat at Christ’s resurrection. A blow to
the heel is not deadly, but a blow to the head is. Even in the Garden God
was revealing his plan to defeat Satan and offer salvation to the world
through his Son, Jesus Christ.
3:17-19 Adam and Eve’s disobedience and fall from God’s gracious
presence affected all creation, including the environment. Years ago
people thought nothing of polluting streams with chemical wastes and
garbage. This seemed so insignificant, so small. Now we know that just
two or three parts per million of certain chemicals can damage human
health. Sin in our lives is similar to pollution in streams. Even small amounts
are deadly, and the consequences reach far beyond us.


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