Week of 11.27.2022 | Day Three
The peaceful beginning of God’s kingdom takes a terrible turn. Adam and Eve’s position as rulers over God’s kingdom comes under attack by a sneaky enemy who deceives them into doubting God and His loving character. Adam and Eve decide they want to be more than just God’s representatives, they want to be like God and take control of the kingdom. They rebel and eat the one thing God had told them not to eat. Sin enters the world. God’s perfect kingdom is broken. There is no longer peace in creation. But God is not shaken by this attack on His kingdom. One day He would send the perfect King to restore His kingdom, just as He designed it.
Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-10
Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[c] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[d] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
What stood out to you about this section?
What tactic did the serpent use to deceive Adam and Eve?
What tactics does the enemy use to distract us today?
Why did Adam and Eve choose to disobey God?
Lead your family in a time of prayer.
Consider the ACTS model (Adoration- Adore or praise God, Confession- Confess sin, Thanksgiving- Thank God, and Supplication- Ask God to supply our needs)