Genesis - The Beginning
Lesson 2 - Humankind Falls
Like us, the Jewish people who had been delivered from slavery were very familiar with the sinfulness of humanity. The Egyptians had tormented, persecuted, and sinned against them. The Israelites (Jewish people) understood the pain of sin on a very personal level. Many of us also understand the pain of sin in our lives and in the lives of others as well.
Genesis 3 explains to us how sin entered into humanity like a disease that has been reproduced over and over. It also shows us how God dealt with us in spite of our sins to protect us from ourselves. In this lesson, we see how God responded to the sin of Adam and how he worked to protect humans
from being eternally separated from him. We will also see how God ultimately remedied this disease of sin.
We pick up the story after Adam and Eve had sinned and realized their nakedness.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim
and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
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18 In other words, just as condemnation came upon all people through one transgression (by Adam), so through one righteous act of Jesus’ sacrifice, the perfect righteousness that makes us right with God and leads us to a victorious life is now available to all.
19 One man’s disobedience (Adam) opened the door for all humanity to become sinners. So also one man’s obedience (Jesus) opened the door for many to be made perfectly right with God and acceptable to him.