Lesson 10 – Pondering Questions
Textbook: Spiritual Identity by Dr. Merle RayInstructions:
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Question 1: Cause & Effect of The Woman’s Sin
We need to look at the effects sin had on the woman.
Are these impacting us today? In Genesis 3:16, there are 4 things that happened to Eve as a result of her choice not to believe what Her Creator had already given her. They are:
Question 2: Eve’s Impact
What did God say about the impact of Eve’s sin upon her offspring in verse 15?
Eve’s name means, “Mother of all living.” According to this statement who is Eve’s offspring?
Question 3: A Striking Observation
A striking observation is made in these 2 Scriptures: Genesis 3:16 and John 3:16.
Can you see the connection?
Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your [sorrow and conception] pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth [bring forth] to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
What correlation is there between the two Scriptures shown above? (If you don’t see it yet, don’t worry. Keep reading.)
Question 4: Adam’s Impact
Let’s look at the effect of sin upon the man.
What happened as a result of Adam’s disobedience in Genesis 3:17-19?
Did the results of Adam and Eve’s sin apply to them only or all of mankind after them? Why or why not?
Question 5: Pain & Suffering
Sin has a direct cause and effect relationship. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life.” The hate and enmity that exists between the woman and Satan has everything to do with their sin and the pain and suffering we see upon earth today. How do we know that? Because God tells us in Genesis 3:15.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
As the crowning achievement of God’s creation, Adam and Eve had a tremendous impact upon society. They went on to have children. Briefly read below what began to happen with their children.
Genesis 4:1-8 (NIV)
Adam slept with Eve his wife. She conceived and had Cain. She said, “I’ve gotten a man, with God’s help!” Then she had another baby, Abel. Abel was a herdsman and Cain a farmer. 3-5 Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. God liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.
God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”
Cain had words with his brother. They were out in the field; Cain came at Abel his brother and killed him.
How did crime, lawlessness, and murder come into the picture?
Question 6: God’s Justice
- What happened to the serpent as a result of deceiving the woman in Gen. 3:14-15?
- How does God take care of the problem serpent in Genesis 3?
- My uncles in the country taught me that the best way to kill a snake is to crush its head. Who do you think was the “head” of the serpent – meaning who was the one speaking in the form of a serpent to Eve? What does God do to take care of the problem? [Hint: Read Isaiah 14:12-14]
- Since God brings justice upon the serpent for deceiving the woman, what does this say about the character of God toward His creation (man and woman)?