Genesis 3:1-7

 |  February 15, 2018

Genesis 3:1-7

  1. Locate the passage

This passage is the account of the fall. Note how the nakedness of 3:7 is juxtaposed by the nakedness of 2:25. It explains the origin of sin and its consequences on mankind. It anticipates the consequences of the man and woman being relocated out of the garden.

  1. Genre

The passage is narrative. The recorded conversations include: the serpent to Eve and Eve to the serpent. No conversation is recorded between the serpent and Adam or Adam and Eve.

  1. Determine the structure of the passage

3:1 – God’s Word is questioned

3:2-5 – God’s integrity is questioned

3:6 – The enticement of sin

3:7 – The consequences of sin

  1. Exegete the passage

This passage reveals the pattern of temptation. The serpent, who only speaks twice in the text, offers an alternative to God’s plan and their yielding to temptation brings imbalance into God’s good creation.

The temptation is omniscience—knowing good and evil. It is the quest to be like God.

3:1 – the serpent – the general word for “snake.”

3:1 – “more crafty” – the word “crafty” (“arum”) is a Hebrew play on words with the word, “naked” (“eyrom”)

3:1 – He said to the woman – the serpent speaks to the woman and not to the man. This is a clear effort to undermine Adam’s role as head of his family. See 1 Tim.            2:14.

3:1 – “Has God said” – the serpent avoids the use of the name of the Lord

3:2 – Eve knew God’s command from 2:16. Either the command was reiterated by God or relayed to her by Adam.

3:3 – Eve knew the consequences of sin

3:4 – “You will not die”

3:5 – God knows … the suggestion that God is holding something back from you

3:5 – Your eyes will be opened – you’ll be like God

3:6 – The woman “saw” – cf. 1 John 2:16

3:6 – “Good … pleasant … desirable” – the lure of temptation

3:6 – she gave to her husband with her

3:7 – the staccato description of the consequences parallels the pattern of the sin

3:7 – “they knew” – what sin does to your mind; the cognitive reality of sin

3:7 – covering – the effort to cover up one’s sin begins here

  1. Let the structure of the text drive the sermon

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