Observation: The essence of humor is incongruity. We laugh to break the tension. God is really in control and His purposes won't be thwarted. Independence is the essence of sin. More on this below (and the rest of Scripture). We want to live without restraints, but we don't have the character to do so. People and tomatoes do better with just the right amount of support and structure. No structure, (or too much), no fruit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I embrace Your wisdom and eschew sin. Amen.
Here's what you'll find in Chapter 3:
- Top trick of Satan and his will for our lives
- Our major motivations and deadly desires
- Where do we get our sense of worth and value?
- Why we are tempted to sin and what to do about it
- "Hide and Hurl" or "Name and Claim It"
- What we lost in the Garden and how to gain it back
Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Psalm 145:16 "You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing."
Psalm 84:11 "For LORD God is a sun and a shield. YAHWEH will give grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly."
3:7 Our attempts to cover our sin are inadequate. God's got a better solution (see Genesis 3:21 - it involves blood); die = deposed from exercising dominion (glory/light/power/grace); naked = loss of glory (suit - see 2 Corinthians 5:3-4).
3:8 Intimacy with God and others is shattered by sin. Is it worth it? (Isaiah 59:2). Seeking forgiveness restores the relationship.
3:9-11 God always knows the answer to the questions He asks us (a benefit of being omniscient), so why does He ask them?
Observation: 3:12 We balance guilt by blaming others, circumstances, or even God, rather than take responsibility for our sin. If we don't own it and deal with it, our sin will remain and stink. (In 1 John 1:9 “confess” means to “say the same” thing.)
Application: "Name it and Claim it." When aware of our sin(s) we need to call it what God calls it (unfaithful rebellion), and claim the solution/forgiveness He offers (but then we're getting ahead of ourselves). Fig leaves are so out of fashion.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for pointing out my sin, so I can be freed from it, and have intimacy with You. Amen.
BIGGER Question: Exactly what did Adam and friend lose?
BIGGEST QUESTION: How does Salvation reverse the effects of The Fall? See below.
"Hey Eve, what's for dinner? Apple pie you say. What's that? Sounds delicious."
The Parthenon Code reveals Greek stonework depicting the serpent in an upright position (a physical impossibility) and as the giver of wisdom. It also shows the serpent becoming serpent-man, and finally Zeus, the ruler of this world. Athena, the goddess of Greek wisdom, whose name means “not-die” comes fully grown of the head of Zeus (cf Eve from Adam's rib - see image at end of this post). Cain is the good guy, Seth the evil one. All of it is a demonic perversion of Genesis. If you want to see the sign of Satan throughout ancient civilizations, look for the snake. Eye opener.
- Right to live forever,
- Holiness/unhindered relationship with God,
- Justification: sins forgiven, debt paid, spiritual rebirth, heaven rather than the lake of fire, fait acompli,
- Sanctification: progressive growth in our relationship with God becoming more holy and Christlike,
- Glorification: restoration to pre-Fall glory when Christ rules over the earth with His faithful followers.
Note resources in the comments above.
C.S. Lewis' book Screwtape Letters has opened a lot of eyes to the workings of our adversary.
Since Satan's major weapon is deception, see: Lies We Believe (that keep us bound to sin);
If you want help on Spiritual Warfare, see Defense Against the Dark Arts (sermons and self-study guides that will equip/arm you to escape and stay free).
Neil Anderson's book Bondage Breaker gives additional help in living victoriously, for those who like things spelled out, and his book Victory over Darkness gives lots of case studies for those who live vicariously (learn from the experiences of others).