The First Sin: Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God. When you read this story together, make sure to emphasize their desperate need and God’s promise of redemption. How amazing is it that God’s first promise of a Deliverer came when He went to curse Satan — even before the details of the curse was given? (1)
Consequences of Sin: Sin affected everything in our world, not just Adam and Eve’s souls. Everything went from perfect to spoiled.
The Way to Repent: Adam and Eve covered themselves in leaves out of shame. They had no need of covering, no shame, until they had sinned. God did not accept their leaf outfits — the work of their own hands. Instead He killed an animal (presumably the FIRST time an animal had to die, and it had to die to make up for the mistake the humans had made) to make skin clothing for the couple. God wanted Adam and Eve to see the terrible price required to cover their sin.
Discussion Questions (these questions were taken from Narration5 of The Story of God and Man*):
- What attributes of God did we see in this lesson?
- Out of His grace, what promise did God give Adam and Eve? God promised that one of Eve’s descendants would crush the head of Satan.)
- When you crush the head of a snake, what happens to it? (When you crush the head of a snake, it dies.)
- If this is true, what did God’s promise mean to Adam and Eve? (It meant that the One who was promised would bring Satan’s power to an end. The Promised One would bring freedom from Satan’s “poisonous bite” of slavery to sin and death.)
- Why did God reject the clothes they had made of leaves? (God rejected their clothes so they would understand that they could do nothing to be accepted by God. They had to depend on what He did for them.)
- Today, what kinds of things do people to do so that they will be accepted by God? (Narrator, let your listeners give several answers here. They may say things like: They give to the poor, pray, go to church or mosque, they live good lives, and so on.)
- If God did not accept Adam’s and Eve’s attempts to make themselves acceptable to God, do you think God will accept our attempts? (No. We must depend on what He says and does to make us acceptable to God.)
(1) Back in 2004 I read a wonderful book called Christianity is Jewish by Edith Schaefer. I remember it was through this book that I first truly realized that God was foretelling the coming of Jesus in the middle of cursing Satan. It’s a great book that explains God’s plan from the beginning.
(2)The Story of God and Man is a booklet used by a friend of mine on the mission field. It goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. A great book. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.
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