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Genesis 3:1-13

[1] Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” [2] The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. [3] But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” [4] “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. [5] “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [6] Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate [it]; she also gave [some] to her husband, [who was] with her, and he ate [it]. [7] Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. [8] Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. [9] So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” [10] And he said, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” [11] Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I had commanded you not to eat from?” [12] Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me [some fruit] from the tree, and I ate.” [13] So the Lord God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “It was the serpent. He deceived me, and I ate.” (HCSB)

I know that many of you are big fans of college athletics and that some of you even had the opportunity to play while you were in college.Not me.Well, not exactly.Deep down in my heart I’m just a sports fan period.If I didn’t exercise self-discipline, I’d be watching some kind of sport during every free moment.Basketball, football, ping-pong, hockey—it doesn’t matter, if it involves competition, I’m in.A few years ago, Susan and I came to a compromise about my sports fanaticism, I can go hog-wild with watching professional baseball, but I have to forsake all others.So if I didn’t eavesdrop on some of your conversations, I wouldn’t know anything about what is going on in the world of college athletics, except I know that there has been a long standing controversy aboutwhether a player who is good enough should skip college and go straight to the pros.Part of that controversy is over whether a player can be good enough, but another is whether any young player, regardless of skill level has the emotional maturity to handle all of the pressure that comes with a multi-million dollar contract in the pros.Micah Downs is weighing those issues right now.He’s already signed with KansasUniversity but in an article for the Seattle Times Steve Downs, the father of the 6’ 8” high school basketball player indicated his son was ready to accept a pro offer.This news came as a shock to Bill Self, the KU basketball coach.He said, "For them to visit publicly about this before we even had any knowledge of it is disappointing,”

Self isn’t happy about what he read in the times, and Downs isn’t happy about what the Times reporter wrote, but not because he thinks he was misquoted. "I wouldn't say we were misquoted, but some of the things in there weren't explained exactly like I want them to be." (

As far as I’m concerned, Downs doesn’t have a complaint here.The reporter didn’t misquote him or misrepresent what he said.He wasn’t misquoted, he should count himself lucky, apologize for misleading Coach Self, and then help his son make the best decision he can for himself.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are often misquoted.I don’t know about you, but I hate being misquoted.That’s what happens in this text.In the beginning, the serpent was subtle, but with time, he loses his subtly and goes into deception overdrive. He asked, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”Here’s where Eve made her first mistake—SHE THOUGHT SHE COULD REASON WITH THE SERPENT. She told the serpent that not all of the trees were forbidden and explained the consequences of eating from the tree of good and evil.A big mistake.There’s a time to talk and there’s a time to walk.This was the time to walk.Actually, it was the time to run.In 1 Timothy 6:11, Paul wrote, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”(KJV) 

Her first mistake was she didn’t get out of there; the second was she BOUGHT THE SERPENT’S DECEPTION.[4] “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. [5] “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Instead of running, she stayed and instead of believing God, she believed the lies of the serpent.Her third mistake was she TRUSTED HER SENSES INSTEAD OF HER FAITH.[6] Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate [it]; she also gave [some] to her husband, [who was] with her, and he ate [it].

Her senses said this looks good, it will taste good and it will make me wise, just like the serpent said.She ate, and she gave the fruit to Adam and he ate.

She listened instead of running, she believed the serpent instead of believing God, and she trusted her sight instead of her faith.2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (KJV)But her mistakes didn’t stop there; she made a fourth mistake and INFLUENCED ADAM TO SIN.1Timothy 2:14 troubles me, it says, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.” (HCSB)It troubles me because it indicates that Adam willfully sinned.He wasn’t deceived.Later he would blame Eve, but he really couldn’t do that.He made up his own mind to sin, and did so.However, that doesn’t diminish the fact that Eve led him into his sin and that she bore responsibility for doing so.

It is impossible to calculate the strength of our influence.We can influence others to righteousness, or we can influence them to sin.In this case, she influenced Adam, a grown man—a man that should have known better and should have chosen to do right even though she was seduced to do wrong.Influencing an adult is one thing, while influencing a child is quite another. Matthew 18:6 says, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” In this passage Jesus clearly articulates what happens when harm one of “His little ones.”Certainly it applies to those who actively harm children, but it also applies to those who passively harm them.It applies to adults who influence their children to sin with their poor example or careless words.

God punished Adam and Eve because of their sin.For one, the sin carried with it its own punishment—they were ashamed.But they had great punishment than this.They received the punishment of intensified pain during childbirth and the struggle to provide food for the family.God banished them from the garden where He provided everything for them, now they would earn their living by the sweat of their brows as they struggled with uncooperative soil.

But in the midst of the punishment, God had mercy on his fallen creation.Look at verse 21.“And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” (NASB)God responded to their rebellion with punishment, but it was laced with grace.He knew they were ashamed, so He clothed them.Yes they had to face the cruel hard world outside of Eden, but they would do so covered.

Eve’s story is our story.We’ve all sinned.The scripture says, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: [21] That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21 KJV)God’s grace is available today to cover your sin just as the clothing he made for Adam & Eve covered their shame.Today, you can know forgiveness for your sin, if you’ll only accept the grace God so freely offers. 

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