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Genesis Three: The Fall of Man (Part 1)

SATURDAY, August 23
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: Please, do not become discouraged in memorizing all the verses we have given thus far. Even we have not memorized quite all of the verses yet, but we keep working on them every day so that we will eventually know them well. If we are diligent, eventually each of us will be filled with a wealth of God’s Word. We have heard of men that knew over 500 verses. Isn’t that marvelous! No matter who had a question or a problem, we would have an answer for them from God’s Word. Just think, if our little ones keep memorizing scripture each week, many of them will know more than 500 verses before they reach adulthood. Praise God!
 1 Peter 5:8-10: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
 James 4:7: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
 Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
 The following is a great passage that may take some time to memorize, but it is a precious gem that our children should hide in their hearts. Proverbs 2:1-16: “My son, if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who delight in doing evil, and rejoice in the perversity of evil; whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways; to deliver you from the strange woman, from the adulteress who flatters with her words.”
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: Genesis 3

 Read Genesis 3.
 1. In this chapter we have the story of two Adams. Both were tempted by the enemy, one disobeyed and brought sin to all future generations of man, the second Adam, Christ Himself, made it possible for all to be reconciled to their heavenly Father. “So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).
 2. This week we shall concentrate on our enemy and the consequences of disobedience. Next week we will concentrate on the hope we have through Jesus Christ our redeemer. The great news is that, “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).
 
SUNDAY, August 24
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: 1 Peter 5:8-10, James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5,6, and Proverbs 2:1-16
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: The Devil

 Read Genesis 3:1-5: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed, has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden”?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.”’ And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
 1. Who is this serpent? In order to be victorious in battle, we must understand our enemy.
  A. Read Ezekiel 28:12-19: “… Thus says the Lord God, ‘You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, that they may see you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; it has consumed you, and I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have become terrified, and you will be no more.’”
   1. From this verse we see that Satan “had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” He was anointed, obviously having a very special place in God’s kingdom. He was also “blameless until unrighteousness was found in him.”
   2. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.” Leaning on his own reasoning, he became prideful because of his beauty, which therefore corrupted his original wisdom.
   3. “Your heart was lifted up” truly describes pride, for pride means “inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank of elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.”
   4. In Proverbs 6:16-19, we learn that, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.” Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.”
   5. “You were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you …” Revelation 12:9: “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
   6. 2 Peter 2:4: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”
   7. This verse also describes Satan’s final judgment in the end.
  B. Read Isaiah 14:12-17: “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, they will ponder over you saying, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’”
   1. Verse 12 talks about Satan as the morning star and the son of the dawn. He was a glorious creature whom God must have loved very much; however, the creature desired to be worshipped rather than worshipping the Creator. He desired to be above God.
   2. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Exodus 16:10: “… they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.”
   3. “I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” The Hebrew word for God here is Elyon. This is also used in Genesis 14:19: “… Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” El Elyon speaks of God’s strength and sovereignty. Satan wanted to be sovereign and possess God’s strength.
   4. The I, I, I’s clearly show that Satan was driven by self, to place himself above God, so he could receive the glory that only God Himself deserves. Envious of God, he desired to be God. He wanted to be independent which means “ not subject to God’s authority.” All sin derives from the desire to be independent, thereby becoming our own god. But because God is Holy, once Satan had betrayed Him and disobeyed, God had to remove him from His Holy presence. The struggle Satan had with God now moved to the earth, where it is still being waged to destroy His church.
   5. Remember from an earlier definition that pride often has contempt for others? Well, contempt means “the act of despising; the act of viewing or considering and treating as mean, vile and worthless; disdain; hatred of what is mean or deemed vile. This word is one of the strongest expressions of a mean opinion which the language affords.”
   6. Envious of God’s glory and power, Satan became furious against God, and thereby became the worst of traitors. Having been cast out of heaven to earth, he then became envious of the relationship Adam had with God and of the joy it brought Adam. This Satan tried to stop by becoming a tempter, whereby he would be able to destroy what he could not have himself, thereby separating Adam from God. This battle against God is still being waged against God’s own people—His Bride, the church.
   7. Remember, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Satan is the epitome of the very sin nature that God hates, which we all inherited from our first ancestors, Adam and Eve. And it is only through the second Adam—Christ—that we may be transformed into righteousness and be reconciled to God.
 2. Jesus goes on to tell us more about Satan that we may understand his beguiling ways so we may protect ourselves against his schemes.
  A. Satan is a liar and the father of lies.
   1. John 8:44: “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.”
  B. Satan is the ruler of this world.
   1. John 14:30: “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”
   2. 1 John 5:19: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
   3. John 16: 11: “… because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
   4. When tempting Jesus in Matthew 4:8,9: “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.’”
  C. The ruler of this world blinds the eyes of the unbelieving.
   1. Matthew 13:19: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.”
   2. 2 Corinthians 4:4: “… the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
   3. Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
  D. Yet our enemy appears as an angel of light and works through sons of disobedience who also appear as angels of light.
   1. 2 Corinthians 11:14,15: “… for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.”
   2. Ephesians 2:2: “… according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.”
   3. Matthew 24:24: “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”
  E. Satan roams around the earth like a lion seeking whom he may devour.
   1. 1 Peter 5:8: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
   2. Job 1:6-12: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.’ Then Satan answered the Lord, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face.’ Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.’ So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.” And of course we know that Job lost every one of his children, along with all but one servant, and he lost all of his sheep and camels. Then Job himself was struck with boils all over his body.
  F. Satan thwarts us.
   1. 1 Thessalonians 2:18: “For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan thwarted us.”
   2. Satan must have been very jealous of the relationship that Adam had with God because it was a relationship that he once had. “Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, and dost crown him with glory and majesty!” (Psalm 8:5). Could it be that Satan was also very offended by the fact that Adam was made from mere dust, which was so inferior to him who had been the most beautiful of all angels? Then as ruler of the world, it must have also angered Satan when God told Adam to take dominion of this earth. Thinking that he would destroy God’s perfect plan by stealing what Adam had, Satan tempted man to rebel against God, but God will not be defeated. In fact, God had a magnificent plan of redemption already planned, which we will learn about next week.

MONDAY, August 25
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: 1 Peter 5:8-10, James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5,6, and Proverbs 2:1-16
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: How to Handle Temptation

 1. Read Genesis 3:1: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field …” Crafty means “cunning, guile.” Cunning means “artful; sly … the use of artifice to accomplish the purpose, rather than open, candid, or direct means. Hence deceitful; trickish; employing stratagems for a bad purpose.”
  A. Carefully study how very artful, deceitful and cunning Satan is when he asks Eve, “Indeed has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Of course he knows what God has said, but he wants to plant doubt in Eve’s mind so as to question God. “Indeed has God said?” is not only the beginning of all sins, but this has been the beginning of all false religions.
  B. Should Eve have stopped to listen to the serpent? Many temptations seem harmless, and many come to us disguised in alluring, beautiful packages, similar to the beautiful, seemingly harmless serpent. However, any time someone or something causes us to question God and His Word, we need to flee from it before we get caught up in the deception. For God warns us in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”
  C. Eve’s first obvious mistake was to listen to Satan; her second was to stay and converse with him. Even Jesus Himself never spoke His own words to Satan but quoted directly from God’s Word.
  D. Doesn’t this next verse describe Eve in this situation? Zephaniah 3:2: “She heeded no voice; she accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the Lord; she did not draw near to her God.” Eve leaned on her own understanding and not on God’s.
 2. How then should we handle temptation?
  A. Ephesians 4:27 says, “… do not give the devil an opportunity.”
  B. 1 Peter 5:8-10: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
  C. James 4:7 tells us to “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
  D. Proverbs 1:10,15: “My son, if sinners, entice you, do not consent. My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path.”
  E. Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
  F. Proverbs 4:14,15: “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn away from it and pass on.”
  G. Proverbs 6:20,21: “My son, observe the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck.”
  H. Proverbs 2:1-16: “My son, if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who delight in doing evil, and rejoice in the perversity of evil; whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways; to deliver you from the strange woman, from the adulteress who flatters with her words.”
  I. Ephesians 5:15-17: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” When man sinned, God’s image in man became totally corrupted and distorted, which we also inherited, yet through Christ we “ … have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” (Colossians 3:10). Wisdom is something that can only come from God Himself, and the only way that we can receive that wisdom from above is by humbling ourselves before our Holy Creator. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10. And to be wise, we must listen to our Heavenly Father’s instruction as it says in Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you …”
  J. Read Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at al times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

TUESDAY, August 26
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: 1 Peter 5:8-10, James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5,6, and Proverbs 2:1-16
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: Misery Loves Company

 1. Genesis 3:2,3: “And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.”’”
  A. Is this what God said? Eve did not quote God’s Word correctly but added her own reasoning to it. Again, she chose her own way over God’s way. We must always be careful not to distort God’s Word in any way. For God really said, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” Sin always brings death, for “The wages of sin is death… ” (Romans 6:23).
  B. Satan had her ear, so he boldly goes on to say in Genesis 3:4,5: “And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
  C. The word he used for God is Elohim, meaning here mighty God. He was tempting Eve that she could be mighty like God. She would no longer be subject to her Father; she could be independent and self-sufficient. How ridiculous, if she would have stopped to think that just a little while ago she had not even existed nor had the world, yet she could be like God? How could she have possibly fallen for such a ridiculous line?
  D. Remember, Satan is the father of lies, and he and his people do not hesitate to lie. We must evaluate everything in the light of God’s Word before we believe anything anyone tells us to be true, for “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9).
  E. The saying that misery loves company is so true. Satan hid his own misery so as to cause God’s children to share his misery. He certainly knew from his own experience what would happen if they disobeyed. He had ruined his own life by wanting to be like God, and now wanted to ruin God’s other children’s lives by creating in them a desire to become like God, so they too would share his misery. Satan wanted to snatch away what God had given both Eve and Adam. He was a traitor in heaven and wanted Adam and Eve to betray God also.
  F. Why was Eve alone and near the forbidden tree? God says, “Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn away from it and pass on” (Proverbs 4:15). We should always be careful not to place ourselves in compromising situations. Remember Satan is like a lion seeking whom he can devour. We must be vigilant to guard ourselves at all times.
  G. Remember the story about David’s sin of adultery? “… when kings go out to battle … David stayed at Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 11:1). The enemy seized this moment of solitude and idleness to tempt David who was not doing what he, as king, should have been doing.
  H. Solitude combined with idleness often gives the enemy the opportunity to tempt us to think and do things we would otherwise never do.
  I. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

WEDNESDAY, August 27
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: 1 Peter 5:8-10, James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5,6, and Proverbs 2:1-16
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: The Temptation

 1. Read Genesis 3:6: “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”
  A. First, the enemy caused Eve to question God; scoffs at the unreasonableness of God’s law; then causes her to question what harm could really come to her for disobeying God; and to the contrary, plants the idea that there would be great gain if she would just trust in her own desires. The enemy first tempts men to question God’s Word and then tempts them to deny its validity and authority.
  B. Did your parents really say that you could not do that? Wow, that really seems strict and unfair. I don’t think that it would really hurt if you did it just this once? As a matter of fact, I think that you will really like it once you try it.
  C. What should we learn from this? 2 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
  D. Proverbs 14:7-9: “Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools mock at sin …”
  E. Ephesians 4:14,15: “… we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.” Isaiah 55:8,9: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
  F. Wisdom comes from God alone through His Holy Spirit. We should never trust in the wisdom of men but should have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:4-16: “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’ For to us God revealed them [His wisdom] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God … But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised…. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

THURSDAY, August 28
Prayer
Praise: Holy, Holy, Holy
Memorize Thy Word: 1 Peter 5:8-10, James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5,6, and Proverbs 2:1-16
Memorize: The Major Prophets
Lesson: Adam and Eve’s Disobedience

 1. Read Genesis 3:6: “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”
  A. Our actions always reflect what is in our hearts. 1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”
  B. Lust means “to desire eagerly; to long. Eagerness to possess or enjoy … to desire eagerly the gratification of carnal appetite.”
  C. The lust of the eyes—“she saw … it was a delight to the eyes”; the lust of the flesh—“the tree was good for food”; the boastful pride of life—“the tree was desirable to make one wise.” As husbands, as sons, as wives, and as daughters, we should make a covenant with our eyes, our ears, and our flesh, that we will not look upon or listen to anything or anyone or taste anything that may cause us to commit sin. We must turn away before it is too late.
  D. Romans 13:14: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
  E. Sin almost always involves others.“… she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Sin loves to draw others into sin.
  F. Sadly, both Adam and Eve decided to trust themselves instead of God and thereby worship the creature instead of the Creator by choosing their own will over God’s. Romans 1:21,22: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”
  G. Romans 1:18,19: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”
  H. All sin stems from the desire to be independent and do our own will. Remember that independent means “not subject to God’s authority.”
  I. They proclaimed their autonomy by disobeying God’s will and instead chose their own. At this point, Adam and Eve literally became slaves to sin. For in Colossians 2:8 we are warned to, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Captive literally means “prisoner taken by force by an enemy. A slave.” The irony of this is that any time anyone chooses his or her own will over God’s will, the very autonomy they wish to possess is nullified because they immediately become slaves to sin. Isaiah 5:12,13: “… But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, nor do they consider the work of His hands. Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge.”
  J. The great news is this—Hebrews 2:14,15: “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Romans 5:19: “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”