Summary of passages: Genesis 3: The serpent tricks Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit which God had said not to eat from because if they did, they would die. He tells her she will be like God. She falls for it, gives some to Adam, committing the first sin in the world. God comes along, sees his creation hiding from Him, and curses the serpent and man. She will have pain in childbirth and be under Adam. He will toil the land and both shall die.
Romans 8:18-22: Verse 17: “We share in his (Christ’s) sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” We wait in eager expectation to be liberated from decay and brought into freedom.
3) Because we are all sinners and with sin comes suffering. And because Christ suffered. Romans 8:17 says we suffer because Christ suffered and so we may have some of Christ’s glory. Had this question in Lesson 12, Day 4 Question 11a. Very similar question in Lesson 4, Day 5 Question 15.
4) Personal Question. My answer: We had this question (Lesson 11, Day 2, Question 5). Bankruptcy. Depended on Him to bring us through. He has. Prayed.
5) Personal Question. My answer: This passage reminds us to look beyond our present circumstances to our future home in heaven where we will be saints with crowns on our heads, forever worshiping God, surrounded by His glory. Past suffering is for our good. It strengthens us and increases our faith and makes us more like Christ. (Excellent post HERE with reasons for suffering. Very succinct with all the Bible passages).
Conclusions: Please see the link above. Guaranteed you’ll find a reason for suffering you’d never thought of before. Not sure why we needed to read Genesis especially since we spend a week on Genesis 3 in the study of Genesis. We all know sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. And Romans was missing Verse 17 which says what verses 18-22 was trying to say in a more understandable way.
End Notes: Genesis 3 (Taken from my previous study): Note that God instructed Adam to not partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Then God created Eve. Eve must have been told by Adam but she was not instructed by God. Hence, she was chosen by the serpent to tempt as she was the weaker link. We don’t know what Adam said to Eve but Adam was standing right there. He knew it was wrong. Eve disobeyed God and Adam.
Also, if Adam had been chosen to eat first, Eve might have had an out by saying she was only obeying her husband, the head of the household. Hence, God allowed Eve to be tested first.
Eve doesn’t even seem to know the name of the tree and exactly what God said since she uses the word “touch” instead of “eat” as God did. This is not an excuse. But it does fall upon Adam to communicate to her God’s commands.
Eve was truly deceived by the devil; Adam sinned in full knowledge of what God had said. (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Timothy 2:14).
I was always told it was Eve’s fault man sinned. But upon close examination Adam bears most of the burden. He was right there (Genesis 3:6) the entire time. At any moment either one could have ran from the serpent. But neither did. It just shows how powerful and cunning the devil truly is. And what we must fight against daily.
If Adam and Eve could be tricked and disobey–those who actually walked with God–then we must be extra vigilant and strong in the Word in order to resist.
God addresses Adam first as the head and one could argue it is Adam who bears the brunt of the responsibility for the sin since Adam is the head of woman. Interesting since in popular culture you always hear how it was Eve’s fault.
We see here that God never abandoned us, even when we sinned. He always had Jesus planned to save us. It’s hard to comprehend: why would God create us if He knew we would Fall? Only God can answer that. He must think we are worthy in some way. Sometimes I wish I believed but a piece of that worthiness.
I had never thought of us being born with a wariness to Satan before. So we’re born with a natural rebelliousness towards God but a natural distrust of Satan. Again, we must choose. Naturally, we gravitate towards serving ourselves (like children). But we learn to choose and no choice in life is more important. The outcome of our life depends upon this choice.
Romans 8:18-22: Note how the glory is already in us. It is just waiting to be revealed. Cool to think about!!
All of creation is awaiting the Second Coming. Isaiah 11:6-9 is the famous passage where the lion will lie down with the lamb. What a picture of the future heaven!
End, End Note: Day 4 of this lesson asks us specifically to look at Romans 8:17. It’s appropriate here as well.