Summary of Genesis 3:6-13:
Eve saw the fruit as pleasing and she wanted wisdom so she ate. She gave the fruit to Adam, who was with her, and he ate too. Their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked, so they covered themselves with fig leaves. The next time God was walking in the garden, both Adam and Eve hid from Him. God called to them, wishing to see them. Adam responded that he was naked and afraid. God knew they had eaten from the tree of knowledge, and Adam blamed Eve. Eve admits she did eat the fruit.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 3: Genesis 3:6-13
7) Adam tried to blame Eve, and he blames God. Eve blames the serpent. Both knew inside they had done something terrible, so they tried to hide from God. No one hides from God.
8 ) Innocence died. Fear entered the world. They realized they were naked, and they were ashamed of their bodies. They lost the personal relationship with God, a separation called sin that is still here today.
9) Personal Question. My answer: God asks them what they have done, even though He knows, just like we do with our children. He probably wanted to see how they responded. Adam blames Eve; Eve blames the serpent. Both admit they ate of the fruit. God is probably heartbroken, but He wants to see how they will respond. Confession is all we can do after our sin and to ask for forgiveness.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 3: Genesis 3:6-13
It’s a human reaction to not take responsibility for their actions by blaming others. This is what Adam and Eve do. They both knew they were in deep trouble. Their response overall did not matter. The sin was done; the consequences would come. Both knew this and were afraid.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 3, Day 3: Genesis 3:6-13
Eve surrendered to this temptation in exactly the way John describes in 1 John 2:16. First, she gave in to the lust of the flesh, then the lust of the eyes, then she gave in to pride.
Jesus was tempted in the same three-fold way: an appeal to the physical appetites, an appeal to covetous and emotional desires, and an appeal to pride (Matthew 4:1-11).
Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:14, that Eve was deceived when she sinned. In her mind, she thought she was doing something good for herself.
God had made for Eve a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). She could have simply run from Satan and the tree, but Eve didn’t take God’s way of escape.
The Crux of the Sin
Adam sinned with his eyes wide open, in open rebellion against God.
Therefore, it is Adam, and not Eve, who bears the responsibility for the fall of the human race and for the introduction of death into the created order (Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:22). Eve was tricked into sinning; Adam knew exactly what he was doing (1 Timothy 2:14).
They knew they were naked, in the sense of having their shame exposed to all creation.
“It is more than probable that they were clothed in light before the fall, and when they sinned the light went out.” (Barnhouse)
We can assume this is God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, appearing to Adam and Eve before His incarnation and birth at Bethlehem, because of God the Father it is said, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18); and no man has ever seen God in the Person of the Father (1 Timothy 6:16).
God Questions Adam and Eve
Where are you?
- This was not the interrogation of an angry ruler, but the heartfelt cry of an anguished father. God obviously knew where they were, but He also knew a gulf had been made between Him and man.
- The question was meant to lead Adam to confess his sin.
- The question was meant to express the accountability man had before God.
The way God came to Adam and Eve is a model of how He comes to lost and fallen humanity ever since.
- God came to Adam and Eve patiently, waiting for the right time before darkness fell.
- God came to them personally, addressing Adam and Eve directly.
- God came to them with truth.
Ever since Adam, men run from God’s presence and don’t want to listen to His Word.
We are still made in God’s image, so we want to be in the presence of God and hear His voice, while at the same time, we are afraid of Him.
God knew the answer to His question. He is giving Adam a chance to confess and repent.
We all sin, but when we sin, we can still give glory to God by confessing without blaming others (Joshua 7:19-20).
Adam is Responsible for the Fall
Notice God has not addressed Eve at all. Adam, being the head, is responsible.
Not only does Adam unjustly accuse Eve, but he refuses to accept proper responsibility for his part in her sin.
By saying the woman whom You gave to be with me, Adam essentially blamed God.
When confronted by God, Eve blames the serpent. Being deceived is a sin as well.
It is sin to exchange the truth of God for the lie (Romans 1:25).