Bible Reading: Genesis 3
Memory Verse: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Have you ever gone fishing? What did you use for bait? I caught trout with sweet corn. Those fish loved the corn, but if they knew what would happen next, they probably would have swam right by.
The devil works the same way in our lives. Look what he did with Eve.
God gave Adam and Eve everything they wanted in the Garden of Eden, with just one rule. They must stay away from one special tree. We often call it the Tree of Knowledge.
The serpent was crafty. He asked Eve, “Did God really say you could eat from all the trees in the garden?”
“All except for one,” she said. “God said we shouldn’t even touch it, or we will die.
“You won’t die,” the serpent said. “God told you that because when you eat of it, you will learn too much. You’ll be like God yourself, understanding good and evil.”
The serpent wanted to convince Eve that God was holding something good back from them. She saw that the fruit looked delicious. She thought about having power and knowledge like God.
Eve decided to disobey God and listened to the serpent. And she gave some to Adam.
They did learn about evil. They experienced sin and the feeling of shame and guilt. At that moment, sin broke their perfect friendship with God. They spiritually died, and some day they would physically die too.
But that’s not the end of the story. God made clothes for Adam and Eve and he promised that one day, the devil’s head would be crushed. He was giving hints of Jesus who would come and save us from our sin.
What do you think?
Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea, and then you wished you hadn’t?
Why do you think people want to hide from God after they sin? Why don’t they run to Him?