FALL OF MAN
Mankind was perfect and innocent. In fact, God preferred that they not know about evil and sin.
He gave them only one rule. Do not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil because your eyes will be open to the reality of sin.
The evil angel, Satan, who rebelled against God and had been cast to earth, came to them and spoke lies. He tempted them to doubt God’s command.
They gave into temptation and ate the forbidden fruit. They were deceived. Their act of rebellion separated them from God. Man and woman then knew about evil because they did not obey God.
GENESIS 3:1-7, NIV
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.
5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some 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 realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
What would our world be like if everyone disobeyed God’s laws completely?
What would it be like if everyone lived in obedience to God’s laws?
“Father God, I confess my sin before you today and acknowledge that I am accountable to You for the sins I have committed.
Jesus, please give me eyes to see clearly the deception of Satan in this world. As I stay close to You Lord, I ask for your grace to keep me far from sin.
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who strengthens and guides me each day. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”