• Kemi Kodja

Bible Study: Genesis 3

This study was full of gems! I had to read it over and over again because it felt like each time, I was catching something new that stood out to me.

Genesis 3:4 “You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Notes and Reflections:

  • I think what the serpent appealed to in Eve was her desire to be like God. You know how they say it’s not money that rules the world, but power and the idea of being powerful? In this case, I think Eve wanted to be on the same level as God because when she saw Him, she saw a powerful being. And the serpent promising that she would be like God after she ate the forbidden fruit appealed to that need for power in her.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I can apply this when it comes to my hunger for growth and success by being careful not to let my hunger for greatness lead me astray, by staying humble, grateful and always putting God’s Word first no matter what tempting offer is placed in front of me. My why needs to be in alignment with God's purpose for me here and not for worldly purposes.

Genesis 3:6 “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.”

Notes and Reflections:

  • The things that lead us to sin don’t show up looking like dangerous or bad things we need to avoid. They come well packaged as everything our flesh desires which makes it so much more tempting to give into them.

  • This means we have to be alert to what is presented to us, what we feed ourselves and our souls with, what we take in and what we say yes to.

  • Also, not only did she disobey God but she led her husband into sin as well. I think that can teach us that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that will lead us into sin or that the devil will use to get to us. So again, it brings about the thought of being alert and making sure we pay attention.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I tend to associate all opportunities that show up in my path as blessing and jump on them too quickly but from now on, I will pray about them first and consult with God whether or not this is from Him.

  • I will watch out not to be led into sin by those around me and also not to lead those around me into sin as well.

Genesis 3:11-14 “And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me and I ate."

Notes and Reflections:

  • When they got caught and God realized what they had done, neither of them took responsibility for their sin. The man blamed the woman for giving him the fruit, the woman blamed the serpent for giving her the fruit, but neither of them actually took responsibility for what they had done.

  • I think in life we do this too. We are so quick to point the finger to everyone else for their part in leading us astray and we fail to take responsibility for our own actions.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I am responsible for what I choose to do so I will take accountability for my mistakes.

Genesis 3:16 "To the woman, he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Notes and Reflections:

  • This was Eve's punishment for her and her descendants (the highly favored women that we are today) for having disobeyed God's Word. I already knew the painful childbearing portion of it, but the part about our desire for our husbands and their ruling over us threw me off a bit.

  • I thought this was supposed to be the natural order of things, but now reading it in the context of being Eve's punishment makes it feel different. I had to do some research and it seems to be a verse that confuses a lot of people as well (the last part at least).

  • One of the interpretations that stood out to me is that the last part of the verse implies that the woman's desire for her husband would be frustrated by his role as an authority. I can relate to that when it comes to my own feelings regarding submission. I've been thinking about doing a whole separate blog about that topic, but in this context I can relate to the internal struggle of accepting a husband's authority over you as the wife. And maybe that inner struggle is the punishment. What do you ladies think?

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will remember that there are certain things that come with being a woman and a descendant of Eve:

  • the severe pains in childbearing

  • and the internal struggle that as women we feel when it comes to the authority that our husbands are supposed to have over us.

Genesis 3:21 "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Even though God was upset at them, He still made them clothes because He knew they felt shame for their nakedness. He is so loving even when we mess up.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will remember the graceful nature of God and that even when I mess up, He still loves me.

Genesis 3:22 "And the Lord God said "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Eating the fruit did what the devil said it would, but it cost us eternal life in heaven and our separation from God.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I think this can be applied to our day to day life as we're faced with temptations in the world. Yes, you will satisfy your flesh in that moment but at what cost?

Have you read Genesis 3 too? What stood out to you from that chapter?

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