Oak Grove Church of Christ
Life Lessons from the Garden
April 14, 2019

Life Lessons from the Garden

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Passage: Genesis 3
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People have not really changed. Technology has improved our lives in so many ways. We have more free time on our hands. A lot of times we look at Bible individuals and we can learn lessons from them. We are oftentimes tempted to look at Bible people as if they aren't the same as we are today. However, they really are like we are.

They were real people, like you and I. There are many things we can learn from their experience because it has been recorded for us.

Looking to Genesis 3, the account of the fall of man, we can draw life lessons from this chapter.

Genesis 3:1-15

The First Lesson we Learn from the Garden is to Identify Our Enemy

The Serpent

The Devil, Serpent, Satan

  • Revelation 12:9
  • 1 Peter 5:8

His character:

  • Subtle, 2 Peter 2:1

His Goal:

  • To get us to deny God’s authority.

His means:

  • Lies, John 8:44
  • Lust and Pride, 1 John 2:15-16

We identify our enemy. While it might seem that the greatest enemy is Satan. But, our greatest enemy is ourselves.

From the Garden We Learn to Identify our Greatest Enemy

Genesis 3:6

We are tempted by our own desires.

  • Can we say the devil made me do it?
    • She CHOSE to go to the tree.
    • She CHOSE to listen, even recognizing his lie.
    • People today CHOOSE to be soothed by false teachers, even knowing the truth.
  • Isaiah 30:9-10
  • 2 Timothy 4:1-4
  • The problem is our own lust, James 1:13-16

We Learn from the Garden Is the Danger of Influence

Genesis 3:6-7

Eve led Adam into sin.

  • Jezebel, 1 Kings 21:25
  • Ananias and Saphira, Acts 5:9

Not Just Eve’s Fault

  • Adam should have stood up to her.
  • Instead he joined her in sin.

They, Adam and Eve, did not have a choice in their companion. But, we DO have the ability to choose, so we had better choose wisely.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • Proverbs 13:20
  • Proverbs 17:17
  • 1 Peter 3:1-7

We need to find and associate with those who will help us go to heaven, rather than hinder us.

From the Garden We Learn that  God wants Me to Know Where I Am

Genesis 3:8-11

Why did God ask, “Where art thou?”

Were Adam and Eve really hidden from God?

  • Psalms 139:7-12
  • Hebrews 4:13

Man cannot come back to God, until he first realizes that he has gone astray.

  • We must examine ourselves, 2 Corinthians 13:5.
  • We must consider our ways, Psalms 119:59-60.

We Learn from the Garden the Futility of Excuses

Genesis 3:11-14

  • Adam, “The woman YOU gave me!”
  • Eve, “The devil made me do it!”
  • What excuse did the devil make? He said nothing. He knows excuses are futile.

How often do we seek to make excuses in order to escape responsibility?

  • 2 Corinthians 5:10

Sometimes we are dumber than the devil.

We Learn from the Garden Who We Should be Mad

Adam was angry at Eve and ultimately at God. He should have been mad at the serpent. He should have been upset with himself.

Sin, which the devil introduced to this world is the cause of all the evil pain and suffering in this world. Don’t get mad at God! Get mad at sin.

  • Get mad at the devil,  John 8:44
  • God is not the cause of our suffering. James 1:12-13

Evil, Pain and Suffering remind us that sin is in the world and that sin separates us from God. Don’t get mad at God! Get RIGHT with God and Follow Him!

We Learn from the Garden about the Amazing Grace of God

  • The wages of sin is death. Yet, they didn't die right there on the spot. He allowed them to live for a period of time. They faced spiritual separation from God.
  • They were naked but God covered them.
  • Sin makes us naked, but through His grace our sin is covered.
  • A great promise was made. A savior who would remedy the sin that separates us from God.

Jesus Christ came and destroyed the work of the devil. He made a way for us to return to God. He died for you, He made a way for you. It is through the watery grave of baptism that you can come into contact with His blood, which saves you from your sin.