Introduction: Our study this week comes with two strikes against it.
First, when we see a familiar story our immediate reaction is to
think “I already know about this.” Second, many Christians disbelieve
the creation account. They might not say, “God lied to us,” but they
suggest it is figurative or an allegory. This makes no logical sense.
The creation account has far too many specific details to be
figurative. If it is an allegory, it is hardly an allegory for
evolution. It recounts that God intentionally spoke the creation into
existance, rather than suggesting chance and natural selection. It
recites complexity and completion at the beginning, rather than
suggesting the simple gradually moved to the more complex. The
creation account is very familiar, but I think it contains vital
spiritual points. Let’s plunge into our Bible study and see if we can
find something new, interesting and important in it!

  1. Little Gods

    1. Read Genesis 1:26. What does God say about humans? (They
      are created like God.)

      1. In what way are they like God? (They have God’s
        “image” and “likeness,” and they rule over the rest
        of the creation.)

        1. While this verse does not explain precisely
          what is meant by “image” and “likeness,” notice
          that they are connected to the job of ruling.
          What does this tell us about image and
          likeness? (We rule over the rest of the
          creation because we are smarter. Thus, the
          logic is that we are like God in the thinking

    2. Read Genesis 1:27-28. Does God follow through with His
      plan with regard to humans? (Yes. He not only proposes
      that we should be made in His image, but He follows
      through with it.)

      1. Notice that God specifically mentions creating “male
        and female,” as part of God’s image. How can that be
        since the Bible consistently refers to God and Jesus
        as male? (Read Genesis 2:23-24. When a man and a
        woman become “one flesh,” they become like God in
        that they are also creators of life. This is why
        other “marriage” arrangements are inconsistent with
        God’s highest plan for us.)

      2. This week I was asked to help with a funeral of a man
        I had never met. My only connection with the family
        was that I casually knew one of his sons. At the
        funeral I learned that he and his wife had 13
        children, and they had at least 78 grand and great-grand children. One speaker thought a more correct
        number was over 100! Here is an example of a man and
        woman creating life!

  2. Exploiting God’s Plan

    1. Read Genesis 3:1. Is this what God said? (Not even close.
      In Genesis 2:16-17 God said they could eat from any of the
      trees – except one.)

    2. Read Genesis 3:2-3. Why do you think Satan wanted this
      response? (If this is the contest for the allegiance of
      the human race, I would want to sweep away any claim that
      humans misunderstood the rule. Satan has Eve restate God’s
      rule so that there can be no mistake about what she does.)

      1. Does Eve correctly state the rule? (There is no
        record that God said don’t touch or you will die.)

      2. If you want to keep humans from eating the fruit, it
        is even better for them to think they cannot even
        touch the fruit, right? (While this is a common view
        among parents and religious youth leaders, it is
        wrong. Deuteronomy 4:2 instructs us not to add to
        God’s commands or subtract from them. I believe that
        when Eve touched the fruit and nothing happened, it
        emboldened her to eat the fruit.)

      3. I recall in my youth I was told that I must not go
        into a movie theater. Why? Because my angel would not
        go in there. If I got into a life-threatening
        situation, there I would be without my angel! I
        stayed out of theaters. But, when they started
        showing movies on television and even in the gym of
        my Christian university, it unmasked the rule as
        being nonsense – and it undermined the authority of
        the rest of the rules given to me. Why didn’t they
        just teach me to avoid movies (along with books and
        songs) that would influence me toward evil?

    3. Read Genesis 3:4-5. What does Satan claim is the best
      reason for eating the fruit? (Eve would be “like God.”)

      1. Isn’t this exactly what God had in mind for Adam and
        Eve, that they would be like Him?

      2. Why didn’t Eve respond, “I’m already like God. I
        don’t need to disobey God to be like Him?” (Eve did
        not trust God.)

    4. Read Genesis 3:6. Why do you think Eve distrusted God?
      (Her senses told her there was nothing wrong with this
      fruit. It looked good. Then she touched it and nothing bad
      happened. Then she believed Satan that she would gain

      1. Consider this from God’s point of view. What has Eve
        just done? (Eve decided that God lied. God withheld
        something good from her. Eve believed this talking
        snake instead of her Friend and Creator!)

      2. How many times when it comes to sin do we disbelieve
        God and trust instead on our limited ability to judge
        the truth?

        1. Consider three truths that come out of the
          creation event: creation, marriage and the
          Sabbath. How many people accept evolution based
          on limited truth? How many people accept same-sex marriage, or serial marriage, based on
          their view of fairness? How many people worship
          on Sunday based on the practice of the
          majority? (All three of these are original,
          fundamental doctrines found in the creation
          account, and all are under strong attack.)

  3. The Dreadful Result

    1. Read Genesis 3:9-12. Who does Adam blame for his decision
      to disobey God? (Ultimately, he blames God. God put Eve in
      the garden with him.)

      1. What does that teach us about the sin problem in our
        lives? (We resist taking personal responsibility for

        1. Have you ever heard someone say with regard to
          sin: “God made me that way?” “That is just the
          way I’ve always been?” “My parents did it that
          way?” Are these attempts to avoid personal
          responsibility for our sins?

    2. Read Genesis 3:17-19. What has happened to the dominion
      that God gave humans over the earth? (Their dominion has
      certainly decreased. Now the earth resists their work.)

    3. Read Genesis 3:16. What has happened to Eve? (Once again,
      the God-like authority of humans has decreased. They will
      still have the power to create life, but it will now be a
      painful experience.)

      1. Is the penalty of the husband ruling mere nonsense?

      2. Is it logically connected to Eve’s sin? (Yes. Eve
        wanted to become more like God. Just as human
        dominion over the earth is reduced, and human power
        to create life is reduced, so Eve’s God-like
        authority is reduced.)

        1. Is this fair? (If you answer, “No, this is not
          fair and I will resist it,” isn’t that the
          problem with Eve’s original sin – she
          disbelieved God’s judgment?)

    4. Read Genesis 3:14-15. Recall from our study last week that
      Satan has been hurled down from heaven. He now has won the
      allegiance of humans by getting them to sin. What does God
      tell Satan will be the outcome of the controversy between
      good and evil that has now come to planet earth? (Humans
      will crush Satan’s head.)

      1. What do you understand that to mean? (When Jesus came
        to earth as a man, He defeated Satan. He won the war
        that would end in Satan’s destruction.)

    5. Friend, what about your life? Do you accept God’s rules as
      truth, and the best way to live? Or, do you rely on your
      limited view of what is truth and depend on it instead?
      The creation account shows the terrible result of
      disbelieving God and rejecting His rules. Why not ask the
      Holy Spirit, right now, to bring your attitude into accord
      with God’s truth?

  4. Next week: Global Rebellion and the Patriarchs.