Turn with me to Genesis 3, and today we’re going to begin looking through the first 19 verses of Genesis 3. The title of the message is:  Sin – Trick or Treat? Last week, we watched sin enter into the Garden with the serpent, and we spent some time focused on our study of him. This week, we’re going to cue in on the two who are made in the image and the likeness of God, and their response to temptation. We will observe 1) Sin’s Attraction, and we’ll begin to look at 2) The Results of Sin. We will see from Genesis 3 the attraction sin can have and the results it brings, so that we will learn from the examples of our first parents, and hopefully protect ourselves. So please stand with me as we read through the first 19 verses of this chapter:

Genesis 3:1-19

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;

15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

16 To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,
and have eaten from the tree
about which I commanded you,
saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
all the days of your life.

18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;

19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:1-19

Father, help us be those this morning that will tremble at Your word, Father, whose hearts will be opened to Your word, and Father, that lives will be transformed by Your word. Amen.

1) Sin’s Attraction:

First we see that there is an attraction to sin. We notice first of all that there is an enticement, and the enticement may be strengthened by somebody holding out this temptation toward us. The original sin that came through an enticement can still be an enticement today. A temptation is a temptation because there’s something alluring about it, something that makes it appealing. Notice that the enticement comes in a perfect environment. In the Garden, except for the crafty serpent and the Tree of Knowledge, everything else is good, and perfect, and helpful for Adam and Eve. There are no drugs. There is no crime. There’s no immorality. There are no false teachers. It was a perfect environment with fellowship with God.

Now listen. The Garden shows us that our environment cannot protect us from sin. We want to be safe. We must be cautious, and we are called to be wise, but thinking that if we have a perfect little world, and a perfect little home, and a perfect little church, and a perfect little society, it will keep us from sinning, is wrong. It’s foolish. Developing an isolated community will not keep sin out, because it’s already in your camp, because it’s in your heart.

Sin today is a little different than it was in the garden. Today, sin is in us. It’s in our heart. It’s in our makeup. Many, not all, who select a certain type of schooling for their children believe that that will help protect their children from sin. Some, not all, may not really understand and accept that sin is not primarily outside the home or in a certain school system, but it is in the heart. It’s in the home. The thought of some is that if I can control my environment, I can control sin. No, you might be able to propone the plane out of sin, but sin is still there. Many godly and well-intentioned parents have found this to be true in their children.

A book I’d recommend to you is When Good Kids Make Bad Choices, and the authors will say within the book that they understand that there are no good kids, but that’s what they titled it: When Good Kid Make Bad Choices. Part of the book reveals the struggles that these authors had. In thinking that their children were believers, they had this perfect little home where the kids could recite all this Bible stuff, and everything seemed to be peaceful and harmonious, until the kids left home and went to college, and really began to play out their depravity. Their hearts were broken when their children that they thought were solid believers went wayward. They were always wayward, but it’s just now they had an opportunity to display what was in their hearts.

My wife and I know a father and a mother who have homeschooled all their children, then sent them to Christian college, a Christian college that is very Biblical, and you would know if I mentioned it, and one of the children is an active homosexual today. We want to do the best we can to protect and train ourselves, and to train our children in the way of righteousness, but the environment is not the solution or necessarily the problem. The heart is where the real issue lies.

We see the Garden as a perfect place, and yet sin occurs. We see this in Genesis 4. Right after they’re kicked out of Eden, they have some kids, and Cain murders his brother. We see this when the Israelites are brought into the Promised Land and still they sin and they forget about God. We observe this when people grow up in horrible and even very sinful environments and become believers, and God saves them and faithfully, and uses them like He does with some of you today. Many of us grew up in homes that did not follow Christ, and yet we follow Christ today. Others grew up in Christian homes and do supposed Christian stuff, but do not follow God once they leave the nest. A good, Godly environment helps for sure, but it is no guarantee, and it can become a sense of false hope. The Garden of Eden proves this to be true. There was an enticement for Eve to sin even in this lovely environment. The serpent made her an appealing suggestion. He seeks to entice her. He gets her to question the goodness of God and what God really said, in Genesis 3:1.

Genesis 3:1 ~ “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

He questions if God really forbids the eating of every tree in the Garden, and she answers him, “We can eat from every tree, except from one,” and some commentators emphasize the point that in Chapter 3:3, Eve adds to what God says. Eve says in Verse 3, “…do not touch it,” but in Chapter 2:17 where God gives the command, He doesn’t say, “…do not touch it.” They say that Eve adds to God’s word that they should not eat it or touch it. They may have a valid point, but I do not believe Eve’s downfall was that she added to God’s word. Certainly we never want to add to God’s word, but I don’t think that’s necessarily what she was doing here. I think it was understood by the command, “Do not eat,” to do not touch. When God said, “Do not eat from it,” He was also saying, “Don’t play with it. Don’t spend any time near it.” The idea goes beyond not eating, to simply, “Don’t touch it.” When you tell your 3-year-old not to drink from the bleach bottle, you don’t say, “But you can go ahead and play with the bleach bottle. That’s all right.” The idea is not to drink it or mess with it, because it’s harmful.

What I do think may be significant about what Eve says is that she follows the serpent’s leading by referring to the Lord God as simply God (Elohim). We know from a previous study that Yahweh Elohim (Lord God) is used throughout Genesis 2, 3, and 4, but here I believe she’s beginning to share the opinion of the serpent in her view that God is just a faraway Creator and not the personal Lord. But the Lord God is a personal Lord who is ever-present, serving as a refuge for His people. He guides them, and leads them, and comforts them. He is omnipresent. He is the omniscient God who searches the hearts and tests the minds, able to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds (Jeremiah 17).

This tree that is forbidden is the Tree of Knowledge, and the serpent seeks to entice Eve by saying, “Surely you will not die if you eat from it. In fact, you will increase in wisdom and knowledge, and you will become like God.” Was that not Satan’s desire, to be like God? In Isaiah 14:14, he hoped to make himself like the Most High. That’s what he wanted for himself, and this becomes an enticement for Eve. Since we now live after the fall, we all have a sin nature. Sin lives in us, but in the Garden, Adam and Eve had no sin in them. Our temptations come from within, as it says in the book of James. Adam’s and Eve’s temptation comes from without. Eve is enticed through the smooth speech of the crafty serpent.

Who is missing in this dialogue? Who is not mentioned? Adam is not mentioned. Where is the male leadership? Some commentators do believe that Adam is there, but he’s just silent. Perhaps Adam was like many men today in the church who are passive in spiritually leading and protecting their wife, and thus their family. Adam will be enticed by his wife and helpmate. In Verse 6, she also gave to her husband with her and he ate. Why will Adam sin? Because it was not enough for him to be made in the image and likeness of God. It wasn’t enough just to have fellowship with God. He wanted more.

To summarize what Calvin said in his Institutes, “Ambition, pride, and ungratefulness rose up to cause Adam to spurn God’s bounty to him.” Now we all sin, because as Scripture teaches, we were with Adam in his sin. Sin is passed on through the seed of the man. That’s why Jesus was born of a virgin. All who are born naturally with the sperm of man are sinners from conception. That is why David lamented in Psalm 51:5, saying, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me.” He’s saying that since conception, he was a sinner. Thomas Adams, the Puritan, writes that Adam’s original sin “is the daughter of the first sin and the mother of all the rest.” The original sin is the daughter of the first, and the first sin was with Satan who wanted to be like God, and then temped Adam and Eve, and all other sins come from that. So now it is true what James says, that each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lusts. In the Garden and today, sin is enticing. Sin entices because it appears to be good and to be enjoyable. Sin has the appearance of delight. You see this in verse 6:

Genesis 3:6 ~ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate;

Sin can be alluring because it does have that appearance of delight, and the serpent gets Eve to focus on that. She begins to see it as an object of delight. It just simply looks good. The word for delight is the Hebrew word meaning desire, pleasant, and greed, which can go for a good object or a bad object. It is to have a physical appetite for something. Sin is tempting because it offers a fulfillment of an awakened appetite, whether a good appetite or a sinful appetite. Not all things that look good are good. Eve’s desire becomes covetousness, which is the tenth commandment. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:5 that evil desire and greed amounts to idolatry, which is what Eve wanted, right? She wanted the knowledge to be like God. Eve’s desire and greed for what is forbidden and being withheld is a very serious offense.

What did Adam and Eve lack? They lacked contentment. They lacked thankfulness. They became malcontent. Sin in the Garden and sin in your life is often first aroused with the eyes, which then leads to covetousness, which can lead to action. Jesus knows this to be true, and so He tells His disciples, “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out,” that is, to remove your eyes, remove that sinful delight and desire that will cause you to sin, and keep following Him. Adam and Eve sinned when they were tempted by what they saw. David was tempted when? When he was on the rooftop and he saw a woman that looked delightful. You get yourself into trouble when you watch or look at what you shouldn’t. And it’s not simply looking at things that perhaps are sexual. Maybe you’re looking at something in a magazine that has that boat in it, that house in it, that vacation spot that looks delightful, but leads you into sin, and covetousness, and being malcontent, and not being happy with what God has given you. Sin is alluring because it often is a delight to the eyes which leads to sinful action.

Notice the three progressive steps to sin in Genesis 6. She saw it, she took it, and then she gave it. She saw it was good, she took it, and then she gave some to her husband. Sin is enticing and some may want to share it with you. “Come on, just try it. It’s okay. It’s good.” Sin can look delightful, and sin becomes even more enticing when we have no thoughts about God. Sin becomes even more enticing when we have no thoughts about the Lord God. As Eve gets into what appears to be delightful and good, she is no longer thinking about God. Her focus and her thoughts are consumed with this temptation. Adam is not thinking about God and what God says when he takes it and bites. He is focused on his wife and what she’s offering him. No one is asking, “But what did God say about this?” Adam and Eve, and you and me, we often sin when our thoughts are not on God. We begin to think about something else, and focus on an object or an event. When God’s word is not recalled and meditated upon, sin becomes attractive, not ugly. When our mind is not on the goodness of God, things that are poisonous and deadly appear good and healthy.

That’s why Joshua was commanded to always be meditating on the word of God: This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous. Then you will have success.

Throughout the Psalms, we find the writers of the Psalms meditating on the Lord. David, in Psalm 63, talks of meditating on the Lord. In Psalm 119, he meditates on the Lord’s wonders, on His precepts, on His word. Does God fill your thoughts? Not just on Sunday morning and not just during your time of devotions in the morning, but throughout the day, is God in your thoughts? Do you continually give attention to Him and His revealed will, or is there some other desire, some other goal, some other ambition that begins to take center stage in your mind? If you’re like me, there is, and you’ve got to stop and think about what you’re thinking about and get focused. Having few or no thoughts about God in your day will leave you open to the allurement of sin and its appearance of delight.

Unlike Joshua in the Old Testament, many of us do not go to sleep at night meditating on the Lord, because we have just finished watching hours and hours of television or reading some carnal novel, and we’re not lying in our beds meditating upon the Lord. In Genesis 3, we find sin alluring when it is seen as a delight, and when we get our focus off of God. Some sins at times may appear attractive and desirable, but there will be consequences if we take hold of them, and that’s our second point this morning.

2) The Result of Sin:

Let’s begin reading in Verse 7:

Genesis 3:7 ~ Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

 What is the first result we see of sin? Man is hiding. Here he is hiding from God. Adam and Eve rebel against God’s command and they do have knowledge that they did not have before. They now realize that they are naked and they are ashamed. In Genesis 2:25, it says that they were naked and not ashamed, but now they realize they are naked and they cover themselves. They take some fig leaves and they cover their areas of their loins. They do not use animal skins, because at this point, there’s still no death. Animals have not been killed.

Now, after they sinned and they covered themselves, God is in the Garden and He calls out to Adam to give a response for what Adam has just done. God calls out to Adam with a question:  “Where are you?” You need to understand that this is a rhetorical question. God is everywhere and knows all things all the time continuously. The Lord asking Adam where he is, is like the father watching his son or daughter drawing on the wall in the house, and saying, “What are you doing?” In other words, “Give me a response over your action.” It’s a rhetorical question like in Verse 11.

Now, in the sequence of sin that just happened, Adam is the last to enter the picture. First there’s the serpent, then there’s Eve, and then there’s Adam. But when God wants an account for what happened, who does He address first? He addresses the man, Adam. Why? Because Adam is the head and Eve is his helper. Adam is the leader, just like we men today are leaders in our families. We are the pastors of our homes. Adam and Eve sinned and now they are hiding. They think they are hiding. They had just sinned and apparently are already forgetting about the omni-attributes of the Lord God.

Do you ever do that when you sin? Do you forget who God is and think that you can hide it from Him, or that in the process of doing it, do you think you are hiding from Him? We also note this question that God asks Adam is rhetorical, because Adam immediately answers. It’s not like he tries to stay hidden. “Where are you, Adam?” “I’m here trying to hide.”

Now, I want us to notice something here in Verse 8 and 9, that God is the Lord God, Yahweh Elohim. God is not a distant God as the serpent tried to say, and as Eve was thoughtlessly repeating, but He is the personal Lord of creation, and the Lord God is a Good Shepherd who looks for His lost and wandering sheep. Isn’t that a wonderful picture of God looking for His lost and wandering sheep? Adam and Eve just sinned and God’s calling out to them. He comes to seek and to save who? Those that are lost. Well, not only did they hide their bodies from one another, but they are seeking to hide from God.

People in sin do not seek God. They hide from Him. They want to avoid Him. They are like criminals hiding from the police. They do not want to be brought to justice. Adam and Eve illustrate what Paul says in Romans 3:11, that there is no sinner who seeks out God. Yet we have churches and their philosophy is seeker sensitive. But we know that the only seeker in the world is God who seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. There is only One who takes the initiative in this relationship between God and man, and it is God. God calls out and we freely respond. He calls out to us causing us to seek Him, and He allows us to find Him because ultimately it is God calling us, it is Him causing us to seek after Him, because remember He is the first cause of all things.

You seeking God was only because He acted in your heart to draw you to Himself. He is the first cause. People come to God irresistibly because He does draw them, or they don’t come at all. In the Old Testament, in 2 Chronicles 15 and Isaiah 65, we are told that God allows Himself to be sought after and to be found. God controls who looks for Him and who finds Him. All others are in hiding. Jesus said that no one can come to the Father unless the Father draws him:

John 6:44 ~ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.

None seek after God, because it says in Ephesians 2 that we are dead in our sins, we are sons of disobedience, we are children of wrath, and we don’t want God. We’re hiding. The result of sin is that man hides from the Lord God. People try to hide by denying He exists. They hide by thinking, “Well, He’s just some distant, unconcerned deity. They hide through various forms of religion. Popular American Christianity is a way to acknowledge the existence of a God, based on superficial tribute to a historical guy named Jesus, and yet still try and hope to hide from Him. Like on Halloween, they dress up their speech and behavior, pretending to be worshipers when they’re not. As part of their disguise, they even call Him, “Lord, Lord.” Or they may attempt to hide by making excuses to not attend worship services when you invite them, seeking to avoid acknowledging God in their life at all.

All people without the grace of God in their life are like Adam and Eve hiding. Engaging in sin leads people to want to hide. Adam tried to hide. Eve tried to hide. Jonah tried to hide from the Lord God. You might try and hide, but you can’t. Psalm 139 says that there’s no place that you can go to escape God’s presence. He’s in the Garden. He’s in heaven. He’s in Sheol. He’s in the darkness. He is always with you. You can’t hide. Sinning and trying to hide from God is a useless, vain attempt that was invented in the Garden.

Salvation is all about God’s irresistible call to His people, calling us out from hiding, rescuing us from Himself and His judgment. If God has called you, you will no longer try to hide, but you will come out, you will confess your sins, and you will willingly seek to turn away from those sins that you are confessing are wrong. If you have ears to hear and are able to understand and apply the Scriptures, if you are convicted about your sins, it’s because of grace and God drawing you to Him. In the Garden, people sinned and they hid from God. Today, those without God’s grace still make an effort to try and hide.

What else do we see is a result of sin in Genesis 3? Well, in Verse 12 and 13, we find that there’s a new game that has started. It’s called the blame game in Verse 12:

Genesis 3:12 ~ The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Adam blames Eve. Eve blames the snake, saying, “You know, God? The serpent was just too crafty.” Neither one says, “I’m responsible.” Eve follows the snake, Adam follows Eve, and no one follows God, so that it’s everyone else’s fault. No one confesses and says, “I know what You said, but I chose to disobey.” God confronts all three that are involved in the crime against Him. It’s interesting that God does not give the serpent an opportunity to reply. God immediately announces a curse upon the serpent, as we studied last week. When Adam replies to God’s question about what happened, Adam may even be trying to blame God and God’s providence in his life in Verse 12. “God, that woman you gave me, yeah, she gave me that fruit we weren’t supposed to eat.” Maybe Adam is suggesting that, “God, if you wouldn’t have given me that woman, or if You would have given me a better helper, or a more godly helper, I wouldn’t have sinned.” And then in Eve’s response, she blames the deceitfulness of the serpent. “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”

Whatever the case, it appears that the sin in the Garden of Eden was somebody else’s fault, and we hear it today. At least some time in our life, perhaps if not even this week, we’ve made the same appeal. “It wasn’t my fault.” We blame others. We blame it on being tired or having a bad day. We blame it on our hormones. We blame it on a chemical imbalance. It’s someone other something else’s fault. “I’m not responsible for my actions.” We’re just following what our first parents did. We think we’re not going to be accountable for our failures, but we are.

Another reason why we need grace, grace to forgive us, grace to strengthen us, is so that we will take responsibility for our actions, and then we need grace to do what is right. Sin causes people to make an effort to hide from God, and we make it sound like our sins are not our fault, as if it was beyond our control, and others or other things are to blame. “I’m a victim to my sin.”

We also notice here that there are painful family relationships or pain in one’s role because of sin. We see this in Verses 16 through 19. Not only is one’s relationship with his or her Creator broken, but relationships within the family are in turmoil and there’s pain. Notice what the women will go through in Verse 16. “God will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth and in pain you will bring forth children, yet your desire will be for your husband.” She now has pain through childbirth, and she will seek to rule over her husband. The word for desire in Verse 16 is the same word used in Genesis 4:7 when God is talking to Cain and says that sin is crouching at the door. In other words, “Sin is waiting to attack you, and to oppress you, and to rule over you.”

The word rule carries the idea of conquering, ruling to oppose her husband. Part of her punishment and the consequence of her sin is that she will try to overtake and rule the man. If you have an English Standard Version, in the margin of your Bible it will say there in that verse that she is against her husband. As Wayne Grudam says, “The roles become distorted.” The woman will try to take over. Perhaps the man may even begin to take on the feminine role. The woman will have pain at childbirth, but in some cases, at the end of Verse 16, the man will seek to act as an ungodly boss, ruling over her in an ungodly fashion. “He will rule over you.” Now, here’s going to be some conflict when the woman wants to be in charge and the man’s trying to rule over her in an ungodly fashion. There are going to be some sparks there.

Rule in Genesis 3:16 is a word to speak of ruling by power and force. It’s like the political leader Joseph who was a ruler in Egypt, or like King Solomon ruling over kingdoms that were conquered. Negatively, it describes the oppressive leaders that caused the people to suffer in Nehemiah 9. Here in Genesis 3:16, it is used in a negative sense. The rule is not the selfless love that a man is to have for his wife, like Christ has for the church, but it is selfish, perhaps harsh. Because Adam listened to his wife and not God, now his work will become toilsome. It will be a pain. Adam was always to work as he cultivated and kept the Garden, but now the land will produce weeds and thorns, and work is going to become difficult. It’s going to become frustrating at times. The wife will have her pains in childbirth. The man will have pains in providing for his family. Man is to toil all his days by the sweat of his brow to provide food for him and his family. This is Verses 17 through 19.

Genesis 3:17-19 does not mention any new roles that they will take on. There are no new roles, but there will be conflicts and there will be pain. The family now leans toward distortion, and so we seek to have a Biblical family and it takes work. There are consequences, but you notice as we read through this that there is not a curse put on the man or the woman. There is no curse put on them. The serpent is cursed in Verse 14. In Verse 17, the land is cursed because of what Adam did, but Adam and Eve, who are made in the image and likeness of God, are not cursed. They are still the Lord’s prized creation. He will work to restore the relationship that they broke.

There are consequences, but there is hope. Man is punished because he listened to his wife and not God. He ate from the forbidden tree, but God will send the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, and whoever eats of Him, that is whoever follows Him as a loyal subject will not die. Man’s body will return to dust, as it says in Verse 19, but his spirit will immediately be in the presence of the Lord, as it says in 2 Corinthians 5. The land is cursed, but God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth with a New Jerusalem, where God will once again dwell in perfect harmony with people. There is hope, as we see, even from the Garden. Man is not cursed at this point.

Sin can be enticing. It can appear attractive and delightful, but sin and disobedience bring painful results and consequences. Thomas Brooks had this to say:

“Sin is of a very deceitful and bewitching nature. It will kiss the soul and look enticing to the soul, and yet betray the soul forever. It will with Delilah smile upon us, that it may betray us into the hands of the devil, as she did Samson into the hands of the Philistines. Tell the bewitched soul that sin is a viper that will certainly kill, that sin often kills secretly and sensibly, eternally, yet the bewitched soul cannot and will not cease from sin. A man bewitched with sin would rather lose God, Christ, heaven, and his own soul than part with his sin. Oh, therefore, forever take heed of playing with or nibbling at Satan’s golden baits.”

Sin is a trick, not a treat. Obedience to God is the way to have treats. Next week, we’re going to continue our study in Genesis 3, if God wills. Let’s pray…

Father, we thank You for the word that You’ve given us today, and Father, I pray that You would be with us, Lord, and that You would work in our hearts, and our lives, and our minds, Lord, that we would not look upon sin and desire it, and see it as delightful, but Lord, that we would remember the consequences that come with it, Father, that we would keep our thoughts filled up with You, Lord, so that we would not be enticed to sin.

 Father, when there are times that we do sin, where we rebel against You, Father, that we would have the courage and the grace to confess that we just simply disobeyed You, and take responsibility for our own sin and not blame everyone else, or something else for what we did. Father, I pray that we would come to You confessing our sin, and that You would grant us repentance.  Father, I pray that You would watch over us and protect us, and we thank You for Your love and Your mercy, Amen.

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