Genesis 3 – The Fall of Man

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 3 at

The third chapter in Genesis explains how we went from “good” to all the problems we face today. The human capacity for sin caused Eve to remove her sight from the generous provisions of God, focusing instead on that which God prohibited. Temptation is a strong force for our sinful nature to resist. We have a natural incline toward that which is forbidden. God’s love, however, is deeper than our sin and why after such disobedience by Adam and Eve God intended to reconcile us to Him.

The reconciliation to God could not happen with Adam and Eve staying in the garden. To eat from the Tree of Life, would have kept us from being redeemed and would have landed us in eternal punishment. To prevent this, God, in love, sent Adam and Eve out from the garden.

Lastly, Ch. 3 serves as a warning to the Israelites of old as Canaan is similar to Eden and would cause the people to be tempted to disobey. Moses recording the story of Adam and Eve is more than an overview of the roots of his people, it is a warning to trust and obey.

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis


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