Sermon on Adam and Eve
Date written: January 23rd, 2003
Scripture ref: Genesis 3:20
TITLE: Lessons from the Life of Adam and Eve
PROPOSITION: In this study we will observe some lessons from the life of Adam and Eve. 1) God is our creator. 2) God’s commands are for our benefit. 3) Satan is our enemy. 4) Sin separates man from God.
OBJECTIVES: Each listener should be able to apply these lessons from the account of Adam and Eve in Genesis 1-3.
AIM: To review the first three chapters of the Bible specifically as applies to man and to learn not to repeat the mistakes that were made by Adam and Eve.
1. Read: Genesis 3:20
2. About the Text:
1) Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created by God.
2) They lived in the Garden of Eden, a paradise created for them by God.
3) God made Adam and Eve perfect, but with the ability to choose freely.
4) They had everything they needed until Satan came to destroy it all.
5) Eve was tempted and violated the one prohibition that God gave them.
6) As a result, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.
3. About us.
1) The story of Adam and Eve is our story as well.
2) When we are born, we are perfect.
3) But Satan’s influence causes us to sin.
4) The lessons we learn from Adam and Eve are lessons we can directly apply to our lives today.
4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.
I. God is our creator.
1. God created both Adam and Eve. Genesis1:27
1) He created Adam out of the dust of the earth. Genesis2:7
2) Eve he created from one of Adam’s ribs. Genesis2:21, 22
3) He put them in a perfect habitation. Genesis2:8, 9
a. He gave them plenty of food to eat.
b. He gave them beautiful surroundings.
4) He gave them personal companionship. Genesis2:18
5) He gave them His own fellowship. Genesis3:8
2. Being our creator means so much more than our manufacturer.
1) God is not an engineer, but an artist.
2) He sustains. Colossians1:17 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
3) He provides. Acts 17:24-26 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
4) He nourishes. Acts 14:17 ” Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
3. He knows what is best for us.
1) He knows what is good for us.
2) He knows what is bad for us.
II. God’s commands are for our benefit.
1. God gave some commands to Adam and Eve.
1) Genesis 2:15-17 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
2) Eve knew of this command as well. Genesis 3:2, 3 “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
3) The command not to eat of the tree was not there to hurt Adam and Eve or to take something away from them out of a malicious spirit.
4) The command was there for their benefit and protection.
5) As long as they were obedient to this command, they enjoyed the fellowship of God.
2. Obedience to God’s commands brings life and fellowship.
1) John writes regarding God’s commands, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3). Burdensome, troubling, too difficult to accomplish.
2) Obedience to God’s commands brings salvation. Hebrews 5:8, 9 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
3) Our obedience to God’s commands allows us to enjoy the fellowship of God as well. 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
3. Disobedience to God’s commands brings death and separation.
1) Disobedience to God’s commands brings grievous burdens. The life of the prodigal son illustrates this. Luke 15:16 “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”
2) Disobedience will cause one to lose one’s soul forever. Hebrews 2:2, 3a “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…?”
3) Those who are disobedient to not garner God’s fellowship, but God’s anger. Ephesians 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
III. Satan is our Enemy
1. Satan lies.
1) God said, “thou shalt surely die.”
2) Satan said, “thou shalt not die.”
3) He is the father of lies. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
2. He may appear friendly.
1) 2 Corinthians11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
2) He did not come to Eve as an enemy, but as a friend, desiring her to be wise.
3) He did not come to tempt Jesus as an enemy, but as one who was allegedly looking out for Jesus’ welfare. (Eat Bread, Angels will save you, Give all the kingdoms to you.)
3. He may even use the truth for his own devices.
1) Satan quoted scripture to Jesus in Matthew 4:6–Give angels charge concerning thee. Psalm 91:11, 12.
2) Rat poison illustration.
4. Be warned that he is our enemy.
1) He is our adversary/enemy. 1 Peter 5:8, 9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
2) We are to take up the whole armor of God and battle against him. Ephesians 6:11 ” Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
3) We are to resist him. James 4 7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
IV. Sin separates man from God.
1. The result of Adam and Eve’s sin was separation from God.
2. Sin does not bring any of the things that Satan says it will bring.
1) Sin does not bring lasting joy. Hebrews 11:25 “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season”
2) Sin does not bring wisdom; it is foolishness.
a. Proverbs 14:9 “Fools make a mock at sin:”
b. Proverbs 24:9 “The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.”
3) Sin does not bring honor, but reproach. Proverbs 14:34 ” Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
4) Sin does not bring true love. 1 John 3:10 ” In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
3. Sin brings death. Romans 6:23
4. Sin brings sorrow. Psalm 32:10 “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.”
5. Sin indicates that you are of the devil. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8).
1. Let us learn the lessons of Adam and Eve.
1) God is our creator.
2) God’s commands are for our benefit.
3) Satan is our enemy.
4) Sin only leads to separation from God.
1) If you are a Christian but have fallen away
a. Do you hear the lessons of Adam and Eve today?
b. God’s commands are for your benefit. Why do you spurn them this hour.
2) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .
a. You stand separated from God.
b. You need to be reconciled to Him today.
c. Heed the plan that it has for man’s salvation today!
a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”
b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”
c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).
d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).
e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).