Genesis Chapter Three Verses 1-3
Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. Without it, we can’t even begin to understand the darkness that blankets the earth. With it, we can catch a glimpse of the light, which shines in the darkness. Have you seen the light?
God’s creation was originally “very good." He created man and woman in His image and gave them dominion over the physical world — all creatures were subject to them. Then one creature, “the serpent,” beguiled the woman (later named “Eve,”) with a trick question: Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?
Eve conceded that God had prohibited eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We do not know if God directly stated His prohibition to Eve or if Adam passed it along to her. Regardless, she distorted God’s Word. First, she added a prohibition that they were not even to touch the forbidden tree; second, she subtracted from the penalty (“you will die” is less forceful in Hebrew than God’s statement in Chp 2:17) that “you shall surely die”).
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