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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager


Have you noticed how many “firsts” appear in the third chapter of Genesis?

1.    First appearance of Satan (3.1)

2.    First question (3.1)

3.    First attack on God’s Word (3.1…”Has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’”

4.    First addition to the Word of God (3.2-3) And the woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God said, ‘You shall not eat from it, and you shall not touch it, lest you die.’”

5.    First lie (3.4) And the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die!”

6.    First attack on the character of God (3.5) “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.”

7.    Tragically, first sin (3.6) “Then 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, so she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” (which is also the first incident of a husband not protecting his wife)

8.    First mention of clothing (3.7)

9.    First excuse (3.12) “…’the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave to me from the tree, and I ate.’”

10. Second excuse (3.13) “…And the woman said, ‘ The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”

11. First curse from God (3.14)

12. First hint at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (3.14-15)

13. Second curse (3.17)

By the way, regarding #4 above…Eve was not there when God communicated about the tree to Adam. So it is possible that Adam, in telling Eve of the conversation, himself added the “touch” thing, either out of stupidity or in a vain attempt to make Eve even more afraid of the tree.

Also by the way, regarding #7…It is interesting to compare the three reasons Eve decided to eat the fruit with the list in First John 2.16.

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