The Book of Genesis Chapter One

Genesis 1:1 -- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 3 Commentary of the Bible

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The Enticement Of Evil  ( Genesis 3:1-6 )  Daily Devotion

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made (Genesis 3:1a).

The Enticement of Evil  ( Genesis 3:1-5 )  Sunday Message

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We come to Chapter 3 of Genesis with a heightened sense of anticipation. In many ways this is the most important piece of information ever conveyed to man. Here is the ultimate explanation for the tensions this morning among the nations over the Korean incident, or the war in Vietnam. Here we have the answer to the eternal "Why" that arises in our hearts in times of tragedy or sorrow. Here is the explanation for over a hundred centuries of human heartache, misery, torture, blood, sweat, and tears.

The Heart of Temptation  ( Genesis 3:6 )  Sunday Message

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In our present series on Understanding Man we have gone back to the very beginning, to the Garden of Eden, and there we are seeking to understand the mysterious power which we call temptation.

The Package Deal  ( Genesis 3:7-8 )  Daily Devotion

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves (Genesis 3:7).

The Package Deal  ( Genesis 3:7-13 )  Sunday Message

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Our task in this series of Genesis studies is to find clues to the greatest mystery novel that has ever been written -- the story of man. We are seeking to understand ourselves, both as men and women "in Adam," and also as the new men and women we have become if we are "in Christ." But we must begin with the first Adam because what he was we are. As one German writer put it, "I am delving into Adam in order to unriddle him, and myself."

The Beginning of Prayer  ( Genesis 3:8-13 )  Sunday Message

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This morning I want to begin with you a series on the subject of prayer, taking the development of this series largely from Old Testament truth and teaching about prayer. Our method is still going to be expositional -- understanding what each passage says -- but it will be centered around this theme of prayer.

The Beginning of Prayer  ( Genesis 3:8-13 )  Daily Devotion

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, Where are you? Gen. 3:8-9

Where Are You?  ( Genesis 3:8-9 )  Daily Devotion

But the Lord God called to the man, Where are you? (Genesis 3:9).

God at Work  ( Genesis 3:8-21 )  Sunday Message

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It always strikes me as strange that anyone can deny the reality of the story of the Fall of man, especially when the very man who denies it is himself repeating it, perhaps dozens of times a day. As we have discovered already, temptation follows the same pattern with us that it did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Always there is first the arousing of desire; then the mind, seizing upon that desire, rationalizes it to make it seem reasonable, proper, and profitable. Then the will acts -- and immediately confusion, guilt, blame, and a sense of limitation follow without fail.

Repentance  ( Genesis 3:10-13 )  Daily Devotion

Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? The man said, The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done? (Genesis 3:11b-13).

The Devil's Burden  ( Genesis 3:14-15 )  Sunday Message

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In our present series in Genesis 3, we have come to one of the most encouraging passages in all the Scriptures. It is the word of God to the Devil, after the Fall of man. It is a word for those times when we feel that the cause of righteousness is absolutely hopeless. Who of us has not experienced times like that? There are thousands of Christians today who are privately reflecting the philosophy in the limerick we often quote,

The Devil's Burden  ( Genesis 3:14-15 )  Daily Devotion

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel (Genesis 3:15).

This is one of the most remarkable verses in the Bible. The early church fathers called it the Protevangelium, which means the first preaching of the gospel. It is the clearest promise of the coming of a Redeemer. There are several unusual features about this remarkable verse that reveal the divine hand.

Love's Disciplines  ( Genesis 3:16-19 )  Sunday Message

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In our previous studies in this series we have seen that the matter of pain, toil, subjection, and death are the inevitable consequences of human disobedience to God. They were in the beginning, they are yet today. These are what the Bible speaks of as "death," in its widest and largest sense. When Romans 6:23 says "the wages of sin is death," it is not talking about a corpse; it is talking about this kind of death, the sense of pain, sorrow, toil, and subjection.

Cursed Be The Ground  ( Genesis 3:16-19 )  Daily Devotion

Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it (Genesis 3:17b).

We must struggle so hard to make a living because the ground has been cursed. Man is reduced to unending toil and sorrow. Work is not the curse given to humans. It is toil that is the curse. If you do not have work to do, you are of all people most miserable. Work is a blessing from God; but hard, grinding, toiling work is the result of the fall. It is sweat, anxiety, and pressure coming constantly upon us to create the endless rat race of life.

God At Work  ( Genesis 3:20-24 )  Daily Devotion

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).

Exit From Eden  ( Genesis 3:20-24 )  Sunday Message

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In our present series on Understanding Man we have been attempting to discover the principles of true psychology and true anthropology, i.e., the study of man. It is by these biblical principles that all secular studies ultimately must be measured, for here is the revelation of things as they really are with respect to mankind. Also, counseling on problems which may arise in marriage or in the home must ultimately be governed by the principles found in this passage.