“Hide and Seek”
The Bible records the first ever case of Hide and Seek AND it has implications for every single one of us.
1. The Players
Genesis 3:1-5 NKJVNow the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Three of God's created beings:
Adam, Eve, and Satan
Revelation 12:9 NKJVSo the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJVBut I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Disguising his real intentions, the serpent sought to…
- Cast Doubt
- Create Discontentment
2. The Temptation
Genesis 3:6 NKJVSo when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Three sources of temptation:
- The World (People at large who do not acknowledge God's authority)
- The Flesh (The physical pull within us to satisfy physical desires via immoral means.)
- The Devil (A created being/angel who seeks to rob God of His glory by deceiving people and blinding them to God's goodness and salvation)
Three avenues of temptation:
- Lust of the flesh = Satisfying physical desires via sinful means
- Lust of the eyes = Pursuing what is visually appealing, even though it is immoral
- Pride of Life = Seeking to ignore or disregard God's known will and moral laws
3. The Turmoil
Genesis 3:7-13 NKJVThen the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." 11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" 12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Adam & Eve's response included…
- Blame shifting
God's actions involved...
- Responding, not reacting
- Questioning, not lecturing
“Where are you?” = How are you?
4. The Fallout
Genesis 3:14-24 NKJVSo the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmityBetween you and the woman,And between your seed and her Seed;He shall bruise your head,And you shall bruise His heel." 16 To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." 17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return." 20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Out of love God both covered Adam and Eve (vs. 21) and removed them (vs.24).
- He covered them so as to avoid living in shame.
- He removed them least they eat of the tree of life and live in a fallen state forever.
God's Redemption Plan is found in Genesis 3:15.
Genesis 3:15 NKJVAnd I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
Proto-Evangelium is a compound Greek word, protos meaning "first" and evangelion meaning "good news" or "gospel". This is referred to as the first mention of the good news of salvation in the Bible.
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Luke 23:11 NKJVThen Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
Jesus took our robe of shame, so we can wear His robe of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJVFor He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Questions For Kids
- Have you ever hid after doing something bad/wrong? If yes, why did you? Did it help?
- What kind of fruit/vegetable do you think grew on the forbidden tree?
- What is one thing you really want to do, but know God doesn't want you to?
- Why did God give them tunics/skins to wear if they already had fig leaves?
- Jesus came and died for all our sins. Have you asked for His forgiveness and to be made His precious son/daughter?
Questions For Adults
- Why do you think God even gave Adam and Eve a choice?
- Of the 3 areas of temptation (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life) which one do you struggle with the most? What lies are you tempted to believe to justify giving in?
- Who have you wrongly blamed for your past moral failures?
- How would you explain Gen. 3:15 to someone else?
- For parents: In what ways did God exercise restraint and show kindness to Adam and Eve? In what ways can you adopt His approach when dealing with your own kid and their failures?
Please send Pastor Woody any questions you need help answering for yourself or your kids: firstname.lastname@example.org