The Fall of Man


I can explain the Fall of Man 

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The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave the man this order: You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; when you eat from it you shall die.

Genesis 2:15-17

Discussion Questions

The Fall of Man

God planted the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the first place to give Adam and Eve a choice. They could either love God and follow His loving commands or not. But, in order for them to choose freely, there must be an actual choice; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been free to choose to love at all.

We sometimes think of the serpent in the story of the Fall of Man as a little “cute” snake. But the Hebrew word used for the serpent, nahash, paints a different picture. Nahash more accurately translates as “leviathan,” or a giant, ferocious sea monster type of creature. Think “Godzilla” rather than a cuddly little snake. This fact should change the way we think of the encounter between Adam and Eve and the “serpent,” who was really no serpent at all.

Activity 1: The Fall of Man

Assign each group member one of the characters from the story of the Fall of Man: Adam, Eve, God, or the serpent. Read the story of the Fall of Man in Genesis 3 and analyze the story to respond to the questions for each character. Share with the group your findings about your assigned character and assist each other on filling out the handout.

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