Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:1-19.
In Genesis 2:15-17, God gave man three things: privilege, responsibility, and boundaries. How does this passage define each of these things?
In Genesis 3:1-8, how did the serpent, and then Eve, distort the commands of God found in Genesis 2:15-17?
The consequences of Adam and Eve’s choices are found in Genesis 3:9-19. How do we begin to see the connection between human choice and human suffering in those consequences?
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Consider ways in which you have experienced a measure of suffering due to choices in the past. What would you do differently? The same? Why?
Develop a strategy for making choices and decisions that seeks to incorporate the long view. How can you continually ask, “What are the long-term implications of this decision?”
Enter your thoughts into your personal journal.Final Thoughts
Related scripture passages to study:
Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
What choices do you face today that may affect your life, your work, your family, your friendships?
Read the Answers To Tough Questions article Why would God allow bad things to happen to “good” people?, from Questions.org.
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