2 The fall

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 3:9.

Why should we try to listen to God and live his way?

Are there times when you find it hard to obey God and live his way?

What happens if we do not obey God?

 

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The story so far…

The first people, Adam and Eve, had a beautiful place in which to live, all the food they needed and good company. But God didn’t want human beings to be like robots, so he gave them free will. They could choose to obey him or disobey.

Now read Genesis 3:1–13 together.

 

What happened next…

Adam and Eve tried to make excuses for what they had done but they had both chosen to do wrong. Their friendship with God was ruined. They had to leave their paradise garden. And that’s how sin came into our world.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 12 together.

 

Did you know…?

Fruit Genesis does not tell us what sort of fruit it was that Adam and Eve ate, just that it was on a tree and that the man was told not to eat it.

Tree of the knowledge of good and evil  God told the man not to eat fruit from one tree. Up to this point, Adam and Eve had never known evil. A snake tricked them into doubting what God said and they chose to disobey God.

Disobeying God When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they disobeyed God. This was the first ‘sin’ and it meant that they could no longer be friends with God in the same way as before.

 

Try it out

God was speaking to Adam and Eve but they did not take notice of his words. God speaks to us in all sorts of ways, including through the words written down in the Bible. So, what does the Bible mean to you?

Why not do a survey of people you know and ask them this question?

Before you ask others, ask yourself the same question, work out your answer and say it out loud. Ask your Bible Coach to help you, if necessary, but make it your answer. That way you’ll be ready if the people you ask turn to you and say “Well, what does the Bible mean to you?”

Now you’re ready! Ask people you know, such as your school teacher, your parents, your neighbour and your church group leader. You might like to record their answers.

Keep a note of your own answer to the question. Later in the Big Bible Challenge, you will be reminded to ask yourself the question again and see if your ideas have changed.

 

Talk to God

Do you sometimes find it hard to do the right thing? Ask God to help you live the way he wants you to live.

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