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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” As the crowing act of His creation, “God created man in his own image.” God put the Man and the Woman He had created in the Garden of Eden to care for it and make it their home. He gave them every tree of this bountiful garden for food, except for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden. God said that if they ate of that fruit, they would die. (Genesis 1-2)

The Tempter came to the Woman as a serpent and persuaded her God was unfair in keeping her from this beautiful fruit. “She took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.” They immediately became ashamed of themselves and afraid of God.

Note: Eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is not what let them first know there was a difference between right and wrong. They already knew it was wrong to eat fruit from that tree. Rather, the serpent tempted Eve, the Woman, to eat by promising her the fruit would make her wise like God “to know good and evil.” That is, she would be able to determine right and wrong for herself without having to listen to God for that.

Because of this first sin, the Man and the Woman were sent out of the beautiful garden away from the Tree of Life also found there. The Woman was made to serve her husband. The Man was forced to earn his bread by the sweat of his face. They were banished from the presence of God for they had sinned. The first sin was the beginning of all evil on earth. Yet, at the very moment they sinned and were separated from God, God also made the first promise of the coming Savior who would one day crush the head of the serpent.

To the serpent God said: I willl put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will sstrike his heel. (Genesis 3)

From here to the last book of the Bible there is a story of struggle between good and evil, between the promises of the serpent and the promise of God. In Revelation 12:3 we see “an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.” A few verses later, we see that this dragon is  “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray” (verse 9).

This struggle is the story of the Bible. In this series we will look at key events in this struggle. The Devil by his lies seeks to draw people away from God – but God is faithful to His promises, and especially to this first promise He made to the serpent – that one day He who is the offspring of the Woman will crush the head of the serpent.

NEXT: Part 2 – The Growth of Sin in the Earth


2 Responses

  1. Good stuff, Jerry! How many posts will this require?

    • Jon,
      Thanks for the kind words. I do not know yet how many posts will be involved – but it will be quite a few. Almost 30 years ago I wrote a brief “Simplified Story of the Bible” as a study guide for a new convert. I published this privately in a small book (c. 75 pages). This series will largely come from that little volume, somewhat modified and expanded.

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