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    LESSON 1

    Adam - Part I

Scripture References

; Genesis Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Meaning of the Name

; Adam means "earth."

The Creation of Man

    ; God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days, the last thing He made was man.

    ; Adam was not born of earthly parents like us. He was made by God out of the dust (a lump

    of soil) of the earth as a full-grown man, not a tiny baby, and God breathed into his nostrils

    the breath of life and he became a living being (Gen. 2:7). He was the first man on earth, the

    first human son of God (see Lk. 3:38), created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-

    27)

    ; Note: We lost our sonship because of Adam's fall, but restored through the redemptive work

    of Jesus, the second Adam.

    * Note: God is a Spirit without physical body like ours. "Image" means "representation of God." "Likeness" means the "character or model of God." Here means that Adam was made in the moral and spiritual image of God, a free rational being, possessing something of God's knowledge, righteousness and true holiness before the fall.

Man's Three-fold Nature (Genesis 2:7; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12)

; Man is a creation of God who possesses a three-fold nature:

    1. Spirit - The dimension of man which deals with the spiritual realm, the part of man

    that knows God.

    2. Soul - The dimension of man which deals with the mental realm, man's intellect, the

    sensibilities, feelings, emotions and will. The part that reasons and thinks.

    3. Body - The dimension of man which deals with physical realm, the house in which

    we live.

    ; Man's soul together with his spirit makes him an immortal spiritual being. That is why the

    Bible teaches that man has an immortal soul!

    ; Animal has a soul and a body, but not spirit because God only granted the "breath of life"

    (the spirit) to man. Animals have souls because they have limited reasoning faculties which

    are of the soul. Animals also have affection, and this too is a part of soul.

    ; All plants and vegetation have a body only, because they do not have feelings or emotions,

    nor can they think.

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The First Home in Paradise

    ; God told him to be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the earth; and made him master of the

    fish and birds and all the animals (Gen. 1:28).

; Note: man was a vegetarian until after the flood (Gen 1:29; 9:3-6).

    ; The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for

    him (Gen. 2:18).

    ; And the Lord caused the man fall into a deep sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up

    the place from which He had removed it, and made the rib into a woman, and gave the

    woman to Adam as his wife - this must be a very beautiful wedding in that Garden of Eden,

    the most beautiful place that ever existed; with birds singing, angels watching, God united

    them in holy marriage. And that was the first human home on earth (Gen. 2:21-25).

    ; The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Gen. 3:20).

Man's Duty and Limit (Gen. 2:15-17)

; Man was to till the earth and keep it.

; Man was to obey God, or he would die.

    ; Man was given full permission of freedom in the garden with one simple, but significant

    limitation, that he was not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

What Have We Learned Today?

    1. God is the Maker of all, everything that is in the heavens and on earth.

    2. He made the first man, and all human life derives from Adam and Eve. All people in the

    world are supposed to be of one family under God.

    Memory Bible Verse: Genesis 1:27, "And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

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    Assignment for Lesson 1

    Adam - Part I

Scripture Readings: Genesis Chapters 1, 2 and 3

    1. Who was Adam? Who created Adam? How was he created? (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:4-9; 15-

    17)

    2. What made Adam unique, different from animals, since both man and animals were formed

    out of earth of the ground? (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7,19)

    3. What does it mean when God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness..."? What

    was the significance of God's breathing into man's nostrils the breath of life? (Genesis 1:26-

    27; 2:7)

     Note: In Genesis 1:26, God uses the words "us" and "our" to reveal His Trinity, three Persons

    in one Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, not three Gods, but one God in

    three Persons (cf. Matthew 28:19). We must accept this Biblical doctrine by faith!

    4. What duty and limit did God place on man in the Garden of Eden? (Genesis 2:15-17)

    Memory Bible Verse: Genesis 1:27,”So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

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    LESSON 2

    Adam - Part II

Scripture References

; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:21-22

The Temptation and Fall

    ; In Gen. 3:1, serpent was used as a pictorial and symbolic reference to Satan.

    ; Satan, the fallen evil angel, the adversary of God and His people and all that is good, made Eve

    doubt about God's word, "Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the

    garden?” The woman answered,, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, but God told

    us, „You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of garden, the tree of the

    knowledge of good and evil. You must not even touch it, or you will die.‟” Then Satan made

    Eve defy God and listen to his big lie by saying, "You will not surely die. For God knows that

    when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil"

    (Gen. 3:2-5).

    ; Thus, Satan incited the woman to unbelief and eventually led her to disobedience and rebellion.

    She took of its fruit and ate; and also gave some to Adam to eat.(Gen. 3:6).

    ; After Eve and Adam had eaten the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened and they suddenly

    became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed, so they sewed fig leaves together and

    made themselves aprons, trying to cover their sin and shame; then they hid themselves, for they

    were afraid to see God (Gen. 3:7 -8).

    ; And God came and called to the man, "Where are you, Adam?" God already knew what

    happened; with a sad heart He was patiently and graciously seeking a lost man and his wife

    (Gen. 3:9-13).

    ; Ever since then, God has been trying to seek and save lost sinners (Lk. 19:10).

The Judgment of God

; After the fall of Adam, God pronounced judgment upon the offenders:

    (1) The serpent, the devil, was cursed; (2) the condition of womanhood was changed in two

    respects: (a) multiplied pain in childbirth and (b) a status of subjection to her husband; (3) the

    ground was cursed to produce thorns and thistles; (4) man was to earn his living by the sweat of

    his brow; (5) physical death was to be the lot of all human beings; (6) man became separated

    from God, for the Lord drove the man out of the Garden of Eden; henceforth, sorrow, hardship,

    toil and death have become man's portion.

    ; Note: Genesis 3:24, "... God placed cherubim... to guard the way to the tree of life." Cherubim

    (plural of cherub) are winged creatures of some heavenly angelic order. They act as guardian

    for God and His interests (cf. Ex. 25:18-22; I Samuel 4:4; II Kings 19:15).

The Promise of A Savior

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    ; In the midst of His wrath, God remembered mercy. The Lord graciously promised mankind a

    Redeemer and Savior. In Gen. 3:15, God said to the serpent, the devil, "And I will put enmity

    between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He (the promised

    Redeemer and Savior) shall crush and tread your head under foot, and you will lie in wait and

    bite His heel."

    ; Note: this is the first promise of a Savior, picturing Christ's victory over Satan by dying on the

    cross to redeem us from sin - "He shall crush your head and you (the devil) will bite His heel."

    ; After this, God made garments of skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them (Gen. 3:21).

    Here were two goats or lambs killed and sacrificed; they died and shed their blood for Adam

    and Eve; and their skins were made garments, instead of the tattered aprons made of fig leaves,

    to cover our first parents' guilt and shame. And years later, God's Son Jesus Christ, the Lamb of

    God, came and died and shed His precious blood for us, to wash and cleanse us from sin and

    guilt. What a wonderful and gracious Savior we have in Jesus Christ!

Death through Adam, Life through Christ

    ; When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so

    everything began to grow old and die, for all have sinned. So Adam brought death to many

    through his sin (Romans 5:12).

    ; But Jesus Christ Who became a man, brought forgiveness and eternal life to many through His

    redemptive work on the cross. What a contrast between Adam and Christ!

; Adam died at the age of 930 (Gen. 5:5).

What Have We Learned Today?

    1. Obedience to God brings life and blessing; rebellion against God and disbelief in His word lead

    to destruction and death.

    2. Yield not to temptation, resist the devil. Look ever to Jesus, He'll carry you through.

    Memory Bible Verse: I Corinthians 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

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    Assignment for Lesson 2

    Adam - Part II

Scripture Readings: Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:21-22

    1. Who was Eve? How was she made? Why was she made? (Genesis 2:18-24)

    2. How did Adam fall into sin? (Genesis 3:1-7) How did sin enter the world? (Genesis 3:1-

    24; Romans 5:12-14)

    3. How did the serpent, the devil, tempt Eve into sin? (Genesis 3:1-6)

     Note: the serpent was used by the devil as his instrument to tempt Eve.

    4. What was the result of our first parents' yielding to temptation? (Genesis 3:7-24)

    Memory Bible Verse: I Corinthians 15:22 , “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all be made alive.”

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    LESSON 3

    Eve Part I

Scripture References

    ; Genesis 2:18-25; 3:1-24; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:21-23

The First Woman to Live Upon the Earth

    ; Eve was the first woman, formed by God out of Adam. In Gen. 2:18-22, God said, "It is not

    good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs... So

    the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up

    the place from which He had removed it, and made the rib into a woman, and brought her to

    the man."

    ; Adam was directly created by God out of the dust of the earth, but Eve was fashioned out of

    a bone taken from Adam's side. It is noteworthy that she was not out of the man's head, to

    dominate him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side that she

    might be equal with him, from under his arm to be protected by him, and from near his heart

    to be loved by him.

    ; Eve was the first and only woman born (created) without sin. Coming directly from the hand

    of God, Eve had enjoyed an advantage no other woman has ever enjoyed; she was created

    sinless, pure and holy, with the divine image unimpaired - before the fall.

The First Woman to Be Called a Wife

    ; The first institution ever built and sanctioned by God was the home. He created Adam and

    put him in the Garden of Eden. This must have been the most beautiful place that ever

    existed, filled with all that was good and pleasant.

    ; But Adam was lonely. He needed what every man needs - the love and companionship of a

    good woman. So the Lord God put him to sleep and performed an operation upon him.

    When Adam awakened, he saw before him the most beautiful creature his eyes ever looked

    upon; and he exclaimed, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be

    called 'Woman,' for she was taken out of Man (Gen. 2:21-23). And Adam fell in love with

    the woman at first sight and God united them in marriage in the Garden of Eden. This was

    the first home.

    ; Thus, woman means taken out of man to be man's companion and helper suitable for him, in

    other words, to be his wife.

God's Plan for Men and Women

    ; The way in which Eve was created indicates the intimacy, sacredness and inseparability of

    the marital state, transcending even that relationship which exists between children and

    parents. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

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    and they will become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24).

    ; The Lord Jesus was once asked whether it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife; Jesus

    answered the question by quoting the Genesis account of creation, "Have you not read that at

    the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man will

    leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh?' So

    they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not

    separate" (Matt. 19:3-12; Mk. 10:2-12).

    ; The Apostle Paul said the same thing in Ephesians 5:31, "For this reason a man will leave his

    father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." Then in vv.

    32-33, he compared husband and wife relationship to illustrate the love of Christ for His

    church, "This is a profound mystery - but I am talking about Christ and the church.

    However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must

    respect her husband" (cf. Eph. 5:22-30).

What Have We Learned Today?

    1. Eve was a real person, created by the hand of God to become a companion, a suitable helper

    for Adam. Marriage was instituted by God when He declared, "It is not good that man

    should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him. "On seeing the woman, Adam

    exclaimed with excitement, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall

    be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man" (Gen. 2:23). Then in the following

    verse we are told that "a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and

    they shall become one flesh (Gen. 2:24). This shows that God's plan is for a man to be the

    husband of one wife.

    2. God desires us to establish a Christian home; every one of the family must love each other

    and love God above all.

    Memory Bible Verse: Genesis 2:24, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."

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    Assignment for Lesson 3

    Eve - Part I

    Scripture Readings: Genesis Chapters 2 and 3; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:22-23

1. What is the meaning of "woman?" (Genesis 2:21-23)

    2. How was the woman made? Why did God make a woman? (Genesis 2:18-22)

    3. What does the Bible say about marriage? (Genesis 2:23-24; Ephesians 5:22-33)

    4. What did Jesus say about divorce? (Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12)

    Memory Bible Verse: Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

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    LESSON 4

    Eve - Part II

Scripture References

; Genesis 3:1-24; 4:1-2, 25-26; 5:1-5

Satan in the Serpent

    ; The relationship between man and animal in the Garden of Eden must have been very, very

    close and sweet before the Fall. Nature was not cursed before sin came in. Today, after

    Adam's Fall, man is beset by storms, earthquakes, flood, heat and cold, etc. He is attacked by

    disease germs. Most animals fear him, and many a beast would kill man. But we believe

    that in Eden the roses had no thorns, and there were no weeds or thistles in the field; and

    animals were man's best friends. We believe that before sin came in there were no

    convulsions of nature to threaten man or harm him. Everything was beautiful, pleasant; and

    all exited in perfect harmony.

    ; In Eden, the serpent was a beautiful and lovely creature before sin came in. Traces of that

    beauty remain today despite the curse. Every movement of the serpent is graceful, and many

    species are beautifully colored. We are also told that the serpent was more subtle and crafty

    and more clever, than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. But one day

    Satan entered a serpent, the most intelligent animal, to tempt Eve, causing sin and sorrow

    among mankind (Gen. 3:1 ff).

    ; Note: The Bible tells us very little about the origin of Satan. It seems to infer from Isaiah

    14:4-17 (here the king of Babylon is set up as a type not only of the Antichrist himself who

    will come in the end-time, but of Satan, the great and final Antichrist. Note in v.12 that

    Satan was originally called the "son of the morning star or the son of morning in Ezekiel),

    and in Ezekiel 28:11-19 (here Satan is addressed through the king of Tyre) ware told that

    Satan was once an archangel of great power and glory. But he became so proud that he

    wanted to exalt himself above God. As a result he was cast out of heaven, and became an

    adversary of God and His people and all that is good. He is also called the dragon, the

    ancient serpent (Rev. 12:33-17; 20:2), the devil (Matt. 4:1-2; I Jn. 3:8; Rev12:9; 20:2), the

    prince of demons or Beel‟zebubb (Matt. 9:34; 12:24), the god of this age (II Cor. 4:4), etc.

    ; Demons were a number of angels who were led by Satan in revolt against God. They were

    expelled from heaven, and became evil spirits. God permits Satan and his followers

    (demons) to go about in the world tempting people, acting as a mighty adversary; but one

    day, at the Second Coming of Christ, Satan and his followers (including demons and sinners)

    will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where they will be tormented day and night

    for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).

Satan's Deceitful Schemes

    ; Satan is the source of all evil and sin. We see him first appear in Gen. 3:1-5 in the serpent as

    "an angel of light" (II Cor. 11:14). Note the way that Satan worked to tempt Eve: First,

    Satan tried to cast doubt on God's Word by arousing Eve's curiosity with a question, "Did

    God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the Garden'?" And the woman said to

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