Genesis Lesson 3 Day 4

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Genesis 3:14-19

The consequences

10. Consequences in paradise and beyond

The Serpent

God directly curses the serpent because he deceived Eve. “You are cursed carries the idea of coming under God’s judgment.”3 You shall eat dust represents extreme humiliation.3

Although many scholars agree verse 15 is difficult in the Hebrew, they do agree the curse includes Satan. 


Then God said to the woman, “You shall bear children in intense pain and suffering; yet even so, you shall welcome your husband’s affections, and he shall be your master.” (TLB)

God didn’t curse Eve directly, but the blessing of marriage and bearing children will now be mixed with painful suffering and sorrow. Some women have difficulty conceiving, cannot conceive without a miracle, or do not survive.

The second part of the verse your desire will be for your husband is “difficult in Hebrew,”3 but the Living Bible’s translation connects it to the previous phrase in a way that makes sense to me.

Some scholars suggest a different view connecting desire to the phrase that follows, saying,

Most likely the expression carries the idea that, remembering their joint-rule in the garden, she would desire to dominate her husband. He will rule over you asserts the divine assignment of the husband’s servant-leader role.”3

Note: the passage does not assert male dominance over females. It does assign husbandly responsibility for leadership in the marriage relationship. 3

Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. Ephesians 5:28 (see the entire passage Ephesians 5:22-33)


To the man he said, “Since you have listened to what your wife said, eating from the tree of which I forbade you to eat, cursed is the ground on your account, you shall suffer all your life, as you win food from it; thorns and thistles shall it bear for you, and you must eat plants of the field; in the sweat of your brow you shall earn your food, till you return to the ground from which you were taken; for dust you are, and you return to dust.” James Moffatt’s Translation

Like Eve, God did not curse Adam directly. He cursed the ground to make cultivation difficult. “His work shall be with difficulties and futilities (thorns and thistles . . . in the sweat of your face). 3

11. God’s promise

This lifelong struggle will then end in death.3

The curse of death shows that the result of Adam’s sin extended to the entire human race. Because of Adam:

· Sin entered the world (Romans 5:12).

· Death came to all mankind (Romans 5:15, 1 Corinthians 15:22).

· Death reigned over man and creation (Romans 5:17)

· All men were condemned (Romans 5:18).

· All men were made sinners (Romans 5:19). 1

But thanks be to God, He already had a plan to redeem us—

Genesis 3:15 reveals God’s plan for a Messiah

Usually offspring is spoken of as the seed of man. This reference to the seed of the woman is a veiled reference to the virgin birth of Jesus. Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel, but Jesus would crush Satan’s head. This was certainly done when Jesus took our sins and then triumphed over death, but this may have a future fulfillment too. Romans 16:20 speaks of the Lord bruising Satan under their feet shortly. 2

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love, having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire, Ephesians 1:3-5 (emphasis added)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” Galatians 3:13

12. Christ redeemed us from the curse!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:16-17

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.” He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” He said, “Write, for these words of God are faithful and true.”Revelation 21:4-5 (emphasis added)


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2 AWM Living Commentary
3 Spirit Filled Life Bible* footnote

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