Genesis 3: The serpent (Lucifer) deceives Eve—She and then Adam partake of the forbidden fruit—Her Seed (Christ) will bruise the serpent’s head—The roles of woman and of man are explained—Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of Eden—Adam presides—Eve becomes the mother of all living. Genesis 4: Eve bears Cain and Abel—They offer sacrifices—Cain slays Abel and is cursed by the Lord, who also sets a mark upon him—The children of men multiply—Adam begets Seth, and Seth begets Enos. Moses 4: How Satan became the devil—He tempts Eve—Adam and Eve fall, and death enters the world. Moses 5: Adam and Eve bring forth children—Adam offers sacrifice and serves God—Cain and Abel are born—Cain rebels, loves Satan more than God, and becomes Perdition—Murder and wickedness spread—The gospel is preached from the beginning

Come, Follow Me with Living Scriptures | Old Testament Lesson 3: January 10–16 The Fall of Adam and Eve Genesis 3–4; Moses 4–5

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Old Testament Lesson 3:
January 10–16

The Fall of Adam and Eve
Genesis 3–4; Moses 4–5

When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, they were told that they shouldn’t eat of the fruit of one of the trees in the garden. If they did, they would be cast out of the garden. Satan came to Eve to tempt her, telling her that if she ate of the fruit, she would know good and evil. Eve chose to eat the fruit. Adam, knowing Eve would be cast out, decided to eat the fruit also. Because of their choice, Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden.

Even though life became much more difficult for Adam and Eve, they could now understand good and evil, joy and pain, and they could have children. Their choice made it possible for us to come to earth. It was part of God’s plan.

We have the ability to make choices. We can choose whether or not we follow the commandments of God. Our consequences are based on our choices.

Genesis 3: The serpent (Lucifer) deceives Eve—She and then Adam partake of the forbidden fruit—Her Seed (Christ) will bruise the serpent’s head—The roles of woman and of man are explained—Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of Eden—Adam presides—Eve becomes the mother of all living.

Genesis 4: Eve bears Cain and Abel—They offer sacrifices—Cain slays Abel and is cursed by the Lord, who also sets a mark upon him—The children of men multiply—Adam begets Seth, and Seth begets Enos.

Moses 4: How Satan became the devil—He tempts Eve—Adam and Eve fall, and death enters the world.

Moses 5: Adam and Eve bring forth children—Adam offers sacrifice and serves God—Cain and Abel are born—Cain rebels, loves Satan more than God, and becomes Perdition—Murder and wickedness spread—The gospel is preached from the beginning.

Come Follow Me LDS 2022 (Jan 10-16) Genesis 3-4; Moses 4-5 | Freedom and the Fall – powered by Happy Scribe

For thousands of years, the fall of Adam and Eve has been thought of as horrible. The original sin, and many religions taught that because of the fall, all babies are born guilty. But is that right? Was the fall and incredibly important part of God’s plan today, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints rejoice because Adam and Eve’s fall brought mortality into the world and allowed them to have children. If they were still in the garden, we wouldn’t be here.

So the fall was a necessary part of God’s plan of happiness for all his children. After Adam and Eve were placed in the garden, they were first commanded to multiply and replenish the Earth. In other words, to have children. And Secondly, God told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge, of good and evil. But in the Book of Moses, we learned that God added this important caveat not found in the Bible.

Nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself. So he gave Adam and Eve agency to choose. But one law had to be broken in order for the other one to be fulfilled. Now why did God give them a rule? He needed them to break.

Well, because the choice to enter mortality have children and one day die had to be theirs. He’ll never force any of us to make a particular choice. Then God planted the Tree of Knowledge in the middle of the garden and left it wide open, basically saying, if you want to stay in the garden, don’t eat the fruit of the tree, but it’s your choice. Then along came Satan. Even if he was literally or figuratively disguised as a snake.

As we look at some of the deceitful ploy Satan used on Eve, we can see he’s still using many of the same tactics on us today. First, while they had the freedom to eat from lots of plants and trees, Satan got them to focus on the one forbidden thing instead of the thousands of safe things. He often whispers that God is trying to oppress us with rules and consequences. I’m your real friend and I’ll point the path to freedom. He then tells Eve a truth followed by a lie, hoping that since he’s told the truth, she won’t notice the lie that follows.

It’s a favorite tactic of it to tell us something true to get us to swallow a bigger lie. Now Adam and Eve were childlike, but their experience in the Garden of Eden provided them with the knowledge and the opposing enticements to make a free choice. Bliss, innocence and immortality on the one hand and on the other, the sorrows of mortality and the risks of freedom. But with growth, families, reliance on the Savior and the chance for true happiness. Elder John A.

Widsow explained the Gospel had been taught them during their sojourn in the Garden of Eden. They could not have been left in complete ignorance of the purpose of their creation. They chose with open eyes and minds as to the consequences. Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. God cursed Satan lay on the ground.

Interestingly, those are the only two things that God cursed. He didn’t curse Adam or Eve or their posterity because they hadn’t sinned. They’d only transgress by breaking a law that applied only to them and only in Eden. Still, there were consequences and they were forced to leave the garden. Satan was told that he’d have the power to bruise Christ’s heel, but Christ would have the power to crush his head.

Satan indeed bruised Christ’s heel through the crucifixion. But three days later, Christ was resurrected and with his first steps from the tomb eternally crushed all of Satan’s attempts to win. Christ opened the gates of heaven, enabling all who repent to return to the Father. Ultimately, Satan lost and God won. Which of course came as no surprise to God.

Before the fall, Adam and Eve were naked like newborn babies, meaning they were innocent. But after they chose to partake of the fruit, they became vulnerable and exposed to shame, guilt, and pain. So they hit like children may hide from a parent afraid of getting consequences. Then they try to cover themselves up with fig leaves. Hey, Eve, it’s the latest in fall fashion.

Okay, let’s talk about fig leaves for a minute. They’re among the biggest tree leaves. However, they dry up, shrivel and break faster than most other leaves. When we attempt to hide the truth from God, it’s like we’re trying to hide behind figurative fig leaves. However, he always knows the truth and our excuses will shrivel up and fall apart.

Just like those giant fig leaves. Now, Adam and Eve needed something else to wear. So before God cast them out of the garden, he made coats of skins and clothed them. This meant an innocent animal had to be killed. One they’d likely have known and named this sacrificial animal’s.

Blood flowed so that its skin could be used to cover their nakedness. They were witnessing symbols of the Savior and his atonement. Like that innocent animal who was sacrificed to cover Adam and Eve. We know Jesus Christ would one day shed his blood and give his life to cover and save us.

Next time we’ll study the call of the Prophet Enoch that’s completely lost from the Bible. It takes a lot to make these videos, so to keep line upon line free for everyone, consider donating the links in the description below and thanks for watching. This episode is packed with info so you might want to watch it again to make sure you didn’t miss anything, including the hilarious jokes. If you feel this video has helped you on your path towards truth and Christian discipleship, please subscribe and share. Most importantly, go read the Scriptures for your yourself.

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Scripture

Moses 5:10–11

“And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.” “And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.”

  • Who tempted Eve to eat the fruit?
  • What happened when Adam and Eve ate the fruit?
  • Why is it important for us to be able to make our own choices?
  • What happens when we make a good choice? What happens when we make a bad choice?

Quote

“Our agency—our ability to choose and act for ourselves—was an essential element of this plan. Without agency we would be unable to make right choices and progress. Yet with agency we could make wrong choices, commit sin, and lose the opportunity to be with Heavenly Father again. For this reason a Savior would be provided to suffer for our sins and redeem us if we would repent.” Robert D. Hales

View past lessons & resources on our website.

More Resources

Activity

What Should I Wear?

During this activity your children will not only have fun deciding what these cute paper dolls should wear, but they will find that learning to dress appropriately will help them to learn about using their agency and making good decisions throughout their lives.

Treat

Choose the Right Stuffed Crepes

Using this easy crepe recipe is a great way to help guide your children while allowing them to use their agency to make the right choices. As long as they “choose the right” stuff, they’ll love these sweet fruit filled and savory chicken stuffed crepes.

Song

Choose the Right Way, Children’s Songbook page 160


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