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Give God your Best

Lesson 12 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Abraham was a man of great faith.
  • In Genesis 17:1-6, God promised Abraham would have many descendants.
  • The problem was that Abraham was 99 years old at that time.


  • God gave his best to us.
  • What about us?
  • What and how should we give to God?


Genesis 22:1-18  (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

OBSERVE – Retell the story.


A. Abraham’s case

  1. Why did God test Abraham by involving Isaac? (vv1-2 Isaac was the dearest, the best)
    • Could Isaac be taking too much of Abraham’s love? (DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES)
  2. What was Abraham’s response? (vv3-8 “Yes!” No hesistationn, no grudges.)
  3. At what time did Abraham move to obey? (Early the following morning.)
    • What does this teach us? (DISCUSS)
  4. What made Abraham’s obedience difficult?
    • ( Love for son.
    • Common sense. He was too old to have another son!
    • Difficult journey for an old man. He even had to bring the fire and wood.
      • A willing heart finds all reason to obey.
    • Three days to change his mind!
      • An unwilling heart finds all the excuses.
    • The issue of murder. Genesis 9:5-6
      • What would Sarah say?
        • Who is Sarah?
        • How do we have the same difficulties? (DISCUSS)
  5. What did Abraham discover?
    • (vv 9-12) (DISCUSS)
  6. What were the results of Abraham’s obedience?
    • God became Jehoava-Jireh (God the provider)
      • v14 God provided the offering. (DISCUSS)
    • God made a greater covenant and took an oath to fulfill it! (vv 15-18)
    • God blessed Abraham with multitudes of offspring, especially that one offspring/seed by whom all nations on earth would be blessed – the Lord Jesus Christ.)


  1. The best of our love.
    • Matthew 22:37  (NIV)
      Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
  2. The best of our gifts.
    • Leviticus 27:30-32 (NIV)
      “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord.
    • Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
      Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
  3. The best of our labors.
    • Matthew 19:27-29New International Version (NIV)
      27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

      28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

    • How can we serve God?
  4. The best of our loyalty.
    • Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
      Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
    • Do we treat God as God?
    • How do we become disloyal in terms of giving?



  • Who or what is your Isaac?
  • God is asknig that your Isaac be offered to him.
    • OFFER: Time, Talent, Treasure
    • Give-up: Bad habits,ungodly relationship,a person, a dream, a value,a vice, laziness, pride, doubts, selfishness that drive you away from God.
  • What is your reply to God’s command?
    • Don’t wonder if you don’t get the best from God if you do not give the bestt of your love, gifts, labor, loyalty.



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Seek God’s Favor

Proverbs 16:7 NIV

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

I am lucky to be a follower of Jesus because the FAVOR of the Lord is on me. When I read the Bible ad meditate on it, I can see the advantages of being a believer. For instance, in Proverbs 16:7 I can claim that the Lord will cause everyone to have peace with me. Of course there is a premise that God should takes pleasure on me first. But as a Christian, it is my desire to know the Lord more and more everyday. I am not perfect yet, but my God always show mercy on me.

This verse remind me to always seek God first and all his righteousness. To always prioritize God above all things because if you are with God, then who can be against you? As the Apostle Paul encourages the believers to finish the race – with a good fight.

There is always a fight between my old nature and my new self that was already redeemed by God. There is always a fight between the world’s desire and what God wants. And do note that Satan and his demons are actively attacking believers so that they will waver in their faith. Everyday is indeed a struggle but I know that my God is all-powerful that I can be victorious with God’s help. I need to take control of myself and be a victor on my own life – and with my God’s help I am able do it most of the time. Once the Lord Jesus Christ takes control of my life and desires, everything around me settled as God designed it to be. Once Jesus moves in my life, then I can be an effective ambassador of the Kingdom of God in this world. And the favor of God will always be on me and my family. Amen.

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Stand Up for Jesus!

Lesson 10 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Moments come for believers to draw battle lines and make a clear, irrevocable stand for God.
  • These are opportunities to glorify God and witness for our faith.


Daniel 3:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace
3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.


  1. Describe the project Nebuchadnezzar embarked  on.
    • (He made an image of gold.
      • In his previous dream, Nebuchadnezzar dreamt of an image, but only the head was gold.
      • Why did Nebuchadnezzar make the whole statue golden? [To defy the prophecy that Babylon and his reign had an end.]
    • It was dedicated.
      • It was decreed that everyone would bow down and worship when the music played.)
  2. What was the punishment for not bowing?
    • (Burning in the fiery furnace)
    • Note: Furnace for baking bricks were numerous as Babylon was busy on many construction projects.
  3. How did everyone react to the decree?
    • (They obeyed)
    • Why? (DISCUSS)


Daniel 3:8-12 New International Version (NIV)

8 At this time some astrologers[a] came forward and denounced the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”


6. How did the situation create a big problem for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?(Some astrologers informed Nebuchadnezzar that they did not bow to the statue.)

7. Why did the three men refuse to bow to the image?
(Doing so would be idolatrous!)

8. Why would the astrologers be eager to tell on them?

  • (To win the king’s favor.
  • They were jealous and envious of the three men.)
    • How did they approach Nebuchadnezzar?
      • (“O king live forever!” They were patronizing.
      • They reminded him of his decree and encouraged him to impose it.
      • They touched his ego).


Daniel 3:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”


7. How did Nebudchadnezzae react?

  • (a. He was furious at first.
  • Then he was concilliatory.

He finally imposed on the three men.)

What was his boast? (v15 “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”)


Daniel 3:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”


8. How did the three men respond to the command/threat?
(They defied the command.)

  • They were able to do this?
    • (They believed that God would save them from the fire and Nebuchadnezzar’s hand.)
  • Comment on v18 “But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set-up.”
  • (They have faith even unto death!)


Daniel 3:19-23 New International Version (NIV)

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.


9. How did Nebuchadnezzar react to their defiance?

  • (He was furious.
  • He ordered them burned. The oven was made seven times hotter!)

10. What happened to the soldiers who bound and took them to the furnace? (They died because of the intense heat!).


Daniel 3:24-27 New International Version (NIV)

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

11. What amazing thing happened?

  • (Nebuchadnezzar saw four, not three, men un the furnace walking about.)
  • One looked superhuman/divine.
  • Nobody was burned/hurt!)

12. What did Nebuchadnezzar do?

  • (He called the three men.)
    • How did he refer to them? (servants of the Most High God)
  • Why the change of heart? (DISCUSS)

13. What was the men’s condition?

  • (Unburned
  • Not even smelled of fire)


Daniel 3:28-30 New International Version (NIV)

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.


14. What were Nebuchadnezzar’s pronouncement about God?

  • (Praise Him.
  • “He send his angel and rescued his servants.”
  • No other god could save this way.)

15. What were his pronoucement about the men?


  • trusted God.
  • defied the king’s direct command
  • were willing to die for their God.)’

16. What decrees did he make?

  • (Anyone who speaks against God would be cut to pieces and dispossed.)
  • He promoted the three.


1. What were Nebudchadnezzar’s mistakes?

  • (To make a golden image of Babylon and require everyone to worship it.
  • They listen to the astrologers.
  • To be overtaken by pride, not reason.
  • To defy the God of Israel.)

2. What did he do right?

  • (He immediately sensed an extraordinary event. ie The three did not burn. There was someone else in the furnace.
  • He acknowldged his mistake.)

3. What did the three men do right?

  • (Stand up for God. Not only for “better” but also for “worse.” (EXPLAIN)
  • To stick with God even with the possibility of death!. Not to force God to act according to human expectations.)
  • Note: What could have emboldened them to act like this? (Remembering who they were; that they were God’s people. Not eating the King’s food, not drinking the king’s wine and not bowing to idols.)

4. What did we learn about God?

  • (He saves.
  • When he lets his people go to the furnace, he goes with them!)

5. What does standing up for God accomplish?

  • (God is glorified.
  • God is given the free hand to move.
  • Believers experience God’s protection and deliverance.
  • Unbelievers are given lessons about God and the chance to also know the truth.)
  • Note: It is right and commendable to stand up for Jesus whether or not it ends in favorable circumstances.




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Hope & Despair

1 Kings 19:1-18 NIV
[1] Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. [2] So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” [3] Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, [4] while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” [5] Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” [6] He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. [7] The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” [8] So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. [9] There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” [10] He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” [11] The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. [12] After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. [13] When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” [14] He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” [15] The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. [16] Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. [17] Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. [18] Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”


  1. Why Elijah is running for his life in vv1-3? How was Elijah affected by hopelessness in v4?
  2. How God encouraged Elijah in his sorrow in vv5-8?
  3. Where was God in vv 11-13?
  4. What was God's question to Elijah in vv9 & 13?


  1. Why do you think Elijah wanted to give up despite a great victory against the prophets of Baal?
  2. Why do you think God showed up in a gentle whisper?
  3. Why would God ask Elijah "What are you doing here?"


  1. How can you remain hopeful in your life now?
  2. If God would ask you now "What are you doing here," how will you respond?

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“Get away from that tree!”

Lesson 9 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Temptations are all around. CIte common examples.
  • Needed by believers: Grace/skill/capacity to recognize and resist tempatation.


Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:1-19  (NIV)

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”


A. THE COMMAND: Genesis 2:15-17

What was the command in Genesis 2:15-17? (Do not eat the forbidden fruit)

What was the punishment? (Death)

B. THE TEMPTATION: Genesis 3:1-6

  1. How did the temptation start? (with a question)
    • Why a question?
      • How does Satan start tempting most of us? (With a question or doubt, etc)
      • What is our protection from such questions/doubts? (Knowledge of God)
  2. What was Eve’s response?
    • Why did Eve add: v3 “and you must not touch it, or you will die?” (She wanted God to sound too strict – one excuse for her not to obey)
    • How do we rationalize/justify our own disobedience?
  3. How did the devil accelerate his temptation?
    • (v4 He directly challenged God’s word: “You will not die!”
    • v5 He gave additional persuassion.)
    • What accounted for the devil’s boldness? (Eve’s obvious desire for the fruit and weak stand for God.)
    • Note: When we do not take a strong stand, the enemy becomes bold!
  4. What were the appealing qualities of the fruit?
    • (v6 Good for food, delight to the eys,makes one wise.)
    • Note: Levels of needs:
      • basic – food, clothing , shelter
      • secondary – beauty/gadgets
      • luxury – prominence/honer
    • How does this happen today? What difference tempatations appeal to different levels of needs?
    • What is your “needs level” now?


  1. How was the sin carried out? (3:6 She took, ate, and give to her husband.)
    • Did the serpent force her? (no!)
    • What’s basic truth about Satan’s power do we see here? (Satan can’t decide/act for us. )
  2. Why did Eve give some to her husband?
    • (sincere sharing
    • company
    • “damay”/shared responsibility
    • Why do sinners take others along?
    • Note: If only Christians were as committed to taking others along to the Lord as sinners are to taking others along to Satan….
  3. Why did Adam eat the fruit?
    • (Eve was irresistable.
    • “She’s renposible anyway.”
    • Adam liked it, too)
      • Why do we eat, too?
      • Who are our “Eves”?
      • What should we do to them?


  1. What were the results of sin?
    • Shame: They fathered fig leaves to hide to their nakedness.
    • Fear: V10
    • God’s presence became bad news
  2. Who’s responsible?
    • Who did Adam blame? (God and the woman also v12)
    • Who did the woman blame? (the serpent, v12)
    • The serpent: “The buck stops here.” The serpent could not blame anyone anymore!)
  3. Another result of sin? (Punishment)
    • to the serpent vv14-15 (Curse and judgement: on your belly… dust you shall eat… enmity… your head will be bruised….)
    • to the woman v16 (Pain in child bearing, pain in delivery, desire for husband)
    • to the man vv17-19 (Cursed is the ground, thorns, sweat for your food, physical death, spiritual death)


What was Eve’s first mistake? (Getting near the tree.)

What does the tree symbolize? (Temptation)

  • What is/are your tree/trees, garden, orchard, plantations, forests, jungles?
  • How can we avoid temptation? (APPLICATION)