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“Get away from that tree!”

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

PRAY

INTRO

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

READ: 

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.”

DISCUSS

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?

C. THE GIVING IN: GENESIS 3:6

  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?

D. RECKONING: GENESIS 3:7-10

  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)

E. HINDSIGHT

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)

QUESTIONS/REACTIONS/REMARKS

CHALLENGE

PRAY

 

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Handling Temptation – David’s fall

2 Samuel 11:1-5 NIV[1] … In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. [2] One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, [3] and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” [4] Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. [5] The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” …

DISCOVERY:

  1. In David’s time, what do Kings normally do during spring (v1)?
  2. In verse 2, how was David attracted to Bathsheba? 
  3. Does David knew that Bathsheba was married when he slept with her (v3-4)?

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. Why do you think David didn’t go to war this time? What was David doing at the palace roof one evening?
  2. When David found out that Bathsheba was married, why do you think he pursued to make love with her even if he had several wives that he can release his desires? 1 Chronicles 3 gives an account of David’s wives before Bathsheba. 

APPLICATION:

  1. What are the top 2 sins that you are struggling now?
  2. When is your weakest moment against temptation? How can you keep yourself to be always on guard against temptation?
  3. If you are tempted, how can you say no to Satan? Any specific action you can do if we already being tempted?
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Joseph Ran out of Temptation

Genesis 39:2-15 NIV

[2] The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. [3] When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, [4] Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. [5] From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. [6] So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, [7] and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” [8] But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. [9] No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” [10] And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. [11] One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. [12] She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. [13] When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, [14] she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. [15] When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house .” …

DISCOVERY:

  1. Why Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s sight and entrusted all his household to Joseph (vv2-4)?
  2. Why did Potiphar entrusted not only his household and but also his field to Joseph (vv5-6)?
  3. How did Joseph responded to Potiphar’s wife seduction in vv 8-9?
  4. How many times did Potiphar’s wife seduced Joseph? Did Joseph gave in to temptation (v10)?

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. What does it mean when the bible says that “The Lord was with Joseph?”
  2. Why do you think God extended His favor to Potiphar? Do you think your boss now is also blessed because of you?
  3. Why do you think Joseph was able to resist the temptation of Potiphar’s wife? 

APPLICATION:

  1. How can you be a blessing to your boss/co-worker/business partner/local church? What specific action you can start now so that they will trust you more?
  2. How can you say “No” to temptation? Share any story how you overcome Satan’s temptation. 

Joseph – one of the few bible characters who remained faithful and close to God both in trials and in success.