The One Thing

Read This Week: Genesis 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’?” 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. Then, the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked. Genesis 3:1, 6-7 NIV

Genesis 3 brings us to that ultimate moment of devastation in the annals of human history. That seminal instance where everything changed and altered the trajectory of the world and everyone who would live in it. As impressive and remarkable as reading the first two chapters and taking in the magnificence of God’s creative initiation and designs for the universe, planet, animal kingdom, and humankind, it is equally as crushing and disturbing to read about the fall of man. 

Adam and Eve had it all. They wanted for nothing. They had an undeterred and unbroken relationship with God, walking and communing with Him daily. They had an unthreatened dominion over the entire ecosystem and enjoyed the companionship of the animals and the nourishment of fertile vegetation. The air was pure and non-polluted, and they didn’t have to expend needless energy to get food, nor did they toil in their work. They experienced no pain, sadness, guilt, depression, injury, or hint of discord. They lived in the most desirable utopic situation. There was only one thing they couldn’t have; unfortunately, it always seems to be the one thing that becomes the catalyst for destruction.

God told Adam in the last chapter that he must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it, you will certainly die (2:17). The one thing – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All they had to do was stay away from that one tree. But as fate would have it, the one thing intersected with an evil force, and as is always the case, when they come together, it usually doesn’t end well. We saw in our study of Revelation the origins of Satan and that he was cast out of heaven and thrown down to the earth. His main goal is to oppose God in every way and make every effort to destroy and corrupt. Satan was already evil and a deceiver when he appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden. So, he is speaking to her and manipulating her out of his vile, wicked character and agenda.

Because of his insidious and cunning desires, the enemy takes the form of a snake, approaches Eve, and turns God’s clear and unwavering command into an ambiguous and indefinite question. Verse 1 tells us that he said to the woman, Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden? That is all it took. Just turning a command to be obeyed into a question to be dismissed.

Since then, the question, Did God really say? has been the starting point of many slippery and detrimental slopes in life. Sometimes, it is all the enemy needs to create room for us to question the Lord’s authority, wisdom, and principles. This happened to Adam and Eve; that sliver of doubt led to the space where the one thing could gain the foothold that took them away from the word of God and from what was best for them.

Immediately, the situation changed once they both ate of the fruit. They knew they were naked, and it is more than fair to suggest they knew what they had lost. The effects of sin are never more devastating than in the moments when we realize it is not exactly what we thought it would be. But the most extraordinary thing about this whole sequence following the fall is God’s response. When he comes looking for them in the garden, his first question is not, what did you do? His first question is where are you? This initial question indicates God’s interest in them more than their behavior. He cared more about their hearts than their actions. He was chiefly concerned about being in relationship than exacting punishment.

Although God did have to punish Adam and Eve and hold them accountable for their rebellion, He remained faithful to them, and even at the end of the section, the Bible tells us that He made garments of skin for the man and his wife and clothed them. That’s the type of Father that He is. Even when our sin condition separates us from Him, and He has to discipline us as His children, His grace and mercy are reaching out to ask where we are and to clothe and provide for us. The one thing in our lives that causes us to stumble has never been and will never be more powerful than His love.


  1. Trina on August 3, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Genesis Chapter 3 Verse 21
    For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skins and clothed them.

    ~Sacrifice Of Love~

    God Is Saying To Me: I created a place of holiness and purity. Satan tricked Eve into a world of sin by deceiving her heart and mind. Now, I must repair the damage. You will always be at the center of my heart, but just know your loyalty and faithfulness must be separated by the shedding of blood and the sacrifice of man. I love you so much that I will provide a way to rectify the poor choice of man’s actions.
    What This Means To Me:
    This is the first sign of sacrifice based on the immense love God has for his creation. Send was exposed but God slaughtered an animal to make protective clothing to cover Adam and Eve. This is a sign of the depth of God’s love for us, but it comes with a price. Toil of the land, childbirth pains, and suffering curse man because of poor choices (sin). God is still at the center of poor choices to cover us literally and to set the stage spiritually for the crucifixion. God loves us and only wants obedience from us.
    I love you Father. Son and Holy Spirit! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. reachchurch on August 6, 2023 at 12:21 pm

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  3. Heidi on August 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), knowing [how to distinguish between] good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take from the tree of life as well, and eat [its fruit], and live [in this fallen, sinful condition] forever”

    God was saying to me that Even thou Adam and Eve made a choice that affected them and others.
    The good news is I love them and I took care of them like I do for you today!
    Always remember that I Am with you but I always want you to remember that I am with you to help you to make good choices and to listen to my voice I will never deceive you or lead you in the wrong way!

    What this means to me is there’s always going to be some thing or someone to try to lead you in the wrong way or deceive you it’s important that we stay close to God and listen to him to help us so we don’t go the wrong way in this world thank you, father God, Jesus, and your Holy Spirit for your love, and you’re always here to help us and take care of us. Love you. OK

  4. alma on August 6, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    What an amazing week This week I got a song in Genesis chapter 3

    We believe
    We believe yes, we believe. Oh yes, we believe in you our Lord from the beginning until the end we believe in you our Lord you have a plan a perfect plan for all of your children because of you we know the truth you are the only way to victory your love is about Joy hope calmness , patience,, and understanding we believe, we believe your our comfort our compass. You’re in the middle of everything we believe we believe we believe in you our Lord Amen.

    Our Lord is truly in the middle of everything as long as we believe his spirit lives within us. Thank you, Lord, for being a wonderful teacher, and having patience and understanding and comforting us .we will always have Victories in our lives with him beside us Amen

  5. Jeri on August 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Genesis 3 verse 8
    God saying to me in this verse is come walk with me in the coolness of the day from my presence come stroll with me through my word garden to the sound of my voice. Come along with me so your faith in you may grow.

    What that means to me.

    To walk with the Lord, always growing each day and getting closer and closer. Taking his hand as he guides me in his ways.

  6. Kathy on August 7, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    This is what I got from God in Genesis 3. In this chapter Satan gets at Adam by tempting Eve. Satan’s attack was against My word. Satan made Eve confused about what I said to Adam about not eating from the tree. From the beginning Satan tries to undermine My people by undermining My word. This is why I want you to stay in My word, to be prepared for Satan’s attacks, and to know the truth. So not doubt My words. Satan can only be effective at his work, if he has established a foothold in you. His main lie is to try to make you see sin as something good, that I don’t want you to have or do. Satan tempted Eve, and she could have refused to eat from the tree, but she chose to do it. Eve was deceived when she sinned. When you are tempted I will always provide a “way to escape.” Since I spoke with Adam directly about eating from the tree, Adam sinned with his eyes wide open. I have a covering for My people. You need to put Jesus Himself as your covering garment. The question “where are you?” was meant to express the accountability man had before Me. It was also to lead Adam to confess the sin. The way I came to Adam and Eve, is a model of how I come to lost and fallen humanity. You want to be in My presence and hear My voice, while you are also afraid of Me. When you sin, you can still give glory to Me, by openly confessing it to Me, and repenting. A problem comes when you fail to see that being deceived is sin in itself. You are clothed with a garment of righteousness that was purchased with the life of Jesus Christ.

    What this said to me is I have to go to God when I am tempted. He will always provide a way out. It is up to me to take it. Staying in His word and obeying it will help prevent me from sinning. When I sin I am to confess it and repent of it. Jesus is my covering.

  7. Javaid Ahmed on August 9, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Genesis 3
    God drew my attention to Genesis 3 verses 2-5:

    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.”

    He said to me:

    “Lessons in life are crucial for your ability to understand who you are. It is also important to know where you are to go for your best benefit. There will always be tests for you. There will always be tests of faith for you. These are for your benefit to be closer with Me. Fear not and do not get discouraged ever. I am ALWAYS with you. Irrevocably.”

    Even the most challenging situations are put here for us from God to help us, not hinder us. He wants us to be closer with Him and the best way to do that is to give our faith to Him. Thank you God.

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