Lesson 1 Study Notes     

So, let's begin here. Who were Adam and Eve? They were the crowning glory of God's creation. God took six days to create the world. He did it in phases and in segments. And the and segments and the crowning glory at the close of that creative act he created Adam and Eve. And so I want to use a particular passage of Scripture and I'm not going to use the Scripture in its entirety but I want to use just enough of it to give you an inkling and a basic understanding of what the Bible has to say. Now you will recall that I say that this is the first story that we have in the Bible. And it being the first story, friends, it occurs in the first book. And it occurs in the first chapter of the book of Genesis. Then God said, let us make


mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So, God created mankind in his own image. In the image of God, he created them. Male and female, he created them. God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Now, again, as I unfold and simply tell you this story, I'm suggesting to you that after God


had made everything else, after God had created the light and the darkness, the ground, the land, the sea, the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the beast of the ground. He comes to the crescendo of his creation and everything that he had made had innately honored him as God. But God wanted something in his creation that was different than the rest of his creation. Something that would worship him not out of habit, not out of nature,


not out of instinct, but because that item of his creation wanted to worship him. That is why he created both man and woman. Now, he does this in the Garden of Eden. You'll notice as you took a look at the scripture, and as I continue to tell you this story, God gives them very simple commands. He says, I have created an enormous creation that is filled and


populated with fish that are in the sea, birds that are in the air, creatures that are on the ground, but I want you to subdue all of them, to have authority over them, to rule over them as the crowning glory of my creation. I'm going to make you separate from everything else, and while everything else will obey me because it is their nature to obey me, I am going to instill in you something different different than the rest of creation, and that is free will, which means that you will have


the option and the choice and the ability to choose that which you are going to do. And then God plants them, I'm giving all of this to you with one single requirement, and that is that you not partake of the tree that I identify as the tree of knowledge and good. Now, one of the items that God put in the garden was a serpent. Now, we'll learn later on, and I don't want to confuse you, because it's later on that we get the background and the history of the serpent, that he originally was a part of the angelic choir.


He was part of the heavenly host. He got kicked out of heaven, and he resided on earth. This serpent approaches both man and woman, but initially the woman. He approaches Eve, and he challenges Eve, and he suggests to Eve that she will not pay the consequences if she partakes of the fruit of the tree, you will surely die. And of course, the serpent confused Eve, convinced Eve that they would not surely die. And as a result of that item. Now, the result of their disobedience, the two of them, even though they were in the same state that they had always been in, after

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