Sin Entered the World – Genesis 3
As a child, this passage made me feel SO SAD!!! After reading the first two chapters of Genesis, which recounted the glories of God’s creation, celebrating the perfection of all God provided, my heart always felt disappointed and heavy as I read the account of sin’s entrance into the paradise of Eden. Now, I’m much quicker to recognize myself in Adam and Eve. I, too, sometimes doubt God’s goodness, wondering if God is holding out on me. Along with Eve, I have discovered that this line of thinking always leads to disaster. The greatest part of this story, which I failed to see as a child, is God’s compassionate and just response to sin. Pointing to the sacrifice of His precious Son, God promises the hope of a future victory over sin and death. This is a great lesson to help kids see how sin separates us from God and how Jesus alone can provide forgiveness, redemption, and the promise of life if we turn to him when we sin.
1. REVIEW THE STORY
- • Activity – Inkblot Pictures – create an inkblot by folding a piece of paper in half. Unfold the paper and drop a blob of paint into the crease. Carefully fold the paper again and put pressure on the inkblot, causing it to spread out. Open the paper and let the paint dry. When the inkblot dries, invite kids to turn their inkblots into a beautiful picture. As they draw, remind them that the inkblot was formed as paint was spilled onto the page and made an ugly mess. The Bible says that our sins have made an ugly mess in all our lives. Discuss how selfishness, pride, jealously, lying, etc. can make a mess in our lives. Remind kids that just as they are making beautiful pictures from the inkblots, God can make beautiful pictures of their lives if they repent and give God access to their hearts.
2. DISCUSS THE STORY (while kids draw- possible answers in italics)
- • What did you like about this passage?
- • What didn’t you like about this passage?
- • What do you learn about God from this passage?
- God’s standard is perfection; Jesus is the ONLY one who can meet His standard.
- God’s justice demands that sin be punished; death is the appropriate punishment.
- God’s compassion and love prompt Him to show grace when we deserve death.
- God’s plan for Jesus to defeat sin and death has been in place since the beginning.
- • What do you learn about people from this passage?
- People doubt that God is good; this leads to problems.
- People want to sin.
- People need God’s care and compassion.
- People will experience consequences when they sin.
- • What do you learn about yourself from this story?
- I need to repent and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness.