LESSON 6
THE FALL 
(GENESIS 3; 1 PETER 5; JAMES 4; ROMANS 16; REVELATION 12)

Copr. 1999, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.  All scripture references
are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973,
1978, 1984 International Bible Society,  unless otherwise
noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of
Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found
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Introduction: We have discussed how sin entered heaven, we
have discussed how sin entered this world and we have
discussed how sin affected our relationship with God. This
week we will take a novel look at what our fall into sin
means for our dealings with the Devil and daily living.
Let's explore what the Bible says!

     I.   DEALING WITH THE DEVIL

               A.   How should we relate to Satan?

                         1.   Should we fear and avoid him?

                         2.   Should we not fear, but fight him?

                         3.   Should we try not to be attracted to him?

                         4.   Or is there another, better, answer?

               B.   How do you think Satan views us?

                         1.   Does he hate us?

                         2.   Is he indifferent to us, but uses us to get to
               God?

                         3.   Does he like us and think of us as potential
               allies?

                         4.   Or is there another, better, answer?

               C.   Let's look at three texts that discuss our
          relationship with Satan. Read Genesis 3:1-5.

                         1.   What would be your advice to Eve when she
               first laid eyes on the serpent?

                                   a.   Should she have gotten into a discussion?

                                   b.   What about getting near the tree?

                                   c.   Should she have been alerted by the fact
                    the serpent contradicted God (v.4)?

                         2.   What was Satan's attitude towards Eve?

                                   a.   What do you think his attitude was after
                    she ate the fruit?

               D.   Let's read the ultimate results of this story.
          Read Genesis 3:15. Is God speaking literally, or
          figuratively?

                         1.   If you say "literally," what "offspring" does
               Satan have?

                         2.   Does this just mean that we won't like snakes,
               that they will bite us down low and we will
               stomp on their heads when we see them?

                         3.   If you say "figuratively," explain to me:

                                   a.   What is meant by striking the "heel"
                    versus "crushing the head?"

                                   b.   What is meant by enmity with the serpent
                    and his offspring?

                                   c.   We say, "love the sinner and hate the
                    sin." If you said that "offspring"
                    figuratively means the followers of
                    Satan, then are we not expected to have
                    enmity against "those people?"

                                             (1)  How do you reconcile Luke 6:35
                         ("love your enemies" or Romans 5:8
                         ("while we were still sinners,
                         Christ died for us") with the idea
                         of enmity against the offspring?

                         4.   Does this text at least mean that we should
               not like Satan?

               E.   Let's look next at 1 Peter 5:6-10. What kind of
          relationship does this text suggest between us and
          Satan?

                         1.   It looks like things have escalated a bit. We
               went in Genesis 3:15 from the Devil biting us
               in the foot to now he is trying to eat us!

                                   a.   Is this really the same idea?  Or is the
                    devil getting more dangerous? (The two
                    texts can be reconciled. A heel injury is
                    very painful and debilitating for getting
                    around   but it is not life-threatening.
                    Peter seems to say that Satan can "eat"
                    us here, but, even this is temporary in
                    view of eternal life.)

                                   b.   Let's just stop a minute here and
                    consider these analogies. Satan has now
                    been compared to a dangerous snake and a
                    man-eating lion. If these two were near
                    you, what would you do?

                                   c.   How does Peter suggest we handle the
                    situation when he says that we should
                    "resist" the devil? Does that mean we
                    should not run away?

                                             (1)  How would you resist?

                                   d.   Compare James 4:7 which also speaks of
                    running away. What does James suggest we
                    should do? (If a dangerous snake or man-
                    eating lion were around I would run.  But
                    Peter and James give the distinct
                    impression that we should expect the
                    devil to run.)

                                             (1)  How does James suggest that we
                         should resist the devil? (The
                         "resisting" that Peter and James
                         speak of does not seem to be some
                         sort of attack on Satan.  Instead,
                         it seems to be a turning to God
                         ("standing firm in the faith" - 1
                         Peter 5:9; "submit ... to God" -
                         James 4:7)

                                   e.   Compare what Paul says about this in
                    Romans 16:19-20. Whose feet are going to
                    crush Satan?

                                             (1)  What kind of people are these who
                         are going to do the "crushing?"
                         (Those who not only obey, but are
                         wise about good and innocent about
                         evil.)

                                             (2)  What do you think it means to be
                         "innocent" towards evil? (Avoiding
                         it.)

                                   f.   If we were not supposed to avoid Satan,
                    why would the Bible call him scary things
                    like a lion or snake?

               F.   Let's look at another text about Satan's attitude
          towards us. Read Revelation 12:12&17. How does
          Satan view us? (The enemy.  He is furious with
          us.)

               G.   After reviewing these texts, now how would you
          answer the first questions I put to you:

                         1.   How should we related to Satan?

                         2.   How do you think Satan views us?

     II.  HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?

               A.   As you know, I don't think studying the Bible is
          much good unless we apply it to our life.

                         1.   Do you think you generally know if something
               (book, television, magazine) comes from Satan
               and his offspring or Jesus and His offspring?

                                   a.   How should you treat those things that
                    come from Satan and his offspring? (We
                    should resist them by not letting them
                    into our minds. We should resist them by
                    turning to God.)

                                   b.   Can you think of something today that you
                    are pretty sure comes from Satan or his
                    offspring that you are not resisting?

                                             (1)  If you fail to resist will you be
                         eaten?

               B.   We know Satan is dangerous, we know we should
          resist by turning to God and turning away from
          Satan, but is this something that comes naturally,
          like avoiding a dangerous lion or snake?

                         1.   Read Genesis 5:1-3. Why is Cain not mentioned?
               (Matthew Henry suggests that only the good
               children are mentioned.)

                                   a.   What important difference do you see
                    between Adam and Seth in these verses?
                    (Adam was created in the likeness of God,
                    but Seth was born in the likeness of
                    Adam.)

                                             (1)  Does this make difference? If so,
                         what? (It shows that even the "good
                         children" have a sin problem that is
                         inherited and affects how they
                         live.)

                         2.   Read Romans 7:14-19. How does Paul describe
               his problem with his inherited sinful nature?

                                   a.   What does Paul have going for him in this
                    struggle? (He wants to do what is right!)

                                   b.   If you welcome Satan into your mind, what
                    is the impact on this struggle that Paul
                    describes? (Our lesson (Tuesday) has a
                    wonderful quote about the importance of
                    motives: "There is only a short step
                    between desire and action.  The only
                    missing ingredient is opportunity with
                    immunity. In this sense, Jesus calls us
                    to a most radical kind of obedience that
                    reaches into our very hearts.")

                         3.   How would you approach your "heart problem?"
               What is the first step you should take to
               ensure that your motives are the best they can
               be in light of your innate sinful tendencies?
               (Paul continues with the answer. Read Romans
               7:24 - 8:6. Paul gives us two steps. First, we
               accept by faith Jesus' "sin offering."
               Second, we let our mind be controlled by the
               Holy Spirit who will set our minds "on what
               the Spirit desires.")

                         4.   Read Matthew 16:24-25. In light of what we
               have discussed so far, what does Jesus mean
               for us to do when He says we must "deny self"
               and "take up His cross and follow" Him? (Every
               day we have a choice. We can choose to expose
               our minds to sin or we can choose to expose
               our minds to God's word and live in the
               Spirit.  This is not automatic, we still have
               free will.)

                         5.   Friend, will you commit, every morning, your
               mind to God?

     III. NEXT WEEK: THE RESTORATION OF HUMAN NATURE