15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
These questions are designed to help discover the message of Scripture. They are not designed to overwhelm, but to enlighten. Do not feel as if you need to answer all – or even most – of these questions. Perhaps pick one or two that will help you explore the Scripture and its message more deeply.
Reading Scripture to Know:
- What is happening/being said? (Observation)
- Why is this happening/being said? (Interpretation)
- What does the rest of Scripture say about it? (Evaluation)
- What does it mean? (Understanding)
- What does it mean for us? (Application)
Reading Scripture to Grow:
- What words or phrases stand out to you? Why?
- Where do you hear the voice of God in this Scripture?
- How do you see the character of God reflected in this Scripture?
- How does this Scripture reveal God?
- How does this Scripture expose humanity and its need for God?
- How does this Scripture speak to what is happening in your life?
- How does this Scripture speak to what is happening in our world?
- What might God want to communicate to you (us) this week through this Scripture?
Scripture Reads Me:
- This passage makes me feel…
- This passage makes me think about…
- This passage reminds me of…
- This passage teaches me that God is…
- This passage teaches me that I am…
- This passage challenges me to…
This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week (sometimes in larger context) and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture. As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time. As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
- Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time. As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.
Use these questions/conversation starters to explore the Scripture a little more deeply with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week! These prompts will be specific to each week’s Scripture passage.
What is sin?
What do you think was so wrong with what Adam and Eve (the husband and woman in the story) did?
When I feel tempted to do something I know is not right, I…
Image Meditation: Look at the image above. The banana peel has become a common visual trope in our culture. When we see banana peels we think of a funny comic fall. If only it were that easy to identify when we are falling into sin. Sin is a difficult topic to discuss. It can be just as difficult to know when we are slipping into sin. We face many temptations in life. Eve began by confronting her temptation with the truth. And yet, she and her husband were still convinced, little by little, to relent and give in to the temptation. As you meditate, ask God to search your heart, mind, and spirit and reveal to you the attitudes, thoughts, and actions that might lead you into sin. Allow God to reveal to you what temptations threaten your soul and how you might triumph over them. Pray that God will guard you from the careless compromises we make that act as a banana peel to our faithfulness. Then trust God to reveal to you the path that leads to life. Remember our Lenten prayer as you meditate: Lord search me, and remove those things that need to be removed, forgive what needs to be forgiven and heal what needs to be healed.
Breath Prayer: LORD God, guard us from sin.