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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

V.14 (cont'd.)

Genesis 3:1-7 (cont'd.)

V. 2 and 3 - What does Eve add to God’s command as she takes upon herself the role of spiritual leader and teacher?

She informs the serpent that God said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die”.

V. 4 - Did God say that?

No - And Satan knew it! So he reassures Eve that she will not die by touching the fruit, which she again takes upon herself to do without consulting with her husband.

V. 6 - This verse contains just three little words in our English translations which represent Adam's failure as a husband, spiritual leader and teacher. They also give the reason for the fall of the entire human race into sin. Do you see them?

“...and he ate.” Adam was not deceived by Satan, he did not even speak with Satan. Instead he violated his God given role as head of his family and followed his wife into sin. She had been fooled, Adam willfully disobeyed God!
cf. Romans 5:12 and 1Corinthians 15:21-22

V.15 ** Since women, represented by Eve, were the catalyst for the fall of mankind because of Eve’s ability to be deceived; should they all be left with the stigma of her sin?

Absolutely not! They shall be “preserved” through the bearing of children...

Paul uses the word sozo for preserved, which means “to rescue,” “to preserve safe and unharmed,” “to heal,” “to set free,” or “to deliver from”. This extremely descriptive term is used to demonstrate how the honor of a woman is preserved when she gives birth to a child and raises up a godly or righteous seed. This constitutes a complete reversal of the effects brought about by Eve’s usurping of Adam’s leadership role. cf. Proverbs 31:27-31

** How do we know that this godly woman is for real?

Because she lives her life “...in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”

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