How does the serpent go about tempting Eve toward sin (3:1-6)? What correlations do you see between this and your own experiences of temptation in your own life? How should we, as Christians, respond to temptation? How should we be preparing for it, so that we don’t fall victim to it?
Why did God make that one particular tree off limits? What is it about eating the fruit of the tree that is so bad, and representative of all sin?
How does sin break down relationships, both vertically between God and humanity, and horizontally between Adam and Eve?
Adam and Eve respond to their sin by trying to hide it (3:7-9), and by blame-shifting (3:12-13). Do you find yourself defaulting toward these responses in your own life? If so, how? What would it look like to repent of these responses?
What specific curses does God pronounce on the serpent, and Eve, and Adam? How do they relate to God’s original calling for humanity (1:28, 2:15)? Do we see any effects of these curses in our world today?
How is God’s grace and gospel evident, even in the midst of these curses?
Why does God place a cherubim at the entrance to the Garden of Eden (3:24)? What insight does this give us into the weight and gravity of sin? How does it help us understand the glory of God’s grace in the gospel?
How is Genesis 3 calling us, as God’s people, to respond? What are some ways that we can apply this chapter in our lives today?