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First Word: “The Path To and From Temptation” (Gen. 3:1-6)

In this episode, we continue our journey through Genesis by looking at the temptation of Adam and Eve and the entrance of sin into the world. In today’s text, we cover Genesis 3:1 – 6. This passage reveals something to us about how the original couple was tempted, but also how each of us are tempted daily by the serpent. Join me as we explore what this moment reveals about the past and our present.

Genesis 3: 1-6 English Standard Version (ESV) 

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LordGod had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So 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.

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).