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God and the Ideas of Man

Old Testament

A Sermon on Genesis 3:1

The Fall

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (ESV)

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In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve find themselves in a fearful, worried state. How did they get there? This is the question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers in this sermon on Genesis 3:1. Often times we can find ourselves fearful and worried like Adam and Eve. This is because we, like them, ask the question, “Did God really say?” We have absolutely no reason to believe that God is not kind, but we still question his goodness when we are told to obey him. This is what happened to Adam and Eve; they allowed themselves to question the intentions of the Lord. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to believe what has always been true of God: that he is infinitely good, infinitely just, and infinitely holy! Give up foolish reason when you question the goodness of God. Instead of asking, “did God say?” proclaim, “I believe what God has said and I believe it!”

Additional Scripture Translations

Genesis 3:1, New American Standard Bible

The Fall of Mankind

1Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

Genesis 3:1, King James Version

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.