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Man Ate of the Fruit

Old Testament

A Sermon on Genesis 3:22-24

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)

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What is at the root of all of man’s problems? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the fall and the first transgression of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:22-24. He says the reason our first parents sinned is because they refused to acknowledge their own creature-hood and ignorance. They sought to become like God himself. This is still the fundamental problem of sin and evil: men do not accept that they are God’s creatures and subject to his Law. Man, in his pride, seeks to understand and explain the world by his own reason and standards. But this is utter folly because apart from God, man cannot truly know himself or the world. True understanding only comes when we accept that we are not God, but we are his creatures. We must put our faith in God and in what he has done for us on the cross in Jesus Christ! Only by repenting and believing in Jesus Christ can we return to true fellowship with God and be freed from the curse of sin. This sermon calls us all to ask the question, do I believe? Have I forsaken any chance of understanding the world without Christ? There is no more important question any of us can ask because it concerns not only our good in this life, but our very eternal salvation.

Additional Scripture Translations

Genesis 3:22-24, New American Standard Bible

22Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out with his hand, and take fruit also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 3:22-24, King James Version

22¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

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.