The first acts of sin takes place in Genesis 3: 1-24, The Fall of Man. God told Adam before Eve was created that he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 2:17) Further God warned that in the day he did eat fruit of that tree man would surely die. Satan tempted Eve; he took the form of a serpent. (Gen. 3:1) The serpent is described as being cleverer than any other animal of the field. This probably is why Satan chooses to take the form of a snake. Eve seems not to think it unusual that the serpent could speak to her. Possibly, Adam and Eve could communicate with animals, but again that is pure speculation. Satan begins the temptation with a question, "Hath God not said Ye shall no eat of every tree of the garden?"(Gen. 3: 1) This is the way of Satan to bring into question what God has plainly stated. It is actually bringing God Himself into question. To question God is suggest that God could be wrong, or have some evil reason for what He says. Eve's response was to correct Satan's question, by stating that she and Adam could eat of all the trees of the garden except the one tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve goes on further to say they could not eat or "touch" it lest they die. God had said in Genesis 2:17, that they should not eat it. God did not say anything about touching it. This addition to what God had said seems to indicate that Eve resented the fact of God prohibition not to eat of that particular tree. On the other hand, it could mean that she was indicating her understanding that God did not want them to have anything to do with this tree. God said not to eat the fruit; she concluded she shouldn't even touch it. Eve then allowed herself to be deceived in three areas. First, Eve saw the fruit was good for food, appealing to the flesh and bodily senses. Second, She saw it was pretty, appealing to the emotions, and third, it appealed to her mind and intellect, in that she wanted to be wise. Eve then proceeded to give the fruit to Adam, and he ate the fruit. Genesis 3:7 states that after Adam sinned, both their eyes were opened and they saw themselves as naked and they became ashamed. They had submitted to temptation, they had been plunged down into the depths of destruction. What an awful realization it must have been. What emptiness and depths of shame they must have felt. Basic Words of Sin
Ryrie stated in his book “ Basic Theology” that there are eight basic words for sin in the Old Testament; I will go through a word study of the basic words of sin. Chata is the basic word for sin; its basic meaning of sin is missing the mark. It’s also correspondent to the Greek word hamartano. Chata is seen in the Old Testament 522 times. Ra is another word used in the Old Testament; it was use about 444 times. It’s equivalent to the words kakos and poneros. The basic meaning of Ra is breaking up or ruin, it has also been translated to the word wicked, and it often means calamities. The basic meaning of Pasha is to rebel; it is often translated to transgression. The word Awon is often used in connection with suffering and servant, and with defiant sin. It also includes the ideas of guilt and iniquity. Shagag means err or go astray. It calls an account to the error as the one committing the error to be responsible. The word Asham was found many times in connection with the ritual of the tabernacale, the main idea is the guilt before God. It includes both intentional and unintentional guilt, because it entitles the guilt and sin offerings. Rasha was a word that was not used as much before the Exile, it means to be wicked. The last word Taah means to go astray or wander away. Taah means the sin is deliberate, and it was not accidental, even if the person might not realize it. Ryrie made a few things clear in his word study of the words from the New Testament. First sin comes in many different forms. Secondly sin is and will always be disobedient to God....
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