Genesis 3:7-24

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LordGod among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

22 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—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 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.

Hebrews 13:12-16
12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


Genesis chapter three helps us see why we aren’t the way we feel we should be. It’s answer is because we aren’t where we should be—we’re exiles. Because of our sin we were banished from the presence of God and are now spiritual wanderers. This spiritual exile brings psychological breakdown, social strife, and physically suffering. We’re built for the presence of God, beholding the face of God, holding the hand of God. This is the fulfillment, safety, acceptance, and healing we’re longing for; this is home. How can we get back? Genesis chapter three gives us hints, pointing us to Jesus’ death on the cross: someones going to have to be bruised and struck so we can be healed (vv. 15), someone’s going to have to be stripped so we can be clothed (vv. 21), someone’s going to have to be cast out and go under the sword so we can be brought in (vv. 24). In His life and death, Jesus took our deserved exile so that He could do away with it and give us His deserved home (Hebrews 13:12). In His resurrection, He secured our new citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). 


1. Read Genesis 3:7-24 and Hebrews 13:12-16, discussing what stands out to you. 

2. What would be some general responses non-Christian people would give to this question: why we are not as we feel we should be? How does this differ from what Genesis 3 reveals? 

3. Which effect of our spiritual exile most rings true to you and why (psychological breakdown, social strife, physical suffering and death)? 

4. How does Genesis three hint at the cross of Jesus? 

5. Which parts of Jesus’ substitutionary exile to bring us home most stands out to you and why (left heaven, became a man, rejected by family, rejected by friends, rejected by religious, rejected by government, rejected by God)? 

6. What are some specific ways you can obey Hebrews 13:12-16? in your own life? 



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