GENESIS 2:15-18; 21
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to
work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man,
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat
from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it
you will certainly die.” 18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the
man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while
he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the
place with flesh.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of
the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now
bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for
she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and
mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the
LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You
must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the
serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say,
‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden,
and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not certainly
die,” the serpent said to the woman.
5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman
saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye,
and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also
gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were
naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for
themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD
God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid
from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God
called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the
garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from
the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”. 12 The man said, “The
woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I
ate it.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have
done?”. The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
1. Counterfeit REALITY.
a) You are manipulated.
b) You are the product.
2. Counterfeit CONNECTION.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my
love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I
have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you
this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My
command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has
no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my
friends if you do what I command.
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his
master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I
learned from my Father I have made known to you.