“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 form any tree in the garden?”
Read V1. Where does this conversation take place and who are the participants? How is the serpent described? Who does the serpent represent? (Rev 12:7-9) What is characteristic of his nature? (3:1; Jn 8:44)
Read V2-5. Observe carefully the steps in the serpent's temptation of the woman. How did he twist the meaning of God's word? (compare 2:16,17 with 3:1,4,5) How did he remove the absolute from God's word? How did he lead her to doubt God's love?
Read V2-5 again. How did the woman answer him? What was her attitude toward God and his word? Read V6. Why did she yield to temptation? Think about practical temptation you might have. What can we learn here about how to overcome temptation? (See Mt 4:1-11)
Read V7. Why did she give some to her husband? What was the immediate result of their eating the forbidden fruit? What do you think this means?