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Three visitors of Abraham

This Bible story comes from Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-7.

Abram and Sarai were now known as Abraham and Sarah. God had told them to change their names. They were living in a tent and just as Abraham had before, he sat outside the tent wishing that he and Sarah could have a child. Abraham remembered what God had promised, “I am going to give you children, Abraham.”

This was so long ago Abraham thought. Is God going to keep His promise? Abraham really was hoping so, since this was what he and Sarah both wanted badly.

When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw three men next to him. He ran to them immediately, and bowed. He asked the men to allow him to get them water to wash their feet and prepare them a meal and drink, while they rest under a tree nearby.

The men agreed and told him to do as he has said.

Abraham hurried back into the tent and told Sarah to prepare three fine meals. He then hurried to the herd and got a calf; the meal was prepared and set before the men under the tree.

It’s obvious these three men are not just any men, since they just appeared. The Bible later explains that two are angels and one a manifestation of God.

The men asked Abraham where his wife Sarah was at and he told them she was there, in the tent.

The men then told Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear a child within a year.

Sarah was listening nearby and knew she had passed the age of child bearing. So, she laughed to herself,  “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

The Lord asked Abraham why did Sarah laugh and say she was too old to bear a child. Is anything to hard for the Lord? I will return to you in a year, and Sarah shall have a child. You can always trust in what God says.

God fulfills His promise.

One year later the Lord visited Sarah and He had done what He had promised. Sarah and Abraham had a child, his name was Isaac.

Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 100 years old. Sarah was so happy, she laughed. Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”


This story shows that God always fulfills His promises. It may not be when or how we think He should do it but God’s Word can ALWAYS be trusted. He is in control and it’s never too late for God to fulfill His purpose and promises in You.

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Jesus Feeds 5000 People

The story of when Jesus fed about five thousand people is the only story told in all four gospels in the new testament of the Bible- with the exception of His resurrection.

The four accounts can be found in the following places:

The story is a great demonstration of how God cares for our needs. It also shows that Jesus can make the impossible- possible.

The Story

When Jesus heard that John the baptist had been beheaded- He told His disciples to come with Him to a deserted place to rest. However, when the multitude of people heard this- they followed Him on foot from the cities. They followed Him because many knew Him and the power of healing He has.

They arrived before Him and came together to Him. When Jesus came out- He saw the multitude of people- and He had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. As evening approached His disciples told Him to send the crowd of people away because it was getting late- they were in a deserted place- and they would have nothing to eat.

Jesus responded to them saying “You give them something to eat.”

The disciples then asked Jesus if they should go buy two hundred denarii worth of bread to feed them. Jesus responded and asked them how many loaves did they have. It was found that they had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

Jesus told His disciples to make the crowd sit in groups in the grass. Jesus then looked up to heaven and blessed the food and broke the bread- and gave them to His disciples to set before them. He also distributed the two fish among them all.

They all ate and everyone was filled. Jesus told His disciples to gather up the leftover fragements of bread and fish. They gathered tweleve baskets full.

Twelve baskets full of leftovers after about 5000 or more people had eaten from 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

Reflection

Wow! Amazing- God knew the needs of the people who followed Him- He showed them compassion even though He was looking to rest in a deserted place. Jesus took what little resources they had and multiplied it- to feed 5000+ people!

Note that the disciples doubted how Jesus was going to feed all these people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Asking if they should go buy more. The disciples knew Jesus and His power but still didn’t grasp how He was able to make the impossible happen.

Jesus provided a miracle and multipled the resources to accomadate the needs of the crowd.


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David and Goliath

David and Goliath is a well-known parable in the Bible. Goliath was described in 1 Samuel as a giant Philistine warrior. Goliath was huge and it should be noted that the Bible says he is six cubits and a span- which converts to about 9 feet 9 inches tall. Wow, clearly he was very large! Additionally, Goliath was dressed in heavy armor for battle.

Can you imagine- God tells you- that you are to defeat the giant and protect Israel? That is extremely terrifying. This is why King-Saul was not obeying God. He was fearful and doubtful.

Saul was the king of Israel- the one who ruled the people, however he kept disobeying God. Saul should have fought Goliath but he didn’t. King Saul thought Goliath was too big to fight so God asked Samuel to then find a new king.

Both armies lined the battle ground on each side of the valley. Each day Goliath would come to the front of the battle line and mock the Israelites and their God. He did this for forty days each day he called Saul to fight. However, the Israelites and Saul were scared so they did nothing.

Jesse, was David’s father, who sent him to the frontlines to bring back battle news. David got to the frontlines and heard Goliath mocking the Israelites and their God. He then volunteered to fight Goliath.

David was a shepherd boy and the youngest of Jesse’s sons. He told King Saul that he would fight Goliath but the king said David was too young. Likely only a teenager at the time. David knew God would protect him. Finally, David persuaded King Saul to let him fight the battle.

David choose not to wear Saul’s armor. Instead, he went to battle with only his sling along with 5 stones. Goliath mocked him, laughing, asking, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

David responded that despite the fact Goliath had a sword, a spear, and a javelin- He above all else came in the name of the Lord Almighty. David grabbed a stone, put it in his sling, and swung. The stone sunk into Goliath’s head- allowing David to run up to the giant philistine take his sword and behead him. David killed Goliath.

When the Philistines fled when they seen that their giant was dead.


You can read the full story in 1 Samuel 17.

The story of David and Goliath is a wonderful example of how God can and will use anyone to do His work. In this specific Bible story God uses the underdog to accomplish the impossible.

In addition, the underlying purpose of the story is to show that Saul was not fit to be king and that he was not obeying God. At this time God called on the least expected to complete His work- so that all the glory would be given to God.

Saul saw a giant too big to fight on the other hand David saw a giant too big to miss!

Perception, focus, and faith is what it comes down to.

Never underestimate your ability to accomplish something God has called you to do. Above all know that He will equip you and be by your side through and through. God protected David and He will protect you too!

What Goliath are you facing today? Is it fear? Worry? Worth?

Whatever it may be God can and will help you defeat it if you ask Him to.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you for Your Word and the examples of great power displayed. God help me to defeat the Goliath’s in my life. Equip me, direct me, and be by my side so that I may conquer them in the name of Jesus- just as David conquered Goliath. Lord, I am struggling with insert the “Goliath” struggle(s) you are facing. I hand each one over to you today. God help me to feel your presence and peace in my life. Guide my paths and make them straight. Lord I choose to rest in You and rely on Your promises. Protect me in all that I do in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen


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The Call of Abraham

Abram was seventy-five years old– when God called him to depart– to leave his family and country– to go to a place unknown to him. The scripture puts it as “a place I will show you.” God promised Abram a number of things, if he would have faith and do as God instructed him.

God promised Abram:

  • A great nation
  • To bless him
  • Make his name known and great
  • That he would be a blessing to others– a blessing to those who bless him and a curse to those who curse him
  • All the families on the Earth will be blessed because of him.

Abram chose to listen to the Lord and prepared to depart from Haran. Abram took his wife–Sarai and his brother’s son– Lot– he gathered their possessions and the people whom they encountered in Haran and departed.

They traveled to the land of Canaan– passed through to the place called Shechem– and continued as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. Then the Lord appeared to Abram again and told him, “To your descendants I will give this land.”

So Abram built an altar to the Lord there. He then traveled to the mountain east of Bethel and pitched a tent– he built an altar there and called upon the Lord. Abram would continue on his journey toward the south.

Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him and said ” I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

Abram fell on his face before God and God talked to him saying..

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations; I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”


Find it in the Bible: Genesis 12:1-9 & Genesis 17:1-8

What can we learn from these scriptures?

Abram, later known as Abraham, lived a bold and faithful life. When the Lord called him– he listened and acted on what God told him– because of Abraham’s faithfulness and willingness to follow God, God blessed Abraham, his decsendents, and all the people of the Earth. That means You and me too!

We can also see that Abram was not a “young-spring-chicken” when God called upon him. The sciptures notes he was 75 years of age the first time God called him to leave his family and 99 years old when God revealed himself and told Abraham he would be a father of many nations. If you continue reading outside the mentioned scriptures above you will see God also promised Abraham who was now 100– that his wife Sarah who was 90 years of age, that she would bear a child. (They had no children of their own at this point.)

Abraham and Sarah both laughed at the idea they would have a child at their age. But God- with God all things are possible. He kept each and every one of His promises– and still does to this day!

God uses all people young and old to fulfill His will and Purpose.

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The Tower of Babel

This story can be found in Genesis 11:1-9— this particular story is under the law, in the old testament. The story took place approximately 100 years after the flood. The whole earth had one language and one speech– in which time God told Noah to take his family about the Earth– to spread out– and to re-populate.

As they journeyed from the east they found the land in Shinar– and dwelt there.

Humanity decided to build a great city so they could all congregate together. They also decided they wanted to build a massive tower that reached the heavens– to symbolize their power– to make a name for themselves, as if they were equal to God.

God was not pleased. He came down to see the city and tower that the men had built– He was displeased that this was the choice the men made– even though they knew what God’s instruction was.

So God scattered them among the Earth– confused their language, so that they would not be able to understand one another. The building of the city, ceased.

This is where the name Babel comes from– because it was there that the Lord confused the language of the people and then scattered them abroad.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The Parable of the good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke– in the new testament of the Bible. Let’s first take a look at the meaning of parable and of good Samaritan– so that you fully understand the text.

Parable is defined by dictionary.com as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

A good Samaritan is defined by grammarist.com as a person who does good deeds out of compassion and not because of any hope of reward.

The story is about a traveler who was stripped of his clothing, beaten, and left on the side of the road half dead. Jesus tells this parable in response to a series of questions from a lawyer (expert in the law)-that was testing Jesus.

The lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded, asking him what is written in the law and what he read of it.

So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

This is when Jesus responded with the Parable of the good Samaritan.

A man set out on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho– on his journey he came across thieves who stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead on the side of the road. A priest happened to come by–he saw the man wounded on the side of the road–yet he passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Then a Levite happened to come by and did the same– saw the man wounded yet passed him by on the opposite side of the road. Than came the good Samaritan whom happened to come across the man on his own journey. The Samaritan saw the wounded man and had compassion. He went to him– cleaned his wounds– bandaged him up– took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day, before the Samaritan departed to continue his journey– he gave the innkeeper two denarii– and said to him ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

Jesus than asked the lawyer which of these men did he think was neighbor to the wounded man. The lawyered responded with the one who showed mercy.

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

I encourage every person to read it for themselves in Luke 10:25-37

The moral of the story is that everyone is your neighbor, even those who is normally considered an enemy. Choose to show love and compassion toward others– not because they do/don’t deserve it–but because through Jesus, God gives us compassion and unconditional love.

We love because God first loved us.

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The Battle of Jericho

This story is from Joshua chapter six in the Bible. I use the New King James Version– that is just my preference. Although the story is below I always encourage each person to look it up for themselves and read it directly from God’s word.

The Story

The town of Jericho was shut-up no one came in or went out. The Lord told Joshua that Jericho was to be his–that he would be king. God instructed Joshua how to take over the city of Jericho. He was very specific in His instruction.

God said ‘ You shall march around the city, all of your men of war; you shall go all around the city at once. He told them to do this for six days. He said that seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horn and on the seventh day they shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow their trumpets. God then instructed Joshua that with the blast of the rams horns when they hear the sound of the trumpets all the men shall shout. God told Joshua that when he and his men did this the walls will fall flat and the city will be his.

So Joshua called the priests and told them what God had said to him. Then the seven priests, the armed men, and the guard followed Joshua. Joshua instructed his men not to shout or make noise until the day he instructed them to.

Each day for the next six days–Joshua and his men got up and marched around the city and rested back at camp, just as God had instructed him. On the seventh day–they marched around the city seven times– and on the seventh time blew the trumpets and the men all shouted. The walls of Jericho came down and the city was doom by the Lord’s destruction. The city and all who were in it were doomed–except for Rehab. Rehab was a harlot but she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy on Jericho. So when the walls fell and the city was doomed– Joshua spared Rehab and all those in her house– he saved them.

Joshua and his men went into the city and they burned the city and all that was in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord and Rehab and her relatives were spared.

Take a deeper look

The story of Jericho shows us a lot about God and how His will works.

Often times we pray and ask God for direction and to lead the way but then are not willing to follow Him when He calls. God uses ordinary, broken people to do His work through His power. We can’t expect to pray and ask God to help us and lead the way and not be willing to do whatever He asks of us.

It is like saying God– Here I am– Send Me!!

Then He calls and says– Ok, Go here or do this– And we CHOOSE not to listen.

You know– the okay God I want to follow you but not this one–not this time–pick someone else– use me somewhere else.

Why do we do this? Why ask Him if we do not intend to listen? I think a lot has to do with our unspoken expectations. When we pray we kind of think we already have the solution all figured out one way or another.

So when He calls us to do something outrageous much like He did with Joshua– we find reasons not to do it. Either because we don’t like what He is sending us to do, we have fear, or we are plain stubborn and make excuses as to why we can’t do it, shouldn’t do it, or even convince ourselves that it’s not God sending us.

God works in mysterious ways in order to build trust and reliance on Him and in Him as the almighty God– the one whom has it all figured out. He sees a far bigger picture then what we do.

Let this story be great encouragement for your to push forward and follow God no matter how crazy or how hard the path may seem. Remember if God is for you–who can be against you? The Lord will always protect you through what He has called you to do.

The story in Joshua is one of great strength, faith, and obedience to God. It shows God’s faithfulness to those who listen to Him and follow His lead. It shows He can and will use anyone– no matter what their past is.

God used Rehab to protect the messengers (spies) He sent–Yes, God used the Harlot Rehab in order to fulfill His will– He used her, He is using me, and He can use you too!

No one is too broken or too lost to fulfill their purpose in Christ– In fact, that is why each of us have been put here.

Chase God! Chase your dreams! Follow your heart!

Reflection

What do you think God is saying to you through the story in Joshua 6?

Can you think of a time God called you to do something– that seemed out of the ordinary? Did you do it? What happened?

Have you ever felt God is calling you to do something-but you feel unqualified?

If you said yes to the question above let me take a second to encourage you to follow God’s lead.. He doesn’t call the qualified- He qualifies the ones He calls.

Write down one dream you have– Give it to God– Seek His direction to achieve your goals and more so– Your Purpose in Him.

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God’s Promise In The Rainbow

God’s Promise In The Rainbow
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The Lord destroyed the Earth with a flood and instructed Noah to build the ark. Noah was a faithful man who walked with God and did as He was instructed. The flood came to pass and Noah and his sons, his wife, and his wives sons, along with clean and unclean animals, birds, and beasts and everything that creeps the Earth were the only flesh that did not die. Once the flood waters subsided and God instructed all to leave the ark, He made a covenant to never destroy every living thing as he had done. The Lord establishes his covenant and says never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, never again shall there be a flood to destroy the Earth.

(Gen. 9: 12-17) Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you for perpetual generations. I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the Earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the Earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the Earth.”

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Noah’s Ark

The Story of Noah’s Ark
Genesis 6-8

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An inspirational story of having patience, faith, obedience, and trusting God’s timing.
  • The wickedness and judgement of man

    It came to pass that men began multiplying. The Lord said that his spirit will not strive with man forever for he is indeed of flesh. Then the Lord seen that wickedness of man was great in the Earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Bible says the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the Earth. He was grieved at heart. Then the Lord says he is going to destroy man who he created on Earth both man and beast, every creeping thing, and bird in the air; for he was sorry he made them. BUT Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
  • Noah please God

    Noah was a man of God perfect in generations and walked with God. Noah had 3 sons, Shem, Ham, Japheth. The Earth was corrupt and filled with violence. God looked at the Earth and seen all flesh had corrupted their way on Earth.
  • The Ark prepared

    The Lord told Noah he was going to destroy the Earth because violence had filled it. God instructed Noah exactly how to build the ark. God told him (Gen. 6:14-16) to use gopherwood, to make rooms in the ark, and cover it in side and out side with pitch . He went on to give Noah exact dimensions, the length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, its width 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. God then instructed him to put a window in the ark a cubit from above. God told him to set the door of the ark on its side. And told Noah he shall make the ark with lower, second, and third decks. Since Noah was a just man who walked with God he did according to all that God commanded him.
  • The Great Flood

    The Lord said to Noah “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” The the Lord further instructed Noah “You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female, also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the Earth.” He then told Noah he would flood the Earth in seven days and it would rain forty days and forty nights and destroy all things He had created. Noah even at the age of 600 years old, he did according to Gods commandment.

    Noah went on the ark he built and with him was his sons, wife and his sons wives. On the ark with them were the animals, the clean and unclean, the birds and everything that creeps the Earth. Each coming two by two, male and female to Noah just as God commanded. Seven days passed and the flood began, the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the window of heaven were opened up. The rain began to fall lasting for forty days and forty nights. As the rain fell and the waters increased the ark began to lift high above the Earth moving about the surface. The waters overtook the Earth and prevailed 15 cubits upward over all the mountains. All flesh, birds, cattle, beasts and creeping creature died. All that walked the Earth and had remained on dry land died. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. The waters remained on the Earth for 150 days.

  • Noah’s Deliverance

    God remembered Noah, his family and all the animals and beasts and God made a wind to pass over the Earth and the waters subsided. Fountains of deep and windows of heaven were stopped and the rain was restrained. At the end of the 150 days the water decreased and the ark rested in Ararat on the 17th day of the 7th month. The waters weren’t gone though the continued to decrease until the 10th month. And the Bible says the mountain tops were seen on the 1st day of the 10th month.

    The Bible says after the rain came to pass at the end of 40 days he opened the window he built into the ark and sent out a raven that flew back and forth until the waters dried up. Noah then sent out a dove to see if the waters had subsided but the dove came back to him as it had no place to rest. Noah waited 7 days and sent the dove out again this time the dove returned with an olive leaf. Noah knew the waters had decreased and waited another 7 days. This time when Noah sent the dove out it did not return. Now in the 601st year in the 1st month on the 1st day the waters were dried up from the Earth. Noah removed the covering of the ark to look and the land was in fact dry. On the 2nd month on the 27th day the Earth was dried and God told Noah to “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the Earth, so that they may abound on the Earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the Earth.”

    Noah did exactly as God instructed him to do. He took his sons, his wife, his sons wives, the animals, beasts, birds and creeping creatures and they all left the ark.

  • God’s covenant with creation

    Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and bird and offered up a burnt offering to the Lord. The Lord smelled the aroma and said in His heart “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”
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Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden

God created man on the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)  God then planted a garden east of Eden and placed the man he formed in it. God then made every tree grow in the garden including the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9) God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15) God instructed the man the he may eat freely from all trees in the garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God commanded the man not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge or he would surely die.  (Genesis 2:16-17) God seen that the man needed a companion so that he would not be alone. (Gen 2:18) God created every living creature and brought it to Adam and whatever Adam called it, became its name. Adam named every animal/creature but did not find a helper comparable to himself. (Genesis 2:19-20) God then caused Adam to go into a deep rest and removed one of his ribs. God closed the wound on Adam and used his rib to created woman and then brought the woman to Adam. (Genesis 2:21-23) Both man and woman were naked and neither were ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)

The serpent was the sliest of all beasts on the land. He asked woman (Eve) of what trees she was aloud to eat. Woman told the serpent she could eat from all trees except for the one in the midst of the garden. She told the serpent that she could not eat from nor touch the tree or God said she would die. The serpent convinced Eve that God did not want her to know that the fruit from the tree would make her wise like Him, opening her eyes to knowing good and evil and that eating the fruit would not make her die. Even then saw the tree as good fruit that would make her wise and ate it. This is how the knowledge of good and evil and sin entered the world. She then gave the fruit to her husband and he ate it. Once they had eaten the fruit they knew they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. (Genesis 3)

The Lord entered the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve hid among the trees from the presence of God. God called out to Adam asking him “Where are you?” Adam told God he was hiding as he was afraid because he was naked. God wanted to know how Adam knew he was naked and asked if he had eaten from the tree of knowledge that he commanded him not to eat from. Adam explained that his wife gave him the fruit. God asked the woman what she had done and the woman explained. She explained she had been deceived by the serpent into eating the fruit. (Genesis 3)

God cursed the serpent more than every other beast in the field. To the woman God said he would greatly multiply her sorrow and conception. To Adam God said the land is cursed for his sake because he did not listen to God when he commanded him not to eat the fruit. God then made clothes from tunics of skin to cloth the man and his wife. The Lord then said now man is like Him to know good and evil and now man MUST reach out to the tree of life and eat to live forever.  (Genesis 3)