SESSION 7, PART 3 – ANTHROPOLOGY: THE FALL OF MAN

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the fall of man.
  • Compare and contrast the fall of man with the fall of Satan.
  • Describe the implications of the fall.

Review: Satan’s Fall Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-15

• The motivation for Satan’s rebellion was pride___ and the desire to be exalted as

God.

• There was no external___ temptation that influenced Satan to rebel.

Questions from Revelation 12:1-9:

1. Who is the woman clothed in the sun? (v. 1)

Some say this is Mary, the human mother of Christ. Others assert this

refers to the nation Israel, which God often referred to as His wife. I

believe she represents God’s covenant community from both the Old and

New Testament eras. It also hearkens back to the first Messianic

prophecy in Genesis 3:15.

2. What is the meaning of the dragon’s tail in verse 4?

I believe this refers to the satanic rebellion where Satan drew a third of

the created angels into his treason. (Other opinions do exist.)

3. Who is represented by the woman’s Child?

This is Jesus, the Christ child.

4. What are the implications of the dragon being cast out of heaven?

A great spiritual war is engaged with Michael leading the forces of God

and Satan opposing him. While the battle is still engaged, Satan

continues to deceive and rule on Earth. However, the outcome is not in

doubt; Satan and his forces will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

The Fall of Man Genesis 3:1-24

Questions from Genesis 3:

1. Who is the serpent in verse 1? Satan.

2. What did Satan use to tempt Eve? Satan caused her to question the clear commandment of God that she

was not to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden.

3. Why was this sin?

Faith is believing God and acting on that belief. Failure to do either is cosmic treason against God … for whatever is not from faith is sin.

Romans 14:23

4. How is the temptation related to 1 John 2:16?

Eve succumbed to the lust of the flesh in that she saw the fruit was good

for food, the lust of the eye in that it was pleasant to see, and the pride

of life in that it (allegedly) provided a shortcut to wisdom.

5. What were the consequences of the fall?

Adam and Eve suffered shame and alienation from God. As a result, the

image of God in man was obscured and they were expelled from Eden.

Creation itself was cursed causing death and decay to enter the world.

From this point forward, men and women would endure sorrow, toil and

the struggle with their own evil nature.

6. How is the fall of humanity like the fall of Satan?

Pride and rebellion from God’s rightful rule were present in both cases.

7. How is the fall of humanity different than the fall of Satan?

Satan had no external tempter, but humans did.

Major Concepts from Genesis 3:

• Evil, sin and temptation came from outside___.

• Satan successfully attacked the woman.

• Adam failed to exercise proper spiritual oversight___.

• Motivation was a shortcut___ to divine knowledge.

Satan’s Fall vs. Man’s Fall

• Satan had no external___ tempter; man did.

• Satan’s fall doomed him to destruction, but man’s fall maintains the

possibility___ of redemption.

• Satan’s fall was a result of pride; man’s fall was as a result of his desire to attain

for himself___ beauty, knowledge and food.

• Both involved rebellion___ against God. (sin)

Consequences of the Fall

• Shame and alienation from God.

• The image of God in man was obscured.

• Humankind was expelled from Eden.

• Creation itself is cursed.

• Death entered the world.

• Sorrow, toil, and the struggle with his own evil nature became man’s lot.