Sunday School Notes for Dec. 14, 2014

Hey all! Here are today’s Sunday School notes complete with the questions we ask in Sunday School and questions to think about at home. Enjoy, and let thy mind be blown!

GoYo Sunday School Notes: 12-14-2014

Topic: Pride

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-6 (HCSB)

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die. ’”

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

What is Pride? (vv. 6)

  • Pride is the consideration of one’s self over God.
  • Pride attempts to take God’s glory for self.
  • Pride is the gateway to all other sins.
  • Humility is the opposite of pride, and should be our disposition in life
    • This means we should (1) always consider God first and (2) always consider others first.

Fall of humankind

  • Who is the serpent?
    • The serpent is either representative of Satan, or an actual serpent that has been influenced by Satan.
    • Early Mesopotamian texts always depict vengeful spirits (i.e. Satan) as serpents.
    • It is likely that Moses might be using this imagery, but because of the literal telling of the story (it’s told as a history and not as an allegory), it may also be that the serpent was literally a serpent.
  • Being like God, knowing good and evil?
    • The serpent may, here, be revealing a small amount of truth among his lies. God is all knowing!
    • Because God is unbound by His creation, He knows everything, whether good or evil.
    • Mankind was designed to be like God. This includes in his knowledge. The serpent used that idea to his advantage.
    • Meanwhile, God might be using the fall to complete the “knowledge” part of His image in us on this earth and forever! (Consider Jeremiah 33:2 and Genesis 3:7)
  • Can we blame our fallenness on Adam or Eve?
    • Scripture places the blame for original sin on Adam, because Adam was preeminent within God’s creation (He was the first image bearer).
    • Because of Adam’s preeminence, original sin infects us all, but we are not without personal sin.
    • Because of this, we hold all of the blame for our ‘fallenness’
  • Christ
    • Christ became flesh and took on the burden of original sin in death, thus taking on the preeminence of Adam within creation and satisfying mankind’s debt for original sin (and all subsequent sins).
    • Thus, the only thing now keeping men and women from God is their failure to confess Christ as King and believe that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
    • Sin no longer has the power to keep us from God because God has already defeated sin for us!

Questions for class discussion:

  1. In what ways do you struggle with pride?
  2. How do you deal with your pride?
  3. In what ways do you try to be humble?
  4. If Christ has already defeated sin, why do we allow sin to keep us from God?
    1. Do we just use it as an excuse?
    2. We should come to God as we are, and allow Him to work in us and change us for the better. We can’t get better without Him!

Homework!

Read through the entirety of Genesis 3. Think, journal and/or blog about the affects of humankind’s fall that you see in the world today.

  • Do you see people’s pride glorified?
  • Do you see people worshipping self instead of God?
    • Think about the glorification of the human body or the claim that there are no distinctions between genders. Why do we think so highly of celebrities?
    • Do these things alarm us? Should they?
  • What are the good things you see in society despite the fall of humankind?
    • Is there, in general, a love that people have for other people?
    • Is there care for the elderly and the homeless and the orphan?
    • Is there a personal story you have about when someone considered you first or inspired you to consider others first or to simply be more humble?
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