For Our Young People

How Paradise Was Lost

Instructions: Do this exercise in quiet surroundings. As you read the scriptures, imagine that you are part of the event. Visualize the scene. Hear the voices. Feel the emotions of the characters. Let the account come to life.

ANALYZE THE SCENE.​—READ GENESIS 3:1-24.

How do you imagine Eve’s initial reaction when the serpent began speaking to her?

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Keeping in mind that Adam and Eve sinned intentionally, what do you think they were feeling, as reported in verses 7-10?

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How do you visualize the ousting of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, as described in verses 22-24?

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DIG DEEPER.

What role did Eve’s eyes play in her downfall? (Reread verse 6.)

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Why did the fruit become to Eve “something to be longed for”? (Reread verses 4 and 5.)

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What may have moved Adam to join Eve in her sin? (Reread verse 6.)

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How would sin adversely affect the relationship between men and women in generations to come? (Reread verse 16.)

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How was it apparent that the relationship between Adam and Eve was strained as a result of sin? (Reread verse 12.)

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How did Jehovah immediately address the problem so that his purpose would succeed? (Reread verse 15.)

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APPLY WHAT YOU LEARNED. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT . . .

The dangers of an independent spirit.

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How the eyes can feed wrong desires.

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The futility of blaming others for our mistakes.

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WHAT ASPECT OF THIS ACCOUNT MEANS THE MOST TO YOU, AND WHY?

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