Read Together: Adam and Eve were happy in the garden that God had created for them. Their lives were blessed with delicious foods that God had ordained for them to eat. They were surrounded by beauty, and they had meaningful work taking care of the garden and the animals. In the midst of the garden were two trees—the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that they could eat of the tree of life, but not of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Satan, the enemy, convinced Eve to disobey God, and God forced them to leave the garden.
Read Together: Genesis 2:16–17; 3:1–6, 13–19, 22–24.
- Explain to your child that Satan, whose name means adversary, was an angel who became evil and rebelled against God. He is called a serpent several times in the Bible.
- Point out that Satan deceived Eve. Explain what deceived means.
- Ask your child how Adam and Eve felt after they had disobeyed God.
- Show how Adam and Eve’s lives were worse after disobeying God.
- Discuss how obedience leads to blessings and disobedience to curses.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
More to Do!
These activities are optional, but some children may find them enjoyable.
- Draw a picture of the Garden of Eden and talk about elements of the picture.
- Play a “Truth or Error” game with your child. Make a statement concerning a point covered in the lesson and ask them if it is the truth or an error.
- Truth or Error. Human beings are distant cousins of apes.
- Truth or Error. Only a man and a woman can start a family.
- Truth or Error. Men and women are just alike; their gender doesn’t matter.
- Truth or Error. God made the woman from man.