When humans first lost their innocence through sin in the Garden of Eden, their shame over their nakedness led them to hide. God reached out to cover their sin.
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Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- Have you ever been caught in an embarrassing situation when you were not fully clothed? Briefly describe (appropriately!) your experience with the group. Why were you embarrassed?
- Listen to the responses of others in your class. What do these responses tell you about shame and nakedness? Write down your thoughts.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Using a green drayon, draw the outline a large fig leaf on a blank sheet of paper. Inside the leaf, list the things in our culture that you believe lead to a loss of innocence.
- Thought Questions
Let’s begin our study of innocence by looking at the story of Adam and Eve. Read Genesis 2:15-25. What contributed to the unity and closeness of this first couple and allowed them to live in nakedness without shame?
- God provided them with a pure and beautiful environment in which to live.
- The Lord gave them a work to do in caring for the garden.
- Adam felt the need for a companion, and God provided Eve.
- Adam and Eve were united in heart, soul, and body.
- God gave clear instructions, and Adam and Eve’s obedience protected them.
Adam and Eve lost their innocence; Genesis 3:1-6 describes their fall into sin. Look at the steps that led them into sin and discuss how we sometimes follow in their footsteps.
- We have a deceptive enemy who is a liar. We must be aware of him at all times (v.1).
- Our first parents had a discussion with the serpent. Never talk with an enemy (v.2).
- Satan invited Eve to question God’s commands. Never question the clear teachings of Scripture (v.3).
- “You will not surely die.” We rationalize that some sins are not important (v.4).
- “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good…” Never trust your senses (v.6).
How did the loss of innocence affect our first parents? Read Genesis 3:1-19.
- Their eyes were opened, and they realized they were naked.
- They tried to cover themselves with fig leaves.
- They hid from God.
- They tried to blame others for their sin.
- Curses that resulted from their sin made life more difficult.
What was God’s response to their sin? What does God’s action represent? Read Genesis 3:14, 15, 21.
- That Satan was cursed. Enmity was put between the devil and the first family (v.14).
- That there’s a greater conflict between Christ and Satan in the universe (v.15).
- It is interesting that fig leaves (the work of humans) didn’t adequately cover Adam and Eve.
- God clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins, which means that blood was shed.
- Our sins could be covered only through Christ’s death on the cross.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to the larger group when your facilitator says time is up.
Option 1: Read the story of humankind’s fall in Genesis 3:1-13, 21. Select five different readers and assign them the following roles: narrator, Satan, Eve, Adam, and God. Readers, add a little passion and drama to your roles to make them interesting and meaningful.
- Option 2: Invite an individual from your group to either kneel or sit on a chair while everyone else gathers around and places hands on him or her. Have one or two people pray for the person in the chair. Focus on being thankful that Jesus died and was resurrected for that person. As you pray, wrap a blanket around the person to symbolize how we are covered by God’s grace.
- Option 3: Some girls in your teen group at church think the guidelines for dress at your church campout are stupid (no bikinis,no miniskirts, no halter tops, etc.) and believe things need to change. Is today’s discussion relevant to these girls? Are the two topics even related?
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Reflect for a moment on these two questions: Do you hide from God? Have you been avoiding some divine promptings in some area(s) of your life? Quietly pray and meditate on these questions.
- Find a prayer partner and share from your reflections whatever you feel is appropriate. Then pray that the Lord will cover you with an abundance of grace.