The First Sin

Age 5+: Read Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3
Under 5: Read about the sin of Adam and Eve from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

God told Adam and Eve they could eat from any tree in the Garden, except one. If they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were told they would die. Satan, in a snake's body, lied to Eve, and told her she could be smart like God if she ate the fruit. He told her she would not die. Satan lied to Eve and she ate the fruit. Then she brought some to Adam and he ate it also. Adam and Eve did what God had told them NOT to do. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Adam and Eve sinned.

Then, Adam and Eve were afraid. They hid from God because they knew they had done something wrong. But God knew what they had done. He told them they had to leave the Garden. Life was not going to be easy anymore. But God made a promise that He would send someone to stop Satan and make us God's friends again. God would send His son, Jesus, to die on the cross for the sin of Adam and Eve, and for our sin.

Imagine if you were in a room full of toys. At the center of the room was a special toy that you were told not to touch. Do you think you still might want to touch it? Just to see what it felt like or what it did? Adam and Eve knew they were not supposed to eat the fruit, but they ate it anyway. They sinned. Thankfully, God forgives us when we sin if we are truly sorry. Always remember to ask God for forgiveness when you know you have sinned.

Discussion
Preschool questions:
Who lied and tricked Eve? Satan (the snake).
Did Adam eat the forbidden fruit too? Yes.
What happened after they ate the fruit? They had to leave the garden.

Elementary questions:
What does it mean to sin? To break God's law.
Who did Eve choose to believe, Satan or God? Satan.
How did Adam and Eve feel after they realized they had sinned? They were ashamed and tried to hide.

Preteen application:
How can we influence others to sin? By encouraging the wrong actions, setting a bad example, ignoring sin.
How can we influence others to do what is right? By setting a good example, encouraging righteousness, rebuking sin.

Memory Verse: Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, describe the consequences of Adam and Eve's sin, and write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Adam and Eve leaving the garden. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional activity: Draw a beautiful picture of the world. When you are finished, crumple up the picture. The wrinkles made by crumpling up the picture are like sin. Even though you can still see the picture, the wrinkles have ruined that which used to be perfect. Always remember to ask your heavenly Father for forgiveness with a sincere heart.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.