OCTOBER 7: A RECKLESS CHOICE
Lesson: Genesis 3:1-13
The serpent was the craftiest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. So the serpent came to the woman. “Really?” he asked. “None of the fruit in the garden? God says you mustn’t eat any of it?”  “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not to eat. God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”  “That’s a lie!” the serpent hissed. “You’ll not die!  God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like him, for your eyes will be opened—you will be able to distinguish good from evil!”  The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too.  And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. So they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips.  That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden; and they hid themselves among the trees.  The Lord God called to Adam, “Why are you hiding?”  And Adam replied, “I heard you coming and didn’t want you to see me naked. So I hid.”  “Who told you you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten fruit from the tree I warned you about?”  “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some, and I ate it.”  Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied.13 TLB
October 14 DREADFUL CONSEQUENCES
Lesson: Genesis 3:14-24 TLB
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “This is your punishment: You are singled out from among all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth—to be cursed. You shall grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly.  From now on you and the woman will be enemies, as will your offspring and hers. You will strike his heel, but he will crush your head.”  Then God said to the woman, “You shall bear children in intense pain and suffering; yet even so, you shall welcome your husband’s affections, and he shall be your master.”  And to Adam, God said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit when I told you not to, I have placed a curse upon the soil. All your life you will struggle to extract a living from it.  It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat its grasses.  All your life you will sweat to master it, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from the ground, and to the ground you will return.”  The man named his wife Eve (meaning “The life-giving one”), for he said, “She shall become the mother of all mankind”;  and the Lord God clothed Adam and his wife with garments made from skins of animals.  Then the Lord said, “Now that the man has become as we are, knowing good from bad, what if he eats the fruit of the Tree of Life and lives forever?”  So the Lord God banished him forever from the Garden of Eden, and sent him out to farm the ground from which he had been taken.  Thus God expelled him, and placed mighty angels at the east of the Garden of Eden, with a flaming sword to guard the entrance to the Tree of Life.
October 21 THE FIRST MURDER
Lesson: Genesis 4:1-16 TLB
Then Adam had sexual intercourse with Eve his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to a son, Cain (meaning “I have created”). For, as she said, “With God’s help, I have created a man!”  Her next child was his brother, Abel. Abel became a shepherd, while Cain was a farmer.  At harvest time Cain brought the Lord a gift of his farm produce,  and Abel brought the fatty cuts of meat from his best lambs, and presented them to the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abel’s offering,  but not Cain’s. This made Cain both dejected and very angry, and his face grew dark with fury.  “Why are you angry?” the Lord asked him. “Why is your face so dark with rage?  It can be bright with joy if you will do what you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!”  One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were together there, Cain attacked and killed his brother.  But afterwards the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” “How should I know?” Cain retorted. “Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?”  But the Lord said, “Your brother’s blood calls to me from the ground. What have you done?  You are hereby banished from this ground which you have defiled with your brother’s blood.  No longer will it yield crops for you, even if you toil on it forever! From now on you will be a fugitive and a tramp upon the earth, wandering from place to place.”  Cain replied to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.  For you have banished me from my farm and from you, and made me a fugitive and a tramp; and everyone who sees me will try to kill me.”  The Lord replied, “They won’t kill you, for I will give seven times your punishment to anyone who does.” Then the Lord put an identifying mark on Cain as a warning not to kill him.  So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
October 28 WORLDWIDE WICKEDNESS
Lesson 6:Genesis 6:1-10 TLB
Now a population explosion took place upon the earth. It was at this time that beings from the spirit world looked upon the beautiful earth women and took any they desired to be their wives.  Then Jehovah said, “My Spirit must not forever be disgraced in man, wholly evil as he is. I will give him 120 years to mend his ways.”  In those days, and even afterwards, when the evil beings from the spirit world were sexually involved with human women, their children became giants, of whom so many legends are told.  When the Lord God saw the extent of human wickedness, and that the trend and direction of men’s lives were only towards evil,  he was sorry he had made them. It broke his heart.  And he said, “I will blot out from the face of the earth all mankind that I created. Yes, and the animals too, and the reptiles and the birds. For I am sorry I made them.”  But Noah was a pleasure to the Lord. Here is the story of Noah:  He was the only truly righteous man living on the earth at that time. He tried always to conduct his affairs according to God’s will. And he had three sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth.