Genesis 3:11 – How do we know sin?

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked?


Adam and Eve had taken the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They had given in to the temptation from the serpent and now their eyes were opened. Now they knew what sin was. They knew what it meant to be against God, to be out of fellowship with Him.

They now had knowledge but it was not the kind that God wanted them to know. This was not the knowledge that they would have gained by just being with God, having the right fellowship with Him. They wanted what they didn’t need. They wanted to be like God. They felt that He was holding something back from themand they wanted it no matter the cost.

So they took the easy way. They took what seemed to be a short cut and now they were completely in sin.

The serpent told them “You will be like God! You will know what God knows!”

“You will know what He is hiding from you!”

So they took the fruit and they ate it and now their eyes were wide open yet now they were blinded by sin, dying, and headed for eternal separation from God.

They didn’t particularly know what situation they were in.  All they knew was that they were naked and it was wrong and worth hiding from God.

So God asks Adam a question, “Where are you?”

Of course God knew where Adam was, and He knew what Adam had done, but Adam didn’t.

He didn’t fully understand that what he was feeling is the guilt from.


How do we know sin?


The Law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:20

The Law brings about death through sin

1 Corinthians 15:56

We, like Adam are born into sin and death, but God has an answer

I Corinthians 15:22

 We are made free from the Law through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2-4)

1 Peter 2:24

Notice that the cross is called a tree (Galatians 3:10-13)

Jesus came to this earth to die for us.

He came to redeem us from the curse of the Law.

John 3:14-18

Numbers 21:4-9

The children of Israel had been saved by God. He had taken them out of Egypt. He had supplied their way and their provisions, but they continued to complain and whine. So God gives them something to complain about. He sends snakes among them. Fiery snakes (this either refers to their color or the burning of their venom) Many people were bit and many died. They came to Moses and exclaimed “We have sinned against God! Please pray for us and ask God to take these snakes away!” So Moses prayed and God told him to make a serpent and set it upon a pole and anyone who looked at the serpent on the pole would be saved from death.


The Law is like the snakes venom. It teaches us a lesson. Paul calls the Law our schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25) The Law is there to make us realize that we are sinners and that we are in need of a Savior because we can’t save ourselves.

And like the children of Israel looked to the serpent on the pole, the snake of sin, we need to look to Jesus (Who became sin for us) because He is the only way to salvation. Jesus took many things for us on the cross.

Jesus Christ lives!!! He is not dead. He was raised up from the grave and He lives at the Fathers’ Right Hand. And we live now because He lives. When you accept Jesus as your savior, you are freed from the sting of sin and the hurt of death. He gives us newness of Life. Accept His payment for your sins today and live through Him. Praise the name of Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!

About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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