Archives For Genesis

Genesis 3:6-13

October 11, 2010

Satan, who was a fallen angel, was attempting to remove God from His rightful throne by overtaking the universe and destroying His most prized creation, man. The eternal God had called into existence the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1) and then created human beings to rule over His creation and fill the earth with people (1:26-28). Not only was man created with a unique relationship with creation, but also a unique relationship with God. After breathing the breath of life into man (2:7), God placed Adam in the garden and gave him a command to abstain from eating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:15-17). If he would disobey God and eat from this tree, he would experience death as punishment (2:17). Although no reason is given for prohibiting the fruit from this tree, it is best understood as a test of Adam and Eve’s obedience to God. Satan was well aware of God’s command and sought out Eve while she was alone. He took on the form of a serpent and began calling into question the very words of God causing Eve to doubt God’s goodness and motives (3:1-5). “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (3:6). The apostle Paul later reveals that through Adam’s action, “…sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:15). This first disobedience made all men sinners by nature and caused spiritual death to fall on every human being. Sin has continually made it impossible for man to find fellowship with God.

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Genesis 3:1-5

October 7, 2010

God’s creation of the heavens and the earth had been completed (Genesis 1) but Moses provided further details surrounding man’s creation (Genesis 2), which occurred on day six. Adam had been created from the dust of the ground (2:7) and Eve was fashioned from the rib of the man (2:21-23). Together they formed the first marriage (2:24-25) and dwelt in a perfect environment called the garden of Eden (2:8-15). Although God gave Adam and Eve complete freedom in the garden (2:16), He did prohibit them from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:17a). Eating of this tree would result in loss of fellowship with God and physical death (2:17b). There is a dramatic occurrence in Genesis 3 when a snake appears to Eve while she is alone in the garden (3:1). In the New Testament, both John and Paul identify the serpent as Satan (Revelation 12:9; 20:2; 2 Corinthians 11:3). Since Satan was an angel, he was able to possess the body of the snake. Scripture does not give a lot of details surrounding Satan’s rebellion against God, but many believe it occurred after Genesis 1:31 when God referred to His creation as very good, but prior to this incident in Genesis 3. Ezekiel 28:11-16 reveals that Satan was a beautiful angelic being whose home was the garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-13). Satan was an anointed cherub who guarded God’s throne and had complete access to Him (Ezekiel 28:14) until sin was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15-16). Satan’s sin of pride (1 Timothy 3:6) forced God to remove him from heaven. Isaiah 14:12-15 further describes Satan’s (Lucifer) demise and his attempt to remove God from His rightful throne by overtaking the universe.

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Genesis 2:18-25

October 6, 2010

God wanted His people as well as all generations to understand the origin of the world in which they lived, so He provided the details to Moses who wrote the words found in Genesis 1. The Creator God spoke all things into existence in six literal days and then rested on the seventh day. God’s six days of work and one day of rest became a pattern for man’s work cycle (2:1-3). The second chapter of Genesis provides further details of the sixth day of creation when man and animals were created. After breathing the breath of life into the man (2:7), God placed him in the garden of Eden (a perfect environment) where tended and kept the garden (2:8, 15). Although God gave the man freedom to eat from all trees in the garden, He put one restriction on him. The man was not permitted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:9). If man disobeyed God’s command and ate from the tree, he would lose his fellowship with God and eventually experience physical death as a consequence (2:16-17).

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Genesis 2:1-17

October 5, 2010

In the very first words of Scripture, Moses documents the origin of all created things so that people from every generation would understand the beginnings of the world in which they lived. Moses identifies the eternal God as the Creator (1:1) who caused all things to exist through spoken word (1:1-31). Although Moses never argues for God’s existence, he simply assumes that those reading would believe in the one, true God who created the heavens and the earth in six literal days. Genesis 1 concludes with God creating man (His most prized creation) in His image which meant that man had a unique relationship with God (1:26-27). Man was entrusted with overseeing God’s creation as well as populating the earth through having children with his wife, Eve (1:26-28).

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Genesis 1:1-31

September 30, 2010

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This verse has been read countless times since Moses wrote these very first words of recorded Scripture. Moses never argues for the existence of an eternal God, but simply assumes people will have faith that He exists and has always existed (Psalm 90:2). Although God is eternal, Moses explains that everything else was created by this eternal God out of nothing; in other words, God spoke into existence all created things without having any other materials. This supernatural creation occurred over a period of six literal 24 hour days. Here is a brief summary of what was created on each day.

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Introduction to Genesis

September 29, 2010

Genesis is often referred to as the book of beginnings because it provides an extensive explanation of the origins of the human race,the created universe, and the birth of the nation of Israel. Written by the hands of Moses somewhere between 1445-1405 BC, these words were given to him by special revelation from God (2 Timothy 3:16) since Moses was born nearly three centuries after the events of Genesis were completed. These words would give Israel, God’s chosen people, an understanding of the history and theology of their existence. This book is foundational to all of Scripture and without a proper understanding of it, many other parts of the Bible may be misunderstood (marriage, family, sin, forgiveness, government, judgment, languages/people groups). In the pages of this first book of the Bible, the reader discovers significant explanations to events such as the creation of the universe, origin of the human race, relationship between God and man, sin and death, and the unveiling of God’s plan to save mankind from the penalty of sin (3:15). The events of Genesis occur in three distinct locations: Mesopotamia (Genesis 1-11, creation-2090 BC), the promised land of Canaan (Genesis 12-36, 2090-1897 BC), and Egypt (Genesis 37-50, 1897-1805 BC).

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