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Genesis 4-7

My thoughts:

Genesis 4

  • God requires our First and Best fruit, not just any fruit of our labors
  • If we don’t give our best, we shouldn’t expect to receive the best. We can only get as much return as we are willing to give.
  • We cannot deceive God, he sees and hears everything
  • Once sin started in the world it grew exponentially.
  • Adam and Eve’s grandchildren began to seek a relationship with God; they called upon the name of the Lord in prayer. (4:26)

Genesis 5

  • Adam and Eve were created in God’s image; their children were created in Adam’s image. Adam and Eve were created Holy until they chose to sin at which time they became carnal. This carnal image is what was passed down to their children.
  • In reading through the lineage of Adam, the one that stands out is Enoch. Besides those scriptures pertaining to him, each generation is recorded in a similar manner. Enoch walked with God. In our busy lives, with the world around us, in our lineage, do people testify that we walked with God? (5:24)
  • Noah was a promise that offered hope to his family. (5:29)
  • Trivia – there were 1056 years between creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. (if you add all the years of the father before the son was born)

Genesis 6

  • God shorten the life span to 120 years.
  • Sin was very vile and of every kind even in Noah’s day. We often think that it can’t get any worse, and that may be true, sin has been here almost since the beginning. Sin is sin, no matter how atrocious the deed, it was vile in Noah’s time and still vile now.
  • Because of the expanse of sin in the heart and minds, God was sorry for creating man.
  • Noah is the second man that was mentioned to walk with God.
  • God again had an organized plan to cleanse the world: an ark and a flood.
  • God was very specific in his directions in building the boat as he was in the Garden of Eden with his commandment to not eat of the tree.
  • God made a promise to Noah.
  • The earth is still around because of Noah’s faithfulness.
  • When someone writes our story can they say: “Thus did [YOUR NAME]; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”? (6:22) Even when we don’t comprehend the rain that is coming, can we still obey and build the boat.

Genesis 7

  • The account of the flood is so fantastic. First Noah receives the instruction to build an ark. What is that? For rain? There was no comprehension for either thing. Then with specific guidelines the ark is built. With out question from Noah. He just followed God’s directions. Then the gathering of the animals. These are wild animals, not from a zoo. They came from all over in pairs to the boat. Imagine the traveling that Noah and his family did to gather the animals and bring them to the ark. They couldn’t take the ark to the animals and load them up. Then the food. It wasn’t just the 40 days and nights, but also the 150 days that they remained in the boat until they could exit on dry land. The many mouths that needed food. The space and means to hold it fresh for that length of time. And where does the food go after it is eaten? Imagine the sanitation issues for all those people and animals for 200 days. Only God could have directed the whole thing, calling the animals, and providing for the food, sanitation and housing of all the beings. It is heard to wrap my brain around. Our God is an AWESOME God.

Genesis 1-3

My Thoughts on:

Genesis 1

  • God is a planner and is very organized.
  • God is creative.
  • He has the power to speak things into existence when there was nothing.
  • He thinks of everything, who else would think to create the day and night, the earth and water, all the verities of plants and animals. He created ways for each of these to continue through out time. Even how to measure time with the seasons. What would we do with out all these things? It all began here.
  • In his creation, God provided for every need that would arise.
  • He does good work the first time.

Genesis 2

  • God rested when his work was done. He took the time to rest instead of jumping into the next project.
  • Man and woman are the only beings with a soul and the ability to choose.
  • He didn’t just create for functionality but beauty and enjoyment.
  • God gave man and woman a job; they weren’t allowed to be lazy. They were there to dress and keep the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:15)
  • Besides their job of keeping the Garden, Adam and Eve had 1 commandment from God, their choice to follow this changed the coarse of the world.
  • God made Adam creative; he is the one that came up with all the names for the animals.
  • Marriage between a Man and a Woman was ordained from the beginning. Even before families were ever created, the couple was to leave their parents and be joined together.

Genesis 3

  • The serpent was sneaky.
  • Eve added to the commandment, making the command stricter than God intended. God said to not eat of the tree, she told the serpent that she was not to eat or touch of the tree.
  • The serpent knew enough truth to twist it and make HIS version believable, deceiving the woman.
  • Adam and Eve’s eyes didn’t open when Eve touched the fruit, as she had spoken. God opened their eyes when they ate of the tree as God said. He didn’t make the standards higher just because Eve did.
  • Up until the time that Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they had communion with God. He walked and talked with them in the garden. They could see him and God could see them. When they ate the fruit, they no longer felt comfortable in the presence of God. They hid from God; God didn’t hide from Adam and Eve. We are the ones that separate ourselves from God when we sin.
  • After they first sinned, Adam and Eve began to make excuses for what they did.
  • There was a consequence for disobeying God; they were to endure pain and hard labor, 2 things that were not yet on the earth.
  • God still had compassion on them; he was the one that made clothing for Adam and Eve.
  • Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden so they wouldn’t eat of the Tree of Life after they gained the knowledge of good and evil. Before they ate of the forbidden fruit they only new good. God could not permit those that have knowledge of evil to partake of the Tree of Life and live forever.

Have you ever wondered why we are here? Or considered the theories of predestination, arguing that a select few are chosen to join God in heaven and the majority are doomed to hell? Well if God is all knowing, why are we here? If he knew how we were going to live, why didn’t he just send us directly to heaven or hell?

To answer this, we first have to answer the question of creation? Why did God create people in the first place? What was his purpose in that? God created us for his pleasure and glory we are told this in Revelations 4:11 and Isaiah 43:7.God delights in us, he wanted companionship.

He created us with a soul and a mind to choose. This was instated at creation when a choice was put before Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There were two special trees in the Garden of Eden; one was the Tree of Knowledge, the other the Tree of Life. They were told that they could partake of anything in the garden except the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. If man was not to have a choice but were predestined to heaven or hell, why did he even place the trees there? That temptation that God placed in the garden is the first proof that we are to have a choice to obey God or to listen to the devil. When we read the account, we see that Adam and Eve made the choice to not obey God, giving into the selfish desire for knowledge. The full story can be found in Genesis 2 and 3.

We are here as servants of God. But he wants us to serve him willingly, not out of fear of what may happen to us or because we are made to do so. In 1 Chronicles 28:9 we read, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.” It explains that we should know God and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. However, he again is giving us the choice to serve God and the consequences if we decide to forsake him.

He wants us to serve him because we love him and want to serve him. He wants us to choose him and his way. In Luke 1:74 and 75 it explains that we are to serve him with out fear, in holiness and righteousness. Not afraid of what our life will be like with or with out him. Out of love God gave us a choice. Because of the choice of Adam and Eve in the garden, we are born into sin. John 3:16 a well known scripture points out the mercy of God; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus was willing to be that sacrifice for our sins that we might have the opportunity to choose life which is again offered in Deuteronomy 30:19.

This choice is offered to us daily, in Matthew 6:24 we are admonished to choose this day who we will serve. We can’t serve God for the blessings that he gives us and want our way; we have to choose to serve one or the other. Specifically it says that “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Mammon is another word for wealth or our-self, or the world, anything that isn’t God. This is the choice that we have between God and self, good and evil, heaven or hell.

I challenge you to take advantage of this choice that you have been given and choose to serve God. He has so many blessings that he longs to bestow upon you. Choose the one who gave you a choice!

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