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Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

HBS Group Genesis 2:15; 3:24
Lesson Nine
The Lie That Caused the Fall of Both Angels and Man

Again I want to thank you for your comments, concerns, and suggestions. I appreciate your input and will welcome it always.

When we started this study of the Bible I said I considered myself a Bible student first and foremost and I always shall be. I don’t believe anyone can honestly say they know all there is to know about this book. That would be quite a boast.

God has chosen not to reveal all things to His creation. Having said that, it is also true that God has revealed much to His creation and we are to accept it on faith.

Stop and think a moment. If God chose to record each and every detail from creation to the second coming, how many books to you think it would take to hold that knowledge? It boggles the mind. Instead we have enough to get the job done and it is contained in this one book which we can carry around with us.

We owe our very being to the Creator. The proper creature attitude then is one of faith, not questioning. (W.R. Newell)  “Frail creatures of dust, And feeble as frail, In Thee do we trust, Nor find Thee to fail.”

Let’s pick up our study in Genesis 2:5.  Read along with me.

Genesis 2: 5 – Now (Now is a time word) no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate it.

6: But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

We’re going to be coming across the phrase The LORD God many times in our Bible study. Now is a good time to understand what Scripture means when the phrase The LORD God is used. We have changed from God (Elohim) throughout all of Genesis chapter one; and now all of a sudden we have the introduction of LORD God. Now the LORD (All Caps) is the word that we are going to be later introduced to as "Jehovah." Jehovah is that person of the Godhead who is always involved or is interacting with the human race.

It’s that person of the Godhead who is to be the Communicator. (The Word) He is the one who is going to be the Savior of mankind.

We see Jehovah enjoying fellowship with Adam in the Garden. Jehovah is that person of the Godhead that is going to appear to Abraham and to Moses (At the burning bush) and many others throughout the O.T.

God knows that man is going to have to be able to identify with his Creator. Exactly what does this mean? It means man is going to need to be able to not only fellowship with Him but be able to know that He is.

Now our translators, I’ve read, used that word "LORD" most of the time out of courtesy to the old Jewish writers because they had such awe for the name Jehovah. These Jewish writers wouldn’t speak it or even write it.

So the Jewish writers would simply leave a blank wherever it came up. But our Bible translators came along and instead of using the word in opposition to that Jewish tenet, they wrote the word LORD and not Jehovah.

…the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate it.
Some theologians and Bible scholars teach that no rain fell on this planet until the time of the Great Flood of Noah. They will use a verse from Hebrews chapter eleven to support this belief. Turn to the Hebrews chapter 11.

Hebrews 11: 7 – By faith, Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household…
"Things not yet seen" are their reasoning for teaching there was no rainfall on the earth since creation. These theologians will marry this verse with the one in Genesis 2: 5-6, however, the Bible does not specifically say.

If no rain fell on earth for a period of about 1600 years (From Adam to Noah), I would think somewhere in Scripture you would find a comment about this.

Instead I think this Bible verse in Hebrews is referring to the Great Flood which God said He was going to send upon the entire earth in judgment. This would indeed be something man had never before seen.

Of course it is a sure bet that man has never seen an ark like the one God commanded Noah to build either. Therefore, since the Bible does not say no rain fell after Man was placed in Eden, we should not choose one side of the debate or the other. But it is interesting to talk about in our Bible study.

Genesis 2:8 – The LORD God formed a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom he had formed.
Why did God create the earth and make it such a perfect place?

Isaiah 45:18 – For thus says the LORD (Note the capitalization), who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place), but formed it to be inhabited.

You know, I thought of something the other day that I had never thought of before, as long as I have been teaching. And, I wonder how many of you have?Where do you suppose Adam actually lived? Have you ever thought of that?

Did God give him a home? Did he just lay down in the grass and sleep? Did he just eat off the trees or did he have a place where he could prepare a meal? Have you ever thought about it? I never had, but I think it is something interesting to think about. I take the time to mention this now; and I take you back to one of my opening statements. You see, the Bible doesn’t tell us everything.

Whatever situation Adam found himself in I’m certain it was ideal.

9: Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Here we have the two named trees in the garden The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Not much is said about the Tree of Life; but it is interesting to note that after the Genesis experience, there is nothing more mentioned of this tree until the book of Revelation, in the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation chapter 22). For now our focus will be on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Genesis 2:10-14 – Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers… 2: 15 – Then the LORD God took the man (Adam) and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

Now we have man in a perfect environment and there God has placed his food source. Remember from our last lesson the Bible taught us that man was not a meat-eater. Man and the creatures in the animal kingdom ate those things which the earth produced. Preposterous! No Way! Unbelievable, you may say? This Bible fact may surprise some of you; but it’s true.

It wasn’t until after the time of the great flood that God permitted the eating of animal flesh; (approximately 1600 years).

Let’s skip ahead to Genesis chapter nine to check this fact out. Genesis 9:1 – And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply (Sound familiar? It is the same command God gave Adam) and fill the earth. The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you, I (LORD) give all to you as I gave the green plant.”

Do you see? The animal kingdom was now going to live in fear of God’s crowning achievement (Man). Why? Because God has expanded Man’s food source to include animals. Man has the intellect and the skills to be a successful hunter. Once again here is evidence of God revealing a new program to man when He chooses to do so. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Genesis 2: 15 – Then the LORD God took the man (Adam) and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
Adam was not to be a man of leisure. Adam was assigned work to do. Man was placed in Eden to cultivate and keep this garden of the LORD.

Now here is evidence of God giving Adam a command. Please turn back with me to Genesis, chapter two. We’ll begin at verse sixteen.

Genesis 2:16 - The LORD God commanded the man (Not Man and Woman), saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;

17: - but (Here is the EXCEPTION) from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.

How could anyone misinterpret this command? God gives Man choices; but He also reveals their consequences!

Now the first question that comes into the average individual’s mind is, if God had everything so perfect and he has created a man that is perfect and could live forever; why in the world did He put something in front of him that would make it possible for him to lose it all? It is a valid question.

To answer it I have to revisit one of the points that I made in a previous lesson. When God created man, God gave man “free will.” God did not create a ROBOT who would respond to his creator as programmed. No. Man was given the ability to make choices.

Remember, I said that God and His creation of mankind had direct parallel with the husband and wife relationship. Do you remember that?

God wanted a creature that He could extend His love to and receive love in return.

God expects and commands the husband to love the wife (Ephesians 5:25) because God created the woman to respond to that love.

Alright, in order for man to be put in a place of exercising that will, and to show that he really and truly loves the God that created him, God had to give him an alternative.

Man’s prosperity depended on him being obedient to his Creator.
Prosperity = the condition of enjoying wealth, success, or good fortune.

Of course we want to see what Scripture has to say about this. Turn with me to the book of Deuteronomy, and then chapter 30. We’ll start in verse 15.

Deuteronomy 30:15 – See, I (God) have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16: in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, (And how does man demonstrate his love to God?) to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply.

Joshua 1: 7 –Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you may have (what’s the next word?) success wherever you go.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Believing God is how mankind prospers here on earth. God has not changed. Man can choose life and prosperity; or he may choose death and adversity. God permits man the choice. God offers salvation to all…whosoever shall come.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be shall be saved. (KJV)

The Presence of Evil in PARADISE!

Always be mindful the advance of time. When you read Scripture, the clock is ticking. Time is marching onward.

The Bible does not indicate how much time passed from the time the LORD places Adam and the Woman in Eden and the appearance of Satan disguised as a serpent. It could have been ten days, ten months, or even ten years or more. When it happened is not important. The fact that it did happen as recorded for us is important; and we accept it on FAITH.

And now verse one.

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”

Once again, there are more than a few things going on in this verse; and since this is a Bible study, we’ll investigate them one at a time.

1. Here is one of those words I like to stop and examine. The word crafty (Your Bible translation may use the word subtle instead) actually has more than ten different meanings. The word subtle means: sly, devious, slight, intelligent, experienced, delicate, elusive, obscure, perceptive, refined, artful, ingenious. No wonder Satan chose this creature to inhabit before approaching the woman. Think about it.

We’re still reviewing Genesis 3:1.

2. This serpent is speaking to the woman. Yes. That’s what my Bible says and so does yours. This serpent approached the Woman and spoke to her. What’s more she understood it, so it must have been speaking her language. Talking snakes? You bet and why not? Later on in Scripture we find recorded for us an episode of a talking donkey. Let’s skip over to the book of Numbers 22:28-29 – And the LORD (See the capitalization. This is Jehovah – God the Son) opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And the conversation between the donkey and Balaam continues from there.

If the Bible reveals to me that there was a talking donkey, I have no problem with a talking serpent in the Garden of Eden.

From reading the text, we find the Woman is not the least bit surprised when this snake saunters up to her and begins to speak.

Notice the woman does not overreact or cry out in alarm.
She doesn’t faint dead away. There is no indication of this in my Bible.

Therefore, I can only conclude the snake has the ability to speak. And what’s more, the Woman answers the serpent.

Please note what the Bible does not say. It does not say that the serpent communicated with the Woman by way of ESP, Mind Exchange, or Sign. The Bible says the serpent spoke to the Woman.

3. I think this snake probably walked upright. I think this creature could actually walk. The Bible does not comment on this; however, if you carefully read verse 14 there is a clue to be found there. We read that God cursed the serpent saying, Genesis 3:14 – The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;”

Doesn’t it seem logical then that the snake moved about by some other means?

Throughout the Old Testament starting in Genesis, and continuing even up through portions of the book of ACTS, you will come across the Supernatural. It’s a fact. If the creation of the universe and all that is in it is not a Supernatural event, I’d like to know what qualifies.
I mention this because supernatural events just don’t happen to us today. Why if you encountered a talking snake, or any other talking creature, on your way into work, I think the event would probably cause you to check into the nearest nut house. But back in the O.T., the supernatural was almost an everyday occurrence.

It was common. And that is why we find the nation of Israel over and over again saying, “Show us a sign.”

Now I don’t like to just put something out there without offering Scripture to support it; so let’s turn in our Bibles to Matthew chapter 12. Drop in at verse 38.

Matthew 12:38-39 – Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” (Note the capitalization. This is Jesus) But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;”
We’re still reviewing chapter 3, so let’s get back to it.

Genesis 3:1b - And he (The serpent) said to the woman, “Indeed.” Has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”

Oh, how subtle Satan can be. Notice Satan does not approach the Man. Satan waits until he can confront the Woman at a time when she is temporarily alone. Look closely at the words Satan chooses in his opening remark. What has this devious creature just planted into the woman’s mind? DOUBT!

The serpent has caused the Woman to doubt what God has said.

As soon as Satan can get a human being to doubt the Word of God, you know where he has that person, right in his hip pocket.

It is a fact the majority of the people living today doubt God. They don’t trust the Word of God. So, what is the opposite of doubt? Trust.

God gives us the truth and we are to believe it. It has been said that Jesus and the truth are synonymous. You could say Jesus is truth and truth is Jesus. Of course you know I have a verse to support this thought.

John 14:6 – Jesus said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life no one comes to the Father except through Me.”

However, what does man do with the truth most often when it’s presented?

Answer: The majority of Mankind doubts the very existence of God and they act as if there is no consequence by this choice. At the cross where Jesus died is the most blatant example of rejection, however, there are countless others.

God gave the command to Adam; and I’m sure that Adam relayed it the Woman. So, the Woman had knowledge. You can see that in verse two.

Genesis 3:2 – The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3: but from the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.”

Look closely at that last sentence. The Woman has added something to God’s original command. Do you see it? She added, “or touch it.” Oh, she knows!

The Bible does not say, but it may have been Adam who added ‘don’t even touch it” to God’s command; and the Woman simply recites what she has been told. Maybe she came up with it while she was being pressured by the talking serpent. It’s not important really, but once again, it’s interesting to discuss.

The serpent has the Woman’s full attention now; so he continues the assault.

Genesis 3:4 – The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!”

What just happened here?  Satan just contradicted God.   Satan just called God a liar in a subtle way!

Satan continues to nurture that seed of doubt. Satan is setting the Woman up for the big one. The Lie.

And here is the lie that caused the fall of both angels and man.

Genesis 3:5 – “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

“You will be like God.” That is the lie

This is the very first lie in the human experience. Because what has God said?The day you eat thereof you shall surely die!

Do you see what this is saying? That is the lie that is still being thrown at the human race tonight! And people are gobbling it up by the thousands. Yea, by the millions! Because how many groups, how many of the cults, say "That you will one day become god."

You see, within the human makeup there is that desire that if only they could have complete control of everything! If only they could be their own god. This is appealing to the human mind.

Sometime back a well known female T.V. hostess, I won’t drop a dime on her at this time by revealing her name, but you may have heard her national T.V. proclamation. During her program she revealed “I was raised in a Baptist church and we were too hung up on traditional ways.

I was sitting in church and heard that God is a jealous God. I asked why? To her, a “jealous God” is an insecure God.

Her thinking is this, why would God be jealous of me? Unless, I have the ability to be like Him.

This woman is a typical New Age Movement follower. They believe they can elevate themselves to the position of god.

Now, Satan presents it to the Woman as you can be like god, knowing good and (what) evil. Up until now, they knew no evil. See?

They knew nothing of sin. They knew nothing of death.

But now, Satan is making it appear as if that is something to be desired.

Again bring it into our own contemporary situation. What can Satan do with the things of this world that do nothing but destroy it? Oh, he can glamorize it.

He can make it look as though if you are not doing "that" you are not living.

Isn’t that true? And, it will do nothing but just tear people down.

The Bible teaches us that Satan is the father of lies. There is no truth in him.

Have you seen a beer commercial lately? How do they promote their product?
Why there always seems to be a party going on, doesn’t there? Scantily clad young women and athletic type men engaged in all sorts of activities, but with a beer in their hand. Drink beer and enjoy life is that the message?

Isn’t that it? Sure it is. How many people buy into that Madison AVE promo?

Have you checked the latest statistics on teenage binge drinking? Have you not heard of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)? Do you know our state leads the nation in alcohol-related traffic deaths among young people?

Why I just read in the paper today where a deputy sheriff pulled a man over who was driving erratically. The man was intoxicated and on his way to a DUI class for driving intoxicated! Hello People!

Remember, how this was presented to us?

It’s a party atmosphere and everyone is having a good time.

Come on and join the fun. The god of this world can make it appear so glamorous. But what is the flip side? The reality is all about you.

We’ll put a bookmark there. We leave the Woman for now with a decision to make. The fruit of this tree is appealing to her; and if she eats of it she thinks she will be like God. That’s the claim. What is the reality?

Friday, January 23, 2009

And God Called Their Name Adam

Lesson Eight

“Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (KJV).
We have been reviewing this one verse for some time now, but this is what Bible study is all about. We want to get the most from our efforts. I want to show you something I discovered a while back.
Genesis 1:27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Now we’re not going to come to the creation of Eve for quite some time. I know most people assume that Eve arrives on the scene when they read this verse and at this time in history; but that’s not what this verse is saying. The verse that woke me up to this fact awhile ago is this one.
Turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter five.
What I try to get folks to do as they read and study their Bible is to analyze every single word. When you do that, things will start popping up at you. If you just read your Bible (to be reading it) you’ll miss 80% of it. But sometime ago I saw this verse for the first time and I just said, “What in the world…?”
Genesis 5:1-2 – This is the book of the generations of Adam (This is a re-cap or a summarization). In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2: He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them man in the day when they were created.
(Remember from lesson six the Hebrew word for man is Adam)
Notice what the Bible does not say. It does not say they were created Adam and Eve now does it? God did not call them “Adam and Eve”. God did not even call them “man and woman.” But God blessed them and called their name “Adam.”
“male and female He created them”
What is this verse telling us?
When God created Man (Hebrew for Man is Adam), within Adam were both the male and the female cell makeup. To put it another way, within Adam were the progenitors of the female. (Progenitor = the originator of or original model for something),
Now I know I have just introduced something to you from Scripture that you may have never heard of before. As we continue this Bible study, there will probably be a few more subjects that come into view that you have never heard of before or perhaps never considered before while you were just “reading your Bible.” There is a big difference between just reading your Bible and actually studying it.
As I mentioned from the onset, this is an in-depth Bible study. Meaning: we are going to take our time; we are going to examine and explore not only the book of Genesis but other important topics related to our Christian life, our Christian walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will come to KNOW WHAT WE BELIEVE!
Step number one in this process is admitting that the Bible is the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3: 16 – All (this means from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21) is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17: so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
If you do not believe that the Bible is true from cover to cover, then my friend you have a problem!
Having said that, the subject of our lesson tonight and as mentioned earlier is that within Adam, when he was created, was the cell make up of the female who would come on the scene at a later time.
Is this topic important concerning our salvation? No. Does discussing this topic make a Bible study interesting? I believe it does. And that has been my goal from the onset. I aim to present to you a Bible study such as you have never encountered before. Why? I’m glad you asked.
I have attended many Bible studies in churches and in private homes. If we scheduled an hour for the study, you could be sure that 50% or more of that time would be spent listening to others in the group who had prayer requests about a family member or co-worker, or someone would dominate the conversation with chit-chat about almost any thing.
I have even sat and listened for 20 minutes to someone recite for the group their vacation experience. Friends, this is not Bible study. If you are only putting your eyes on Scripture for ten minutes or less, what you need to think about doing is renaming your event a fellowship gathering. It is not a Bible study.
Now I am not against fellowship gatherings and prayer; so don’t misunderstand what I am saying to you. Believers coming together for prayer and fellowship are important and the Bible is clear on this. However, what you should do is plan these activities prior to the Bible study or perhaps right after the Bible study. I believe a Bible study should be informative and fun. This is how I have always approached it and this is my style, if you will.
Should I bring up a topic from Scripture that you don’t agree with, please know this is o.k. It is alright to disagree with me except on the subject of church doctrine and those truths that relate to our salvation. There is no flexibility there.
However, subjects such as the one we are covering tonight make Bible study interesting. If this shocks some of you into opening your Bibles and studying Scripture, then I have achieved one of my goals. I have said from the beginning don’t just sit there and listen to what I have to say. Instead pick up your Bible, open it up, and study it on your own.
Furthermore, don’t just walk into a church building, sit down in your favorite pew, and accept everything that person speaking has to offer. The Bible makes it so very clear. We Christians are responsible for knowing what is in this book. It’s your responsibility to know if someone is teaching you falsely. How are you going to know, if you don’t bother to learn what does the Bible say?
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and please use the free tools I have been telling you about at Crosswalk.com.
That’s enough of that. Let’s get back to Adam in the Garden.
Please turn with me to Genesis chapter two.
Genesis 2:18 – “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will (Notice the word “will” is a future tense verb. God is going to tend to this sometime later on.) make him a help meet for him.” (KJV)
Again the phrase “help meet” is someone that would be called along side to help.
Next verse: Genesis 2:19 – Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called the living creature, that was its name.
Genesis 2:20 – The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
Adam has already had all the created beings, the animals and so forth, brought before him so that he could name them. Now if you don’t think that took some intelligence, I’d like to know what did. And so many of the species, as we still know them today, their original name goes all the way back to Adam and this event. Now let’s look at it. Adam is still alone. Adam has not received a “help meet” yet. (KJV). (The word “help mete” translated in English is the word complement).
Now focus on the timing here. Adam has already been on the scene long enough and the animal creatures have come to a maturity of sorts. I don’t think they necessarily had to be created as mature creatures; of course it is possible they were, but the Bible does not say. But now God is bringing them all before Adam so that he can name them.
Now allow some common sense to enter into your Bible study when appropriate.
Just like it happened at the time of the world wide flood, God brought all those animals to Noah two by two; and I believe the same thing happened here when Adam was naming these creatures. God brought them to him two by two.
At this time, Adam notices that There is no other creature like him on earth.
Adam must have experienced a deep sadness and perhaps he felt lonely for the very first time. Please remember when God created Adam He made Adam with those invisible entities we’ve discussed. One of which were the emotions.
It is certainly probable that Adam experienced a wide range of emotions once he became aware he was alone. Now let God be God. Do you think God forgot to add one little thing to His creation? No way! Remember from Genesis, chapter one, we discovered the word Barah meant “perfect creation.” This is informing us that nothing more needed to be added to what God had already accomplished. In addition, we learn on day six, after God had completed the creation event, God stated “it was very good.”
Always remember God has a plan, and He reveals it to His creation in His time and in His way. God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
Getting back to Adam and his predicament, I think this situation touched the very heart of God because of what He says in Genesis 2:18: “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Adam has been created body, soul, and spirit, a three-part entity or trinity of a sort. And within that trinity there is another trinity of sorts in the mind, the will, and the emotions. Adam’s spirit is in complete fellowship with his Creator (God). Adam is a perfect creation.
Soon we’re going to look at why Adam had to contain the cell make up of both the male and the female, and we’ll have all the Scriptural answers for this.
Now whenever we begin to deliberate about something in the Old Testament and the book of Genesis in particular, often you can go to the New Testament and find the answer. Let’s start at Romans 5:12a.
Romans 5:12a – Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin.
I know you have seen this Bible verse before, but did you ever stop to realize what it does not say? It does not say “that by two people sin entered the world.” It does not say by “Adam and Eve sin entered the world.”
And even though Eve ate of the forbidden fruit first, as recorded for us in the Bible, the Bible never places the blame for it on Eve.
But rather the New Testament tells us that all the blame is on Adam. Adam brought sin and death into the world and onto the whole human race past, present, and future.
Why did God place within Adam the cell makeup of the female?
Adam had to be created with both the male and the female progenitor within him. The reason I take this approach is that when salvation comes by virtue of the Savior, according to God’s plan of redemption, it is not just limited to the male of the species but everyone comes under that plan of redemption both the male and the female. Otherwise God would have had to provide a separate Savior for the female of the species rather than just one Savior for all.
Turn to 2 Corinthians 5 and we’ll begin at verse 15.
2 COR 5:14 – and He (Jesus Christ) died for (how many?) all (Men and Women, boy and girl)…
I like to use this analogy to help you understand. We have no emphasis in Scripture of angels having an opportunity for salvation. Scripture outlines for us in various places that angels do exist and at one time (back in eternity past) angels rebelled against God. If an angel rebels, if an angel falls, he’s done. There is no plan of redemption for angels in Scripture. The reason for that is this: every angel is a specific creation.
In other words, if God was going to provide a plan of redemption for the angels, He would have to have as many Saviors, or as many Redeemers, as He has angels. Now that would be ridiculous.
Bring that thought right on down into the human realm.
Eve had to be in Adam from the very beginning, so that Adam could be the head of the human race. The Federal Head is the title we use. Adam is the Federal Head of the whole human race, both men and women. Consequently, God only had to provide One Redeemer.

Come back and let’s pick up the creation of the Woman.
Turn to Genesis, chapter 2 to pick up the appearance of the woman. She won’t be called Eve until after the fall (or the act of disobedience), she is only referred to here as the woman.
God knew that Adam would require a suitable helper. See Genesis 2:18.
Genesis 2:21-22 – So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, (This is the first instance of anesthesia, isn’t it? So God put Adam to sleep and is going to perform some surgery on him) and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22: The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
I like to take the Scripture as logically as we possibly can. I know that we take it by faith, but I don’t want anybody to come up and say you can’t take Scripture logically. I think a lot of times you can. There is so much pure science in Scripture that most people miss altogether.
The word translated "rib" in the Hebrew is the word "Tsela" (pronounced tsay-law') and I think some 19 times the Hebrew word Tsela, which is here referred to as rib, is translated "side chamber" especially when it made reference to the Ark in Genesis. The "side chamber" is the word Tsela because they all come out of the same root word.
Now if you will read it with me in that light. Let’s re-read it and look at it that way.
Genesis 2:21-22 - So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs (a side chamber) and closed up the flesh at that place. 22: The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib (the side chamber) which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
This may be stretching the point a little bit for some of you, but I put these things out just to help people contemplate and study a little bit more and take this whole Bible leaning experience into perspective. Hopefully, you’ll do that.
What does it matter if Eve was IN Adam prior to the woman’s creation?
The reason we are doing this is to understand the plan of redemption, that it is just as much appropriate for the woman as it is for the man. The woman’s fall was not precipitated by Eve’s eating of the fruit. Never! It was Adam who ate and the whole human race fell! Eve was part of the fall from Grace because she came out of Adam. Just as you and I came from our parents; and so on and so forth right on down the line. Eve came from Adam.
Let me show you something else that’s interesting. Turn to Luke chapter 3 in the New Testament and drop in at verse 23. Most are in agreement that this is the genealogy of Mary and not of Joseph.
We are not going to read all the way through the entire family tree; but I just want you to go to the end of the genealogy tree in Luke chapter 3, and then in verse 38. We started, of course, up there at the time of Mary, herself at the very birth of Christ and have come all the way down that family tree to verse 38, where it says Cainan up there in verse 37:
Luke 3:38 – …the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, (not Adam and Eve but the son of Adam) the son of God.
Now where is Eve? Well, she is in Adam. Again I think it makes it so clear that Eve as a part of the human race was already in Adam when Adam was created.
I like to just throw this out to you in order to make you think about these things. If God simply took a rib from Adam, what would that do to the man? Well, it would leave him one rib short. And believe it or not, I have had people ask me whether men have one less rib than a woman. Well, of course not! God didn’t take one rib from Adam and make out of that rib a woman.
God took the reproductive segment of the woman, we call that the gonad (an organ that produces reproductive cells gametes, e.g. a testis or an ovary) or the germ plasma. God took that reproductive part which was located in a “side chamber” in Adam. And if you think that is preposterous, there are still some creatures in the animal kingdom today that are bisexual (describes something such as a flower that has both male and female reproductive organs) especially among insects.
Some of the very early Rabbi’s, (who where certainly students of the Old Testament) held the belief that Adam was indeed bisexual. (Meaning: Adam had both the male and female reproductive organs).
Just follow this thought logically, because you see the whole reproductive process of not only the human race but of all of God’s creation is based on those reproductive organs. And REPRODUCTION is the very heart of all creation.
Genesis 2:28 – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;
Turn back to the book of Genesis with me.
Look at Genesis chapter 2 verse 23.
Genesis 2:23 – The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man. (What’s the word? Out! See, she was taken out of the man.)
And God took the Woman out of the Man. What I want to emphasize from this is that all of this points to the fact that Eve was IN Adam. When Adam sinned, the female of the species came under the condemnation just a much as the man.
Now for verse 24.
Genesis 2:24 – For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become (what’s the word?) one flesh.
We have lost that concept. And I think it is so unfortunate that we humans have lost sight of what God originally intended. But, if you will, take a look at the word here "cleave" used in the King James Bible. The Hebrew word translated is Dabaq (pronounced daw-bak’) and it means “to cling or to stay with.” The word here in the Hebrew means that once a man and a woman come together in marriage, they should never be able to be separated without causing irreparable damage. Isn’t that what divorce does?

I don’t envy people going through divorce. I empathize with them. I have experienced divorce myself; so I have some thoughts and concerns on the subject. Looking back on this negative event in my life, I have to agree with God on this issue. Divorce should never be an option between two married Christians. But you see this is exactly what God had in mind that when man and woman came together and became one flesh, to tear them apart would be doing irreparable damage. So God puts it out there for all to see "they shall be one flesh".
Now, I like that next verse. Adam and Eve were so perfect. They were so sinless and even in their naked state, they were perfectly comfortable in God’s presence. That just shows how pure their very mind make up was.
Genesis 2:25 - "And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed."
They were beautiful people and they had everything going for them. Now again if you will remember a lesson or two ago, we spoke of that perfect climate which existed at the time of creation. There was no real intense heat, and no intense cold. It was pole to pole a perfect climate. Everything was ideal.
It was to have been a beautiful earth. Far more land area than what we have on the earth tonight. Do you realize that our present planet is just about 80% water. Something between 75% and 80% of our planet’s surface is water. That only leaves about 22%-23% that is land area.
Now of that 22%-23% that is actually land area, how much do you think is habitable? Less than half. You take the vast areas of the Sahara – it’s uninhabitable. Even in our own western United States, many parts of the Rocky Mountain areas are practically uninhabitable. And on and on it goes.
Vast areas of Siberia and all around this planet we have unimaginable square miles of planet that is uninhabitable. So only a small percentage of the surface of our planet is fit for human habitation.
But before the Flood and at the time of Adam it was practically the opposite. There was abundant vegetation. There was room for a population explosion of not only the human race but the animal kingdom as well. And that gives rise to the tremendous fossil beds that we have been able to find as a result of the flood, but we will come to that later. Adam is brought into a beautiful created earth.
Genesis 1:29 – Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”
Do you see what I see in this verse? Man was a vegetarian. God does not say go make a fire and prepare to bar-be-cue! Read verse 30 and you’ll see that even the animals ate only vegetation and not each other.
And then verse 31 – God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Now then, even though, as we pointed out earlier, Adam was given dominion over everything on the earth. Adam was given control of this planet from pole to pole and from east to west. Nevertheless, God, I think, set up a special little place for him which was named the Garden of Eden. This perfect Eden was located in the Middle East. Eden was located in the cradle of civilization somewhere in that area of the Euphrates River.
Now let’s pick that up in Scripture.
Genesis 2:8 - "And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom He had formed."
Notice what the Bible does not say. It does not say that God put Adam and Eve in the garden. The Woman comes a bit later on.
Genesis 2: 10 – Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers (The Pishon, The Gihon, The Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers). Eden was located in this area.
Now we have Man (Adam) and the Woman on the scene, living in paradise, and walking in perfect harmony with their Creator. Adam and Eve had a spirit that was in perfect ONENESS with their Creator. Ask yourself, how could anyone want one thing more? I don’t believe you could ask for a better situation to find yourself in. However, Adam and Eve were not satisfied and wanted more.
How do we know this to be true?
Because they chose to believe THE LIE!
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves just a bit.
Simply put, Adam and Eve wanted more. I don’t know about you; but I see a parallel in our lives today. Don’t you know that our whole economy is based on the concept more is better. Why Madison AVE and Wall Street spend a lot of time and money stressing this ideal. I saw a bumper sticker on a car not long ago which read, “The one who dies with the most toys WINS.”
Don’t they get it? You’re dead!
What difference does it make what you own?
Do people actually believe this is what life is about? People with this mentality are not considering ETERNITY.
Adam and Eve’s perfect world was about to come undone and all because they chose to listen and then believe Satan’s lie. You know he still uses this ploy today and the majority comes to ruin because of it. The lie still works today!
How do we know this? Jesus' own words reveal the truth.
Matthew 7:13 – “Enter through the narrow gate (there is only One true gate); for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
So, what was the lie that caused the fall of both angels and man?
We’ll explore this topic when next we meet.

Friday, January 9, 2009

God's Relationship with Man Mirrors the Marriage Relationsihip

HBS Group – Genesis 1:27 (Continued)

Lesson Seven
It’s been a few weeks since we last met; so I want to welcome each of you back. June and I also wish each of you a Happy New Year.
Thank you for being here tonight and thank you for making Bible study a priority in your lives. When we put God first in our hearts and in our lives it does not go unnoticed. I pray this Bible study is a blessing to you all.
Here is a change for 2009 and beyond. I use the New American Standard Bible translation for my reading and for my Bible study. Therefore, the Bible verses I use in this class will come from the NASB. If I decide another verse captures the message I am teaching more suitably from another Bible translation, I will mark that Bible translation at the end of the verse being used. Otherwise, I won’t be placing (NASB) at the end of Bible verses. You may assume. I do this to aid you in your Bible study.
I recommend using a couple different Bible translations as you review these Bible lessons. This way you’ll get a better feel for the verse and you’ll see some differences when you compare the different translations. Now please don’t go out and purchase five different Bibles in order to do this. If you will visit Crosswalk.com, you will find multiple Bible translations and many other study tools available for free. No charge. There are also some fun things to be found there as well.
Well that’s enough of that. Let’s get into the Bible study.
In Lesson Six I introduced the importance of Bible study; and then I quickly reviewed several important topics we have covered since we began our Study of the Bible. We are using the book of Genesis as our “base of operations” so to speak, as we go out and explore various aspects and topics not just in the book of Genesis but throughout the Bible. I would like to follow up on that subject for just a bit as we lead off this first Bible lesson of 2009.
A Bible teacher I have come to know and trust once said, “Everyone out there has somebody only you and I can reach with the gospel message.” Isn’t that the truth? I remember my dear mother; she spent years on her knees in prayer asking the good Lord to bring us children to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus. She never grew weary of putting the gospel message out there where we could hear it. My mother made sure we attended church regularly and she was right there beside us. She chose to live her life in a Christian manner ie. Always giving and always loving.
Looking back, I can see that now. But I couldn’t see it then. I was blind to it. All of me belonged to the world and “I fed at its trough” greedily. Then some time ago, a co- worker, who later became a friend, cared enough to share the gospel message with me. And over the course of a summer, with their help, I came to recognize the truth. I was dead in my sins, and living my life on the wrong side of salvation, despite what my church organization was teaching me. I admitted the truth. I am a sinner. God is right about me; and apart from Him I can do nothing to change this fact. I made a statement of faith. (See Romans 10:9).
How I got the message doesn’t matter to my dear mother. She is overjoyed to know I am saved; and her prayers have been answered.
This is why it is so important to not only know what is written in this Book, but we must also be able to communicate its truths to those who need to hear it.
In Paul’s letter to that little group of believers in Ephesus, he instructs them to not sit around waiting for the Lord to call them home. There is work to be done. Christianity is not a private club. We have a responsibility to bring the message of salvation, the gospel, to every ear that needs to hear it. (REF: 1 COR 15:1-4)
Romans 10:15 – “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news (Gospel means good news) of good things.”
Why is Paul talking about feet? Paul is using this analogy to make a very important point. In Paul’s day, there was no such thing as “beautiful feet.”
The roads back then were not paved, the roads were dusty, and they were unsanitary because the people would dump their waste onto the roads. There was no sanitation service, and no street cleaners. The people wore sandals or went barefoot. By the time a traveler had gone very far, their feet would become soiled. The feet were far from beautiful. When first arriving at a home, people would remove their sandals, and wash their feet prior to entering. If you were wealthy enough to afford a slave or two, one of these slaves would be assigned the task of washing the feet. This task was usually given to the lowliest of slaves. You see, no one wanted the job!
But, if someone came to your home bearing “good news” (The gospel), which Romans 10:15 indicates, the person receiving them would be thrilled to invite them into their home, dirty feet or not.
You my friends are the messengers of a glorious hope in a lost unbelieving world. And this is why God has left us here on earth.
We have been given this responsibility. Some would argue that it is the role of the church pastor/minister/priest to proclaim the gospel and then guide the lost to a right relationship with Christ Jesus.
Here is something to keep in mind, if you are in agreement with that concept. Lost people don’t attend church services. Lost people don’t even see the need to go to a church building. How then will they hear the gospel?
Paul writes, “But a natural man (Not a Spirit-filled man. Paul is referring to the unsaved individual) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually appraised. 1 COR 2:14 God the Holy Spirit helps the believer interpret Scripture.
Bible study is comparing Scripture with Scripture. So, let’s look at other verses on this subject.
1 COR 1:18 – For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
John 14:17 – that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world (the unbelieving world) cannot receive, because it does not see Him, but you know Him because He (God the Holy Spirit) abides with you and will be in you.These verses make it so clear. A pagan cannot understand what is written in this Book. It is foolishness to him. It’s utter nonsense. Oh but we know different, or at least we should. The entire world needs to hear this message of hope. We deliver the gospel message when the opportunity presents itself. I do not believe we are to stand on the street corner and literally hit people over the head with our Bibles. But there will be instances where someone will approach you and they will ask this question, “Who is Jesus?” Don’t let that opportunity slip away. Give a care.
It’s true. We all have someone who needs to know they are lost in their unbelief. And as such, the Bible states they are an enemy of God.
James 4:4b – Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Let’s compare Scripture with Scripture.
Romans 8: 7 – because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God.
Romans 8:8 – and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
If you only reach one person this year with the gospel message, please know it will have been worth your time and your sacrifice.
As did my mother, I now pray continually for those members of my family and others who choose to resist the gospel message. I have not been able to reach them. Perhaps someone else can; this is my prayer; and this is why I teach.
And now let us once again return to Genesis 1:27.
The third teaching point I would like to introduce in regard to Genesis 1:27 has to do with why God created man in the first place. As we discussed in our last session, God created man, in His image, so that He could extend love and have love returned to Him.
Love is the very essence of any RELATIONSHIP whether it is between mankind and their Creator; between man and woman; father and son; or mother and daughter. The Apostle Paul writes in what is known as the Love Chapter: 1 COR 13:13But (Behold the underlying truth) now faith, hope, and love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
And again in Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit (what will be the visible evidence of our right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, 23: gentleness, self-control. Please note that the expression of love is listed first and foremost in the fruits of the Spirit. Love is listed first in this series because only from the position of love can the remaining fruits of the Spirit be manifested
(Or brought about).
We know now from our earlier studies that the invisible qualities God has given us, and which make up our personality, are the mind, the will, and the emotions. Love is a powerful emotion and the need for love is stressed over and over again throughout Scripture. Love is the reason the Son of God voluntarily surrendered His life for all His creation (For God so loved the world…).
Therefore, I believe this is why God has placed such emphasis on the marriage relationship.
God Created the Marriage Relationship
Genesis 1: 27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him male and female He created them.
We are created in the image of God, given a will, so that we can choose to either be obedient or disobedient and the whole concept of this ideal agrees with the very attitude of marriage in the human relationship.
In other words, God has already had myriads angels. But the angels were never beings that He could fellowship with, or He could extend love and have that love returned unconditionally. But now He’s going to create mankind for the soul purpose, by giving him a will, and by man choosing to be obedient to his Creator, the Creator will have someone that He can fellowship with. God can extend love to His creation, for all eternity, and have that love returned.
As I see scripture, this is the primary reason for man being created in the first place. God wants a creature that He can love and then He will experience that love returned, again, unconditionally (or no strings attached).
Now, as I have said it is much like the marriage relationship. And we have been living in a time where marriage and the home are under ferocious satanic attack. And that’s all it is. But yet, if you’ll turn with me, and I want to use this verse for a twofold purpose, first to help our attitude concerning marriage and the home and the husband/wife relationship, but also to establish that this is the reason that man was put here in the first place; because these relationships (between man and his Creator and between husband and wife) are so much the same. Turn back with me, if you will, to Ephesians, Chapter Five. From my understanding of Scripture, and this particular portion of Scripture, I am of the mentality that if a marriage survives or doesn’t survive, the blame rests with the man. I believe the success or the failure of the home and marriage is primarily the man’s responsibility. Here in this passage Paul is dealing with this very thing – the marriage relationship.
Ephesians 5:21 – and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. 22. Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.The word “subject” in this verse in the Greek is Hupotasso (pronounced hoop-ot-as’-so, a verb) and it is a Greek military term meaning “to arrange (troop divisions) in a military fashion under a command of a leader. In non-military usage it is “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.”
So many husbands who only read their Bibles stop at this verse and order their wives to go get them something to drink or the man will order his wife to hurry up and make dinner while he carefully searches for the remote.
This is one of the problems you’ll encounter if you only read Scripture without studying it. Now, the word “subject”, as used in this verse, doesn’t mean that the wife is to be a slave or a step-and-fetch. It merely means that the woman recognizes that God has ordained that the man is to be the head of the home.
Now, he’s not to be a task master, or a slave master. But the man is simply given that place of authority. And before men develop a “big head” and immediately go on an ego trip, or in other words turn this into something God never intended, all we have to do is look at the succeeding verses. And what does the Word of God say?
Ephesians 5:22-23 - Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (This is the key to this verse.) 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.Not just of the soul and that’s what most of us have heard over the years – the salvation of the soul. And that’s all that too many spiritual people, theologians, concern themselves with. But what they’re missing is that God is just a concerned about our body. We’re going to have a new body someday, but until we do, it’s not just the salvation of the soul God is concerned with, but with the whole person – the body, the soul and the spirit. And in this verse he says he is the Savior of the body.
Ephesians 5:24 "Therefore as the church (the body of Christ) is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be (subject) to their own husbands in everything."
Now when you bring this in to that same relationship as the Church is to Christ and Christ is to the church, between the husband and the wife, there is no room for abuse of that authority or of the submission.
Everything is just so perfectly ordained, if we will just do it God’s way. Alright now pick up this thought in verse 25. And this is the verse that I use for putting the responsibility on the husband.
Ephesians 5:25a - "Husbands, love your wives,”
That is a commandment! God is speaking through the Apostle Paul. In case you have not heard this before, please understand when the LORD speaks He is not offering suggestions to us. This is a command from God. There are many such commands throughout the epistles of Paul. So then, we must begin to recognize this truth and look beyond the Ten in order to discover all the commands of God such as: “Pray without ceasing” – I THESSOLIANS 5:17; and “Pursue love” 1 COR 14:1. These are commands also.
The husband is to love his wife. And do you know what? The Scripture never commands the wife to love her husband. Never! Now, I know Peter says that mothers are to instruct their daughters on how to love their husbands, but that’s a far cry from commanding it. The reason is, and this is why I tie this in with Genesis chapter 1, just as surely as God put man on the scene with a will, that when God would extend His love and His Grace and blessings on this creature, God expected love returned.
Note: Bible Principle - If we truly love God, we will love what He loves. We will learn to disdain evil and thereby “reflect the image of God.”
God expects a response to His love. It’s the same way in the marriage relationship. I maintain that with rare exceptions, if the husband will truly love his wife, scripturally, as Christ loves the Church, then it automatically follows that the wife is going to respond to that love. If a woman doesn’t there is something wrong with her. Because God has created within the woman that responsiveness that when the man extends his love, she’s going to respond and you will have a happy relationship. It just can’t be otherwise.
But it all began back here when God created man and the whole concept is He’s going to give us a will. And God is going to give us the very best that He can give. And what does He expect in return? Obedience. That’s all He asks for.
Let’s also look at a verse in Galatians 5:13. We will see in this verse how this attitude we have towards one another has its roots in LOVE.
Galatians 5:13 – For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, (God's grace does not give us license to sin) but through love serve one another .
The Bible gives us the best definition of love. No, we are not speaking of sexual love which is more or less driven by desire; but rather it is “seeking another’s highest good.”
If you are seeking the other’s highest good, then Scripturally you are obeying the Lord’s command to “love one another.” (Yes, this is a commandment too).
Love is a verb. Love requires action on our part. Love is not expressed until it is freely given as a gift. The Bible is filled with God's expression of love towards us. Here are some examples of His love:
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love (love is a verb) towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
Now this next part is for the men in the group. Being directed by Scripture of course, I am of a mind that a man’s love for his wife should be so strong and so developed that he would give up his life for her.
1 John 4:16b – God is love, and the one who abides (who finds acceptable) in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Leviticus 19:18b – but you shall love your neighbor as yourself;
Love is a common “thread” found throughout the Bible starting with Genesis 1:1.
Now if you will, let’s come back to Genesis chapter 1, seeing that mankind was given dominion over all of creation, under God, naturally. And this is why God has given him the mind and the will and a set of emotions. So that as a created being he has all the capabilities for this dominion.
I don’t think any of us can really understand the tremendous intelligence and the perfection of this man, Adam. He had everything going for him. He was, for all practical purposes, immortal. He wouldn’t have had to die. He was made incorrupt. There wasn’t a corrupt cell in his body. Everything was put in place so that he could have lived forever. Now I say, "Could have". That was his potential.
But what did God also know? That he wouldn’t! But that’s beside the point. God puts him on the scene with that opportunity of living forever. He could have been the progenitor of a perfect race of beings. It was his potential.
Now then, in verse 27 we are introduced to a thought that a lot of people can’t quite comprehend. In fact, most people read right through this verse without understanding what they are actually reading.
And that is when God created Adam, within Adam, were both the male and the female. I didn’t make this up. Look what the next verse says.
Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (KJV)
We will explore this topic at our next we meeting.