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God shows up and man is ashamed – Genesis 3:8-13

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God shows up and man is ashamed – Genesis 3:8-13 – 05/03/2016

Genesis 3:8 (ESV) And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in chapter three verse eight…

V8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

This is it! You can hear the dramatic music playing…God has come back into the garden and the ones who were the main focus of the story have become the villains due to the sins they have committed. God who loves his creation wanted to be with them because before this man and God were together and in constant communion and they were together in a close relationship that today man could only dream of.

God is described as walking in the cool of the day in a natural familiar phrase which suggests that this was a regular occurrence and that the fellowship they shared was familiar. That God was here for his regular afternoon stroll in the garden where he knew he would find his beloved creation.

God, who knows all things, knew of the sin of Adam and Eve before he took that stroll in the garden, but God who loves his children wanted to deal with it immediately. As a parent I understand that idea and I do likewise if my daughter misbehaves and punishment is imminent.

Man’s reaction is expected, they were ashamed, they knew that the temporary coverings would give the game away that they suddenly knew that they were naked and they decided to try to hide from God. They were feeling shame, embarrassment and dread for the first time in their lives and it did not feel good. They are now realizing the full weight of their sin as the one they wanted to go to with any problems they might have is the very one that they hid from now!

V9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

God asks the question “where are you?” in a concerned tone when he cannot find them in the same manner I would had my daughter be lost from my sight for more than a few seconds (Yes I am that parent) and despite the fact that he knew exactly where they were and what they were feeling we see the very nature of God that he waited for them to come to him because he knew of their shame and dishonor.

V10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

And here we see the distance between God and man, we see from that point man hid himself from God and let’s be honest; man is still doing that today. The only ones who are not hiding as much are the ones who have taken Jesus as their Savior. Today the ones who run are those who do not want to listen to God, his Word or the plan that God has for their lives. Do you relate to any of that? Please do not think that I am not saying that we should not “fear God” but my fear of God is a healthy one which is based on the holiness and it is based on the reverence that I have for God and my desire to serve Him to the best of my ability and in the will of God.

V11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

Up until this point Adam had the opportunity to appeal to the judge for “good behavior” by “fessing up” and taking ownership of what he had done and essentially broke the only rule he was given up until this point. He chose not to and God had to then ask him they question they were both dreading. This was where the conversation was going to get waaay uncomfortable for the man.

Adam had two options here…

  • Own the sin and plead mercy from God
  • Try to blame someone else

Much as none of us want to talk about it, we all sin and because of that we do “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and you notice that God wasn’t interested in what they were wearing or not wearing, the shame they felt or the fact that they hid from him. He wanted to deal with the sin. Adam shows which of the above 2 options he chose in the next verse…

V12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

Like any primary schoolyard in any country you see Adam acting like any first grader who gets caught on a place that he shouldn’t be, he looks for anyone who was with him to shift the blame to. As Eve is the only candidate he decided to say “it wasn’t me, it was that woman that you gave me.

Adam blamed the following for his sin…

  • Eve for being there
  • God for sending him Eve

God addresses Adam because he is meant to be the head of the home and he was supposed to be responsible, Adam displays ineptitude in leadership and caused his whole household to sin. There is a lesson there to every man who is married and the head of a home that we have that extra responsibility and I pray for those women who have had to assume the “head of the home” role because their husbands have either left the next or have remained and been unwilling to undertake the role that God had placed them to be in. I say this as a former “Adam” as I in the past and to my shame have not always been a strong head of the home and it had an impact on my home. It was not too late for me and I pray that men who are like this read this article and repent to God and their wives and lead their home in the way God intended.

This may seem obvious but it is not appropriate for Adam to blame God for sending him the woman or blame the woman because God gave the instruction to Adam and not Eve, Eve was deceived and Adam willingly took the apple and sinned. There is a note to us today in our prayer lives that when we talk to God, do not do what Adam did and try to dress up our sin as not sin. Please know that when you pray God can see your heart as well as your words. Even if you dress it up in “holy words” He can still see your MO, your motivation and where your heart lies.

V13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

And learning from Adam we see that Eve continues the circle of blame to the serpent. Actually this is correct and whilst she may have had a point she had a certain amount of responsibility. The facts of the matter were that she was deceived but she also knew of God’s command and chose to go against the wishes and commands of God.

That is the issue of Eve that she knew better but allowed herself to be in that situation where she could be entrapped into sin. Like so many of us who allow temptation to take hold of their hearts, she edged in closer and allowed the serpent the opportunity to trick her into misquoting God, she was then entangled in her own words and caught in a situation where until she took that first bite she was still in communion with God.

When she took that action she allowed sin into the world and so started a chain of events that separated man and God, God’s original creation was no longer “very good” and many generations later we see what we have today and we also see the reason why Jesus had to come in the first place and that was to redeem man from many generations of sin by his sacrifice at Calvary. Today’s world is a very pale copy of what God had intended for his creation.

Lord willing, in our next article in Genesis we will look at verses fourteen through twenty four in chapter three when we realize that all sin has consequences and the consequences of that original sin can still be felt today. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone – And God created Woman – Genesis 2:18-25

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Flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone – And God created Woman – Genesis 2:18-25 – 04/05/2016

Genesis 2:18 (ESV) Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in chapter two verse eighteen…

V18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

So far everything had been “good” and God saw that something for the first time was “not good” and that was the loneliness of man. God saw the issue and like any loving father sought to remedy it. He states that he would make a “helper fit for him”. My wife has a blog called “Keeper of his home” and her first book sought to show the original plan for God’s helper. God being God he created a helper fit for man, not one who was inferior to man in any way and many women have been maligned because some men have read “helper” as “servant” and that was never God’s plan.

Yes, God gave the plans to Adam and Adam and Eve carried out the work as God gave Adam the responsibility and accountability to be in charge and be “head of the home” but as we read in Ephesians five we are to do it in love…

Ephesians 5:22 (ESV) Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

As we see in the Adam and Eve model, God gave Adam one rule and he gave it to his wife, we will read more on that in Genesis three, but with the responsibility came the accountability because if that house was going to fall it would fall on the head of the home.

V19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.

Adam was given an important job in that it was his job to name the animals that were all around him and as it was the garden that was gifted to man by God he was allowed to call them what he saw fit. Let’s face it, Adam at that point was the smartest guy that ever lived!

But none of the animals were a fit helper for Adam. He didn’t name them human or man, God did this to show Adam that he was different from the animals and these animals were not for mating purposes however God had a plan to fix this.

V21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

I have grouped these verses together deliberately. This is the first recorded surgery in the bible and this shows to me how much God knew his creation because I know that if someone was to attempt to remove a rib from me when I was asleep then I would know all about it. He did all of this and closed over the flesh so it sounds to me as if there wasn’t even a wound.

I think it is beautiful how the woman was made, God could literally have used anything to create woman but he chose to use part of man to create this helper and Adam got the drift by incorporating the name man in the name of this beautiful new creature. He called here Woman because she was taken from the man and I believe that God did this to remind Adam that they are essentially one.

Anyone who has been in a relationship with a woman will know that as much as we are alike, we can be so different sometimes and we also know that as much as they drive us nuts we would be lost without them and today was the beginning of the human race when Eve came along because when we added Eve to the mix then Adam’s line could increase and he would have that love and companionship that he desired.

Adam states that “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Adam knew that although Eve was like him (human) she was not like him (gender) I love that he says “at last” because you will know that like a child on Christmas morning he would have diligently searched for that prize that he was hoping he was getting. He had searched all of the animals and was anticipating someone like Eve and God being the perfect creator he was you know that Adam was delighted with Woman.

V24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

And here we see the first marriage ceremony in the original blueprint of God. We see the following about God’s plan…

  • It was MONOGAMUS – There was one man and one woman
  • It was HETROSEXUAL – Again one man and one woman
  • It was HUMAN – There was not an animal found to be a helper to Adam

I truly am not trying to be offensive when I state this I truly am not but the idea of sexual relations with animals, same sex, many partners was never in God’s plan, he never designed the human heart to go through the trauma that a lot of this promiscuous actions that we put ourselves through. (Especially the multiple partners)

Adam and Eve were one flesh, they were intimate, they were in union and they were spiritually compatible. This is not an excuse to look at your own partner and state “well they are not, so it must not be God’s plan for me” Often times when you feel like that it is because you have chosen it not to be so.

The text states that “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” and that is the truth, the man has to be a man and lead his wife and family according to what God has called them to do. It is important for both people in the marriage to not allow extended family take an unwelcome or overbearing role in the marriage that God ordained. It gets a little crowded with more than two people in the marriage. This is why they are called one flesh, Jesus and Paul both quoted this in relation to marriage…

Jesus…

Matthew 19:1 (ESV) Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

Paul…

Ephesians 5:29 (ESV) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Paul brings up a tremendous point that the marriage is an example of the relationship between Christ and the church. This is why it is vitally important that we do things God’s way.

Lastly “the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” this gives a great answer to the question “Why do we wear clothes these days?” and the answer is to cover our shame. They were still at one with God and there was no sin, no issues and they were in a perfect paradise and temperature that outerwear was not required to either stay cool or be hot. They were exposed to God and other man because they had not fallen into sin and they were natural before themselves and before God.

Lord willing, in our next article in Genesis we will look at verses one through seven of chapter three when we see Adam and Eve encounter their first trial when they meet the serpent. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Genesis Two – Day Seven – The Seventh Day, God Rests – Genesis 2:1-3

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Genesis Two – Day Seven – The Seventh Day, God Rests – Genesis 2:1-3 – 02/23/2016

Genesis 2:1 (ESV) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in chapter two verse one…

V1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

This is the day where a line was drawn in the sand. This verse shows that creation was a one off event and that God had finished creating it all. When he created the earth, the plants and even the humans, he created them fully grown and we read that the plants were blooming, the trees were bearing fruit and the man was fully grown. We read in the biblical accounts that there were no babies until the days of Cain and Abel.

V2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

The interesting thing about this account is that God is so big that he did not have to rest, he could have gone on creating for an indefinite amount of time if he wished, however the seven day example that God set out was an example for us as humans. He rested as an example that the creating work was done and we need to look at our own lives and make sure we are taking time for rest.

I say this because I am as guilty as the next man of taking on tasks or jobs that I have no business taking on. I do over-schedule, sometimes I do under-deliver and I do not take enough rest and God, who knows what is best for us designed the week for us to have a rest. It is good for our physical, our emotional and obviously our mental health.

God knew what was best for us and this was even in the days before electronic devices that consume our lives and take us almost like a prisoner. (Perhaps that is why they are called “cell phones”) and I saw good evidence of that this week when I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Every exhibit that I went to I found myself almost being rude and guarding my own little section of the glass where my family were trying to see the exhibits due to the “selfie culture” where folks would barge in front of you to try to get a picture or video of the animals rather than actually view them with the beautiful eyes that God gave them. I actually watched one of the keeper talks through someone else’s cell phone because the lady did just what I said earlier.

I am not against electronic devices and I own a cell phone, PC and a tablet but I do feel that we do need to take a Sabbath rest from these devices because we are becoming a culture of artificialness. I will give you an example where I am the butt of the joke if you will…
On Sunday I went to Calvary Monterey where I got up early and opened my tablet to google maps to map out my journey, I took the same tablet to church in lieu of a notepad and bible and for most of the next two hours I relied on an electronic device to guide my way, read the bible and to take notes based on the sermon text.

We need to unplug ourselves and rest but not for the sake of being lazy, we are supposed to remember God on our day of rest because it is a gift from God. God is not a tyrant or benevolent dictator, yes we are on God’s cycle of seven days but we are to realize that the seven day week is a foreshadow to the rest that we have in our messiah Jesus Christ, you see that even from the dawn of creation God had made a plan for a redeemer. Let’s look at verse three…

V3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

We see the Sabbath mentioned again in Exodus 20…

Exodus 20: 8 (ESV) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

In the Law given to the children of Israel there was a provision made for the Sabbath, again God was looking out for the children of Israel as they had just come from the worst slavery imaginable in the country of Egypt under the Pharaoh where they literally worked from dust till dawn making bricks out of straw, often having to forage for their own building materials building the great cities of the Egyptian empire, is it any wonder that the God who loved them so much had told them to literally “take a day off”.

Certain churches that are Sabbath keepers will have the Sabbath as holy as the teachings of Jesus but fail to realize the rest we are supposed to have in Jesus. There is a whole side issue of whether you should take a Sabbath, what day should it be? And that for me is a secondary issue. Paul makes this clear in the book of Colossians chapter 2…

Colossians 2:16 (ESV) Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

And who is to argue with the Apostle Paul, there truly are better things to focus our attention on and can we not address the sins in our lives with the same vigor and zeal that we rush into arguments like this? Let’s look at what Paul wrote to the Galatian church…

Galatians 4:8 (ESV) Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.


We have to be careful to not make the sacrament holier than it actually is. It is an observance and if you are convicted by God to keep a certain day over others then great. I know many pastors that take Monday as a day off because as you would expect they work on a Sunday. Lastly let’s look at what is written to the Hebrew church…

Hebrews 4:9 (ESV) So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

We have that Sabbath rest; remember I said that before – in our messiah Jesus. I put it to you that every day should be set apart for God and we should be living in that great commission to go out, evangelize, tell people the good news and allow the Holy Spirit to convict hearts and be an example that changes people’s lives. We are to go make disciples and show them who we are in our messiah Jesus Christ, who is in?

Lord willing, in our next article in Genesis we look at the creation of man and woman as we continue in chapter two in Genesis starting at verse four going through to verse nine. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Genesis One – Day Six – Let us make man in our image, after our likeness – Genesis 1:24-31

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Genesis One – Day Six – Let us make man in our image, after our likeness – Genesis 1:24-31 – 02/09/2016

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse twenty four…

V24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

God makes the land animals today after completing the sea and the air animals yesterday. It is important that we see that creation follows that same model “after their kind” in that sea lions didn’t become lions, catfish didn’t make cats, but from the dog family we have Poodle, Chihuahua, Labrador, Terrier and St Bernard, all different but all Dogs. Wonderful variation between kinds of dogs but only a fool would argue that any are less of a dog because they are different from the other!

God again concludes that “it was good” If the gap theory, or millions of years between genesis 1:1-Genesis 1:2 were true then this would make God a liar by stating that creation was “good” up until this point, a God who was true and did not lie would not state that something was “good” if there was millions of years of death and suffering that predated this creation. Theologically and looking at the character of God it just does not make sense.

V26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God makes man in his own image, separate from the animals. God takes great care to separate the creation of the land animals and the man that he created in his own image, in the likeness of God. We see this in greater detail in Genesis two when they go into a more exhaustive history of this time period. Let me make a few observations about the creation of man…

Man was in “our own image” – God the Father and Jesus Christ were at this point in creation, co-authors of creation who saw the original blueprints for the plan for mankind. As stated previously we are separate from the animals, but also separate from the angels as we do not read anywhere in scripture that angels were in “God’s image”.

Because we are in God’s image, do you see the value in your life, it is not something that is cheap by any means, you resemble your creator, He loved you that much that he made you in his image! Animals do not have the same personality traits of humans, they do not exhibit knowledge, feelings, facial expressions, a sense of morality, a sense of spirituality – I see no chimps at the zoo arguing about the benefits of Calvinism over say Lutheran theology! And lastly man alone speaks in a discernable language
“Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” – God put man in charge, prior to the fall there were no lions chasing the first man around, everything was to be in unison and in perfect harmony.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them – God created man to multiply and be able to breed. He created male and female and gave an example of how a relationship should look, there was a monogamous heterosexual relationship that left no room for an argument for polygamy or homosexuality. This is an emotive issue so I have decided to just stick with what the Word says on the matter and not leave any opinion. Lastly I do want to observe that man was created fully formed, there is no notation of Adam going through puberty, being a baby or a toddler, he starts as a fully formed man.

V28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

And as promised God gave the earth to man to be fruitful and multiply. We had better not tell Al Gore! God had an original plan and that was for man to be all over the earth and he made an earth large enough to cope with the population. This flies in the face of modern man who claims that the earth is too overcrowded when in truth there are large parts of the earth that are uninhabited.

The writer goes to great lengths to show that Adam was man and Eve was woman from the beginning, Adam was as much man as I am with the same biological parts and anatomy that you would associate with a male human. God created two distinct genders; there was no transgender or gender-confusion in God’s original plan. God gave the man a desire for the woman and vice versa, this was God’s plan to populate the earth with his creation.

He gave vegetation for food initially, the first animal was not killed until after the first sin and that was to clothe the first humans. It was not until Genesis 9 that we see that man starts eating of the animals. (After the flood)

V31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

God culminates the sixth day of creation with the phrase “very good” not just “good” but “very good” Some would say that God was very pleased with his creation. Why wouldn’t he be, he created a paradise with no death, no decay which was a self-sustaining tropical paradise that man could live in easily and could have many decedents and never outgrow the place. What could possibly spoil this paradise? How did we get to the place of decay that we are in today?

Lord willing, in our next article in Genesis we look at the seventh day as we begin chapter two in Genesis. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

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Genesis One – Day Five – God makes the birds, the sea creatures and every living creature that moves – Genesis 1:20-23

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Genesis One – Day Five – God makes the birds, the sea creatures and every living creature that moves – Genesis 1:20-23 – 01/26/2016

Genesis 1:20 (ESV) And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse twenty…

V20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”

I love the rich wording here when it says “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures” which shows the fullness that was created with just a few words. Think of the rich diversity you have when you go underwater, fish are in all shapes, all sizes all colors and the variety is tremendous. It shows a creator God who had limitless possibilities and just as a small demonstration of who he is as God he created such richness that has been summed up in eight small words.

God’s word is at odds with an evolutionary belief that creatures evolved from a single cell organism and evolved into the animals in the sea, the ones on land, the ones in the air and then at the pinnacle of evolution you have the “homo erectus” the human. God’s word states that was not the case, it does agree that humans came after the animals but it states quite clearly that God did it and they were created so that they could survive, so these were fully grown animals and not eggs or tadpoles.

V21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Again God created them “according to their kinds” and there was plenty of variation within fish and water dwelling mammals, you just have to go into your local pet store to have a small sampling of just how much variety there is. If I was to walk into my local PetSmart and say “can I have a fish please?” I could want a guppy but be handed a goldfish because the understanding would be different.

They are all according to their kinds, the fish don’t transform into birds and the birds don’t turn into dogs, the birds were created according to the bird kind, the eagle, the raven, the dove are exactly that all birds but all different. Another example is in my front room where I have a Labrador and a Queensland dog, they are two dogs and if the male Labrador was to mate with the Queensland then they would make …(wait for it)… A DOG! That would be a process known as macro evolution or a variation within kinds which has a solid scientific footing, but if you were to suggest that if they mated generation upon generation and suddenly they made another animal say a horse then that would be preposterous, however that is what you are asking me to swallow when you are saying that a fish landed on the land, sprouted legs and became a land dweller and through series of changes became a monkey and then a human. That process where two mate and it forms an intermediate species is called “macro-evolution” and that does not come from “micro-evolution”.

If this was the case then the fossil record would be littered with intermediate species bones and fragments that would blow the case for creation completely out of the water it is not there and if anything we have more fossils that show a worldwide flood where animals have been enveloped while eating others, not exactly millions of years there?

We have to come to one of three conclusions…

• Evolution happened slowly, creating billions of years of changes that the scientific evidence does not support
• The changes came in huge steps such as a lion mated or an elephant mated and created say a Rhino
• It was exactly as the bible said it happened and the earth is in fact younger than they think it is.

Obviously I have issues with the first two as to believe in either of those outcomes would require faith that I do not have. God continues his population control plan in verse twenty two…

V22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

God commands them to be fruitful and multiply, the earth was created to be populated and again the bible flies in the face of man’s logic that complains that there are too many people on earth. God created the earth to be inhabited and even with today’s numbers there is still plenty of room to be inhabited. Even in the USA there are vast lands that have no-one living on them for literally miles, and many other countries are like that also. Even in densely populated cities in the UK like Glasgow or London if you drive 20-30 miles out you see rural countryside, so we are hardly living on top of one another.

You have to remember, the land animals are not here yet! We just have the water borne and airborne animals thus far! There is no land dwelling creatures or man as of yet. Perhaps that is where evolution and the bible stop agreeing that man arrived last.

V23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And if we needed more confirmation, God names the day a day and calls it the fifth day, a literal day that was not to be interpreted any other way. LORD willing, next time we look at Genesis we will look at day six where God creates the land animals and makes man in their own image, I pray that you can make the next article and please check out Epistles page for our collection of bible studies on this and other books.

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Genesis One – Day Three – Land, seas and plants – Genesis 1:9-13

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Genesis One – Day Three – Land, seas and plants – Genesis 1:9-13 – 12/29/2015
Genesis 1:9 (ESV) And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.
In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse nine…
V9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Remember in the last article I wrote that “the creation of the earth was very ordered in that God did not place land dwelling animals or humans while it was all seas, well this is where we see the fruition of that. Before that point the earth was covered in water, there were no plants, no living things in the seas and no fossil record at that time.
It is vitally important that we read when the dry land appeared and why there was a separation between the two. We were not made to be evolved creatures as none of us have scales, fins or amphibious breathing apparatus in our bodies and would only survive in the waters as long as our strength would keep up above it. There is no fossil record that shows a half man/half fish evolved creature so by reasoned logic we use good observational science to state that there is not one due to lack of evidence. There is also no “FishDog” or FishCow” so the same can be concluded about the animal kingdom.
Can you imagine this task that God had here? Imagine the millions of gallons of water in the sea and the weight of what had to be moved. It seems like a small thing because it is only a few words but it is a large task and to remove it in such a fashion that it is just not covering the earth but the land was dry. This is what we live on today, the earth and the last part of verse ten confirms that “it was good”, at that point there was only positive creation, there was no death, no disease, no pain, no suffering and everything was good.
V11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Being of a critical mind, the first thing I notice is that the earth was growing vegetation, plants who yielded seed and trees bearing fruit all happened before the sun and moon were made on the fourth day, (Genesis 1:14-19) the skeptic may claim this is an error in creation or that the plants would never have survived without solar light. Well if this is their only criticism of creation then Praise the LORD!
My answer to this is that it follows creation perfectly in that if God had wished the Sun and the moon to be markers of a day or a night then he would have created them one day one. What he did create on day one was a light to signify day and a darkness to signify night. (Genesis 1:1-5) so the light that would have been enough to satisfy creation in day one and two is more than capable of sustaining life on day three.
Here also is where the evolutionary Christian, or Gap Theorist comes into an issue as well. If the days (even though the word for day is “yom” a literal Hebrew word for “day”) were ages of thousands of years or any time period in between would have a real issue trying to sell the notion that plant life, vegetation and trees could survive for thousands of years without a sun or a moon.
It is of course not out with the realms of possibility that God started Creation with the way that it will end (with no Sun and Moon) Let’s look at the book of Revelation…
Revelation 21:23 (ESV) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
I am not here to tell you what to believe, I am just attempting to present the biblical case based on the text in front of me and how you interpret it or take a belief from it is on you, however I will state my bias as a Creationist and I have formulated that belief based on ten years of studying various texts from both sides and coming to the conclusion that my hermeneutics are that I will take the Genesis text as a literal translation based on what I have read and the text evidence from the original languages.
The text here tells us that the growth on earth was created not by God tossing some seeds on the ground and allowing the earth to cultivate crops within a few weeks or months or years, no! It states that “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind” so by the end of that third day then those plants were already fully grown, bearing seeds to replicate and the trees were already bearing fruit as mature plants. This is consistent with the fact that when man was created there was food already there for him to eat and there is very little faith involved in looking at the text and reading it as a whole account.
God created them to bear seeds after its kind, so we don’t read of an orange tree bearing apples or vice versa, we would allow variation within a kind such as a red apple, yellow apple, green apple but they would still be – Apples! And God called it “good” and that comes from the one who cannot lie! He is the author and finisher of creation and despite it being his design it is called “good” as a reminder that it is a place that he has created that man can live in.
V13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And if we needed a reminder the writer gives us a reminder that it was a literal third day and as if to labor the point we are also reminded that it was “an evening and a morning”.
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Genesis One – Day One – In the Beginning – Genesis 1:1-5

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Genesis One – Day One – In the Beginning – Genesis 1:1-5 – 12/01/2015

Genesis 1:1 (ESV) In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.

In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse one…

V1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

The bible states the following as fact, that there was a beginning and in that beginning God pre-existed and he created the heavens and the earth. Those are the simple facts laid out by the text that we read, assuming we just use the bible as the basis for what we are investigating here. We know that the universe (the heavens and the earth) were created because observational science tells us to examine the evidence and the evidence points very strongly if not conclusively that we do in fact exist, and that we exist on an earth that has had a continuous footprint since the creation of said earth.

The word God is “elohym” (or Elohim) in that he is one God but in three different entities, we know from the scriptural evidence in the first seven days that God the father, Jesus the son and the Spirit of God were all present when the world was created. This is why the word Elowaah was not used (singular God) instead.

Regardless of your viewpoint on origins (how it all began) the consensus is fairly united in these basic facts, at this point the Creationist (A catch all term for those who believe that the earth was created – usually by a ‘sovereign being’) and the Evolutionist (one who favors a theory by a man called Charles Darwin that it slowly evolved over a period of time) the agreement thus far is that at some point, something happened to cause it to be created.

Biblically, God is timeless! I do not mean that his style has no time but simply that he is not limited by the limitations that he has placed on his creation. Personally the problem has to be with your perception of the size of God that God is. If I was to go into the limitless aspect of the universe that we are in, the number of galaxies, the number of stars and the distance between it all you will see what a tremendous claim this is and why there is such discussion over creation. As we are going to read in the evidence below he creates the following on the first day…

•       Heavens and the earth
•       Light and darkness
•       Instituted the first day and night

Does this sound like a small god to you? From an early age we know that we can see well in the light and not so well in the dark we know that our times are marked out in seconds, minutes, hours and days. God instituted that all in the first day. The foundation of what we know to be the case we read here that it was created on day one. Paul confirms that God was the architect of creation in Romans chapter one…

Romans 1:19 (ESV) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

And that is what I am stating here, that God has shown in his creation his existence as well as leaving the evidence that the bible is true and accurate in its recordings of how the creation of the world was made. I admit right away that I start with the premise and the belief that the bible is true and that is my bias in this situation, however even without that bias I would state that Paul states the case far more convincingly than I do in that God has stated who he is and what he has done from the creation of the world. We have the choice to accept it or reject it.

God cannot be studied, you can’t take a piece of God and run tests on him but we have his revelations who reveal who he is to us and one of these revelations is the infallible, inerrant word of the Lord called the Bible. This is not just another theological book filled with decent ideas in how to live your lives, it is split into 66 divisions which look at history, prophecy, laws, the life of Jesus, early church history, letters to the churches and also what will happen at the end of the world.

The history portion in secular, Christian, Jewish and archeological cites the bible as accurate history that gives a good record when looking for ancient sites of interest and the history of the word can be verifiable. We know that biblical history can be trusted as many who have nothing to gain by promoting the use of biblical history and their wish to show their source, it is unparalleled against any “other holy writings”. Genesis is the foundation of scripture and if you believe in Genesis then you will have no issue believing the rest of the bible.

The author of Genesis continues this history below…

V2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And as stated prior, here is the Spirit of God introduced in this passage. What a blessing to know as Christians that the one who was sent as a helper to us was there at the beginning as saw the original blueprint and knew the original design of God. God started with a foundation of what we know today and like all blank canvases it was dark, void and formless. (With the covering of the earth being water based)

And let’s look at a criticism of the bible here when people question if there could really be enough water to flood the earth in the days of Noah. We only have to look at the second verse of the bible to answer that question because the writer of Genesis takes great care to tell us how it is. We see that the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, there is no mention of land and if that was not enough for the skeptic then we see confirmation also in verse nine when God creates what is called “land”. I don’t need a seminary degree in advanced systematic theology to work out that God created the land on day three; I simply need to read the text.

Although it is “without form” at this time it is very much a work in progress and we see that God had a plan to have the earth inhabited by creation itself, he planned to have it inhabited by animals, humans and vegetation. We see this confirmed in the book of Isaiah…

Isaiah 45:18 (ESV) For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other

Basically there was one creation, one draft and we are descendants first of that fallen man Adam and God who were redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that is not just my thought or opinion because it is backed up by Paul in the book of Romans…

Romans 5:12 (ESV) Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

And lastly the spirit was moving, preparing the creation work for what was to come. Was the earth created “old” who knows?  Was there already resistance to creation? Possibly because we know that the “serpent” was active in Genesis three during the fall of man but these things are not as vital to speculate on but certainly good thoughts to ponder.

V3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

And this shows that God created in order, he made light first and what a God he was that he could just speak it and it was. He did not have to physically touch it but he was in command of all that he was creating. As a parent and pet owner I wish I had that authority! Again that shows the expanse and power of God that he was able to just speak and it was.

Jesus stated that he was “the light of the world” and we should be walking in that light, we as his followers should be light to a fallen generation, we have the gospel of light as Paul states in his second letter to the Corinthians…

2nd Corinthians 4:1 (ESV) Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Imagine the galaxies that you can see and also you know in the knowledge that there are ones that we don’t even know about and they were all spoke into existence by this God who is limitless in power and might, if that is not a “faith-changer” I don’t know what is. This is the God that you are praying to with problems and issue that would be so finite to him. Is it anything to the author of this creation?

V4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

We have light all around us and take it for granted, during the day we have light from the sky and due to the invention of electricity that was popularized in the 20th century in our dwellings we can flick a switch and see where we are doing, conversely if we wish to sleep we turn off that light and in the evening we see that darkness envelops the sky. We have a tremendous appreciation for the light because we recognize what darkness is like and we know that it is much easier to get to where we need to go if we can see where we are going.

We follow the true light – Jesus! He confirmed this in the gospel of John chapter 8…

John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

He confirms in this passage the following:

•       He was the light of the world (v12)
•       If you follow him you will no longer walk in darkness (v12)
•       That not everyone will believe (v13)
•       Confirmed he came from God the father (v14)
•       The ones who should know better judged by the flesh (v15)
•       When he was to judge he would judge with the authority of the Father (v16)
•       Confirmation of the law of witnesses (v17)
•       Jesus confirmed that they knew neither him or his father (v19)

We as Christians are called to be lights to the world, that we are not of the world but in it, we are infiltrators and we should be showing by our lives that we are who we say we are. Our lives should provoke others to ask questions and be jealous enough to want the faith that we have. Am I 100% there, I am not and I pray daily for all that I have to grow in.

V5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Here is where the skeptics attack the bible and ask “why was their light first but no sun and moon until the 4th day?” God is in control of the dark and light. The two most obvious biblical scenarios were when it was deathly dark is when Jesus was crucified and the sky went black in the brightest part of the day and also the plague of darkness prior to the Exodus from Egypt. God also made light shine according to the faith of Joshua when he asked the sun to stand still during an important battle. God is in control of both light and dark and did not require a sun or moon to illuminate a day and night.

God also shows great care and order in creating the light and dark so the first period could be a literal day. The Hebrew word used is “yom” which means “literal day” the fact that God took such great care to confirm what we know as a day (light and dark) tells me that the scripture means “day” in this scenario and for this reason I take this in the literal fashion it was written in.

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The millennium day

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The millennium day

2 Peter 3:8 (ESV) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

I know I say this a lot, but I love the letters of Peter, Peter is the one disciple that I identify with most for a few reasons:

1) His foot was never out of his mouth
2) He was also known with two names
3) He took forever to grow, but when he grew, HE GREW
4) He overthought things and his speech was often inappropriate
5) When someone he cared about was in danger, he came out swinging first (admittedly a sword of a soldier’s ear)

What this passage does NOT mean

I love this passage but it has been pulled in ways it never was meant to in order to suit certain agenda’s. The Gap theory people and old earth people have this claim as a banner flag to show that the creation account may well have been 6,000 years as opposed to 6 literal days.

This is not the case as the word for “day” in Genesis is “yom” which means “literal day” and not “a millennia”

What it does mean

God is beyond space and time, he can be literally everywhere at the same time and can be in all periods of history at the same time. When we read that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” we get a glimpse of the expanse of God. (we serve a BIG GOD!) It also gives me a glimpse of what heaven is like. Reminds me of the great words of that hymn “Amazing Grace”

“When we have been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun
We have no less days, to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun”

This verse to me talks about our patience (or lack of) in dealing with issues that God is working out “in his time”. I am the worst at this, in my time I have tried to hurry God, Counsel God, coax God into giving me my way when God was working all things to the good in his time. This verse also uses similar phraseology as Psalm 90:4.

I liken this to telling my daughter that we are going somewhere, at the time of writing she is a beautiful 5 year old girl, but when this blog posts I will be on a family vacation to San Diego. But from the moment I told her we were going on vacation then she has asked when it would happen. Like the child’s expectation that time would elapse quicker, such is the same between us and God.

Likewise, we got a monetary gift as a blessing recently, it came through the mail, but God taught us all about his timing in that he made us wait until it was in his time. Something that would normally take a week took nearly three and my faith that God would provide was at an all-time low. Amazing what lessons you learn when you are tested huh?

Which leads us to what Peter says next “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness” This is where faith and patience come in. We read that he will fulfill his promise, if he has said he will, then he will that is a cast iron guarantee from the one who cannot lie. Remember how long Abram waited for his son.

God is longsuffering, he loves to give man more than enough time to repent, to get right with him, and he waited nearly 10 years for me to get my head on straight. God is compassionate, he is faithful and will do things in the correct time for God, I choose to trust the one who can see all time, can see how things pan out and has a reason for doing what is done. We get a glimpse of this when we look in retrospect and see how things clicked into place, God sees this going backwards and forwards.

And here is the reason “but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” this speaks for itself and kind of flies in the face of a doctrine that states that God has “pre-destined” or “pre-elected” his chosen amount of people. God is compassionate and desires that none may perish but join his in eternal glory. Trust me, God has made plenty room for everyone.

My prayer is that if you have not made a commitment that you could join us in heaven, there is plenty room for you and I would love to stand next to you as I praise my saviour in his glorious majesty. Please get in contact should you wish to know more about securing your eternal destiny in heaven.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing, please share, comment and like as the LORD leads
TGBTG
TTE

They knew God but did not honor him

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They knew God but did not honor him.

Romans 1:18 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

This is a series in the book of Romans, for the home page in our study and to see other studies then please click here or our main epistle page is here. My aim is to go through the Book of Romans as the LORD wills.

People’s perception of the wrath of God

Who all likes talking about the wrath of God? (watches as no-one’s hand is raised!) Doesn’t “sell well” in today’s consumer driven, drive through; reap the blessings but to hang with the curses Christianity that we have here in quite a few Christian blogs and websites. It is a tough topic and no mistake, but it is integral to the gospel message and here is why.

In order for Jesus sacrifice to make sense, we have to have a God that has been grieved enough by the sin of the world to want to rectify the situation. You see, people’s perception of the wrath of God is all wrong! God hates the sin and desires that all would come to his saving grace. You see, we deserve the wrath of God because of “sin” what we do not deserve is Gods amazing grace.

The “benevolent dictator”

Failure to acknowledge this fact will have God as a “benevolent dictator” allowing us to be on this planet long enough so that we can accumulate enough sin so he can nuke us! Sounds ridiculous huh? This line of thinking is not scriptural and does not follow logical theological patterns. The wrath of God is always completely righteous.

Only God can judge me

As we see in the text God’s wrath is “revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” which does clarify what is being said above. If you set yourself against God then expect him to allow you to reap what you sew. I find it laughable when I read T-Shirts and tattoos that state “Only God can judge me” I feel like asking “do you really know what you are challenging God to do?”

If you are thinking this sounds unfair, well actually it is perfectly fair. The driver in whether the wrath of God comes down upon you is believe it or not you! You have the option of choosing to be on Gods side or not. You can choose a life of unrighteousness by Gods standards and live by your own standards that should you not change you will end up getting the eternity that you have asked for.

Ungodliness versus Unrighteousness

So why did he say ungodliness and unrighteousness? Well it deals with two distinct sins, ungodliness is man’s offenses concerning God and unrighteousness deals with man’s sins towards everyone else. You can be without God and still be seen as righteous in the world’s eyes. The question you have to ask is who’s judgment do you trust more?

They suppressed the truth, if you try to cover up, defame, lie about or otherwise pervert people away from God, and then this one is for you. This is for all of the evolutionists who try to contort the creation account in order to elevate man’s wisdom and try to cloud man’s thoughts towards the truth that is written in the Holy Scriptures.

The sad truth about what they know

Paul goes on to say that “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” this is tragic as they knew God but failed to glorify him, therefore they have the knowledge and really have no absolution from excuse. We tried to pervert, re-size God, and make him fit into what we needed him to fit into. This carries onto verse 23 where we turn God into what the Greek work “Eikon” (Where we get our modern day Icon) where they reduced God to an image of what they wanted him to be. They were not thankful for all that he had done, ungrateful and “professing to become wise they became fools”. The wisdom of God far supersedes anything that man could come up with.

I liken this to a desperate man, when I have been desperate I usually get scammed or do something foolish (almost always with money) which is why we have tried to elevate our thinking beyond God and why so many houses of Academia try to “dumb down” theological thinkers. It is happening today dear Christian. If you read a Creation/Evolution debate, the Evolutionist will always attack the intelligence of the Creationist first.

What does God do?

Well God allows them to go after the lusts of their heart. In the same way he allowed Israel to elect a king even although he knew it was going to lead to heartache, he is not that benevolent dictator that I spoke about earlier. If we are insistent on going a certain way, perhaps God will allow us to go through our consequences before delivering us.

By going after the lusts of their hearts they are inviting their own consequences. Anyone see a parallel with today? They are going after impurity, dishonoring their bodies and served the created rather than the creator. A horrible situation that sounds like my life in reverse. If you are reading this and are still in your sin or are thinking of walking away from God, please take this passage as a warning. I have been there! See my testimony page, I have been circling the drain many times and God has pulled me out of the toilet bowl.

Paul was surrounded by this writing from the city of Corinth where lusts, vile passions and basically whatever your heart’s desire was, you could get it there. They gave up the truth for the lie, notice Paul advises there is only one truth, by the same token they gave themselves up for the lie, the lie of idolatry.

I am hoping that this Bible study was fruitful for you and I pray that you share, like or comment as the LORD leads
TGBTG
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Noah way to treat a biblical epic

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Noah way to treat a biblical epic

(A non-partisan view on the Russell Crowe movie “Noah” I do wish to say, there are spoilers in this text so please if you plan on watching the movie, certain plot lines are revealed below, please take caution if you read below and plan to be “surprised” by the film)

I do not always toe the “party line” on Christian movie reviews

Let me say first and foremost that I do not subscribe to the many blogs and sites that are Christian based but bash Christian publications and movies because of reasons such as they do not fit what their finite view of something that is either biblical, spiritual, Christian or Jewish history. If they are discussing movies or motion pictures, most of the things they pick on really do not change the plot of the production or take away the greater meaning of what the director was trying to achieve.

However, that being said I sat down on Wednesday evening to watch Noah; I paid $1.39 at Redbox because although I wanted to see it, me and my family only trek to the movies for movies we really want to see. As stated previously I was free of most of the pre conceived notions that others of my faith had of this movie. I of course have seen headlines of articles that refer to the movie, some praising the movie, others slamming the movie. When i sit down to watch a movie about the bible I ask myself two questions.

1) Did the director stick to the story?
2) How misleading were any plot twists?

Obviously both secular and religious movies have had “Hollywood makeovers” and it is not picking on the bible to change the story somewhat to make the movie more “movie friendly” I have seen movies about historical hero’s that have had little twists thrown in, little historical embellishments or even a love interest that is not written in verifiable history.

Whilst that does annoy me as a “history buff” I don’t see myself writing 3000 word blog articles about those movies, and why is that? It is because I have never built my life upon a war journal from a dead general or sketchy history of Scottish clan chiefs or whether something actually happened the way it is portrayed on the big screen. Christian history, Jewish history and ones where we have biblical interest do have my interest to “get it right” and “nail the basics” because it has an impact of peoples view of a biblical story.

I and anyone who has a decent knowledge of the Bible will spot what is wrong with the movie almost instantaneously. However, someone who is watching this because they are curious about God and really don’t know what is going on theologically, they may have an issue and may put a barrier up based on unbiblical truths that they have seen on the big screen.

I plan to answer both 1) Did the director stick to the story? & 2) How misleading were any plot twists? Hand in hand in the next few points.

A) Creation – Fail

Not really, no – within seconds the film sets itself at odds with the biblical account by stating “in the beginning there was nothing” when Genesis 1:1 states the following:

Genesis 1:1 (ESV) In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

This lie is portrayed again when they are in the Ark, and Russell Crowe again repeats that “in the beginning there was nothing” and then we see a “creation montage and creation of the earth done in a fast forward motion which incorporates subtle but compelling ideas that creation and evolution go hand in hand, with fish jumping out of the sea, next second they are walking and birds doing likewise.

The idea that in the beginning there was nothing introduces the idea of a creator and a big bang working hand in hand and tries to fit science into a somewhat biblical account.

B) Noah has no idea why he is killing everyone

I have an issue with the way Noah comes off, he meanders through the film getting loose information that “the Creator” from memory, he is never actually called God is going to wipe all humankind off the planet, he does not know why and is guided by visions and dreams that the whole story is about God wiping us all out apart from the ones that Noah chooses to go on the Ark. Biblically this does not add up as we read in Genesis 6:

Genesis 6:5 (ESV) The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

In the biblical account Noah understood what God was doing because he spoke to him. Noah is told that “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.”

This leads to confusion as how did the Shemite and Hamite people populate? The only two other females would have been Ham and Shem’s two nieces? This is an important question as from the Shemite people the nation of Israel came into being. In all reality it is not biblical and makes very little sense.

D) The inhabitants of the ark (animal kind)

When we see the animals converge on the ark, we see many more than is stated in the biblical account. (Remember it only had to be “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.” – Two of each kind, two cats, two dogs, two snakes) we have a scene where there are literally hundreds of snakes slithering into the Ark. It just does not make sense, the idea was to get the basic survival of the species onto a boat to allow it to continue post flood.

E) Where is the dove?

Genesis 8:4 (ESV) and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. 6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.

In the movie the raven is set forth before they hit land, the dove is sent after and we learn that land is ahoy.

F) Where is the vineyard?

Genesis 9:20 (ESV) Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. 27 May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.” 28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.

In the scene where Noah gets drunk, he is in a cave on a beach, it is inferred that he got naked after being drunk, we do not see Ham telling his brothers, but they come and cover him up as we read in the scriptures not wishing to expose his father’s shame.

G) Where is the covenant with God?

Genesis 8:20 (ESV) Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

There is no mention of a covenant with God; the closest we get is the passing on of a birthright in the last scene, inferred to be the serpent’s skin of the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve.

H) What was the point of the rainbow?

Genesis 9:13 (ESV) And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Again there is no mention of why the rainbow is there, it is just shown at the end of the movie. God is not mentioned and really has been removed in favor of a non-religious “Creator”

Curious moments in the movie that raised questions

In short the movie is very about the environment, the good people are vegetarians and the evil people are meat eaters and in one scene the stow away starts eating the animals (perhaps trying to account for missing species in today’s animal kingdom)

I wasn’t too happy with the way that Methuselah was present, as a somewhat pagan, magical old man that could fix Noah’s daughter in law’s barrenness by touching her, it is assumed that he dies in the flood also.

And the “Watchers” I am assuming that they were from the “Sons of God” but they state they came down and were punished by the creator, they were Transformer-lookalike stone creatures that limped around a lot and stood between the people and Noah’s family at the beginning of the flood and they exploded one by one and appeared to transcend into heaven, all very weird stuff!

What they did well

A) The fountains of the deep burst open

Genesis 7:11 (ESV) In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

In the scene where the earth becomes flooded, he water comes from above and below the earth; it was a decent visualization of how the earth became underwater very quickly. I was impressed by the visualization, it is up for debate whether it happened that way, but it is conceivable that it could, so that was well done.

B) Size of the Ark

Dimension wise, the Ark looked about as close as they could have got it, I was impressed by the fact that they did not buy into the myth that the Ark was a small boat and there was not enough room on the Ark.

C) Noah being drunk

Once Noah is found drunk, the actors who play Shem and Japheth cover Noah up and it was tastefully done, he then banished Ham.

D) Death and suffering

The idea of the death and suffering is evident and that was well done, when Noah is sailing off, we can see and hear people clinging to mountain tops and screaming when they are enveloped by the floods.

Should you see this movie?

That my friend is up to you. I would not promote or slam the movie. You will get as much theological insight by watching this movie as you will any other secular movie. Special effects wise, it is a decent movie. I just wish it did not fly in the face of something that I have built my life upon.

I would ask that you read the comments above, check out other reviews if you are still undecided after reading this, I would urge you that if you do watch it, keep your eyes and ears open for any errors. I reached for my bible at least 4/5 times to check things out. These are notes I made before I went to bed so there may be more issues than I remember. I certainly have not studied the film; I watched it once and felt neither closer nor further away from God for doing so.

I hope that this article finds you well, please prayerfully consider commenting, liking or sharing as the LORD leads
TGBTG
TTE