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STUDIES IN GENESIS #13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 01 June 2015 18:00

The last lesson ended with 2:18. Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone;

Up to this point in the story, God declares all is good, very good. But now God says something is not good. Adam is alone. He needs help to obey God’s Mandate. (Gen 1:28) He needs help to tend and care for the Land and help to be fruitful and multiply

18… I will make him a helper fit for him." This is grace. God always enables and provides what He expects of us. He meets our needs. Notice how God cares [in both meanings of that word] for Adam and for the First Family as this Story progresses. He is involved in their lives from the beginning. No Deism here! Deists believe that a creator god does exist, but that after the motions of the universe were set in place he retreated, having no further interaction with the created universe or the beings within it”.

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 June 2015 17:53

2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. It is described as very beautiful and fertile (2:10-14)- a good place to be.  God expects everyone who is able to work “in the Garden”.

Everyone has the vocation of work

John 5:17 Jesus said, "My Father is working…, and I am working."

2 Thes. 3:6-10 Paul wrote, Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #15 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 June 2015 15:39

Why did God make a crafty serpent?  Why did He plant the trees of life and of knowledge in the garden if their fruit was not to be eaten?  The whole scenario was set-up to see whether Adam and Eve loved and respected their Creator enough to obey Him-. cf Israel in the Wilderness (Deut 8:22) and (Job 1:6-9) and Jesus  (Heb 4:15)

The serpent, of course, is not really crafty, nor does it actually speak words. The story treats the serpent both as an actual snake (3:1a, 1-4, 14 and as Satan (v15) The prophecy that the serpent would have “seed”- descendants, not more snakes, but people proves that point.  But the snake is not really Satan.  It is a symbol of Satan. See Rev.12:9,14,15 and 20:2.  cf 2 Cor 11:3  More than than a mere symbol, the snake was a tool, an instrument of Satan.  He spoke through it.  The writer of Genesis 2 is using a rhetorical device- a metaphor in which an object is equated with a person or is personified, given the characteristics of a person.  Compare the story of Balaam’s Ass in Numbers 22:27-30. 

Whenever Satan speaks to us, he lies. See John 8:43-44  Spiritual Warfare is primarly in the mind.  Satan is always working to deceive our minds.  See 1 Tim 2:14, 2 Cor 11:3 [These texts help establish the historicity of Adam and Eve.]  What "things" does Satan use to speak lies to us? What lies, deceptions,  have we bought into as a society?  Remember Eph 4:14, 5:6 et al

Likewise, the trees in the Garden function as symbols of Life and of Knowledge.  But not merely symbols.  These two trees are effective symbols.  God used them to effect or make what they symbolize exist or happen. The trees in the Garden are sacramental, "Means of Grace". 

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #16 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 June 2015 15:31

One fact that has often been overlooked in the discussion of Adam and original Sin is that the first sinner was not Adam.   Paul wrote “Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” (1 Tim 2:13f)  And then, Adam knowingly joined his wife in disobeying God. (Gen 3:6) … to Adam [God] said, “… you have listened to the voice of your wife [and sinned …]” (Gen 3:17)

What did Satan do to deceive Eve? He used Scripture.

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