Sunday, January 12, 2020

(Genesis 2: 16-17) - It's all for a purpose

Genesis 2
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God did not tell man to not eat of the Tree of Life. He told him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you don't know the difference between good an evil, you can't be held accountable, in God's eyes.

The Bible is filled with knowledge of the law. Once you KNOW the law, you are held accountable for keeping it.

Until we read the law, we look to society to teach us the difference between good and evil. None of us have grown up without someone who taught us to be who we have become -- good or evil.

God wanted man to remain innocent. When there are no rules to live by, man enjoys life abundantly. But, it was an oxymoron to give man a rule, because inevitably, man was going to break it. There is no line on this earth that man will not cross out of curiosity; and, as we continue reading the Bible, we will learn that there was a reason that this had to happen:

God created man to show all of His creation how much He loved them. He couldn't do that until man had a reason to need it.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

(Genesis 2:15) I'm working for the Lord

Genesis 2:15
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Man was given a job the moment he stepped into Eden. God wanted man to work. Work should not be seen as a "struggle", but as a "fulfillment".

A man who has nothing to do will do nothing but die. And, the death will come quick. God gave man his ambition. God's goals are what creates "happiness". When man's ambition works against God's will for our lives, THAT is when "struggle" in our lives creates discomfort and chaos.

Do we work to serve God? Or, do we work to serve ourselves? THAT is the question you should ask each and every day before you go to work.

Read Colossians 3:23

Friday, December 27, 2019

(Genesis 2: 10-14) The Four Rivers

Genesis 2
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

One of the things we need to remember is that after the flood, a lot of the known world was displaced. We can assume where these rivers were located, but the truth is that much of the terrain on earth was totally changed after the flood.

But, HERE is an interesting documentary about the four rivers:
(Remember that all of this is speculation, and that this is for thought purposes only)

Thursday, December 26, 2019

(Genesis 2:9) The Two Trees

Genesis 2:9
“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

There were two trees in the middle of the garden that were special. One was the Tree of Life. The other was The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

If you could eat of any tree in the garden, including ONE of those two, which would YOU choose?

As we shall soon see, there is ONE of the two that God said was OFF-LIMITS.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Genesis 2:8 The Garden

Genesis 2:8
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”

God created for man a place of comfort -- a place where man could have all he desired to want, and could live a fulfilled and satisfying life. Then, He put man in it.

This is what God wanted for man or He would not have put him there. This is what God wants for us ultimately.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Genesis 2:7 Breath of Life

Genesis 2:7
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Man was the only thing in the Bible that was created from substances that were already created by God. Everything else, God spoke into existence. And, then, God breathed the "breath of life" into him.

So, what is the breath of life? According to Got Questions It is the life and power of God, given to man to animate him. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means “wind, breath, air, spirit.” In short, man is the only living being on the face of the earth that has the Spirit of God in him. Animals, which do possess souls, do not possess the Spirit. (Read Bible Sprout's "Do Animals Have Eternal Souls" for further information on this topic)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Genesis 2:4-6 Atmosphere

Genesis 2
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

The earth was completed. Man had not been created yet. Everything was perfect.

The earth watered itself from the mist that rose from the ground. The atmosphere supported life, not death. Man could live forever in this environment.

There was no sickness or disease. There was no violence or heartbreak. Everything was perfect. It was on earth as it was in heaven. And, the Spirit of God walked there.

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