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Snippets From Genesis

December 24, 2008

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated! Between finals week and getting out to Seattle for Christmas break, my life has been a little nuts. 

I recently started a one-year Bible reading plan. I did mainly so I can get through the Old Testament, because I’ve never done it before. I know there’s a lot to be taken from it, and I also know it takes discipline to get through it all. Anywho, I obviously started in Genesis [which I’ve read about a thousand times, because I’ve started a plan so many times and failed], and have come across a few new things I’ve not noticed before and are pretty sweet! 

1) In chapter 1 alone there are six instances of the phrase “it was so” [vs. 7, 9, 11, 15, 24, 30]. It is always in reference to something God says [or commands, really], and then his will is done. There are no questions or complications, it just happens. This is such an awesome display of his power and sovereignty. God’s will WILL be done. 

2) In the first three verses of chapter 2, God rests. Isn’t that incredible? God has no reason to rest. He doesn’t get tired, or weary, or have any need to take a break. Yet he did. For our sake. vs 3 actually says that God made rest holy. He made taking a Sabbath a holy experience. Our culture seems to be on constant fast forward, and this is one of those commands we tend to pass over without much thinking. It is so important though, especially because of our high speed society. 

3) Verse 15 of chapter 2 says that Adam was in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. The Hebrew for those words is to serve and to guard. The Earth is ours, yes, but we need to respect it and take care of it. Isn’t that cool? The Earth is ours to serve…I”ve never thought of it that way before.

4) There are a couple instances of God asking his people questions that he obviously knows, in order to extract some kind of confession and humility. In 3:9, God asks Adam where he was, and then later in 3:11 God asks Adam if he had eaten from the tree. God, being all-knowing, clearly knew where Adam was and that he had eaten the forbidden fruit. He was looking for a humble heart though, and a man that was willing to admit his depravity. The same thing happens in 4:9 with Cain and Abel. I’ll explain the full story a little later, but God asks Cain where his brother is. Abel is dead, and God knows this, but wants to hear Cain humble himself. He wants the same from us! He knows what we’ve done, but he wants us to admit it ourselves.

5) God still blesses us in the midst of our sin. Chapter 4 tells the story of the brothers Cain and Abel. I’ll give ya the basic rundown of the story. They are required to give God an offering, and Abel gives God the firstborn sheep, while Cain seems to only give the leftovers of the fields he had harvested. God was more pleased with Abel’s offering, and this made Cain very jealous. So, while they were out in the fields, Cain gave in to sin and murdered his brother. Cain freaked out, and was terrified that if he were to go out in the wilderness he would be robbed and killed himself. In verse 15 however, God puts a seal on Cain that whoever even touched him would be killed himself. Isn’t that amazing? In the very midst of our darkest sin, God will protect us!

6) It is possible to remain righteous in a wicked generation. 6:9 tells us that Noah was a righteous man, even while God was planning on destroying the entire Earth because of its wickedness. I often think about how my sin is justified, because how can we help it in such a wicked world? Noah did it though, and so can we.

7) God sometimes directs us to go places we are comfortable with, or to leave our friends and family. 12:1 “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” God tells Abraham to pack up and leave him home for a foreign land. He made Abraham get uncomfortable, and he will do the same in our lives. All we can do is be obedient.

Well, that’s all I got for now. Hopefully you can find at least a small morsel to chew on in all of this.

Think about it.

Have a blessed Christmas!!

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