Saturday, 28 January 2012

Genesis 1-5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.

8 comments:

Susan said...

1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

We bear the image of God. Here is the source of our self esteem. People are valuable, I am valuable because we are made in the image of God.

Susan said...

2:8-9 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

When I read this I find it difficult to believe that God created the world in seven 24 hour days. The way it is written suggests a process which, for me, fits with the character of God. God is not in a hurry. He gives us time to grow, to change, to develop in our spiritual walk. Becoming Christ-like is a process.

Susan said...

3:3-5 God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

God did not want us to have the knowledge of good and evil. He wanted us to be such a good relationship with Himself that we would never need to know because we would simply live to please Him.

Susan said...

4:13-14 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth.

4:26 At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.

Cain seemed to assume that being driven from the land meant he would be hidden from God. As if God was geographically tied to a particular area. But perhaps this incident with Cain made people realize that God was not geographical bound because now they "began to call on the name of the Lord."

Susan said...

5:21-24 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

5:28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.”

Seems like so many ignore God but Enoch and Lamech seem to have more of a relationship with God than others. It is our choice how close to God we are.

Shannon said...

When I was reading this section part of Genesis stuck out to me and that is 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

It makes it sound like her husband was with her when Satan was talking to her. If not then he was at least with her when she took of the tree. Was there any discussion as to whether or not she should eat it? Did Adam try to talk her out of it? He then later throws Eve under the bus before God and says the woman you put here with me gave it to me to it. It is very interesting that all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the first sin took place, that there is such a disconnect between husband and wife. Makes you think how different things would be in communicating with husbands would be if it was as God truly intended it to be before the fall.

Shannon said...

When I was reading this section part of Genesis stuck out to me and that is 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

It makes it sound like her husband was with her when Satan was talking to her. If not then he was at least with her when she took of the tree. Was there any discussion as to whether or not she should eat it? Did Adam try to talk her out of it? He then later throws Eve under the bus before God and says the woman you put here with me gave it to me to it. It is very interesting that all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the first sin took place, that there is such a disconnect between husband and wife. Makes you think how different things would be in communicating with husbands would be if it was as God truly intended it to be before the fall.

Susan said...

Thanks Shannon for dropping by and yes, it does make you wonder what communication was like pre-fall.

I find it interesting that this part of the verse, "who was with her" is rarely mentioned. It does put a different slant on Adam's involvement in Eve's disobedience. Like you say, did he question her actions?

I think we (both men and women) are very good at conveniently overlooking those parts of Scripture that might cause us to rethink our understanding.