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Active Rebellion

Studies in Genesis 3

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 ESV)

Being tempted by the Deceiver, or temptation in general, is not the same as willful disobedience. Eve made a conscious decision to eat that which was forbidden and then offer it to Adam, who made a conscious decision to eat that which was forbidden. Temptation is not sin. Deciding to act upon the temptation followed by active rebellion is sin.

We are given Eve’s rationale for eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 3:6. First, the tree was good for food. Secondly, it was a delight to the eyes. Finally, eating the fruit would make her wise.

We know that the tree was good for food. Every tree in the garden grew fruit that was good for food. This is how God created the trees in the garden. We also know every tree He created was pleasant to the sight. Every tree in the garden was both beautiful and its fruit was nutritious.

“And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9 ESV).

The first two points in her train of thought are correct. It is the third excuse, influenced by the lies of the Deceiver, which invalidate her conclusion and make her disobedience an act of rebellion. She believed the superstitious lie presented to her without thinking about God or feeling the moral tug to obey her Creator.

“Wise” means to be prudent, circumspect, or to prosper. It also means to give attention to, to consider, ponder, to have insight and comprehension. In this circumstance, her rationale was neither prudent nor circumspect. She gave the illusion of carefully examining all of the evidence but left out one important detail, which should have been the deal breaker. She ignored God’s command, disregarding His words. She listened to a creature instead of the Creator.

God is specific in His command and the consequences of disobedience. The Deceiver showed disregard for both the words of God and the consequences of disobedience. By listening to the Deceiver and deciding to rebel Adam and Eve also showed disregard for God and the consequences given by Him. Rebellion will cost her and Adam life, both physical and eternal. By disregarding God and His words and focusing on their immediate selves and circumstances, they showed no prudence or comprehension of what is happening.

Two Trees

Studies in Genesis 2

And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9 ESV)

God made a paradise on Earth, an enclosed garden named Eden, in which He created and caused to grow trees from the smallest to the largest. These trees had one or both of two characteristics. First, they were “pleasant to the sight” and a delight to look at. The word “pleasant” means desirable. Many, if not all of the trees, bore fruit or food for Man. Every kind and type of food that was “good” or beneficial for Man’s well-being and growth. Eden was both beautiful and practical.

“Every” tree in the garden was “pleasant to the sight and good for food.” “Every” means the totality of and all. There was not a tree in the garden that was ugly, by God’s standard, or did not fulfill its God designed purpose of providing food.

Somewhere, deeply embedded in the Garden of Eden, were two trees given special purpose. We know the names of these trees and by their names the purpose of each. One is the “tree of life” and the other is the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” These, like all the other trees, were pleasant to gaze upon and their fruit was good for food. There is nothing in the Garden of Eden dangerous to Man, or poisonous to touch or consume.

“Life” is a noun and means that which is born, grows and is active in some way. Plants and trees have life because they begin life as a seed and grow and, by their nature, actively produce that for which they were created, fruit with seeds. Animals have life because they are born and grow and are active, naturally fulfilling their purpose. Yet, for person created in the image of God life carries the ability to consciously fulfill the purpose for which they are created. Man’s nature is found in the image of God. That the food of the trees of the garden of Eden were given to sustain life is part of their purpose just as it is part of the purpose and design of people to consume food designed specifically for them. All living things already have life. So, for Man, the fruit gives more than simple physical life but a life beyond life.

“Knowledge” can mean perception, skill, discernment, wisdom and understanding. “Good” carries the idea from pleasant to beneficial, excellent, appropriate, valuable or bounteous. Conversely, “evil” carries the exact opposite meaning of “good.” That which is evil is anything unpleasant, harmful, corrupted, inappropriate, worthless and unable to provide anything that is good. Thus, it is the intellectual and intimate understanding and wisdom that comes with knowing, in the fullest sense of the word, the applicable difference between that which is good and that which is evil.

Both trees were pleasant to look and good for food. Yet, these trees were given by God something eternally different than any other tree in the Garden. It is not that there was something magical about the fruit of these trees. It is, ultimately, the purpose and active will of God which imbues the fruit of these trees with qualities God placed on them.

Food

Studies in Genesis 1

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. 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. (Genesis 1:29-30 ESV)

God is the Creator of life and everything created. God is the Sustainer of life. God governs and gives purpose to life. He created light on the first day and the sun, moon and stars on the fourth. He created a habitable planet on the second day and plant life on the third. His universe is orderly and operates under specific laws determined and emplaced by Him.

On the fifth day God created the sea creatures and the birds of the air. On the sixth day He created the land dwelling creatures. He created Man in His image. Man stands apart from all other created life on Earth.

God gave Man food. Every “plant yielding seed” and “every tree with seed in its fruit” was food for Man. Nothing God designated as food was poisonous or would hurt Man. Man was to rule over and govern life, the sea creatures, the birds of the air and all animal life dwelling on dry land. Man was originally created as an herbivore, not a carnivore.

God also says “everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” Does this mean all life capable of eating ate only vegetation? It wasn’t until the sixth day God designated food for the animals created on the fifth day. Did they not eat until the sixth day?

It is my opinion a “day” in God’s calendar of the first week is a period of time but is not a literal 24 hours. Though He created time when He created space He did not set the Sun and Moon and the days and seasons until the fourth day. Though God certainly could have created everything in a literal 144 hours I do not believe He did. The physical evidence, including the speed of light, suggests He created all over an unimaginably long period of time. God is not constrained by time. He was there and tells us what He did but does not give us blow by blow details. We are given, by God, the faculty to observe and examine and draw reasonable conclusions about what He did based upon both general and special revelation. We can make reasonable assumptions. But we cannot tell God what He did and do not have the right to put words in His mouth.

Based on the evidence of my study of Scripture, observations and my own thoughts I believe we are in the sixth day. We are looking forward to His seventh day rest. In my opinion.

 

Assumptions?

Studies in Genesis 1

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.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Genesis 1:21-22 ESV)

God created a wide variety of creatures in large numbers and gave these creatures the drive and ability to reproduce. There are several assumptions we can make because of His declaration.

God covered the earth with food for these creatures. After He creates Man He tells us that all the green plants He created are for food. “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” (Genesis 1:30 ESV). No creature God created was supposed to eat another creature. There was enough food in the green plants to support the planet.

Next, God’s creatures are to grow numerically, filling the earth. Can we assume that when the number of creatures reached maximum capacity, as determined by God, they would stop multiplying? Or can we assume these creatures had a specific life span and then would die? Some assume God created living creature to not die but to live for eternity. Yet, there is nothing in Scripture which suggests living creatures, other than Man created in His image, do not die. Earth is a finite space and can hold only so much, albeit much more than we think.

If we examine the physical evidence we see life, birth and death.

The discovered archeological record suggests fish first appeared about 500 million years ago. Yet, the same archeological records do not discover the first birds at the same time. According to the discovered fossil records birds come much later with the assumption they evolved from early dinosaurs. We are faced with a conundrum. Do we believe what God declares in Scripture or do we believe what the fossil record is telling us? Our understanding of both God and the fossil record is not complete.

I do not believe in evolution. Nor do I believe God is a liar. Those who hold to evolution have completely removed God from the equation. This is foolish. Those who suggest the earth has existed for only a short period of time, thousands instead of millions of years, try to explain away the evidence of the fossil record, essentially making the fossil record a lie. This is equally foolish.

Our purpose in this life is to learn about and know God both intellectually and intimately. We will explore this purpose in more depth when we study the image of God in man. For now we must listen to God’s special revelation and the evidence of His handiwork and hold our unwarranted assumptions at bay until we have a more complete knowledge.

 

Water and Life

Studies in Genesis 1

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. (Genesis 1:6-7 ESV)

Water is essential for life, just as air and food are essential for life. A person may live for a month without food, four days to a week without water, minutes without air. No one can live even a moment without God. He is the source of all life and the One who sustains life. As God fashioned His creation, building the essentials from the raw material He first created, He put into place the laws which run the universe and life.

If I am correct in my thinking, everything God fashioned in creation is a physical representation of an eternal, spiritual reality. There is life in eternity just as there is life in the temporal universe. There are spiritual laws in eternity just as there are physical laws in the temporal universe. That which He created exists at his pleasure and for His purpose and according to His laws.

One of the first things God did in creation was fashion water. Looking ahead, Jesus tells the woman at the well that physical water must be continually consumed while spiritual water satisfies for eternity.

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

God’s purpose, especially those created in His image, is to give and sustain life.