I’ve mentioned previously that I recently purchased a hard copy of the Amplified Study Bible. I use a variety of electronic versions of the Bible on my iPad and computer but because I started my journey with a hard copy Bible, I wanted to go back and start a fresh with God’s Word in a hard copy format. I’ve read through the Bible a good number of times, even more so with the New Testament. My original hard copy Bible was the King James Version (which I still have). The hard copy format for me is like going back to my roots. Also, this time, I wanted to read the Bible in it’s chronological order so I will be following that sequence.
My plan is relatively simple, I’m studying both the Old and New Testaments at the same time. I’m reading it slowly, carefully looking at every word, hopefully so that I don’t miss anything that is important. I will also be deliberately avoiding some verses that may have different perspectives, such as the length of the days noted in Genesis which bring into question whether one adheres to Old Earth Creationism or Young Earth Creationism, or another perspective, as an example. My objective is relatively simple. I want to know everything that I can about God and my relationship with Him. I will go through the Old Testament initially and then publish my observations on the New Testament thereafter. This could take a while and will definitely be a work in progress! I’d really be interested if you think this will be of any benefit to you, so please let me know.
As always, comments, pro or con, are always welcome, just be polite.
This is not going to be a commentary on each verse. I’m no scholar, just an average guy that is seeking to understand. These posts on the various books of the Bible will only note the particular verses that catch my eye, so to speak. Hopefully you may find them helpful.
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.”
It’s interesting to note that the standard Hebrew term for deity Elohim is the form called the plural of majesty or plural of intensity. In contrast to the ordinary plural (gods), this plural means “the full-ness of deity” or “God – very God”. Furthermore the use of the plural allows for the later revelation of the Trinity.
Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness …..” This is where God makes us a spiritual personality in His moral likeness, in a physical material body and we see the plurality of the Trinity.
Gen 2:9 – note that there were TWO trees in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
Gen 2:17 – in the day that they eat of the Tree of Knowledge, they shall surely die. But they didn’t die on that day so this does not pertain to a physical death although that obviously had started but more so to a spiritual death, our union or communion with God had been broken. Our oneness with God as originally intended had been severed, so to speak.
Gen 2:24-25 – “… and they shall become one flesh.” The mystery of marriage or the union between a man and a woman. Note that both were naked and not ashamed or embarrassed. It was only after eating of the Tree of Knowledge that they became aware that they were both naked.
Gen 3:9 – God asks Adam, “Where are you?” Did God know where they were, of course He did. God was setting the stage.
Gen 3:12 – “…. the woman whom you gave to me …” Interesting first instance of blame shifting noted.
Gen 3:14 – the serpent, Satan, a spiritual being, speaks to Eve through the physical body of a physical material serpent, who’s physical appearance is apparently changed from what it originally was thereafter. Curious what the serpent originally looked like. Why does King Cobra come to mind?
Gen 3:15 – the first indication of open hostility between Satan and the woman, the child bearer and the seed or offspring of the woman, which ultimately is Jesus Christ. He, the seed of the woman (Christ) shall fatally bruise your head (Satan) while he (Satan) and his seed shall only bruise His heel (Jesus Christ). Gal 4:4-5 refers.
Gen 3:16 – the man is responsible or the protector for and of the woman. It’s always struck me that it seems natural for a woman to lay her head on the chest of a man for comfort and affection but it seems unnatural for a man to do likewise to a woman.
Gen 3:17 – a change in the original intent of the plant kingdom would seem to be indicated here, from the original intent of God. Thorns and thistles are introduced, mixed in with the plants that produce food.
Gen 3:21 – God provided clothing for Adam and Eve, animal skins, which would seem to indicate that animal lives were sacrificed to provide a covering for Adam and Eve. Our nakedness (current status) is covered by the life of a substitute animal. Note that Adam and Eve covered themselves with leaves but this was rejected by God and replaced with skins. Quite possibly the first indication that the shedding of animal blood was to be a temporary covering for our deficiency and ultimately the permanent solution.
I can’t help but think that this scripture from 2 Corinthians is directly related to our awareness of our nakedness.
2 Corinthians 5:1-8 NIV “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Gen 3:22-24 – Adam and Eve still had access to the Tree of Life, which God quickly changed.
Gen 4:4-7 – God respected the offering of Abel (fruit of the flock), but had no respect for Cain’s (fruit of the ground). We can understand why due to the connection of the shedding of blood but how would Abel and Cain have known what was acceptable to God? The Mosaic Law hadn’t been given yet. Cain was angry but God made it clear that his offering would be accepted if he offered what was acceptable. That would indicate to me that both Abel and Cain must have received some sort of direction on what was acceptable or not acceptable, otherwise God would not have been just to reject Cain’s offering. I can’t help but think that we’re not being told the whole situation or narrative. Especially with God indicating that sin is directly linked to ignoring His instruction. Also noteworthy is God’s indication that sin (following our will versus God’s will) seeks to master us but we must learn to master it. Hence the proverbial conflict. My thinking is that both Abel and Cain had been given direction but Cain chose to ignore God’s direction. We’ll be looking at other instances of God’s statutes and directions being given prior to the giving of the Mosaic Law later on. It’s also important to be aware that we’re looking at God’s directions being given to individuals at this point in time versus a formal authoritative Law for a collective chosen nation of peoples such as Israel.
Gen 4:9 – God asks Cain where his brother Abel is. God obviously knew what had transpired but Cain seems to think that he can mislead or lie to God by saying he doesn’t know where Abel is. Either Cain didn’t appreciate who he was dealing with or he wasn’t the brightest of beings. And then to add insult to injury Cain basically throws it back in God’s face by saying, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” There’s definitely an attitude there and I’d be saying that Cain is definitely pressing his luck.
More to follow in Observations in Genesis Part 2
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!