The first book of the Bible is Genesis, which in Greek means the beginning. Everyone knows that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1).
I didn’t want to read this first book. I’ve heard the stories since I was a kid and I’ve read this part each of the four time I have attempted the One Year Bible read along. What new information could I have gleaned this time around?
As it turns out, a lot!
All along, I thought that Adam was the first man. However this is contradicted by verses in chapter 1, 26 and 27. In 2:7, there is a detailed account of the creation of Adam. So this leaves the question did God create people or was Adam truly the first man?
In verse 3:6, Adam is standing RIGHT THERE when the serpent talks to Eve about eating from the tree of knowledge!!! He never once stepped in and told the serpent to go away or to tell Eve to put it down. When they explain their actions in 3: 12 and 13 no one takes responsibility! Man blames woman, woman blames the serpent. No one says “Yo, *I* did this to myself. No one forced me to do this.”
There’s a pattern I noticed in verses 3: 7 and 8; 3: 17 – 19; 4: 12; 9: 21 and 22. Adam and Eve cover their nakedness. Adam then Cain are told they will have a life tolling the ground working hard. Noah’s sons see him drunk and naked. Is naked literal as in nude or does naked figitive and mean their raw selves and soul? Does the fact that man must toil the hard ground a precursor to the warnings in Proverbs about the work one must do to show good stewardship?
The story of Cain and Able is a hard one to decipher. According to the notes, when they both offered their offerings to God, He was pleased by Able’s blood offering as opposed to the fruit that Cain offered. But God GAVE Cain the land to till. Was this a set up so that God could then have a starting place for false religions as suggested by the text? Or was God still in the early stages of crafting man and Cain was a dud? Or is this one of the stories I have to just except and move on?
One of the last things I rediscovered was the covenant of the rainbow after the floods. Anyone in the Philadelphia area experienced a Wizard of Oz type storm that left a path of destruction in it’s wake. Even after that chaos, God was able to show His benevolence in the form of a rainbow.
Today, I continue with Abram and Sarai. This story begs the question: was he pimping his wife for favors from different kingdoms?
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