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God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1 - Genesis 1-3: The Gospel Begins

Today’s Reading: Genesis 1-3

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Death does not enter the world until after Eve and Adam sinned.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Genesis tells the story of beginnings. God creates everything in six days, resting on the seventh. He created a helper-companion for Adam, Eve. He declared the “Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil" off-limits—offenses punished with death. The serpent told Eve they would be like God if they ate the fruit. Eve and Adam eat. The serpent was punished with no legs; the woman was punished by being lorded over by her husband; and the man was punished by working hard the Earth. All are punished with (eventual) death. God kills to make leather clothes for them and expels them from the Garden of Eden.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God created the Universe!

All creation screams “God’s Creation!" How powerful is the Creator of the Universe! How wonderful it is that he created us in his image!

God created man in His image, but the knowledge of good and evil came later.

God gave us the ability to choose to obey him or not. Yet he did not give Adam and Eve the ability to know what is good and what is evil. That came later. That’s interesting.

The snake’s challenge was to Eve’s pride.

The serpent told Eve she would “see what's really going on" and that she would know “everything, ranging all the way from good to evil" (3:5, The Message). Eve wanted that type of knowledge, to be like God. Eve wanted to be equal with God, to have the same control God has. That is what sin is—trying to take control from God.

God brings death and destruction into the world because of Adam’s sin.

The guiding thought this morning is important because Genesis 1-3 gives the reason the Gospel—God setting all things right—must exist. First, God created all things right—meaning never to die. God warned Adam and Eve if they ate of that tree they would die. Adam and Eve brought death and destruction into the world through their sin because they were cut off from what could sustain their life forever—the Tree-of-Life. God must make all things right in this world because sin—entering through Adam and Eve—has upset that order.
Because of this sin all humans know what is right and wrong and can choose to either make things right or not.
However, the first death was not Adam’s or Eve’s but animals from God’s creation to make clothes for Adam and Eve.

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