Never will the world be in its proper condition till with one unanimous shout it adores the only God.
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“The Garden of Eden: The Way We Were” – Genesis 2:4-25 In Scripture, we read of “the wiles of the devil” Ephesians 6:11, and that he is “a liar and the father of lies” John 8:44. I believe one of the main lies or stratagems he uses today is lying to us about history. Among the most successful and long-standing of the devil’s lies are his lies surrounding the book of Genesis, especially concerning Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. He calls these mere myth, not real, not history, and because these lies are so well spread and backed by other lies – (evolution) they have sometimes have been bought into even by Christians. Yet, the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve and the events that happened in that Garden are too important, too foundational to our faith to let them go without a fight! What is it that makes the Garden of Eden IMPORTANT? – Genesis 2:25
- In it were pleasant fruitful plants, good for food – Genesis 2:9
- There were beautiful rivers, gold and precious stones – Genesis 2:10-14
- There were a variety peaceful animals – Genesis 1:30; Genesis 2:19-20
Many people doubt such a beautiful place ever existed – 2 Peter 3:4-6 Doubts flow from a pre-supposition of anti-supernaturalism. They conclude that Genesis 1-3, and many other passages are myth. As Christian believers we must fight falling into this trap, Adam and Eve are too important to our faith and the Bible itself does not treat them as myth: 1. Adam is included in Biblical genealogies – Genesis 5:1-5; 1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Luke 3:38 2. Paul preached that we were all of one blood – Acts 17:26 3. Adam’s failing the probation we find presented in Genesis 2:17 is discussed by Paul in Romans 5:12- 21 in relation to Christ. Paul presents Adam as a type of Christ and while Adam by disobedience brought death, Christ by obedience brings life! 4. Adam is also compared to Christ concerning the resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; :45-49 5. Jesus Himself referred back to Genesis 1 & 2 in His defense of marriage – compare Genesis 1:27; 2:24 to Matthew 19:4- 6 and Mark 10:6-8 6. Marriage as an institution, one man with one woman, is established by God in Genesis 2:21-24 What can we learn or how can we apply Genesis 2 to our lives? 1. Realize, things have not always been the way they are now nor will they always be this way, meaning we have hope even in a lost and sin-filled world – Revelation 21:1-5; Revelation 22:1-5 2. Realize that because of this Christians should be working to improve themselves, and the world around them, by God’s grace and the working of His power – 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16 3. Genesis 2 along with the rest of the Bible is dependable and profitable to every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” Matthew Henry Commentary on Genesis 2:21-25
“The Glories and Joys of Sweet Sabbath Rest”
In the first three verses of Genesis 2, we not only have the establishment of the Sabbath and Sabbath rest but also the establishment of the seven-day week.
Here is an outline of Biblical Truth in regard to the Sabbath -
I. Note that the Sabbath and the Seven Day week are established here by God as creation ordinances – Genesis 2:1-3
1. We find the seven-day week in every culture, at least all that I know of. Will the ACLU one day attack it for its “religious” implications?
2. We see here God rests; there is no new creating after this day.
3. We see here that God sets aside the seventh day as Holy, He sanctifies it.
4. We see here also God blesses it; He puts His special favor on it.
II. We have rules and instructions about the Sabbath given to us in the ten Commandments – Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 God tells us to:
1. Observe / Remember the Sabbath Day
2. Keep it Holy / Separate it from the other days as special / sacred
3. For two reasons:
A. Because of God’s work in creation – Exodus 20:11
B. Because of God’s work in redemption – Deuteronomy 5:15
C. Both of these: creation and redemption are reasons for us to worship and glorify God and Christ – Revelation 4:11 (creation) and Revelation 5:8-14
III. How important is this command to keep / observe the Sabbath?
1. It is important to notice the seriousness of this command – Exodus 30:13-17
A. Disobedience is punishable by death – Exodus 31:14-15
B. It is (was) the sign of Covenant unity with God – Exodus 31:16-17
C. Instructions about the Sabbath are given at the end of the instruction about the tabernacle Exodus 31:14-15; and at the beginning or before the start of the actual work would begin on the tabernacle – Exodus 35:1-3
D. We see the death penalty actually carried out for Sabbath breaking – Numbers 15:32-36
E. We see a Sabbath given even to the Land – Leviticus 25 In the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, v. 4. This involved:
E1. No sowing of corn or dressing
E2. No claim on personal property
E3. No work on the land
(1.) God was Landlord.
(2.) It was good rest their land
(3.) They had more time for God
(4.) They were taught to be generous
(5.) They had to depend upon God
(6.) They were reminded ease in paradise
(7.) They learned how the poor lived
(8.) This year of rest typified the spiritual rest, which all believers enter into through Christ
– abridgement of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Leviticus 25
IV. Yet, Christ teaches – Matthew 12:1-15; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-11; John 5:9-18; John 7:21-24; John 9:14-16
1. Adherence to Sabbath laws were to be strict but not suffocating, rather sweet and delightful – Matthew 12:1-6; Isaiah 56
2. They are concerned more with heart than with specific outward actions – Amos 8:1-6; Matthew 12:7
3. Christ Himself, was / is Lord of the Sabbath – Matthew 12:8
4. It is because of Christ’s resurrection the Sabbath day is changed – Acts 20:7
5. Christ Himself is our spiritual Rest – Hebrews 4:1-11.
6. The Sabbath Rest points us to Christ as do the bread and the wine of our Lord’s Supper – 1 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 11:24
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