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Here’s a wonderful resource that’s worth bookmarking!  The Old Testament professor at The Master’s Seminary has taught in the past on the book of Genesis.  Fortunately for all of us his lectures are online for free!

Here are the videos:

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What is a man and a woman?

We just wrapped up this series of Bible study posts last week which explored seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman.  We were studying them so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Here are the posts to the seven truths:

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What is a man and a woman?

In this series we are exploring seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Here’s the two previous three truths that we looked at:

  1. 7 Truths about God’s Creation of Man and Woman from Genesis 1: Point 1
  2. 7 Truths about God’s Creation of Man and Woman from Genesis 1: Point 2 & 3

In this post we will look at point 4 and 5.

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What is a man and a woman?

This series of posts we will see seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Last time we saw Truth # 1: God created both men and female and God has the authority to say what man and woman is supposed to be.

In this post we will look at point 2 and 3.

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Angel of the Lord Christophany

I do think the instances in the Bible in which there are manifestations of the Divine Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament it is probably Christ.  One such incident of the Angel of the Lord appearing happened to Hagar in Genesis 16:7-14. I believe this is the first time the Divine Angel of the Lord appears in Genesis.  For the purpose of this post let me quote the passage:

Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself [a]to her authority.” 10 Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will greatly multiply your [b]descendants so that [c]they will be too many to count.” 11 The angel of the Lord said to her further,

“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name [d]Ishmael,
Because the Lord [e]has given heed to your affliction.
12 “He will be a wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will [f]live [g]to the east of all his brothers.”

13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “[h]You are [i]a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even [j]remained alive here after seeing Him?” 14 Therefore the well was called [k]Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

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Cole Thomas Expulsion from Garden of Eden

Two weeks ago I responded to a troll in a post titled “Troll on Veritas Domain: Jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in Himself?”  Here in this post I want to tackle another point with the troll’s comment here.  I’ve already responded to the first half of his comment over there but I thought I take on the second half as a blog post in hopes that the following response would illustrate the importance of contextually driven interpretation in refuting an erroneous interpretation.

The troll have an interesting take on the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3.  In his own words:

in fact, in the garden, why was god pissed? what was he angry with? what was his first comment?

he was angry at adam and eve believing (because now they judged) they were not worthy to be in god’s presence! his only following comment was deducing why they now thought their metaphoric nakedness (ie insufficiency) … “ah! you ate from the tree, eh?”

Nothing speaks more of the height of folly of the ungodly gospel of self-esteem than to see this troll reinterpret the reason why God was upset in Genesis 3.  He thinks God was upset with Adam and Eve for thinking they were not worthy of being before His presence!   Our troll rejects the traditional interpretation that the reason why God was upset with Adam and Eve is due to their disobedience in eating the prohibited fruit.

But is our troll’s interpretation defensible from the text of Genesis 3 itself?  Let’s take a closer look.

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Introduction

Police officers are always observing people’s hands.  Are they reaching for a weapon?  The suspects’ hands are clenching-is the suspect ready to strike?  Are they hiding something?  Why are their knuckles bloodied?  There is a reason why when an officer pulls someone over they tell them to make sure our hands are clearly visible holding the steering wheel.  Our hands reveal a lot about who we are.  With what you do in your life what does your hands tell us about you?

The Bible has a lot to say about hands, the word appears in almost every book in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and I believe it all anticipates Jesus Christ.  How?  That is the subject of this series.  I think it does but we must do so taking the Bible in its context and then showing the need of a Savior and how the Savior  accomplished things that are only meant for the Hands of God. Again to state the purpose of this series for the next few weeks on Sundays: We will be looking at what the Bible has to say about hands from Genesis to Revelation so that we would be awe at how the books in the Bible anticipates Jesus Christ as Savior of our sins and we truly trust in Jesus as Savior.

But for today, the purpose of this post is to answer the following question:  What does the Bible has to say about the hands of men?  And from there what does that say about human nature and about us?

  1. The hands of man reveal man’s sinful nature
    1. Point: When we look at what the Bible has to say about the hands of men, we see sin and our need for a Savior.
    2. Proof
      1. For the sake of time we will survey only some of the passages in Genesis.  We see that the creativity of what man’s sinfulness is capable of doing is not something new to our times but have occurred for a long time.
      2. First sin of Adam and Eve
        1. Adam and Eve sinned by eating the forbidden fruit in the Tree. It presupposes the use of their hands in sinning.
        2. Note Genesis 3:22 is first reference of hands and what God says about his hand: “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever
      3. The hands of men are capable of murder: Cain murders Abel
        1. First murder is recorded in Genesis 4.
        2. Note Genesis 3:22 is our second reference of hands and what God says about Cain’s hand: “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
      4. The hands of men are capable of being used to oppose others: Prediction of Ishmael’s hands against his brothers (Genesis 6:12)
      5. The hands of men are capable of being used to deceive others: Jacob deceives his father with false hairy hands to get his brother’s blessings (Genesis 27:22-23)
      6. The hands of men are capable of being used for violence: Story of Joseph and his brothers’ harm (Genesis 37:21-22, 27)
      7. The hands of a woman is capable of trickery: Story of Tamar’s prostitution and set up against Tamar (Genesis 38:18,20,28-30)
      8. The hands of a woman is capable of seduction and deception: Story of Joseph and Master’s wife (Genesis 39:12-13)
  1. Practice
    1. Early in human history Genesis record how sinful man can be; nothing is new today in terms of sinfulness. Do you recognize man’s sinfulness?
    2. Do you recognize your own sinfulness?  What does the actions of your own hands reveal?
    3. If you feel sick reading the book of Genesis with what man’s hands are capable of, then you should have a better appreciate the place for God’s law, Holiness and Wrath.
    4. Yet we must also realize God’s Wrath will be set against us because of what our hands and hearts have done.  We need a Savior who will save us from our sins and the punishment due us for our sins.  That Savior is Jesus Christ.

 

Beginning next week we will see the Hands of the Lord more closely….

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