Did you read this?
Did you read this?
One of the greatest debates among some Christians or believers is how many days or years did it take God to create all that we see.
Some argue the God made the earth in 7 days as we know them and some say its took 7000 years, based on the scripture that to God 1 day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like 1 day.
My question is why the debate and why does this matter so much to us? When we read the first 3 chapters of Genesis, God does not tell us anything except that He made the heavens and the earth in 6 days and on the seventh He rested.
I think if the Lord felt this was important, He would have spelled it out, wouldn't you agree?
But that is not what, at least to me, He wanted us to know. As we come to chapter 3, He spells it out, I believe and that is how we fell from His present due to the sin of one man, Adam who had it all!
Think about it, Adam the first man had everything. A relationship with the Lord like none other! God would come and meet Adam in the garden and they would walk and talk together. Man, think of all the knowledge and wisdom Adam was gaining here, yet when it came to to taking care of what God place into his hand, he literally blew it.
So where am I heading with this? Is this really about how long it took for God to make the earth?
Nope not at all. I know that God created everything, you and me and everything thing that we see, but it really doesn't matter if it was 7 literal days or 7000 years or even longer if these scientist dating process is correct that they use and the earth is 7 billion years old.
The lesson we see here is that Satan was already around or I don't think the Lord gave Adam any commandments such as He did regarding the tree of knowledge of good and evil as I refresh your mind:
(Gen 2:16-17) And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you certainly will die."
As you see, evil was present at the time and really did Adam need to know about it? Yes and he was warned.
So as the story moves along, the next lesson that comes from the first three chapters of Genesis is that everything God made was good, yet not so good.
Enter into the picture, Eve! Yes that is right, the first woman and after the Lord create her from Adam's rib, God brought her to him because he was alone and Adam surely had to feel it because all the animals he named had a mate.
Lesson 3, Is how the enemy works by twisting Gods commands to fit his agenda, placing wrong thoughts in us tempting us, then we act on the temptations and when confronted with our sin, not taking responsibility for your actions as we see the fall unfold in chapter 3.
That is right, we learn that Satan places temptation and suggestions within our minds. He subtlety twist the truths we learn from God so we can stumble. Satan or the serpent probably at this time tried his hardest to trip up Adam, but God had His protected wing around him and surely Adam spoke with his wife regarding the tree of good and evil.
But a day came when Eve was near the forbidden tree admiring it with her husband next her doing what God call him to do, tend the garden. Adam must have over heard the inter action between the serpent and Eve and yet stood by and did nothing (Yes ladies, I am defending you, your husbands need to be there for you always). Bottom line, Eve is tempted, she succumbs to the temptation (being tempted is not a sin, giving into it is) by eating some of the fruit from the forbidden tree, tells Adam about how good the fruit is and then he eats of it and bam! "Houston we have a problem here!!!!"
Yep, once Adam ate of the fruit there eyes were open and instead of gaining the wisdom they wanted, they gained stupidity and it was down hill from there.
As God came by for His daily walk with His first two created human children, they were nowhere to be found, though the Lord knew exactly where they were and what had happen.
Once Adam and Eve came out of hiding he had a chance to own up to his failure and who knows maybe today things would have been different, but when questioned he blame God and Eve for his sin.
Yeah, instead of admitting he blew it he blame others, and that passed down to Eve, who should have known better and she pointed at blame at the serpent or satan.
The fact is Adam didn't own up to his responsibility in protecting his wife and intervened in the conversation that was taking place between her and the serpent, than after being offer to eat some of the fruit, instead of rejecting it and reprimanding her is a loving way and he eat some at her request and when both had a chance to confuse and seek forgiveness neither one did, but accused and blamed the next person in line, so human.
Form that point on to the present this scenario is played out in all of us. If you are truthful regarding your life, as a believer or a non believer, you will admit it is true. I know that for a fact just in my own life.
So what is the theme of the first 3 chapters? The historical record of creation and mans fall is important lessons here and even how the enemy works to deceive us, but it is not about how days, years, or billion of years it took God to create the earth, it is about the coming of God's Son to redeem the world from our sins
Genesis 3:15 is what this is about. God spells it out plainly to Satan;
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head and you will strike His heel."
That is right, on the day Adam and Eve took of the forbidden fruit, Satan won a small battle, he got man to disobey the Lord, but God knew this would happen and though death enter the world at this time, God plans was that His Son Jesus would come to the earth, which He did, go to the cross as the sacrificial lamb for us, die, shedding His precious blood and three days later rise from the grave defeating death, paving a road back to the Lord.
It is letting us know that all who will believe and accept the fact that Jesus is the living Son of God and whoever believes and obeys His commends would receive eternal life.
Yes the first 3 chapter shows us how the fall of man took place and by believing and following Jesus Christ that we would receive the gift of life, eternal life and once again become adopted sons and daughters of His Father.
"For God so love the world, that God gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have ever lasting life."
That is what God wants us to know regarding the first 3 chapters of Genesis.
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