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Genesis 3:1-26 How Was Your Trip? See You Next Fall
In Chapter 3, we read The second day, you will read about the first and actually, one and only, FALL.
Some would like to distort this into an animal rebellion, but of course, this is a man and woman rebellion. The theme of the entire Bible is that rebellion against God leads to death and relationship with God leads to life. Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in this chapter.
The serpent is Satan. If we couldn’t already figure that out, it is explicit from passages like Revelation 12:9 and 20:2. He started by asking Eve if God really said what she knew He said. Perhaps, that is why James tells us we ask God for anything with an attitude of doubt (James 1:6-8) and Paul says that whatever we do based on doubt is sin (Rom. 14:23). It was doubt that did us all in. That and a spirit of rebellion.
Satan didn’t use outright recruitment, “Follow me and your life will be better than it will be with God.” He just made them doubt that things would be as good with God. It was an attack on the goodness of God. The entire world system works on that principle today. The world system tells us things are better in the world than with God. The “world” in 1 John 5:17 is the world system which is ruled by the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) and the “god of this world” (John 12:31).
They heretofore had not known that they were naked but now strung fig leaves around themselves (v. 7). Then Adam bumped into God in the garden, who wanted to know who told them they were naked (v. 11, but He already knew the answer). Adam blamed everything on his new companion (v. 12). The woman blamed everything on the serpent (v. 13).
So God cursed the snake which had been a pretty little creature and condemned to slither around on the ground and cause women to jump on chairs when they see one (v. 14). In this verse there is also the first prophecy that Christ would come and set everything back to the way it was and actually make it a lot better than it was. Verse 15 says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Satan’s followers will hate the followers of God. One of the woman’s progeny, Jesus, will be hurt at the crucifixion, His “heel” would be “bruised” but Satan would be destroyed, his “head . . . bruised”).
Women would have pain in bearing children thereafter (v. 16) and men would have more trouble providing for themselves and their families (vv. 17-19). The woman was named “Eve” which meant “life” or “life-producer” (v. 20). She also was the first haberdasher (v. 21). By the way, Adam simply meant “man.”
He banished them both from the garden so they couldn’t live forever physically by eating from the “tree of life” (v. 22). This was reversed in the book of Revelation (22: 2, 14, 19). Special angels, cherubim, were set with flaming swords outside the garden to keep humans from getting back in (v. 24).
In Chapter 4, Adam and Eve had kids. The first one, Abel, raised sheep. The second one, Cain, raised grain. They both brought offerings to the Lord but the Lord was only pleased with Abel’s (vv. 4-5). God gave Cain a second chance though (v. 7). It could be that Abel brought a sheep, symbolic of the later offering of Christ as a sheep. Abel brought grain which was, obviously, not a blood offering. Whatever the case, Cain was jealous that Abel had God’s favor and offed his brother. Just as Gen. 3:14 said, those who follow Satan hate the ones who follow God.
God called him out on it (vv. 11-12) and allowed Cain to flee to a place of safety so no one would take vengeance on him (v. 14, later there would be distinct “places of refuge” where murderers could abscond to, cf. Josh. 20:2).
Cain took off away from the “presence of the Lord” and nodded off (v. 16). He and his wife bore a son, Enoch, who ended up taking off (v. 17, cf. Gen. 5:23). No doubt, Cain’s wife was a daughter of Adam but there was no genetic mutation at the time. The prohibition against marrying a near relative came later. Lamech, however, violated the one wife for one husband rule (v. 19). The law of sins being passed down through the generations resulted in another murderer, Tubal-Cain (vv. 22-24, cf. Exod. 34:7).
God gave Adam and Eve a replacement for Abel, Seth. His name means, “the substitute” (v. 25). This was apparently a good period of time wherein “men began to call on the name of the Lord” (v. 26). Most likely this means that Seth continued the godly line begun with Abel while an ungodly line continued with Cain’s family.
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As we mentioned in yesterday’s passage, Jesus and His family were warned to flee to Egypt (v.13). God had already provided for their trip through the gifts of the Magi. Joseph obeyed and absconded with his family during the night after being warned by an angel in a dream (vv. 13-14). They stayed in Egypt until King Herod croaked (v. 15).
“Out of Egypt I called My Son” is a quote from Hosea 11:1 used to refer to Israel, Yahweh’s son, being called out of Egyptian bondage under Moses. Israel was protected in Egypt during a time of famine (Gen. 37-50). Matthew applies it to Jesus being protected in Egypt (v. 15).
Herod slaughtered all the babies under two years old who were in the vincinity of Jerusalem figuring he would off the Messiah before He had a chance to grow up and take over (vv. 16 -18). Jeremiah 31:19 is quoted which originally depicted the weeping mothers of Ramah, just outside Jerusalem, when many babies were taken into exile to Babylon. (It could refer to either the exile of 725 or 586 B.C.). Here Matthew uses it to refer to the mothers weeping for their murdered babies.
After Herod died, an angel gave Joseph the “A-OK” sign so they could return (v. 19). Instead of going back to Jerusalem where Herod’s son, Ache-louse, I mean, Archelaus, was reigning, he took his family to Nazareth (vv. 22-23a). That is how the prophecy was fulfilled that Jesus would be a Nazarene in Isa. 53:3; Ps. 22:6.
John the Baptist appeared on the scene a few decades later telling people that they needed to get ready for the Messiah. He said that the prophecy given by Isaiah (v. 3, Isa. 40:3) was about to be fulfilled. John called them to have a change of mind (v. 2, literal meaning of “repent”) and get themselves ready for the coming of the kingdom. As we’ll see, though they were offered the kingdom of Christ but rejected it (cf. John 19:15).
John led an austere life eating locusts and honey and wearing clothes made of camel’s hair (v. 4). It wasn’t like a camel’s hair coat that men get today. It was actually hair from a camel that was crude and scratchy.
John was baptizing all in the area that wanted to be associated with him and his message (v. 5). That was the point of being baptized, to be identified with the message (v. 6). There was as yet, no churches or John the Baptist clubs.