Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Genesis 1:26 - 2

What influences your life?
What does your ideal life revolve around – family, job, hobby, entertainment?

God is the creator of everything and is the source of life.  It all revolves around Him.  His purpose for us is to glorify Him and to show Him and reveal His character.  Man was made by God for God to show God.  He made man in His image and likeness.  God has a will and so does man.

After God finished creating the heavens and the earth and everything in it, He rested on the 7th day.   He blessed the 7th day and made it holy.  There is no mention of a morning and evening on the 7th day.  Rest means to abstain from creating work.  The 7th day or the Sabbath will become a command later in the Bible.  No other day received His blessing or was made holy – Gen. 2:3.  By resting on the 7th day it helps us be more spiritual, nourished, and focused on Him. 

How do you honor the Sabbath day?
How is it different from the other days?
Has it become a 2nd Saturday to you?
How are you blessed on the Sabbath?  God intended it to be a blessing.
What do you need to change for a true Sabbath?

Chapter 1 focuses on God as the Creator.  Chapter 2 focuses on Himself and His love for humanity.  God created man not by speaking like He did the rest of creation.  He formed the earth from nothing and formed man from the ground.  God breathed His breath into man’s nostrils.  We are His very own.  He gave something of Himself.

He gives a detailed account of the actual process of the creation of Adam and Eve.
Gen. 1:26 – He first made the decision to make man in His (Our) image.
Gen. 2:7 – He formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils.
Gen. 2:18 – He said it was not good for man to be alone so He decided to make a helper for Adam.
Gen. 2:20-21 – He looked for a helper for Adam, but couldn’t find a suitable one.  So God caused Adam to sleep and He took a rib from him and made Eve.

Adam’s position on earth was to be ruler over every living creature on the earth – Gen 1:26.  Man is still in charge of them today, although we sometimes we don’t take very good care of them or His creation.  Adam was also to work and take care of the Garden of Eden – Gen 2:15.  Adam and Eve lived comfortably since God had provided everything they needed to eat.  They had joy and satisfaction in their life.  They didn’t have to work hard for a living.  They enjoyed the beauty of the garden and all the earth and their relationship with God.

Do you think about work as a joyful and satisfaction?
He personally gives life.  Have you received Jesus as Lord?  The only way to God is through Him. 
How intentional is your relationship with God?
How are you enjoying God?

There were 2 trees in the Garden of God:  the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The tree of life represents eternal life.  They could eat from this tree and would have blessings and eternal life.  God offers us the same eternal life through our belief in His Son, Jesus Christ.  God told them they could eat from any tree of the garden, but not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die. 

What work has God given you to do?
What pleasant conditions do you enjoy?

How was the earth watered?  It never rained in Eden.  It was watered by streams coming up from the ground.  A river watering the garden flowed from Eden and other rivers surrounded it – Gen. 2:6, 10, 11-14. 

God’s relationship to His creation stand out:  His pre-existence, His power, His planning making everything perfect, His love in creating man to enjoy His creation, and His provision for man’s needs.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden tree, they realized they were naked and were ashamed.  Why?  Perhaps before they were not focused on the physical or maybe it was because they knew they disobeyed God and felt guilty for what they had done.  They knew they had sinned and God would be disappointed.  None of us are perfect since the fall of man.  We all sin.  Rom. 3:23“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

God loves us enough to say “don’t”.  God knew more than Adam.  We don’t always understand everything.  God knew that disobeying Him would break fellowship with Him.

Do you trust God enough for His boundaries and His don’ts?   He gives us boundaries, but freedom to choose.

Gen. 2:21-25 – God knew it was not good for Adam to be alone and that he needed a suitable helper.  So He caused Adam to sleep and took a rib from him and formed Eve.  Like Adam, she was formed directly by God.  God’s purpose for human beings was relationship with each other and with Him.  They were actually originally one flesh.  They were reunited  by the sacred union of marriage.  What Adam lacked, Eve supplied.  Marriage was established by God no matter what the today’s courts and new social standards say.

Honoring the Sabbath day conditions us physically and spiritually to live for the glory of God.
God’s ideal life for man includes enjoying, serving and obeying Him.
God designs suitable relationships for our needs and His glory.

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