The Apostle John wrote, “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:” The Bible reading plan for 2017 starts today and I plan to share a few thoughts on the daily passages with the prayer they might be helpful to others.
Genesis 1-3:24. The very first sentence in Scripture makes it clear to me the earth is unique, God has NOT made other inhabited worlds or aliens, there is only one life-sustaining earth, hence the folly and waste of money searching for other life in the universe! The greatest understatement ever made follows viz., “He made the stars also”.
Trillions of galaxies made up of millions of stars, most of which would make our sun look miniscule comprise the vast universe of stars. Yet God planned to reveal himself supremely and decreed to play out the great battle of history for the glory of his name on one unique tiny blue planet.
The creatures were made “after their kind” which we are told by creation scientists means after their family kind rather than species. So God made the first dog and cat from which we got every species of dog/wolf and cat/big cat.
Man lost the image of God which is righteousness and true holiness (Eph.4:24) when he fell. Mankind are now born in the image of Satan (John 8:44).
We are just made of dust, of the same chemicals that make up earth, hence a cremated body is just ash dust.
God ordained marriage, not fornication (shacking up or living with a girlfriend). He called Eve Adam’s wife after he had performed the first wedding. The lifelong commitment of marriage between one man and one woman is vital for proper family life as God ordained it.
Satan made out God to be a scrooge or killjoy (Gen.3:1), he still lies to men in the same way today. Eve usurped her place in taking of the forbidden fruit and Adam did not stop her, thus reneging on his responsibility. She was deceived and he willingly sinned. This is why we have Paul’s apostolic and authoritative word that women are not to lead or teach in churches (I Tim.2:12-15).
The antithesis begins in 3:15. God creates enmity between the seed of the woman (Christ and the church) and the seed of the serpent (the wicked). Christ shall break the head of the serpent and kill him.
Work is for man’s sake (3:17).