Weekly Recap: 5/31/2014

Posts on Gazing at Glory

Book Recommendation: Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

In Defense of Struggling and Even Stagnant Churches

Why We Shouldn’t Refer to God as “Her” or “She” and Why We Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Refer to God as “Him” or “He”

Why I Treat Blog Comments Like Letters to the Editor

Tweeting through Genesis 1 & 2

Other Blogs/Articles

The Blessing and Challenge of Graduation

Bryan College Is Torn: Can Darwin & Eden Coexist?

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Petition (great letter from Bryan professor; note especially comments about academic freedom and Christian colleges)

My Vision for Christian Education

Six Lies Grads Will Be Told

Tweets: Tweeting through Genesis 3

From @dougsmith1977

May 25

the serpent was more cunning than any beast … God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said…?” Gen 3:1 NKJV

In his deceitful craftiness, Satan put a question mark where God had put a period. His strategy continues, and many fall for it.

How do we know the serpent is Satan? Scripture explains Scripture. Cf. Gen 3:1, 13 with Rev 12:9.   

Satan’s strategy: question God’s Word, contradict God’s Word, attack God’s character. It worked in the garden, it still works today.

“They were deceived, disobeyed, and were driven from that holy ground.” From ‘s song, “The Beginning,” on The Ancient Faith

May 26

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Gen 3:9 NKJV

God seeking Adam & Eve after their rebellion is the first of many places we see God taking the initiative on behalf of sinners.  

God wasn’t asking where Adam was for the sake of information. He was giving Adam an opportunity to come clean & confess his sin.  

“The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win.”  

May 27

I will put enmity between you & the woman,& between your seed & her Seed; [He’ll] bruise your head,& [you’ll] bruise His heel. Gen 3:15 NKJV

Before pronouncing the consequences of their sin, God proclaims the gospel to Adam & Eve in the first prophecy of the God-man Savior, Jesus.

Sin’s consequences: difficulty in childbirth, relationships, & work; death of our bodies, which return to the dust.   

The curse on sin in Gen 3 accounts for all the suffering, disease, & death we have in this life. We have to wait for Rev 21 for its removal.

“No more let sin and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground! He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”  

May 28

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” Gen 3:20 NKJV   

Although Eve had not yet had children, God promised a Seed from her. Adam’s name for her indicated faith in the promise of God.

God sought out Adam & Eve, who tried to cover themselves and play the blame game. God promised a Savior and clothed them with animal skins.

Christ in Gen 3: seeking sinful man; promised Seed of woman; prefigured in innocent animal slain to cover Adam & Eve.   

“Nothing can for sin atone; nothing but the blood of Jesus. Naught of good that I have done – nothing but the blood of Jesus.”  

May 29

[God] “drove out the man…placed cherubim…east of the garden… a flaming sword…to guard the way to the tree of life.” Gen 3:24 NKJV

Tree of life off limits when man is banished from garden, but it is on the menu for believers in the new heavens & new earth (Rev 2:7, 22:2)

After Gen 3:24, cherubim not mentioned again till Exod 25:18. Symbolically guarding access to God on ark of the covenant, on the mercy seat.

Our access to God is through Jesus only, His blood & righteousness. Eternal life & one day tree of life, among benefits of knowing Him.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”


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