What God Named

God planted a Garden & made trees grow, and rivers flow. He called it Eden and for centuries the prophets would remember it’s glory, (Ezk 28:13, Ezk 31:8-9, Joel 2:3) At least for a few generations after Adam, people lived in it, 2nd Kings 19:21 and even in Ezekiel’s day, it’s region was still known, Ezk. 27:23. But physically it fades in glory and the memory of scribes after Ezekiel make no mention of Eden. The Holy Spirit seems to erase it from history. Which is in harmony with the changing demise of our planet’s nature. Even in today’s world, no matter how many efforts are put into conservation, many things change for the worse. But this remains permanent, God’s purposeful plan for our original state of fellowship with Him. His determined & successful work to redeem His children into an eternal utopia and intimate fellowship. To do this, God’s son would be sacrificed near a garden, John 19:41. He has paradise with the tree of life awaiting His children, Rev. 2:7. Within the City of God, a river flows and His children are given the right to eat from the tree of life, Rev. 22:2-14.  When God created Eden, he knew that Adam’s sin would ruin it’s glory, so He planned & purposed Christ to help us be restored to His original gift of creation in a new heaven & earth. Paul spoke of creation groaning for the culmination of Christ’s glory in us, Romans 8:18-22.

It is interesting to note that God named the garden, it’s rivers and the two trees, but He let Adam name the animals. Giving Adam a view of his dominion stretching beyond Eden, over the animals that would roam beyond it’s borders. God sets borders in earth from the beginning to the end of the earth’s existence, Acts 17:26, and to this day establishes governments which do His will, Romans 13:1. Indeed today, they still move borders and re-name cities, history may be written by man, but God still motivates & works within His-Story. Therefore we should respect Government and try our best to obey authorities, praying for them and reminding them of Christ’s Lordship in the Church. The effect of governing authorities upon the spreading of the gospel is obvious throughout history, both biblically and in secular history. Why? Because the prince of this world is determined to destroy the truth, Ephesians 2:2-3, and God in Jesus Christ rules over the victory of His Kingdom’s message. Our responsibility as Christian citizens is to prayerfully promote responsible dominion over the earth God created for our use and control. Waste is not godly, Jesus showed us concern for this in John 6:12. If our government sees we are environmentally responsible and care for the earth, they may have more appeal toward our message of moral restraint. Nevertheless, if only for the sake of our own conscience and respect for God’s creation, we ought to treat the world we live in with care & refrain from it’s abuse & unnecessary pollution. This kind  of lifestyle can improve the reputation of a Christian’s name from the world’s perspective. Remember, it is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Ancient Prophecy Made Current

From Genesis 3:15 to Revelation 22:10-20, prophecy fills a major part of the Bible. Most of prophecy directly or indirectly refers to the Jewish Messiah/God’s Christ for the entire human race across the globe. Every individual is given hope in the fulfilled promises of a faithful God, when we each personally accept true living faith in Jesus as Christ & Lord. The power of purification (1st John 3:3) and the power of a living hope (1st Peter 1:3) are both found satisfying in Christ by every person that allows The Faith to grow in our body, soul & mind. Do you believe in the prophetic promise of God to provide inner purity & power to live pure? Read about the purpose of prophetic scripture in Romans 15:4 to enrich your faith in the truth.

As we reflect on the purpose of a prophet, we see it is two-fold. Firstly to speak on behalf of God or via God, as Enoch & Noah did and secondly, to pray and/or intercede for other people as Abraham & Samuel did, Gen. 20:17 & 1st Sam. 23. By this we discover the purpose of our intercession, a life-giving God working through his prophetic word in Jesus the great prophet, John 6:14 & Acts 7:37. The ability to spread the gospel and help other people to accept it by faith is seen as we read Acts 6:4, see this in action by the Apostles. We also see prayer as a necessity of preparation by the Apostles to help God establish the Church with the gospel in Acts 1:4-14, 2:1-6. A great prophecy fulfilled from the promise of God,  Jeremiah 31:31-34.

The Bible itself is a huge book of promises. From the promise of victory of God within humanity (Gen. 3:15) via the seed of the woman, to the promised victory of Christ and all those within Him to triumph over sin & death (Rev. 22:13-19). The seed of the Kingdom was prophesied and fulfilled in Christ. Is the seed of the Kingdom within you?

If we are spiritually located and growing in Christ as the Great Prophet that came into the world, we are obliged to prophesy in the sense of enacting our royal priesthood with intercessory prayer like Abraham & Samuel, as well as pointing people to the truth of Christ’s coming in the future to judge everyone according to His word, John 12:48. Read Matthew 13:38 & Mark 4:26 to see Christ’s direction in this need of ours.

Introducing Genesis

One of the strangest statements here is that God “separated the light from the darkness” v4. The light is obviously divine, because the stars, sun & planets are not made until the fourth day. Separating divine light from darkness results in defining the first day, so God designed time as we know it, and then made the universe to fit time. In v18 the phrase is used again, but in the context of physical light, placed in certain areas, this causes the separation from darkness simply by distance. But the mystery around light before stars are illuminated, leaves us to conclude that it is a spiritual light, as in 1Jn. 1:5. In the New Testament we have 3 miraculous events with light. First, the miraculous star over Bethlehem during Christ’s nativity. Secondly, the transfiguration of Jesus before his sacrifice. Thirdly, the Lord’s glory blinding the sinner Saul after he ascended. There is no physical light that fits the description each passage gives. In the new Jerusalem, God’s light comes from the Lamb replacing any need for the sun or moon, Rev. 21:22-23.

Genesis spans more years (appx 2,300) than any other book in the Bible, from before Adam’s day to the days of Joseph. The repetitive word ‘begat’ is the theme throughout Genesis, the origin of a family into a nation is reminding us of how successful God is, in bringing life into the world against all the odds of so much sin & death. The story of relationships here shows us that God wants to relate to his creation, especially us, being made in His image. Although God created all things good and was pleased, we abused our God given power to choose and used our freedom to sin, destroying our relationship with God, each other and also damaging the physical world. However, God’s grace was shared with humanity, He did not forsake us and leave us in sinful rebellion and the corruption of sin. Instead, God promised to act directly to solve the human predicament of sin & death, by announcing the coming of the Promised One, (Gen. 3:15). God began his plan of restoration and redemption by choosing the family of Abraham to start over afresh. He made a covenant with Abraham and relates to His family many blessings, proving to them His promises of life are being fulfilled in the face of death spreading to all of us, Romans 5:12

God gave Moses reflection on history and revelation on the future. His law was decreed in writing with blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Most Jewish theologians and scholars of Scripture put the date of writing at between 1440 through 1400 BC. One of the highlights of Genesis is when God calls Abraham to leave his home of Ur (in ancient Iraq) to travel to the land of Canaan. God makes clear to Abraham that He is the designer of a planned promise (covenant) wherein Abraham should fulfill by walking in faith, Gen. 12:1. Archaeological remains from Ur prove the city’s prominent importance, as with many cities of our ancient world, Ur was a center for many idols including their main god being the moon deity. Abraham was approached by God with a background of a lunar god in Iraq, and Moses was approached by God with a background of a solar god in Egypt, so it is not a mystery as to why God used both types of calendars in establishing the Hebrew nation. The middle-east languages and religions of today are rooted in Genesis, are you?