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Some observations that many people skip over when they start in Genesis:
Genesis 3 — No sooner are we into paradise but we’re already into the Fall – sin comes into the world, and it just keeps spreading. But we have a promise. Genesis 3:15 is the Protoevangelium – the first reference to the Gospel, and it’s referenced again in Romans 16:20.
Satan used the serpent to make Eve think her boss wanted to make her life miserable (Genesis 3:5). Today we have talebearers and gossips in churches and Christian workplaces who just like the serpent are used by Satan to poison people intentionally like Absalom (2 Samuel 15:2-6), or unintentionally like the co-worker who grumbles about the boss. I’ve worked in several settings – Christian and secular – and have encountered people intentionally and unintentionally trying to poison me to make me think that the boss wanted to make my life miserable, and I needed to trust them instead of the boss. We’ll even see people lying to children by telling them that the governor/president/king did/will do something to poison them against their political authority. Be on the lookout for serpents in your workplace!
Where was Adam when Eve sinned? Most people think Eve was having a private conversation with the serpent while Adam was working the back 40 acres, but Genesis 3:6 says Adam was “with her.” As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Or perhaps when good men do nothing, they are not good?
Dexter Penwell shares this insight on Genesis 4:2:
Abel was a keeper of sheep. At that time, they were not allowed to eat meat. Therefore, there were only 2 things that the sheep would be used for. One is for skins to clothe themselves. However, it would not be worth keeping sheep every day just to kill one or 2 every few months for making clothing. That then means that the main reason for keeping sheep had to be as a way to have animals for sacrifices. (That also means that although the Bible does not specifically state that they knew that they were to use sheep for sacrifices, they had to know, or there would not be a real reason to keep sheep all the time.
Speaking of the Gospel, Matthew 2 talks about the seed coming out of Egypt, the One who will be called a Nazarene.
Psalm 2 is great comfort when you think you are oppressed – imagine all the kings of the earth ready to attack! But “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh!” Amen!
Earl Martin has a great memory verse song to go along with Proverbs 1:7:
And if you have parents, Proverbs 1:8 is a great verse to pay attention to.
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