I pulled out my dusty Bible today and decided to start from the beginning and just read.
I could not believe how intriguing Genesis is!
Something so nice, He created it twice.
In Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness.
In Genesis 1:14 God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” He made two great lights –the greater to govern the day and the lesser to govern the night. The sun and the moon.
The first time he created light, there was no sun. It was just light. There was light and darkness. How curious. If there was no sun, what was the first light he created? I am no philosopher but it would make sense that he would create the light spectrum, ROYGBIV, the colors that make white light, before he made the sun which produced light. Isn’t that so cool? That, to me, in the first 16 verses of the Bible, proves that God is very real. If someone just made up the book, there is no way that they would have such vast knowledge as the light spectrum so long ago. God is cool.
Seek first His kingdom, and the rest will fall into place.
Genesis 2:18-23 talks about God creating a helper for Adam. Adam was naming all of the animals, the task that God had given him, but there was no suitable helper found for Adam. So, God created Eve. I find it comforting that Adam was just following what God had said, and God brought the helper to him.
Sounds of heaven.
Genesis 3:8 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”
I have never noticed that they heard God walking. Isn’t that cool? I think that would have truly been perfection. Walking with God, being able to hear his footsteps. What a beautiful picture!
A name for a wife.
Adam named Eve just like he gave a name to all the animals. (Gen. 3:20)
Clothed in skin.
“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
So, question…did they not have skin on their bodies before this? or were they clothed in animal skin? They could not have previously been merely spirits before this because God took a rib from Adam to make Eve…so what exactly were they?
If it weren’t for the cherubim guarding the Garden with a flaming sword that swishes back and forth, this movie would be very realistic. Genesis 3:22-23 describes a tree of life. Anyone who eats of it will live forever. God did not want man to live forever and have the knowledge of good and evil. That is why he banished man from the Garden so that he could never again enter it and have the chance to eat from the tree.
I challenge you to read the Bible and take everything very literally. The Bible is a history book, not a story book. I have grown up hearing “stories” in the Bible that seem very magical. They’re very real. Take up your Bible and read it as though you have never read it before. Read it like it is true, because it is, and take notes! If something sounds funny or interesting, weird or completely new, write about it. The Bible is a lot more interesting than rules and regulations. I challenge you to read it that way.