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3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters.5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.- Genesis 5:3-5 (ESV)
The Creation: A Commentary on the First Five Chapters of the Book of Genesis


Okay.  Someone might have missed it, but when you look at Genesis chapter 5, it speaks of itself as “the book of the generations of Adam” in accordance with verse 1.  Thus, somewhere beyond the reiteration of God’s creation of man in His own image and likeness, the Bible breaks down the real deal about man.  The eventuality of Adam in the same for all of us.  According to the last words of verse 5, we are simply told: “and he died.” 

Adam died.  He eventually meet his own end.  At some point, after some 930 years of walking about the earth, Adam ceased to live any longer.  His breathing stopped.  His body simply stopped.  Adam passed away 800 years after the birth of Seth, preceded in death by his son Abel at the hands of Adam’s other son Cain.

Learn this now.  Death is eventual.  Death is inevitable.  Death is the end of all mean.  I believe Solomon said it best in Ecclesiastes 9: “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten” (v. 5).  It is the thing that patiently awaits us all.  Be sure to never live in denial of that.


But be sure to live.  Adam did not stop living because he lost a son due to murder.  Adam did not stop living to simply mourn his son.  He did not start a memorial fund in the name of Abel.  He did not erect a shrine of sorts at the place where his other son killed the lad in the open field and shed his blood, taking his innocent life.  Adam lived on.


Adam lived on.  He did not put up a ransom for Cain to be returned home.  He did not make an appeal for Cain to come back after being cast away by the Lord.  No, Adam simply lived and he lived on.  He had more children, starting with Seth, and he gives us an example to live fully while we still have life. 

Live on.  Live on with all of your energy and effort.  Live on.

Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings

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Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.
– Genesis 3:20 (NASB)

She was called Eve.  She was the “mother of all the living.” I find it interesting that the man “named” his wife

 according to the New International Version.  This occurs in chapter 3, but let us look at chapter 2 for a moment.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. – Genesis 2:23 (KJV)
He called her “Woman” before he called her “Eve.” He identified with her being a part of him before he recognized her as being the “mother of all the living.” He saw her as bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh “because she was taken out of Man.”  He saw them as interconnected beyond what they’re coming together would produce.

 
That’s the beauty of male-female relationships.  There’s so much that we see as differences between us.  Yet, God saw fit to take from the man to make the woman.  He created them both.  He utilized their union to symbolize Christ’s union with the body of believersHe sanctified and ordained the union of man and woman long before municipalities authorized and legalized marriages.  Yes, we were made for each other because He made us so and He saw that it was good.
Let us not neglect the blessed union that God has provided for us.  Let every marriage be seen as God’s sacred unification of man and woman as one flesh.  We should love one another, male and female, husband and wife, as gifts from the Most High to us.

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. – Genesis 2:25 (KJV)

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings


The place was called “Eden.” The garden was called Eden by its Creator.  It was a garden “in the east” called Eden by God Himself.

Eden means “delight.” In some source, it may say that it means “bliss, paradise, delightful.”

It was the place where God placed Adam the first man.  “The whole world had been placed under man’s dominion, and it all was good in every way,”said Henry M. Morris.  “The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it” (Genesis 2:15, NCV).  “Adam was told to ‘keep’ the garden,” according to Henry M. Morris.

Think about that.  The EPA and its origin and purpose aside, I believe that what we really discover is that God created both man and the garden, but He placed the garden in man’s hands.  He gave dominion to the man.  The garden was the Lord God’s delight based upon its name.  He put mankind in charge of Eden. When we take our time to slow down and study Genesis, we discover that the Lord God put man “in charge of everything You made.”
 

God offers us another chance.  He allows us to “control” His land, His animals, and everything that He created.  We are stewards of God’s creation.  We have a reverent responsibility to God based on being from the line of Adam.  Look beyond the Garden of Eden and see how God cares for us enough to give us responsibility over His own delightful handiwork.

You put them in charge of everything you made.
You put all things under their control:
all the sheep, the cattle,
and the wild animals,
the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea,
and everything that lives under water.
– Psalm 8:6-8 (NCV)

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.- Genesis 1:27 (ASV)

STATUE OF ADAM From the Creation of Adam By Michelangelo, Real Bronze Powder Cast Statue

God created mankind.  God made man.  As the Bible plainly states: “male and female created he them.”

God made mankind in His own image.  God used as His own image to create mankind.  “Human beings” were created, as the Holman Christian Standard Bible says, in the image of the Almighty, in the likeness of the Divine, and derived from the Creator Himself.

God made Adam. He formed the first man.  He breathed life into him. 
He created a help mate for him from what existed within him based upon His own image.


I marvel at God’s creation.  The waves of the ocean fascinate me.  The clouds that drift in the skies above keep me in awe.  I gaze at the varied peaks of mountain ranges, wondering how God crafted such works to His own glory.

Think today.  God created man.  He designed man.  He formed man. 

Has man lived up to the Creator’s intent for him?

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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“Only God can create. . . God alone is infinite and eternal.” – Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Record

THE GENESIS RECORD

Creation is God’s work.  God brought the earth and everything upon the earth into existence.

How?

His voice.  He used His voice. God spoke and things came to be.  It starts in the third verse of Genesis 1 with “And God said,’Let there be…'” and appears again in the sixth and fourteenth verses.  There are variations that appear in Genesis 1:9, 11, 20, 24.  God spoke and did a mighty work.

The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation


3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?-

Lord,
I marvel at Your mighty and majestic works.  I stand in awe of how You use Your voice and Your words to create and call things into being.  Bless us today with a reminder of Your power and Your ability.  Let us truly praise You, for You are worthy of every once of praise that we have. Amen.


*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the watersGenesis 1:2 (NIV)
Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings

Not only did God create “the heavens and the earth” but He also was present with His Spirit, “hovering over the waters.” 

Picture that! God was omnipresent, even when the earth was “formless and empty”with “darkness over the surface of the deep.”  He was present when nothing else and no one else was anywhere in the picture.

Have you ever seen the Silver Surfer comic book superhero or Storm from the Uncanny X-Men? [Yeah, I know that I am truly giving my age away with that one.] They had powers that defied nature.  Storm could control wind and all of the elements in an instant.  The Silver Surfer could do some wild acrobatics and defy gravity at high rates of speed.  Yet, when we look at God’s Spirit just being in place and at ease just above the waters of the deep, we have to realize that God is not exhibiting powers that defy nature.  God is the Divine who designs nature. Nature is derived from God based upon Him being the Almighty and the Creator.

…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.- Gen. 1:2 (KJV)

I can imagine God just drifting above the shimmering waters, sitting alone in the darkness with His thoughts going to how He would create more and do more with what He had already started by creating the heavens and the earth.

Let your imagination run wild and try to conjure up an idea of what it must have been for that period.  The earth was formless and void.  Darkness covered the entire earthGod was moving about by His Spirit just above the waters.  What does your imagination tell you?

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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In the beginning God created…Genesis 1:1

God is active.  He’s always doing something.  Even from the very beginning, God was actively engaged in creating.  The mental picture that is set forth in this phrase has our minds seeking to formulate the pre-creation thoughts of One whose thoughts and ways are far above our own.  We cannot fathom it at all.

Henry Morris writes: “The work of creation, however, is uniquely a work of God.” We must not lose sight of that theological fact.  God is the Creator.  All things were made by Him and for Him.  In fact, John writes that nothing was made without Him.  The triune God was at work from the beginning.

The word used for God’s handiwork of creation is “bara,” “used always only of the work of God.” When we look at the majestic and mighty work of God through creation was marvel at how God set things in order from the very beginning.  Thus, if He is not the author of confusion, He is an orderly God.  Even in Creation, He keeps things in order.

Look out today at His power to create waves that cease at invisible walls to create tides that subside upon soft sands of beaches.  Witness how He created trees to reach astronomical heights but still not reach the very outer edge of the heavenly realm.  See how His creation lives and breathes in harmony, whether it be the animal kingdom or the plant kingdom.

He created.  He created from the beginning.  He created by His own power.  God is a creative force as the Creator.

*From Eden to Egypt is a series for Life Path Ministries by Rev. Bruce Jackson that chronicles a daily study and reading of the Book of Genesis and The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris.

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