Day 1: Genesis 1-4
So, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. It also says the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the deep waters, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water’s surface.
I take that to mean the planet was there, but there was no land, only water, and no light, only darkness. If you have water, then was there no bottom to it at this point? All water, I’m supposing? What do you think? Hallie figures it was all ocean and nothing else at this point.
Then, He created light. So there was darkness, light, “day” and “night,” and then morning and the first day.
God then decided to make an expanse between the waters, to separate the water from water, below and above, allowing there to be water upon the earth and the water in the “sky.” This was the second day.
On the third day, He created dry ground, calling it “land,” and calling the gathered waters “seas.” He then created vegetation to sprout from the ground, seed bearing plants and trees to bear fruit and seed.
Day four, He created lights in the sky to separate night from day, and let them be signs to mark seasons, days and years. He created the sun to light earth during the day, and the moon to light it at night, and created the stars.
The fifth day, He filled the water with living creatures, and filled the sky with birds, and allowed them to be fruitful and multiply.
Day six, God created livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals. Then, he made man in His own likeness and let him rule over the creatures of the sea, the air, and the land. He made man, then woman, then instructed them to increase in number, fill the earth, subdue it, rule over fish of the sea, birds of the air, and all animals that scurry upon the ground. He then gave man and woman every seed-bearing plant and every fruit tree with seed in it, and said these will be your food. He then gave to all the animals, fish and birds, every green plant for food.
I take that to mean we, at this point, were not allowed to eat the fish, the birds, nor the animals. We were to eat our greens, our veggies, our fruit. All other living things were to eat green plants. They were all vegetarian? Interesting. Hallie asks, “So I take it we are not allowed to eat animals to this day?”
Day seven, God rested and he looked at all his work and saw that it was good.
Hallie said, “So I guess, day seven, people think it is a Sunday? Because people go to church on Sunday and most people do their shopping and yard work on Saturday and they rest on Sunday.”
I do not believe that God necessarily rested on a Sunday. He rested on the seventh day, which means we have seven days in a week, we work the first six days, and rest on the seventh day, which is holy. It doesn’t matter what day your rest falls on, as long as you claim one and make it holy.
Back on day six, when he created man, he formed him from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into him for the first time.
God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and that’s where he put the man. God made all kinds of trees that were good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The first river was Pishon that wound through Havilah, where there’s gold, aromatic resin and onyx. The second river was Gihon, which wound through the land of Cush. The third river is Tigris, which runs along the east side of Asshur. The fourth river is Euphrates.
God put the man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. He told the man to eat from any tree, but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will die.
Hallie said, “So, basically, God is saying you can eat from any tree but that one.”
God felt it wasn’t good for the man to be alone. He wanted to make a helper suitable for him. He allowed man to name every living creature. Still, no helper was found, so God caused the man to go into a deep sleep, God took one of the man’s ribs, closed up that place with flesh, and with the rib, created woman. She would be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.
The serpent tricked the woman into eating the fruit that God had instructed not to do. The woman then suggested to the man to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Then their eyes were opened, they saw they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
God was walking through the garden and Adam and Eve hid from him. God called to the man, “Where are you?” Adam admitted to hiding because he was naked. God is questioning who told Adam he was naked, and Adam confessed to Eve taking the fruit they were instructed not to take and giving some to Adam.
Ok, he’s telling the truth, yes. But when I read the Bible, I feel Adam is passing the buck. Yes, Eve did it first, and she did indeed give some to Adam, but he could have said, “No. God told us to not eat of that tree. I will not eat from it.” Did Eve force Adam to eat the fruit? Did she trick him?
Ok, same thing with Eve. She’s passing the buck to the serpent. No one wanted to claim responsibility for their own actions. Wow. That’s certainly still going on today, and it started in the garden with Adam and Eve. Passing the buck.
God sentenced the serpent to crawl on his belly and eat dust the rest of his days, and every serpent thereafter. I’m guessing the sneaky snake had legs to begin with. He sentenced Eve and all the women that followed (mean ole Eve! Because of you, all us women have to suffer?) increased pain with childbearing, our desire will be for our husband and he will rule over us. He commanded Adam to never eat of that tree again, and to work his butt off, through painful toil, he will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of his brow, he will eat his food, until he dies.
God made garments of skin to clothe them.
Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden to work the ground.
Adam and Eve had their first child, Cain. Then, another son, Abel. Abel kept flocks and Cain worked the soil. Cain brought God some fruit as an offering. Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord liked Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s, so Cain became very angry. God asked Cain why he was angry and explained to him how sin was crouching at his door and to get it under control.
First of all, why did God not like Cain’s offering? To test Cain? Did he know that Cain would get angry? Was he trying to teach him a lesson about Cain’s sinful nature?
Now, Cain tricked Abel to go into the field and then killed him. Cain was cast out from God’s presence and driven from the land, to live in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain married and his wife birthed a son. Cain built a city, naming it Enoch, after his son.
Adam and Eve had a third son, Seth. Seth had a son and named him Enosh.
Tomorrow, Genesis Chapters 5-8.
Thanks for hanging with us today. I’ll try to not be as wordy tomorrow. Let me know if you have any comments or thoughts about these chapters and questions above.
G’ night. God speed. Sleep tight. Sweet dreams.
Love y’all. *hug*
-Carol & Hallie