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Genesis 3

What do we learn from Genesis 3?

  • Mankind is truly free to make decisions. Free will was in play from the beginning.
  • Making the wrong decisions can have repercussions.
  • God still loves his creation even when they it makes wrong decisions.
  • It would be better to exercise free will to make decisions that benefit others more than myself.
  • Freedom to choose is also, in a way, freedom to lose.

Sweat

By the sweat of your face 

you shall eat bread 

until you return to the ground, 

for out of it you were taken; 

you are dust, 

and to dust you shall return.

 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), Ge 3:19.

God was handing out punishments for disobedience. For the man, his work would become real work. Not the existence of a gentleman farmer, but rather of a hardscrabble effort to make ends meet.

Many of us have experienced the same thing. As I read it this morning, I felt suddenly weary and depressed.

On the other hand, it looks as if death is to be seen as respite from the struggle. Rather than being part of the punishment, death may be seen as a rescue.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go > Lyrics | George Matheson

O Love that wilt not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in thee;

I give thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.

 

O light that foll’west all my way,

I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray,

That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.

 

O Joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain,

That morn shall tearless be.

 

O Cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.\”

None and Fine With It

Solutions? Most of the “solutions” I’ve seen proposed focus on aspects of Christian practice that could be called “style.” Music style, for example. How we worship on Sundays. Now I’m not against music or other aspects of style evolving over time, but our core problem isn’t style. Nor is it “doctrine.” Rather, we have a credibility problem. The reasons I pulled out above highlight this point.

Source: None and Fine With It | Musings on Science and Theology

Hope

Don’t place your hope in politicians. If you aren’t aware, your hopes will be dashed.

Put your hope in God. Sometimes you may not be sure whether he is alongside or not. That’s part of the deal. He is there.

Not a Rib

This is a fascinating translation of Genesis 2:21-22, giving almost the impression that God just split Adam in two to make Eve. I love it when a good commentary helps me see something I never saw before.

 

21 So Yahweh God cast a deep sleep on the man so that he fell asleep, and he took one of his sides and enclosed it with flesh.

22 Then Yahweh God built into a woman the side that he had taken from the man and brought her to the man.

 

Specifically, the text says that God took one of the ṣēlāʿ of man. Almost without exception this word has been translated as “rib” (hence even today the many puns on “Adam’s rib” and “women’s lib”). A better translation of ṣēlāʿ is side. The word designates a side or the shell of the ark of the covenant (Exod. 25:12, 14; 37:3, 5), the side of a building (Exod. 26:20; 36:25) or even a whole room (“side chamber, arcade, cell,” Ezek. 41:5–8), or a ridge or terrace on a hill (2 Sam. 16:13). Gen. 2:21 is the only place in the OT where the modern versions render this word as “rib.”* If we translate “side” rather than “rib,” then the passage states that woman was created from an undesignated part of man’s body rather than from one of his organs or from a portion of bony tissue.

 

* More than likely the translation “rib” is traceable to an Arabic root meaning “to curve, deviate”; hence, ṣēlāʿ is a curved bone. See G. R. Driver, “Notes and Studies,” JTS 47 (1946) 161–62.


 Victor P. Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 178.

Postmodern

I do not subscribe to postmodern philosophies or postmodern theories of interpretation.

I simply acknowledge that we live in a postmodern age. People are less likely to accept absolutes and more likely to disregard any attempt at authority.

That’s all.

Meaning and Significance

What a text means is separate from “what a text means to me”.

A text means what the author meant to convey. Sometimes that is easy to determine, but often it is difficult, especially with old texts like the Bible. Whether easy or difficult, we cannot move on to anywhere until we take the time to determine what the author meant to say. A text cannot mean what it never meant.

Once we arrive at the meaning, now we are free to explore the significance of the meaning. How does it hit me? What am I required to do? What shall i change?

If you jump to significance before you understand meaning, your significance is probably wrong. Don’t live your life based on wrong meanings.

Life Verse

Do you have a life verse?

What does it mean for you?