Starting Fresh: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Israel, Jesus, The Church, The Kingdom

 

  1. Adam

Blessing and Command – God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; Genesis 1:28

  1. Noah

Blessing and Command – God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1

III. Abram (Abraham)

Command and Blessing – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:1-2

  1. Israel

Their Beginning: the Blessing (Passover) and the Command – The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household….(Exodus 12)

  1. Jesus

Command and Blessing – But after he had considered this (divorce), an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:20-21

Blessing and Command—After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said, “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15

Command and Blessing – But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdome will never end.”

Blessing – The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

  1. The Church –Jewish part

Command and Blessing – “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit….you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentile part:

  1. Phillip and the Eunich (Acts 8)
  2. Peter sent to Cornelius (Acts 10)
  3. Paul commissioned to go to the Gentiles Acts 13:46 –Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 22:21 Then the Lord said to me, “Go, I will send you far away to the Gentiles.

VII. The Kingdom

The Blessing – Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

 

 

 

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Salvation and Noah’s Ark

The symbolism of the ark and the flood are profound.

  1. What does the ark look like? A coffin. It represents the death of Jesus and our dying with Him. In this death we find safety because we are no longer facing hell and damnation because of our sins. This is not any easy road to go and so the majority, as in Noah’s day, does not head the warning. They laugh and scoff and give reasons why they will not do it this way.

2. The pitch or tar which covered the ark is like the blood of Jesus covering us. The pitch was to make the ark waterproof and to keep the ark from sinking. The blood of Jesus covers us and makes us righteous in the sight of God.

3. The ark had only one door to get in and when the rain was about to come it was shut by God Himself. Jesus is the doorway to God and salvation. He is the only way in and one day God will shut that door to sinners.

4. Also the time spent on the ark can be seen this way:

Noah and company goes into the ark and it starts raining. — God judges — Jesus suffers and dies.

The inhabitants of the ark live there for at least 1 year — God “forgets” — Jesus is buried three days.

God “remembers” Noah and family and they come out of the ark — God’s mercy returns — Jesus rises from the grave forever saving all who believe in Him.

What do you think? Am I off my rocker or is there something to this? Other people have had similar thoughts, check out Les Feldick in his lesson on Noah and the flood (Book 2, Lesson 3, Segment 4) and also the commentary on Genesis 8:1-3 in Benson’s commentary.

God Contends with Men Today

Genesis 6:3 The Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal, their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

When God said that, He gave mankind 120 years to repent of their evil deeds. After that, He intended to contend with the people in Noah’s days no more. He spoke to Noah and Noah began building the ark. While he was doing this, he was witnessing and preaching to people, telling them to repent. In 2 Peter 2:5 Noah was called a “herald or preacher of righteousness”.  He warned the people but the people did not listen. In Genesis 6:6, 7 God had had enough. He decided to destroy everyone but Noah and his family.

God’s Spirit contends with men today: giving light to a darkened mind, showing them their sinful nature, stirring their conscience, leading them to faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord and to repentance from sin to faith. One day, the Spirit will contend with man no longer. He will go with the church in the rapture and then the tribulation will come. Please if you haven’t seen your sin and taken the free gift of grace from God through Jesus Christ, do so. The day will come when it will not be that easy to come to the Lord anymore. The world is turning into the world of Noah, where “every intention of the thoughts of men’s hearts are only evil continually”. You don’t want to be trapped in that kind of world. Acknowledge your sin and come to Jesus. Accept Him as your Savior and Lord.

Genesis 5 names and their meanings

I got the meaning of the names from Wikipedia: List of Biblical Names and the last part from bible-codes.org.

Genesis
Chapter 5:
Adam – earthy, mankind
Seth – put, who put, fixed, appointed
Enosh – mortal man
Kenan – buyer, owner; sorrow is born
Mahalalel (Mahaleleel) – praising God; the Glory of God
Jared – he who descended; he who shall rule; shall come down
Enoch – dedicated; disciplined; instructing that
Methuselah – when he dies it shall be sent; his death shall bring judgment; his death shall bring (tradition says that he died seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. In the Book of Jasher, God promised that he would not be killed with the unrighteous.)
Lamech (father of Noah, died five years before the flood) – poor, made low; those in despair
Noah – rest, consolation; comfort and rest
Shem — name; renown
Ham – hot; heat; brown
Japheth – enlarged; fair; persuading

God — The God-
Adam — Man
Seth — is appointed
Enosh — a mortal man
Kenan — of sorrows
Mahalelel — The Glory of God
Jared — shall come down
Enoch — instructing that
Methuselah — his death shall bring
Lamech — those in despair
Noah — comfort and rest

from: http://www.bible-codes.org/Names-Bible-Prophecy-Code.htm

Pretty neat when you think that God used the names in the geneology of Noah and his ancestors to teach about the coming of the Lord Jesus.

Abel: The First Type of Christ

Genesis 4 tells the narrative of Cain and Abel. Cain rebelliously used fruits and vegetables to sacrifice to the Lord. They were not even his first or his best fruits and vegetables. The Lord did not want him to use fruits and vegetables. He could have traded those fruits and vegetables with his brother for a lamb, which was the right sacrifice, since sacrifice meant a blood sacrifice. Last of all, his heart was not right with God and God saw it. He did not have the faith of Abel.  That is why God did not look with favor on Cain’s offering. Abel used the right sacrifice, he gave his first and best lamb, and he had faith in God (Hebrews 11:4). God was pleased with his offering.

Cain became angry and jealous of his brother. This is the first instance of men disagreeing with each other. God predicted that would happen when He gave the first prophecy about the offspring of the woman that would crush the head of the serpent in Genesis 3:15. He said that there would be enmity between the offspring of the woman and the offspring of the serpent. Cain was an offspring of the serpent and Abel was an offspring of the woman. Even though Eve bore them both, Cain showed that he was an offspring of the serpent by his behavior and rebellion.  He showed that he did not want to do what God wanted him to do. He did it his own way instead of God’s way. He later murdered his brother and lied about it to God. Jesus called the devil (the serpent) a liar and the Father of lies. The serpent lied to Eve (as well as Adam–since he was with her) in the Garden. He also called the devil a murderer (John 8:44)  John later wrote in I John 3:12: “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.”

Abel did the righteous thing and brought a blood sacrifice in faith believing God’s promise of a Savior in the future. Abel was murdered by his brother out of anger and jealousy, which God warned Cain about (Genesis 4:6-7). Later, Cain lies about the whereabouts of his brother and God is outraged because He hears Abel’s blood crying out for justice. Eve thought that Cain was the chosen one of God. That’s why she gave him the name of Cain. After him, she thought his brother was nothing so she named him Abel. But it turned out the good son was Abel not Cain. Abel was also the world’s first shepherd. He was in good company for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were shepherds. Moses was a shepherd. David the great king of Israel was a shepherd and Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd of the sheep (in this case, sheep are the people who believed in Him). I imagine that Abel often spoke to God in prayer as did Moses and David. Abel is a type of Christ. He gave a sacrifice of his best–a lamb, the firstborn of his flock. Jesus gave a sacrifice of Himself, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He was a shepherd and Jesus was the Great Shepherd. Abel was murdered and Jesus was hung upon a cross. They both bled and died because of who they were and what they did. But there the comparison breaks down. Abel stayed dead and his blood cried out for vengeance and justice. Jesus died but rose again and his blood cries out for forgiveness and mercy.

 

The First and Second Adam

The name Adam means earth, it comes from the word adamah, which means red earth. This name is connected to the earth from which he was made. Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Because he was the first man, when he and his wife sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of mankind inherited the sin nature. It became part of man’s DNA structure. Through Adam, according to Romans 5:12, sin and death were now a part of all people.

However, one Man reversed this curse of man. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us the gift of salvation and grace through God’s forgiveness by dying on the cross. Romans 5:17 He is the second Adam, the “life-giving spirit”. 1 Corinthians 15:45 No ordinary human could have done this. God had to become man so that He could save us from our sins.

Jesus Our Sabbath Rest

The sign of the Sabbath was to show that God gave the Israelites rest from their labors in Israel, to show that He was the one that made them holy, and because God completed His work and rested on the Sabbath. But it was only a shadow of the rest that Jesus gave when He completed His work on the cross and rose from the dead. The Sabbath showed us that as God’s people, His body, we rest in Jesus. He is our Sabbath rest. The Sabbath day is a shadow of the rest we receive in Jesus because of His death & resurrection on the cross. Now we “rest” on Sunday because that is when Jesus finished His work of salvation by rising from the dead, just like God finished His work of creation on the sixth day and rested on the Seventh–Genesis 2:2,3. He is our High Priest who offered His own blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Now His body–those who have faith in Jesus Christ–rests in Him. One day, when He comes back, we will have our permanent rest forever. Read Hebrews 2:17; 3:17-5:10.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Reference: Warren, Tony “Who Changed the Sabbath Day to Sunday”, 1996, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net Please read Tony Warren’s article for a complete study on Jesus and the Sabbath day rest.

Jesus in Genesis 1: 1 ; 3

Did you know that you can see Jesus in the first few verses of the Bible. Generally, you see God the Father (Creator) and you see the Spirit in verse two but where is Jesus? I see Him in three different ways in verse 1 and 3.

First, when the Bible says, “In the beginning,…” I don’t think that was meant just as a time but also as a way to identify Jesus. Jesus said, in Revelation 22:13: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Second, when God spoke it was through Jesus. John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

Third, God said, “Let there be light: and there was light. In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.”

These are my own observations about Jesus in Genesis 1: 1, 3.