Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1-2 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Adam and Eve had their first children. Now the wording on this seems to say that Abel was a twin because it doesn’t say that Adam knew her again like most verses. The Greek word says that she “continued” to bare Abel. Which again, sounds like a twin. However, it is my belief that they are not twins because everywhere else in the bible states who are twins. Why wouldn’t this be the same way? I suppose it is still possible they actually were twins but, it is more likely that they were born very close together. Adam and Eve, being new to sexual desires, were probably unaware of that causing pregnancy.

Genesis 4:3-8 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

The first sacrifice was when God killed an animal for it’s skin to cover the naked Adam and Eve. From then on, a blood sacrifice was to be made to cover sin. Life for a life.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

It is obvious that Adam and Eve did offerings and taught their children to do the same. Cain being a tiller of the ground brought a vegetation offering while Abel, being a keeper of the sheep, brought an animal offering. Neither of these offerings mention it is the best of the crop or flock. Abel’s offering is mentioned as the firstling, the first of the newest flock. God was pleased with Abel’s offering and not with Cain’s offering. God did allow grain offerings, however, they did not atone for sin. Usually grain offering were accompanied with a burnt offering. The burnt offering first, which was an animal consumed in the fire, and then the grain offering, which only part of it went into the fire and the rest given to the priests. This was equivalent to our modern day christian tithing. Of course, I am only giving a crash lesson here because the offerings required certain actions and all that will need a whole other study.
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What is Considered Adultery?

This is what God says about adultery:

Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

Ezekiel 16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

Mark 10:11-12 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

1 Corinhtians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Proverbs 5:3-8 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

There are many other verses about this subject in God’s word. None of them have a good outcome for the soul of the adulterer. Temptation is hard to overcome but, even if you no longer love your spouse, you should still love God even more. Cheating on your spouse is cheating on God. You may be hiding in shadows or behind closed doors for fear that your spouse will catch you but, you’ve already been caught and His wrath is much worse than your spouse could ever dream up. It’s not too late though, stop and repent. You may end up losing your marriage, which you obviously don’t want anyways, but, at least you will be right with God. And if you want to keep your marriage then maybe, just maybe, your spouse will forgive you just as God will.

One good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t do it in front of your spouse, it’s cheating. If you have to hide it from your spouse because you know it will upset him/her, it’s cheating.

 

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Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:16-20 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

The very first commandment, “Every tree you can eat from but, DO NOT eat from THIS tree.” God told Adam if he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would die in that day.

God felt that Adam needed a friend, a helper. So, God placed before Adam all the animals He had created and told Adam he could name them. Even after giving them names Adam still felt alone.

Genesis 2:21-25 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Woman was created to be a friend, a helper, to man. Women are not subservient to men. Women are equal, created and taken from man’s side. Created to be by his side. His friend, helper, and mate. His wife. Man and woman together as one flesh. It is interesting how this is worded because when a husband and wife come together and bare a child, that child is both parents becoming one flesh. Man and man can not do this nor can woman and woman. Continue reading

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Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:7-8 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

God formed man from the dirt of the earth, then breathed a soul into him through his nostrils. This is where man is two forms. A body and soul. Our body is just a temporary housing unit for our soul while we live on this earth. The body will die and return to the dirt from whence it came and the soul, the part of who we really are, goes on to a new destination after death. That destination is determined by how we live our lives in these bodies. That’s all in another study though. Moving on……………..

God made a garden for man to live in. It was beautiful and had everything man needed.

Genesis 2:9-15 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Eden and the garden are two distinct areas. Eden was the land and the garden was an area of the land. The garden of Eden was a paradise. Keep in mind that the earth didn’t look the same as present day maps because it was all one continent but, looking on a map we can find the Euphrates river and go from there with the knowledge we hold today of the area. A river went through Eden to provide water for the garden. From this river it branched into four other rivers.

The first was the Pison, which today is known as the Kishon river. Most of the Pison was swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea during the continental drift, either/or the flood, but there is still a remnant that remains.

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In the Beginning

IN THE BEGINNING

This is a study about the beginning of our world and how we came to be here. I have included some science (in green) as a comparison to God’s word (in blue).

Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

God created the heaven and the earth. The earth and outer space did not exist in any form other than water. Like a huge, deep, calm ocean. There was total darkness except for the spirit of God. With only the words “Let there be light”, God created light. He separated the light from the darkness and called the light Day and the darkness He called Night. This was done in one single day. The evening and the morning. The first day. This is why the Jewish people start their day in the evening. It did not take God thousands of years to create all of this. He gives us a specific time frame. So, with this information we can learn that on the first day God created time.
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