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A Topical Study of Genesis

A Topical Study of Genesis [Kindle Edition]
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There are two sources of information about God. From nature we can learn about His power, existence, knowledge, and wisdom (Romans 1:20). From revelation we learn about His nature and attributes, as well as our duty to Him and our relationship to Him and others. We cannot learn what to do to be saved and how to live from things, which have been created. These matters we learn from the Bible.

Since God is the author of the Bible, and He is the creator of the world (natural science), there will be no conflict between them. The Bible is not a science book, but when it makes a scientific statement, it is always true and accurate. If the Bible and natural science contradict each other, it would mean God is at variance with Himself. The Bible does not reveal the exact time of the beginning of the world, but it did have a beginning.

The book of Genesis reveals the beginning of the unfolding of the plan of God for the human race. Adam and Eve were created with free will to choose to obey or disobey God. They chose to disobey. From that time till now, all have sinned except Christ. Sin increased so much that the earth was filled with wickedness, corruption, and violence, that God sent a worldwide flood, to destroy it.

Abraham was called and separated to begin the Jewish nation. The seed promise is traced through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with Jesus coming through the tribe of Judah. Joseph was sold by his brothers and taken into Egypt. In this way God saved them during the famine.

The hand of God is obvious in the history of Genesis. The beginning and care of the infant nation of Israel was so necessary for the salvation of a lost race.

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Truth or Traditons?

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition” Matthew 15:3


Truth or Tradition? The Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden was an apple.

. ““And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” “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.” (Genesis 2:8, 16-17).

What was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Was it an apple tree?

We have heard it said that it wasn’t the apple on the tree that was the problem, but the pair (pear) on the ground.

We call the larynx the Adam’s Apple, because a piece got stuck in Adam’s throat when he tried to swallow it. So the forbidden fruit in the Garden was an apple, right?

 Some believe the tree was a fig, because after eating of it, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness. But that would seem to be reading more into the text than is really there. We must be careful about “reading between the lines.”

The apple idea probably goes back to the Latin word “malum” which can mean both evil and apple. That would seem to be a logical conclusion, except for the fact that Moses recorded the event in Hebrew, long before there was a Latin language.

A careful reading of Genesis Chapters 2 and 3 will reveal that not once is the fruit specified. It is simply called “the tree of knowledge of good and evil." That tree was probably removed from the earth when the tree of life was taken away. Whatever the fruit was, it gave Adam and Eve an immediate knowledge of good and evil, of right and wrong. While it might well be said “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, eating an apple doesn’t immediately open one’s eyes to good and evil. The only fruit that can do that is God’s Holy Word.

What do you think? The forbidden fruit was an apple..Truth or Tradition?


Copyright (C) 2010 Gene H. Miller Used by permission. All rights reserved. Truth or Tradition #2

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