Genesis

Genesis 2:4-3:1

The opening words of verse 4 must be specially noted, since they indicate the second of the eleven sections into which the book is divided. As printed in our modern Bibles the chapters number 50, but ten times do we find this expression "These are the generations . . ." (with once a slight variation), showing that, as given by inspiration of God, the chapters number eleven. We will point out these inspired divisions at once, so that from the outset we may have them clearly before us. The...

Genesis 3:1-21

The serpent is introduced to us without any explanation as to the power working in and through him. From verse 1 we gather that he was amongst the beasts of the field that God had made, and that he was "more subtle,"—of a higher order of intelligence—than any other, so that when energized by a higher power, speech was a possibility. The whole serpent tribe, as we know it today, is in a state of great degradation, as verse 14 of our chapter would lead us to expect. As originally created i...

Genesis 3:21-4:26

The promise of God that there should arise a Deliverer, who should break the power of the adversary, was supplemented by an act of God, which shed light on the way the deliverance would be brought to pass. Adam and his wife had attempted to cover their nakedness with fig-leaf aprons, and had failed. The Lord God did cover them with coats of skins. Now skins are not a vegetable but an animal product, and only available to clothe man when death has come upon the animal that produced them. Here...

Genesis 5:1-7:16

Another section of Genesis starts with Genesis 5, the preface to it being found in verses 1 and 2. Herein the unity of the human race is again stressed, for though Adam called his wife's name Isha (Genesis 2: 26) and then Eve (Genesis 3: 20) God blessed them and called their name Adam from the outset. So Eve too was Adam jointly with her husband. This is not surprising, when we remember that the relationship of husband and wife was designed of God as a type of Christ and the church. So in 1 ...

Genesis 7:17-10:32

The flood waters, which brought destruction upon the world of the ungodly, had the effect of lifting the ark "up above the earth." This may serve to remind us that the salvation of God has an elevating effect at all times. Today, very specially, we are called to set our mind "on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3: 2). When "the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth," no flesh was visible, and nothing but death was to be seen. God's word as to "the end of all flesh" comin...

Genesis 11:1-13:4

The closing verse of Genesis 10 alluded to the distribution of the nations of the earth after the flood. The first nine verses of Genesis 11 tell us how that division came about. For some time after the flood nations did not exist. All men were descendants of Noah: a rapidly increasing family, but all speaking alike. As time went on population increased and the urge to push outward from the original centre became irresistible. The pioneers of this movement were doubtless the more daring ...

Fear Not

"Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." -- Genesis 15:1 It is said that there are 366 "fear not"s in the Bible—one for every day in the year, including Leap Year. How often, in the experiences of life, are we beset with fears of one kind or another: fear of illness, of heights, of the darkness, of the future, of loss of employment, of flying, of death, and many more besides. Many of our fears are called irrational fears, but who would deny that the...

The Preface to the Trial by Law: Abraham and the Abrahamic Covenant

An important period comes now to be considered; not itself forming part of these probationary ages, but having nevertheless the deepest significance in relation to these. The trial by law, it is evident, was the fullest and most detailed trial that man received; as it was the trial of the only religious system that ever was the fruit of man's mind simply. We have seen it in principle already in Cain - a mere natural man, of course; but the the believer also there are thou...

The Trial of Human Government

Judgment was executed and over, and in Noah and his family the human race began anew the history of the world. There are many features of difference from the former beginnings, whether inside paradise or without. It was now first that on the fallen earth the trial of man formally began - a trial which, as we have seen, man had forced God (if we may so speak) to make. Already He had indeed pronounced, in answer to the challenge of Cain's altar, that "every imagination of the ...

The Trial of Conscience in the Age Before the Flood

With Adam fallen - even from the first moment of his fall - we enter upon a new period. Sin and death, now come into the world, necessitate new dealings of God with man, if. indeed, judgment do not bring all to a sudden close, And this was not in His mind, who from the first had foreseen and provided for the rebellion of the creature. Judgment does indeed follow, such as God had previously pronounced but that was no final one, but (as we shall easily see) one anticipative of...
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