20 June, 2019

30. Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
—Genesis 2:1-2

Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, right?

Actually...that's a presupposition.

(Sneaky little devils, aren't they?)

The Bible never says Adam and Eve lived there. It never says the garden belonged to them. In fact, it says the garden belonged to God and that Adam worked there.
You were in Eden, the garden of God...Ezekiel 28:13a

The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it...no tree in the garden of God was its equal in beauty...all the trees of Eden envied it, that were in the garden of God." —Ezekiel 31:8-9.
When God "rested" on the Seventh day, he was actually moving in, i.e. setting up residence in Eden, and making it His "dwelling place." [1]

Note that the Bible uses dwelling and resting synonymously when it comes to God.
Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord; let us worship at the footstool of his throne. Arise, O Lord, and enter your resting place, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power...For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem; he has desired it for his home.“This is my resting place forever,” he said. “I will live here, for this is the home I desired. —Psalm 132:7-8 & 13-14
Genesis 1 is not a house story (with a focus on building), it's a home story (with a focus on moving [2]
in). Day 6 isn't the climax with a random God-rested-even-though-he-doesn't-get-tired Day 7 tacked on so we can have seven days in a week. Day 7 is the climax to a God-wishes-to-dwell-with-mankind love story that often gets missed in the heated debates over science and semantics.

So Adam was God's gardener?

Yes. And no.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. —Genesis 2:15
The words translated "till" and "keep" are terms used in the book of Numbers to describe the duties of the priests.[3] Check out Num 3:7-8, 8:26, 18:5-6.

So what was Eve's job?

While we don't know her specific duties, we do know she was Adam's helpmate. The Hebrew word is ezer, and lest anyone thinks that means one who is inferior, the only other time the word is used, it is describing God. That's right. The other 20x the word is used in the entire Old Testemnt is to describe God as the ezer of mankind. Obviously, God is not inferior to humans. Hebrew scholar Robert Alter says it is best translated "sustainer beside him."

Swordcraft Tip: In the margin of Gen 2:2, write "Eden = God's garden" and "Ez 28:13, 31:8-9." Underline, highlight, or circle the verbs in Gen 2:15 (usually translated work/tend and watch/keep") and write in the margin "priestly terms" c.f. Num 3:7-8, 8:26, 18:5-6. In the margin of Gen 2:18, write "God as helper (ezer): Deut. 33:26, 29; Psalm 33:20, etc."

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Photo Credit: Oast House Archive: CC BY-SA 2.0 / Sold House by Guy Kilroy / Help Button: Pixabay.

[1] Walton, John. (2015.) The Lost World of Adam and Eve.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.

13 June, 2019

30. Eve: Mother of all Living

30. Eve: Mother of all Living

Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 
—Genesis 3:20

According to an article in NewScientist (as well as many other researchers in human genetics), scientists can "trace back the DNA in the maternally inherited mitochondria within our cells" to what they call a "theoretical" common ancestor. They call her “mitochondrial Eve.”

Naturally, the ASA claim mitochondrial  Eve lived "between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago" and that she was "was not the first human" but that "every other female lineage eventually had no female offspring, failing to pass on their mitochondrial DNA."

In other words, EVERY single other woman was a #boymom and they and their descendants all became extinct, because everyone living today, male and female, can be traced back to "mitochondrial Eve."

Okay. Sure.

And in contrast to the Sumerian and other ancient legends where the gods created multiple humans, the Jewish record just happened to have a "myth" that lined up with the science that all humans came from one woman.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

SwordCraft Tip: If you have wide-margins, beside Genesis 3:20, write in your designated supernatural warfare color, "Maternally-inherited mitochondria DNA confirms all living people came from one woman."

Had you ever heard of "mitochondrial Eve?" Do you find it exciting that science is continually discovering confirmation of the Bible (even though the ASA won't admit it)? 
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07 June, 2019

29. Adam: Son of God

29. Adam: Son of God

"...Adam, the son of God."
—Luke 3:38

In Jesus' genealogy (in Luke 3), Adam is said to be the son of God.

This title is also applied to angelsGen 6:2,4; Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7; and Deut 32:8 (in the Septuagint and Dead Sea version).

In the novel, Primoridum, it is this title being given to Adam upon his creation that fuels Lucifer's motivation to revolt against God.

Note that in Judaism, the title "son of God" is never a title of deity. However, it is eventually a title that applies not just to Adam but the line of Jewish kings, from whom the Messiah, the son of God would come. And it is a title given to all New Testaments believers (1 John 3:1-2).

Yet in Greek mythology, a son of God was divine, or at lest part divine (usually the offspring of a god with a mortal).

In 1 John 3:1-2, Christians are called "sons of God." If you are a Christian, what do you think of having a title that once belonged only to angels? Share you answers @ the Blogging His Story Facebook page!

Photo Credit: Cropped closeup from The Creation of Adam fresco by Michelangelo.