Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bible Study Ch 3-4

Okay so today we are talking about chapters 3 & 4 in Genesis.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. --Genesis 3:6

Ever wonder why Adam didn't stop her? He was standing right there beside her, isn't he suppose to be the spirital leader of the family? These questions were brought up in Sunday school class...I guess I hadn't really thought of that before. Just like Eve we all have temptation, and just like Eve give into temptation from time to time and fall into disobedience to out Heavenly Father. It saddens me to think of how often I fail in daily life when it comes to obedience to God. Whether it's in my thoughts, my quickness to anger, or failure to have my daily quiet time, whatever it might be, after all the sacrifice He made and freely gave of His own son for me. That is one reason I really want to get my quiet time in with the Lord everyday, I need to keep the right perspective on things in order to daily appreciate the grace which has been freely given to me from God. I want Him to see that I cherish it, because I truly do. Today more than ever we need to hold close to us the thing that matters most in our life, Jesus Christ. It's easy to say he's the owner of our hearts, but harder to life it day and day out.

???What are you doing to protect your heart and save it only for Jesus????

Also it stuck out to me that Adam nor Eve was willing to take responsibility for their chioce to eat of the fruit. They played the "Blame Game." Eve blamed the serpent, and Adam blamed God and Eve for his choice.

The man said, " The woman YOU put her with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord said to the woman, "What have you done?" The woman said, "Te serpent deceived me, and I ate." Genesis 3: 12-13

Have you ever been around someone like this? Not willing to take responsibility for their actions, it's always someone else's fault...someone else's problem....someone else's bad habit..never their own. Are you like that???? Boy that's a hard question and sometime we don't like the answer. I think at one point or another we are fall into that catagory. The difference is do you stay in that catagory because it's easier to pick at someone else's faults than deal with our own.....or do you apologize to the needed parties and then correct ourself and make a concentrated effort to ensure it doesn't happen again?

Cain and Abel: Cain the farmer, Abel the shepherd bothe brougth offering the Lord was pleased with Abel , but not with Cain's offerings???? Cain brought fruit (plant life) and Abel brought meat protions from the firstborn of his flock...MY FOOTNOTE READS in Genesis 4: 3-4

The contrast is not between an offering of plant life and an offering of animal life, but between a careless, thoughtless offering and a choice generous offering. Motivation and heart attitude are all-important, and God looked with favor on Abel and his offering because of Abel's faith (Hebrews 11:4) firstborn. Indicative of the recognition that all the productivity of the flock is from the Lord and all of it belongs to Him.

Our way of illistrating this today is with our tithing, the money we give back to God. My first question is do you recognize that all your money comes from God like Abel did? Do you live your life that way? Do you give the first fruits of your paycheck back to Him or just enough to say you gave something? Do you give in a sacrificing way? Only you and God know the answers to those questions. God doens't need the money we give in order to expand his kingdom, but it's our way of showing that we have "faith like Abel" to know that is the one true provider of all we have.

Well I think we covered enough food for thought to chew on for today! I would love to hear from you and get some perspective from you!


Genesa said...

You made some great points! Things to think about and examine how we're living.

Megan said...

Good post, I haven't went thru Genesis in a while!

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