THE FALL


The idyllic life of the first man and woman in the garden of Eden is disrupted by the appearance of the serpent. This serpent tempts the woman to break God’s command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Her choice to taste the fruit disturbs the order of creation and damages the relationship between God and His creation. Adam says he is afraid because he is unnclothed, but he really fears the shame of appearing naked in God’s presence. His awareness of that shame exposes his guilt. Public nakedness was considered shameful. Before their disobedience, Adam and Eve had no reason to be ashamed . God asks not because He lacks information, but to elicit a confession. That God appears so soon after the transgression suggests that He already knew what happened. Adam tries to pass responsibility to his wife and perhaps even to God. Just as Adam tries to pass the blame to Eve, now Eve blames the serpent. The word enmity refers to hostility , not fear. The curse does not mean that all women will fear snakes—this would be untrue. Furthermore, the curse is not aimed at the woman, but at the serpent. Its language speaks of combat—specifically between the serpent and his offspring, and the woman and her descendants. Childbirth involved pain ever before the fall, but the phrase can also mean “now you will have pain.” The Hebrew word for “pain” is also used to describe Adam’s punishment: The ground will produce food “in pain.” The original tasks given to both Adam and Eve (keeping the garden, being fruitful and multiplying) now involve difficulty because they live outside Eden. The context of the curse shows that serious effort and the overcoming of obstacles will be necessary to make the earth produce what human survival requires. The curse does not indicate that natural disasters are a result of the fall. The consequences of sin include lifelong toil. Death may be a release from that curse of toil, or natural death may be another consequence of sin. And the man named his wife Eve, the mother of all living. The man does not exclude Eve. The Hebrew noun with the definite article ‘the’ often indicates collective when justified by context, as in this case. Being one of us: This language speaks of a plurality, so it informs us that the earlier phrase that Adam and Eve would “be like elohim should be understood in plural terms. Adam and Eve had to be driven from the garden. To remain in God’s presence and eat of the tree of life would have resulted in them becoming immortal, thus thwarting the penalty for their transgression (“you shall certainly die”). Cut off from God’s presence, immortality was unavailable—the humans would eventually die.

Cosmic Garden and Mountain Imagery in the Old Testament.

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Worship: The Practice of Eternity!


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THE PRACTICE OF ETERNITY

God Is Worthy Of Worship!

There are many activities we do in this life as Christians that we won’t do in heaven. We will never evangelize anyone in heaven. We will never share the gospel or hand out a tract. We will not pray for needs in heaven – there will be no reason to. However, there is one activity we will continue to do in heaven: WORSHIP. We will worship in this lie as a kind of practice for eternity. The English word worship means, to ascribe worth to something. We worship God for who He is and because He is worthy. Revelation 4:8 expresses this in the refrain; Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!(nkjv). Yet we worship God not only for His character, but also for His conduct – not only for His attributes, but also for His actions! You are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.Rev 4:11(nkjv). God is worthy of worship because He did what no one else could ever do: He created all things, and He continues to sustain them. But more that that, He also redeemed us through His son, Jesus Christ. Revelation 5:9 expresses this truth: You are worthy . . . for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood.nkjv. That’s what God did for us and He deserves never ending praise and worship because of it. Worship involves the physical and emotional aspects of human personhood, which often finds expression through music and song. But fundamentally, worship is acknowledged of who God is and what He has done. Incorporating our bodily and emotional responses , worship is also an intelligent expression that involves the mind. Jesus said we should love the LORD our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and strength , Mark 12:30.This means our worship should fully engage everything within us as we dwell on the greatness of God. There is never a time or situation in which we cannot worship God . There is no valley, no depth, no darkness where God is not worthy of all praise and all glory. Read the stories of Jobwhile he suffered, or Davidwhile he was on the run from Saul,or Paul while he was in prison. You will see that praise is sometimes sweetest and most genuine in those dark times. We should follow those examples.

God is worthy to be praised! As the psalmist wrote, Oh Come, Let tru worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God.Psalm 95:6-7.

God bless you as you Worship Him Alone! Amen‪

THE DEVELOPMENT OF WORSHIP IN THE OLD TESTAMENT!


Prophecy

The Book Of Daniel

Worship in theot, as now, is relational. The condition of a person ‘s heart – which was the center of being in Hebraic thought – was the most critical aspect of the worship relationship Psa 40:6-8 . The religion of Israel was established for the sale of Yahweh’s presence in the midst of His people Lev 26:13. Yahweh was not some distant god to be appeased , nor was He pleased by empty ritual; rather, He sought relationship with his people and welcomed it in many forms, including: petition ,pilgrimage,thanksgiving,the playing of instrumener,obedience,complain,lamentation,repentance, and remembrance – all which took both verbal and physical form (Exod 15:1-21; Esth 4:1-3; Pss 6:6; 121).

Yahweh’s presence with His people begins intimately with breathe that gives life to Adam and Eve. They remain in full communion with their creator until they eat the apple and discove their vulnerability. They can do nothing to restore their relationship to Yahweh themselves. Yahweh sacrifices animals Gen 3:21to clothe and cover their shame, thus resolving their alienation and preserving His relational presence by means of atonement(Isa 40:1-2;Romans 5:12;1 Cor 15:22,1 Cor 15:45). It is this active redemption that defines the core of Yahweh’s relationship with all of creation (Gen 9:8-16; Romans 8:18-23).

Am Thankful; Choose Thankful!


&#8596Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the Earth. &#8596Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. &#8596Acknowledge that the LORD is good. He made us all, and we are His &#8212 His people, the sheep of His pasture. &#8596Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. &#8596 For the LORD is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Make a Confession!


Psalms 32:5 ‘Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD and you forgave the guilt of my sin.’ If you have purchased a plant before to set it in your house then it is important to take good care of it. This is by constantly watering, wiping the leaves and placing them in an area where the sunlight falls on the plants. If you let the dust settle on the leaves, with time it accumulates and they start drooping and looking withered.This is the same for us as believers. As we live in this world, tiny particles of sin can easily build up in our lives. This can be from resentment, sharp words, impure thoughts or selfish attitudes which directly affect our spiritual growth and those around us can sense that something is wrong.Unless they are confessed right away, they can begin to form a layer of dust that prevents us from experiencing the light of God’s grace in our hearts. We should therefore confess our sins to the Lord because at the cross there is forgiveness and redemption. Confession of sin lets the light of God’s forgiveness shine through.

THE SOLDIERS PSALM


Psalm of Confidence!

Three Voices Speak in Succession:

  • An individual proclaiming his trust in God
  • An audience then speaks to that individual, and describes God’s protection and care..
  • God speaking about the faithful person; He promises to protect him..

Psalm 91:1-2

Psalm 91

First, it examines the idea of living in God. Its personalized. The first person perspective “I” does not return until v.9 and 91:14-16. These two verses use four different names for God.

Psalm 91:1-16

  1. The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say to the LORD, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
  3. He Himself will deliver me from the hunter’s net, from the destructive plague.
  4. He will cover me with His feathers; I will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
  5. I will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
  6. the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
  7. Though a thousand fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, the pestilence will not reach me.
  8. I will only see it with my eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.
  9. Because I have made the LORD – my refuge, the Most High – my dwelling place,
  10. no harm will come to me; no plague will come near my tent.
  11. For He will give His angels orders concerning me, to protect me in all my ways.
  12. They will support me with their hands so that I will not strike my foot against a stone.
  13. I will tread on the lion and the cobra; I will trample the young lion and the serpent.
  14. Because I’m lovingly devoted to Him, He will deliver me; He will exalt me because I know His name.
  15. When I call out To Him, He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble. He will rescue me and give me honor.
  16. He will satisfy me with a long life and show me His salvation.

Amen! Amen! Amen!