I am excited to hear that so many of our church family members are spending time in the Word and journaling together daily. I have heard of many different groups taking part in this together including families, Jr. High study groups, and different departments in our church. It is incredible! I think that our Spirit-filled service on Sunday night was a direct result of our church being in the Word in an intentional and unified way.
Naturally, I have received many questions from congregation members who have been reading and need clarification on some of the material in Genesis and Luke. I am going to start using this Entheos Blog as a place to answer some of these questions. Today the questions come from Chelsea , Heather, and Lisa. By the way, I received a question about Gensis 6 which I will be answering on Sunday night.
In Genesis 1:26, it says “Let US make man in Our image.” Who is the us and our?
There are two possibilities here. One is that God is referring to the Trinity: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The other possibility is that God is referring to Himself and the angels. I think that the second is more likely. Genesis 18 says that the Lord appeared to Abraham. Then, it says that there are three men with whom Abraham interacts. The three men would be God and two angels. We see here God working in unity with the angels.
Did God physically walk in the garden?
I think we would be right to assume that there was a physical interaction because there are many places in the Old Testament that God took on a visible and physical form for people to interact with Him. Again, look at Genesis 18 and see that He did this with Abraham.
Who did Cain and Abel marry?
Cain and Abel would have married their sisters. Abraham married Sarah who was his half sister (Genesis 20:12). Later, in Leviticus 18, God prohibits the marrying of relatives.
When God spoke to Noah, was it out loud back then or like now?
The Bible does not specifically tell us. God may have spoken out loud. In John 12:28, we find that God spoke and the people heard it audibly.
Was Lot Abram’s nephew or grandson? (My bible says both)
Lot would have been Abraham’s nephew. Abraham did not have any children until he had Ishmael which means it would have been impossible for Lot to be Abram’s grandson.
In Genesis 5 and Luke 3, there are long lists of names and family histories–what is the importance of these because I don’t know who most of the people are?
The genealogies are important because they give us the heritage of Christ. God’s plan all along was to save us with the coming of the Messiah. In Genesis, God begins to give us the family history of those who the Messiah would come from. It would begin with Adam, go on to Abraham, then David, and all the way to Jesus.
The genealogies are also important because there were many promises and prophecies that were fulfilled in the people listed. For instance both David and Abraham were promised that the Messiah would be from their family.
In Genesis 6 it says that Noah was blameless–how can that be when only God is perfect?
Noah being blameless does not mean that he did not have sin. You are right: Jesus is the only one who ever lived without committing sin. Noah was “blameless in his time,” compared with the people of his day.
In Genesis 9:5 it says that a person that murders someone should be killed–is this indirectly supporting the death penalty?
It does support capital punishment. There are some sins that are so grievous that the Bible calls for capital punishment to be enacted. The Bible puts certain measures in place to ensure that no one is put to death who has not actually committed the crime such as 2 eye witnesses having to testify to the crime. If the eye witnesses are found to be telling the truth, they had to be the ones who enacted the death penalty on the murderer.
In Luke 4:41, it says that because Jesus knew that the demons knew he was the Messiah, he told them to stay quiet–did he not want people to know that he was the Messiah?
There are two reasons. One was timing. Jesus wanted to reveal who He was in His own way and in His own time. The other reason is that Jesus did not want the proclamation of His being the Messiah to come from something so evil.
I love the questions and it is going to be a fun year digging in together.