Monday, January 2, 2012
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Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Before this verse there are some ‘ifs.’ We want things given to us. Work is an evil four letter word.
* if thou wilt receive my words, and
* hide my commandments with thee; So that thou
* incline thine ear unto wisdom, and
* apply thine heart to understanding; Yea,
* if thou criest after knowledge, and
* liftest up thy voice for understanding;
* If thou seekest her as silver, and
* searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
These verbs must describe my actions, before I should expect to receive wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
Read Genesis 3-5
Books can be written on this chapter alone. In this chapter we see the first temptation and the three main types of temptation: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Jesus was tempted in this same fashion. Satan tempted both Eve and Jesus.
Eve sins, then Adam follows her in sin. There fellowship with God is broken, and they feel guilt and shame. They were used to fellowshipping with God, but now they hid from God. When God confronts them, they each shift the blame. Often when someone rebukes me for something I did wrong, my first thought is to shift the blame just like Adam and Eve did.
Vs. 15 – Jesus is the seed of the woman who ultimately defeats Satan.
The first animal dies to shed its blood for sin. God forgives Adam and Eve, as their sins are covered in the blood of the animal in which coats of skin were made for them. There were consequences though:
* Eve is in subjection to her husband and will suffer pain in childbirth.
* Adam must work hard for a living.
* They are both cast out of Paradise.
* Their future living will involve the pain that evil brings into the world.
Adam and Eve had traded away fellowship with God for information. Today people think that education is the key to helping the addicted. What the addicted need is fellowship with God.
One thing that I have noticed is that when men get together they always talk about their jobs or ask other men about where they work. I believe that having a job is very important to men. Part of a man’s recovery in the Reformers program is to finally get a job. I don’t believe that it should necessarily be the first step though. If a man cannot work because of SSI or some disability, then maybe some kind of volunteer work would profit the person. I believe that God has built it into us to work.
In this chapter we see the first murders, sibling rivalry, cities, industry, etc.
Abel offered by faith an animal from his herd to the Lord, but Cain offered out of a proud heart. We see that God accepted the bloody sacrifice that was offered by faith. Cain became bitter. He had a second chance to do right, but got angry instead. His anger turned to revenge, and he took out the anger he had towards God an slew his brother. God placed a curse upon Cain, and Cain fled probably with his wife.
We do not see any good, spiritual happenings come from Cain or his decedents, but we do see industry: city builder, cattlemen, musicians, and metal workers.
When I worked at the jail I saw the cycle of crime in families. The kids followed their Dads, Grandpas, and Uncles in crime. Sometimes we had three generations of the same family in jail together. We see that Cain’s family followed in his footsteps. At Reformers Unanimous we want to break the cycle.
In chapter 6 we see this ungodly line of Cain called the ‘daughters of men.’
At the end of this chapter we see that Seth is born to Adam and Eve. The last verse infers that there had been a great backsliding of the people from God, but with Seth there was some revival on his side of the family.
Jesus would be born from the line of Seth. Seth’s descendants weren’t noted for their earthly achievements, though they probably accomplished much. There were some Godly men noted from Seth’s line.
Enoch walked with God and was raptured to heaven. Enoch and Elijah are the only two men in the Bible who never died. I’m sure that Enoch must have done some very great things in his lifetime, but he is only noted for his walk with God. Many of the things we count important are dust and ashes when it comes to eternity.
Noah was a godly man who pleased God.
In the next chapter this godly line of Seth is called the ‘sons of God.’