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Chris,

As a Christian and not intended to be disrespectful in any way, curious that you would say that the Holy Bible is many unmentionable things. The comment is an interesting one and not clearly understood at this time. You say that it is never clearly explained where God came from. The answer is quite simple God is the Alpha and the Omega… The beginning and the end of all there is was or ever will be.

Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, as Omega is the last. These letters occur in the text of Rev 1:8, 11; Rev 21:6; Rev 22:13, and are represented by “Alpha” and “Omega” respectively (omitted in R.V., Rev 1:11). They mean “the first and last.” (Compare Heb 12:2; Isa 41:4; Isa 44:6; Rev 1:11, 17; Rev 2:8) In the symbols of the early Christian Church these two letters are frequently combined with the cross or with Christ’s monogram to denote his divinity.

—Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

Consider this while you gaze upon Michelangelo’s David, the person next to you says, “Wow, it’s amazing what wind and water erosion can accomplish over millions of years!” You consider such a statement ridiculous, and reply that an artist, Michelangelo, produced the work of art.

Now continue to imagine the absurd scene as the person challenges your claim, and insisted that your belief in Michelangelo was simply a myth. History books provide the biographical information about the artist, but the person easily questions the reliability of the written testimony.

The issue here is really a simple one. The illustration just given is not only fiction, but we can hardly imagine such a scene. The evidence is the existence of the art demands the existence of an artist.

Now ask yourself, “If the mere marble form of David could not have come into being apart from an intelligent creator, then how much more does the real, living David demand a Creator?” This living breathing human being with a self-sustaining organ system and eyes more complex than any optical instrument created by man must have as its source a Creator superior to itself. Just as the artist, Michelangelo produced the work of art.
The God of Scripture is the Superior Creator of mankind.

In the New Testament, the book of John says this:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4 KJV

You are curious to understand Genesis 1:27. Understanding is easier when taken in context.

Creation man in the image of God

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. KJV

Notes for Verse 26

The last stage in the progress of creation being now reached — God said, Let us make man — words which show the peculiar importance of the work to be done, the formation of a creature, who was to be God’s representative, clothed with authority and rule as visible head and monarch of the world.

In our image, after our likeness — This was a peculiar distinction, the value attached to which appears in the words being twice mentioned. And in what did this image of God consist? Not in the erect form or features of man, not in his intellect, for the devil and his angels are, in this respect, far superior; not in his immortality, for he has not, like God, a past as well as a future eternity of being; but in the moral dispositions of his soul, commonly called original righteousness (Ec 7:29). As the new creation is only a restoration of this image, the history of the one throws light on the other; and we are informed that it is renewed after the image of God in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness (Col 3:10 Eph 4:24).

Notes for Verse 28

Verse 28. Be fruitful, &c. — The human race in every country and age has been the offspring of the first pair. Amid all the varieties found among men, some black, some copper-colored, others white, the researches of modern science lead to a conclusion, fully accordant with the sacred history, that they are all of one species and of one family (Ac 17:26). What power in the word of God! “He spake and it was done. He commanded and all things stood fast” [Ps 33:9]. “Great and manifold are thy works, Lord God Almighty! in wisdom hast thou made them all” [Ps 104:24]. We admire that wisdom, not only in the regular progress of creation, but in its perfect adaptation to the end. God is represented as pausing at every stage to look at His work. No wonder He contemplated it with complacency. Every object was in its right place, every vegetable process going on in season, every animal in its structure and instincts suited to its mode of life and its use in the economy of the world. He saw everything that He had made answering the plan which His eternal wisdom had conceived; and, “Behold it was very good” [Ge 1:31].

—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

You also ask what this says about God… Clearly, He is the Creator of mankind. Consider this, two males or two females do not produce a child. To procreate requires a male and female. The depth of knowledge and the wisdom of God is immeasurable in human terms.

You are correct Scripture does provide the location of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:11-14 and which is now hidden from mankind due to the choice made by man.

The garden of Eden, and the river thereof

8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Here are three links to maps for study should you choose to do so:

http://www.kjvbible.org/rivers_of_the_garden_of_eden.html

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/shepherd/asia_minor_1140.jpg

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/asia_minor_1849.jpg

Ge 8- 17. THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Notes for Verse 8

Verse 8. Eden — was probably a very extensive region in Mesopotamia, distinguished for its natural beauty and the richness and variety of its produce. Hence its name, signifying “pleasantness.” God planted a garden eastward, an extensive park, a paradise, in which the man was put to be trained under the paternal care of his Maker to piety and usefulness.

Notes for Verse 9

Verse 9. tree of life — so called from its symbolic character as a sign and seal of immortal life. Its prominent position where it must have been an object of daily observation and interest, was admirably fitted to keep man habitually in mind of God and futurity.

tree of the knowledge of good and evil — so called because it was a test of obedience by which our first parents were to be tried, whether they would be good or bad, obey God or break His commands.

Notes for Verse 15

Verse 15. put the man into the garden of Eden to dress it — not only to give him a pleasant employment, but to place him on his probation, and as the title of this garden, the garden of the Lord (Ge 13:10 Eze 28:13), indicates, it was in fact a temple in which he worshipped God, and was daily employed in offering the sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise.

Verse 17. thou shalt not eat of it . . . thou shalt surely die — no reason assigned for the prohibition, but death was to be the punishment of disobedience. A positive command like this was not only the simplest and easiest, but the only trial to which their fidelity could be exposed.

—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

It is not a “do what you are told” situation rather the provision of God to allow free will choice. Each of us has the ability to choose between good or evil. To die… rather than an eternity walking and talking with God in the garden this was the choice. The choice they, Adam and Eve, made was not the correct one and resulted in the consequence of sin being brought into the world. God informed Adam was informed not to eat of the tree:

Verses six through twenty-two are the consequences of the freewill choices that Adam and Eve made.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

The serpent is cursed above all beasts

14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The punishment God promises for mankind

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. KJV

Ge 3:6-9. THE FALL

Notes for Verse 6

Verse 6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food — Her imagination and feelings were completely won; and the fall of Eve was soon followed by that of Adam. The history of every temptation, and of every sin, is the same; the outward object of attraction, the inward commotion of mind, the increase and triumph of passionate desire; ending in the degradation, slavery, and ruin of the soul (Jas 1:15 1Jo 2:16).

Notes for Verse 8

Verse 8. they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden — The divine Being appeared in the same manner as formerly — uttering the well-known tones of kindness, walking in some visible form (not running hastily, as one impelled by the influence of angry feelings). How beautifully expressive are these words of the familiar and condescending manner in which He had hitherto held intercourse with the first pair.

in the cool of the day — literally, “the breeze of the day,” the evening.

hid themselves amongst the trees of the garden — Shame, remorse, fear — a sense of guilt — feelings to which they had hitherto been strangers disordered their minds and led them to shun Him whose approach they used to welcome. How foolish to think of eluding His notice (Ps 139:1-12).

Ge 3:10-13. THE EXAMINATION

Notes for Verse 10

Verse 10. afraid, because . . . naked — apparently, a confession — the language of sorrow; but it was evasive — no signs of true humility and penitence — each tries to throw the blame on another.

Notes for Verse 12

Verse 12. The woman . . . gave me — He blames God [CALVIN]. As the woman had been given him for his companion and help, he had eaten of the tree from love to her; and perceiving she was ruined, was determined not to survive her [M’KNIGHT].

Notes for Verse 13

Verse 13. beguiled — cajoled by flattering lies. This sin of the first pair was heinous and aggravated — it was not simply eating an apple, but a love of self, dishonor to God, ingratitude to a benefactor, disobedience to the best of Masters — a preference of the creature to the Creator.

Ge 3:14-24. THE SENTENCE

Notes for Verse 14

Verse 14. And the Lord God said unto the serpent — The Judge pronounces a doom: first, on the material serpent, which is cursed above all creatures. From being a model of grace and elegance in form, it has become the type of all that is odious, disgusting, and low [LE CLERC, ROSENMULLER]; or the curse has converted its natural condition into a punishment; it is now branded with infamy and avoided with horror; next, on the spiritual serpent, the seducer. Already fallen, he was to be still more degraded and his power wholly destroyed by the offspring of those he had deceived.

Notes for Verse 15

Verse 15. thy seed — not only evil spirits, but wicked men.

seed of the woman — the Messiah, or His Church [CALVIN, HENGSTENBERG].

I will put enmity between thee and the woman — God can only be said to do so by leaving “the serpent and his seed to the influence of their own corruption; and by those measures which, pursued for the salvation of men, fill Satan and his angels with envy and rage.”

thou shalt bruise his heel — The serpent wounds the heel that crushes him; and so Satan would be permitted to afflict the humanity of Christ and bring suffering and persecution on His people.

it shall bruise thy head — The serpent’s poison is lodged in its head; and a bruise on that part is fatal. Thus, fatal shall be the stroke which Satan shall receive from Christ, though it is probable he did not at first understand the nature and extent of his doom.

Notes for Verse 16

Verse 16. unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow — She was doomed as a wife and mother to suffer pain of body and distress of mind. From being the help meet of man and the partner of his affections [Ge 2:18, 23], her condition would henceforth be that of humble subjection.

Notes for Verses 17-19

Verses 17-19. unto Adam he said — made to gain his livelihood by tilling the ground; but what before his fall he did with ease and pleasure, was not to be accomplished after it without painful and persevering exertion.

Notes for Verse 19

Verse 19. till thou return unto the ground — Man became mortal; although he did not die the moment he ate the forbidden fruit, his body underwent a change, and that would lead to dissolution; the union subsisting between his soul and God having already been dissolved, he had become liable to all the miseries of this life and to the pains of hell for ever. What a mournful chapter this is in the history of man! It gives the only true account of the origin of all the physical and moral evils that are in the world; upholds the moral character of God; shows that man, made upright, fell from not being able to resist a slight temptation; and becoming guilty and miserable, plunged all his posterity into the same abyss (Ro 5:12). How astonishing the grace which at that moment gave promise of a Saviour and conferred on her who had the disgrace of introducing sin the future honor of introducing that Deliverer (1Ti 2:15).

Notes for Verse 20

Verse 20. Adam called his wife’s name Eve — probably in reference to her being a mother of the promised Saviour, as well as of all mankind.

Notes for Verse 21

Verse 21. God made coats of skins — taught them to make these for themselves. This implies the institution of animal sacrifice, which was undoubtedly of divine appointment, and instruction in the only acceptable mode of worship for sinful creatures, through faith in a Redeemer (Heb 9:22).

Notes for Verse 22

Verse 22. And God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us — not spoken in irony as is generally supposed, but in deep compassion. The words should be rendered, “Behold, what has become [by sin] of the man who was as one of us”! Formed, at first, in our image to know good and evil — how sad his condition now.

and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life — This tree being a pledge of that immortal life with which obedience should be rewarded, man lost, on his fall, all claim to this tree; and therefore, that he might not eat of it or delude himself with the idea that eating of it would restore what he had forfeited, the Lord sent him forth from the garden.

Notes for Verse 24

Verse 24. placed . . . cherbim — The passage should be rendered thus: “And he dwelt between the cherubim at the East of the Garden of Eden and a fierce fire, or Shekinah, unfolding itself to preserve the way of the tree of life.” This was the mode of worship now established to show God’s anger at sin and teach the mediation of a promised Saviour as the way of life, as well as of access to God. They were the same figures as were afterwards in the tabernacle and temple; and now, as then, God said, “I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims” (Ex 25:22).

—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

It is my prayer Chris that this helps, that in some way this may assist you in your travel through the word of God. First, that your eyes and heart will open to the wonders God has in store for you.

Blessings,

AV1

Written by americanvoice1

January 24, 2009 at 8:21 PM

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