As In The Beginning

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain. God created man as male and female. His first directive to them was “to be fruitful […]

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain.

God created man as male and female.

His first directive to them was “to be fruitful and multiply.”

His second directive was to not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On the day they ate of that fruit, they would die.

His third directive was for the man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two of them to become one flesh.

How are we doing with those directives? We might think we are doing pretty good, especially since the tree of knowledge may no longer be with us. But hold that thought for a minute. How about the first and second directives? How about husband and wife cleaving to each other? And the “be fruitful and multiply” directive being directed to husband and wife for the formation of family units, how are we doing now?

Back to the tree of knowledge. Isn’t that simply following God’s instructions and commands?

So now, how are we doing? Does “none righteous, not even one” come to mind?

The key to the first three chapters of Genesis is the same as the key to the Bible? Listen to what God is saying. Everything will be exactly as he has said.

Now do we see the absolute essentiality of believing in and believing Jesus?

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