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52 Weeks Discussion > Day 1: Genesis 1-3

It seems that I am a week behind because I just got my book today, thus I have to depend on what I have read and the comments of Pastor Ken from last week in the men's discussion. This is his take on things:
Pastor Ken-
Day 1 thoughts - Genesis 1-3
God's design for marriage - "One man. One woman. One lifetime." Agree, but some take this to mean that even if one's spouse dies, the survivor is no longer free to marry. Thoughts?

Given that he has asked our thoughts, I post mine.
Me:One man, one woman, one lifetime = to death do us part. Having been married to unbelievers in the past, the reading in 1 Corinthians 7:15 = "if the unbeliever wishes to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound".They are again free, no? Again in 1 Corinthians 7:39, does it not say that the widow "is free to be married"?
True these are the judgements of men, but they are judgements of godly men, also.

Another keen observation by the author -- "Man's relationship with God comes down to a decision we make - represented in the choice of a tree!" I must admit I'd never really thought about the choice we make in this way before, and it's exciting to think about! "The first man chose to partake of the fruit of a TREE in the garden, choosing to sever his relationship with God. All of us have the opportunity to choose to partake of the fruit of the TREE of Calvary to enter into a relationship with God." A GREAT COMPARISON!

Me: I do agree here.

In the section talking about "Christ is revealed" -- Overall I thought the author did a great job of relating NT scriptures with the OT example to prove his point. The one scripture choice he used (John 19:34) when speaking of Christ's being revealed in Adam I thought was a pretty big comparative stretch. Just because Christ's side was pierced, with blood and water flowing out as described in John 19:34 -- it seems like a huge leap to me, at least as a comparison of Adam's rib being taken out in order to form Eve. Just saying

Me: The scriptures, themselves, make the comparison that Christ is the second Adam. Though his "stretch" is a bit of a reach, he may be on to something here.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterThea

Thea, I wanted to address your concerns about being behind. You are not behind at all. The study was set to start today, Monday, March 4. I think Pastor Ken just got the ball rolling on the men's discussion side and I assume posted things for each day this week. You are right on track! I want to address your other thoughts, but will in a separate reply. Thanks Thea!!!

Jamie

March 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Thea,

I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the information found in Genesis 1-3. I too found the comparison about how our choices concerning the tree was really interesting and had never seen it put that way before reading this! That is what is so neat to me as I go through this study that things are presented to me that I have never considered before.

I also agree with you that I think the author of the 52 Weeks study was onto something when he compared Adam to Christ. In Gen.2:24 it says . . . "they became one flesh, husband and wife" (KJV), and since we are the bride of Christ, part of his body (one spiritual flesh), we are as Eve was. Also, when Jesus died the sacrificing of His life made the church possible... we came from the sacrifice of His body. I can see the correlation also because I see the water as a type of the Word and the blood is what cleanses us from our sin.

I believe there are types and pictures throughout the entire Bible and we have to study in order to understand them. I also believe that some of the pictures may not be as clear as others or as straightforward, some things can be easy to see and believe, and some things we have to take on faith. Additionally, Bible types are a great tool that God gives us to help us understand biblical concepts and tie scripture together, but I also feel that we have to be careful not to get too deeply caught up in them and lose focus of the bigger overall picture. What are your thoughts on this?

March 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie F.

Jamie,
So happy that you posted this and discussed it with me after church. I, too, believe that we can get caught up in the words of what is written, if we are not careful about seeing it through the Spirit that is our teacher. When we fail to measure what we feel about the written words of men, tempering them with the knowledge of God's written words, we often fail to see the lessons of God's Spirit. Each of us is given the opportunity for growth, by milk and/or meat, as the Spirit speaks to each of us. We learn by hearing, reading, meditating, and discussing what we discover with one another. May the Living God be with us as we seek to understand what we study. In the name of Yeshua the Messiah, whom we call Jesus the Christ, amen.

March 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterThea

This was also pointed out to me and I found it to be really interesting. In Genesis 3, there are 3 rejections by Adam in the garden.

1) Genesis 3:6
2) Geneis 3:10
3) Genesis 3:12

March 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie F.