Today we see the return of the Jews back to their God-given homeland Canaan. We see the establishment of the State of Israel. We see a nation turning to the statutes God laid down under Moses. As a result, the nation of Israel is once more being blessed in the country abundant agriculture , blessed in the city technological innovation and blessed in the sea discovery of large natural resources. That is why his descendants, the Israelites, are blessed. Today, Israel has been restored as a nation and is blessed with progress, protection, resources and intelligence.
And despite many attempts over nearly 3, years to exterminate the Jews, a remnant has always survived. In fact, the number of Jews in Israel today has increased by over 7, percent in just years! In Genesis we read how God tested Abraham. God said to him:. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you. Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac.
When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
We will worship and then we will come back to you. Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So God could use Abraham for the future and He rewarded him through several unconditional promises. That stands today.
In the Creation account of Genesis, we read about a paradise-like garden called Eden, where two important trees were planted by God: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. These trees seem to have been deliberately planted to test how humans would use their free will. As the story recounts, the first humans failed the test and were driven away from Paradise. Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there. The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which was supposed to make them die. It seems that mortality was the consequence of eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Mortality was the consequence of the wrong free will choice. Would they have been given the gift of immortality as a reward? Would they have continued to live and not die?
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It seems that, given free choice free will , mankind made the wrong choice. We can dismiss the Genesis account as myth, and many do. At the outset it seems unfair on the rest of mankind. But it does explain everyday experience. It explains the chosen paths of Hitler and Wilberforce for example; one man destroyed humanity whilst the other helped humanity. In a fallen world who can deny that man can do either?
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The Genesis account also gives hope for mortal man. The Bible says the whole of creation, including mankind, will return to a state of paradise in the future. The Apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation that Eden will be restored and populated by all who believe in Jesus. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.
On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
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They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Why did the Creator of the universe give man the mandate to procreate and proliferate?
Think about the billions of humans born since the world began. What were they born for? Where have they all gone? What did they live for? Did their lives have any real meaning? The apostle John boldly tells us that all we observe was made through Jesus Yeshua in Hebrew. From human cells to the earth and the starry heavens — all were made through Jesus John chapter 1. The atomic constants and the molecular structure of matter were made through Jesus.
And the Bible tells us that this same Jesus came into the world to show man how to live. John goes on to say that all who believe in Jesus are given the right to become children of God. This is a mystery accepted by faith. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
In John 3 Jesus said:. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Note that Jesus leaves the ball in our court! According to the Pew Research Center, an astounding 2. Interpretations of the Bible abound, but what is actually written? Or is there any value in being circumcised? Much, indeed, in every way! In the first place, God trusted his message to the Jews.
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