7. Run, Elijah, Run!

BIBLE STORIES FOR BIG PEOPLE

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

A personal note: Elijah’s plethora of emotions described in 1 Kings 18-19 is my favorite account of human behavior detailed in Scripture. I can identify with Elijah’s confidence as well as with his insecurities. I understand his defeatist attitude and the resulting fatigue. And I can relate to his totally human response to God’s instructions.

So now, let me tell you the story …

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Based on 1 Kings 17-19

Elijah was a true prophet who was sent by the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (a.k.a. Israel) to boldly challenge Ahab, the wicked king of Israel (869-850 BC), and his evil wife, Jezebel, concerning their worship of the false god, Baal.

Here’s how their conversation went …

So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing. (1 Kings 18:16-21, New International Version)

So Ahab brought 850 “prophets” to respond to Elijah’s challenge: “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” You can read the details in  1 Kings 18:22-40.

THE BOTTOM LINEGOD SHOWED UP and proved to the people that Baal was a false god! Then Elijah commanded the people to slaughter the 850 false prophets! That was “Round One.”

ROUND TWO

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:41-46)

A RECAP: God showed up at the “prophet showdown” AND answered Elijah’s prayer for rain, proving that Elijah was A TRUE PROPHET CHOSEN BY GOD. But Elijah’s humanity ultimately ruled and fear got the better of him. In his mind, he thought he was all alone in the world

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you. So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. (1 Kings 19:3-9, NIV)

Elijah had witnessed the Lord God’s power and faithfulness in ways that you and I only read about in Scripture. But he still experienced fear, hunger, weariness and a sense of defeat. Fortunately, he listened to the angel messenger and regained his strength by eating and drinking the supernatural food and water that was provided for him by his Creator. However, he chose to use that strength to keep running away from his perceived problems.

COMING NEXT: “What Are You Doing Here, Elijah?”

THINK ABOUT IT: In what ways can you relate to Elijah’s triumph and his troubles? Have you ever experienced (or know someone who has experienced) a time when God showed up? I’d love it if you would email me and tell me about it! (paulayingst@yahoo.com)

 

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

 

6. Noah’s Wicked Relatives

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

Previously…

The writer of Genesis establishes a continuous record of THE DIRECT BLOODLINE between Adam and Eve’s son, Seth, and Adam’s great (times seven) grandson, Noah. He adds that during the time of Enosh, Seth’s son, “men began to call on the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26, NIV). But by the generation that included Noah’s sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth), “the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become” (Genesis 6:5, New International Version). Something supernatural had been happening …

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When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal …

The Nephalim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:1-8, New International Version 1985)

Digging Deeper

It is widely believed that the writer of Genesis (probably Moses) also wrote the four books that follow Genesis in the Bible. Collectively, they are called The Torah or “the Law” — Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. In the book of Numbers (written while the Israelites wandered for four decades in the wilderness without a permanent home), more information is supplied concerning “the Nephalim” …

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses [both men were BLOODLINE DESCENDANTS OF ADAM] and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are…. All the people we saw are of great size. We saw the Nephalim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephalim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Genesis 13:30-33).

The descendants of Anak were described as “powerful, and [their] cities are fortified and very large” (Numbers 13:28). 

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Bible commentators have written that the “grasshopper” analogy was exaggerated because the people that they were describing refused to believe them. However, in recent years archaeological evidence has been found to prove that people of great size did live in various places over the world.

If you’d like to DIG DEEPER check out the research of L.A, Marzulli (http://lamarzulli.net/on-the-trail-of-the-nephilim.php). I have talked with this man in person and have heard him speak. He is credible and trustworthy, in my opinion.

COMING NEXT: My Favorite Bible Story!

 

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

5. Adam to Noah: Climbing the Family Tree

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

Previously…

4. Cain, Abel and Seth: Blood Brothers (Based on Genesis 4:26 – 6:11, New International Version 1985)  https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/4-cain-abel-and-seth-blood-brothers/

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5. Adam to Noah: Climbing the Family Tree

After completing the story of mankind’s beginning, the writer of Genesis sets the course for the most enduring book of all time. Though the Bible may seem rambling and repetitive at times, it is actually quite focused. The author of the first five “books” has a single-minded purpose — to document the family history (and the BLOODLINE) of Adam and Eve’s son Seth, the one who was born “in place of Abel” — the son who was murdered by his brother, Cain.

Under the supernatural influence of Divine inspiration, the writer tells us that at least some of the first men to reside on planet Earth lived for many centuries before they died

When Adam had lived 130 years he had a son … and he named him Seth. “After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.”

Seth became the father of Enosh; he lived 912 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.”

Enosh became the father of Kenan; he lived 905 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.”

Kenan became the father of Mahalalel; he lived 910 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.“

Mahalalel became the father of Jared; he lived 895 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.”

Jared became the father of Enoch; he lived 962 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.”

Enoch became the father of Methuselah; he lived 365 years. He “walked with God for 300 years and had other sons and daughters … then he was no more, because God took him away.”

Methuselah became the father of Lamech; he lived 969 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.

Lemech became the father of Noah; he lived 777 years and had other sons and daughters, “and then he died.”

When Noah was born his father said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” (Genesis 5:29, NIV)

After over 1000 years of reproduction within mankind, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth….

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:5-7, NIV)

But Noah was a righteous man whom the Lord God found blameless among the people of his time!

DIGGING DEEPER …

An important snippet of information is embedded within this timeline which mentions other family trees that had been flourishing over the centuries. Their descendants resulted from a supernatural union and were called “the Nephilim.”

COMING NEXT: Noah’s Wicked Relatives

 

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

4. Cain, Abel and Seth: Blood Brothers

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

Previously …

3. Adam and Eve: Truth and Consequences  (Based on Genesis 2 and 3, New International Version 1985) https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/adam-and-eve-truth-and-consequences/

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:21-24, New International Version)

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4. Blood Brothers (Based on Genesis 4:1-26)

After leaving the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve (Havah) experienced the formation and birth of their first child — a son named Cain, who became a farmer (“worked the soil”). Once again the writer of Genesis does not tell us how much time passed between Cain’s birth and the addition to the family of another son named Abel, who became a shepherd (“kept flocks”).

Apparently it had become customary for each member of the first family to bring offerings to the Lord. So Cain brought an offering from the vegetation that had grown from the soil he had worked. Abel also brought an offering — “fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.”

For a reason that is not specifically made known by the writer of Genesis, the Lord “looked with favor” on the younger brother’s offering but NOT on the older brother’s offering. The result: Cain was VERY angry.

Here is how the Lord dealt with the situation, giving us a clue about his expectations:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your doorit desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7, NIV)

Rather than learning and benefitting from the Lord’s teaching, this is how Cain reacted:

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Just as the Lord had known about their biological father and mother’s original sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8-9), he also knew about the sin committed by Cain:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” (Genesis 4:9-12)

But as the Lord had demonstrated his mercy and grace toward Cain’s father and mother (Genesis 3:12-24), he also provided physical protection for their son:

Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. (Genesis 4:15-16)

And life on planet Earth continued on …

Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” (Genesis 4:25)

Digging Deeper …

The writer of Hebrews, in the New Testament, gives insight into what happened between Cain and Abel:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. (Hebrews 11:1-5, NIV)

It’s all about the blood!

In my humble opinion, THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT for individuals to grab and hang onto from Genesis 2-4 is that THE BLOOD (and DNA) that ran through Adam’s veins also gave life to thousands of his direct descendants. Let’s continue to follow that genetic “blood trail” …

COMING NEXT: Adam to Noah: Climbing the Family Tree

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

 

3. Adam and Eve: Truth and Consequences

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview  The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily. My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

Previously …

1. https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/1-did-god-say-that/

2. https://prophecyconnections.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/2-did-god-really-say-that/

3. Trial and Punishment?

Adam and Eve (Havah) disobeyed the ONE COMMAND given to Adam by the Lord GodYou are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17, NIV)

There was an immediate consequence …

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdomshe took some and ate itShe also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7, NIV)

And there was immediate action on the part of their Creator / Parent (The Complete Jewish Bible version) …

They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden. Adonai, God, called to the man, “Where are you?” 

He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” 

Of course, the Lord God already knew where Adam was, but he continued his questioning and allowed the “blame game” to play out …

The Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?” 

The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 

Adonai, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.” (Genesis 3:8-13)

The Lord God did not allow the serpent — Satan in disguise (Revelation 12:9) — to give his version of the story. Instead he moved immediately to the sentencing phase of the trial (Genesis 3:14-21) …

 Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” (This initial prophecy recorded in Scripture concerned the future Messiaha direct descendant of Eve and Adam.)

Next, the Lord God turned his attention to the woman …

To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”

 And last but not least, the man …

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, ‘You are not to eat from it,’ the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground — for you were taken out of it: you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living.

Then the Father did something that must have weighed heavily on his heart. He used skin from animals that he had created to provide covering for Adam and Eve — the first animal sacrifice.

Adonai, God, made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

God clothed his sinful children, then he did something supernatural to further demonstrate his love for them …

 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

(Genesis 3:22-24, New International Version)

Digging Deeper …

Genesis 3:22 is the first recorded statement from the Lord God which hints that he was not completely alone “in the beginning.” He said (to those with him): The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” 

Connecting the “dots” in Scripture helps us understand who God was referring to. Matthew recorded Jesus’ words to his disciples after his resurrection:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV)

Jesus also said to his disciples:

After his suffering, Jesus presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water,but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:3-5, NIV)

Christian theologians call this supernatural union of the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit THE TRINITY.

COMING NEXT: Cain, Abel and Seth: Blood Brothers

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

2. “Did God REALLY say that?”

Bible Stories for Big People

A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

2. “Did God REALLY say that?”

We learned in an earlier study (“A Supernatural Overview”) that Satan is a fallen angel who disguised himself as a “serpent” and was present in the Garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:13-17 and Revelation 12:9).

The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him(Revelation 12:9, New International Version)

“‘You were the seal of perfection,
    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
  You were in Eden,
    the garden of God

You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
    for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God …

You were blameless in your ways
    from the day you were created
    till wickedness was found in you.

Your heart became proud
    on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
    because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth …

(Ezekiel 28:12-17, NIV)

Now, with that knowledge, let’s go back to the Garden of God (Eden) and look at the Bible account of what happened there “in the beginning” …

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

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 groundtrees 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.

(Genesis 2:5-9, NIV)

God gave the man an occupation to challenge his intelligent, creative mind:

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15, NIV)

The man was gifted absolute freedom in the garden that the Lord God had made. But God issued ONE WARNING to the man:

 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17, NIV)

Genesis 2:18-22 explains how the Lord God took one rib from the man while he slept and created a companion for him so that he would not be alone….

The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

(Genesis 2:23-25, NIV)

The serpent was more “crafty” that any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day, when the man and his wife were near the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the serpent (the devil in disguise, according to Revelation 12:9) appeared near them, asking the woman directly, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman replied, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent assured the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Notice that the man — who was created first and received the original warning from the mouth of God himself — said nothing. And this is what happened next …

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:6-7, NIV)

Digging Deeper …

The writer of the book of Romans, in the Bible’s New Testament, explained in retrospect what actually took place in that moment supernaturally 

Here is how it works: it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin, death; and in this way death passed through to the whole human race, inasmuch as everyone sinned. Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah [God’s Law] was given, but sin is not counted as such when there is no Torah [Law given by God through Moses]. Nevertheless death ruled from Adam until Moshe [Moses], even over those whose sinning was not exactly like Adam’s violation of a direct command. In this, Adam prefigured the one who was to come. (Romans 5:12-14, The Complete Jewish Bible)

The writer of Romans onfirmed the identity of  “the one who was to come”

For while we were still helpless, at the right time, the Messiah died on behalf of ungodly people Now it is a rare event when someone gives up his life even for the sake of somebody righteous, although possibly for a truly good person one might have the courage to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by means of his bloody sacrificial death, how much more will we be delivered through him from the anger of God’s judgment! For if we were reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies, how much more will we be delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled! 11 And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11, CJB)

A prophecy connectionAdam brought sin upon himself, his wife, and every human who would be born on planet Earth when he disobeyed a direct command from his Creator, which was set in place for the protection of their innocence. The Messiah Jesus — God in human form — took upon himself through obedience, the sin that had entered through a supernatural “portal” (opened by Adam’s disobedience), and covered the entire earth.

ONE MORE THING: Did you notice that Eve added words into her statement that GOD DID NOT SAY TO ADAM? She told the serpent that God had said they must not touch the fruit that grew from the tree in the middle of the garden. Scroll back in this post to see for yourself that God did not attach that limit onto their freedom … Eve did.

COMING NEXT: Truth and Consequences

Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst

1. Did God say that?

Bible Stories for Big People

Previously: A Supernatural Overview 

The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.

My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way. — P.M.Y.

1. Did God say that?

People often quibble over the timing of “the beginning.” So for this purpose, let’s just say that according to the first few verses of the Bible (Genesis 1:3-2:1), GOD SPOKE THE EARTH INTO EXISTENCE….

 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light….

God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.”… that is how it was.

God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let dry land appear,” and that is how it was.

God said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth”; and that is how it was.

God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth”; and that is how it was.

God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open dome of the sky.” …  and God saw that it was good.

God said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature — each kind of livestock, crawling animal and wild beast”; and that is how it was.

(Genesis 1:6,9,11,14,20,24 The Complete Jewish Bible)

Then God said something even more amazing:

God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves; and let them rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the animals, and over all the earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the earth.”

So God created humankind in his own image;
in the image of God he created him:
male and female he created them.

(Genesis 1:26-27, CJB)

God provided food for every living creature — including the male and the female — and they were all VEGETARIANS

Then God said, “Here! Throughout the whole earth I am giving you as food every seed-bearing plant and every tree with seed-bearing fruitAnd to every wild animal, bird in the air and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul [or “the breath of life”], I am giving as food every kind of green plant.” And that is how it was.

When his work was done …

God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce(Genesis 2:3, CJB)

After giving us a look at THE BIG PICTURE — which well may have begun with A BIG BANG — the writer of Genesis zooms in for a closer, more detailed look … (COMING NEXT: “Did God REALLY say that?”)

 Digging Deeper …

A prophecy connection: We’ve seen that God spoke creation into being. Now consider the following verses that the apostle John — Jesus’ best friend on earth — chose to begin his gospel, and pay close attention to his use of the word “Word” …

In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.
He [“the Word”] was with God in the beginning.

All things came to be through him [Jesus],
    and without him nothing made had being.

In him was life,
    and the life was the light of mankind.

(John 1:1-4, CJB)

(Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst)