I think I have pretty much written enough about Adam the man. But I need to say some more concerning the woman.
To recap briefly, the Bible, as previously stated, gives us 11 scripture verses revealing Adam’s sin and culpability concerning the ‘fall’ account of Genesis contrasted with the total of 3 scripture verses concerning the woman’s fall into sin, via deception. Though scripture doesn’t explicitly say Adam was a part of thedeception in her eating of the fruit (verses clearly identify the serpent as deceiving her) there is room to wonder with his involvement because of:
the text within the Genesis account indicating all was not well with Adam’s heart toward God (Gen 2:18).
There are many names that we attribute to Yahshua Messiah in the Bible; The Good Shepherd, Lamb of God, The Vine. All of these paint a picture of something wonderful about the character and salvation offered by Messiah. One that I had overlooked till recently is Yahweh’s Strong Arm, sometimes also called Right Arm or Outstretched Arm. Continue reading →
It seems for a while now that I’m always late, not quite up with the play, one step behind so to speak. Yesterday for example, September 19, 2016 was a good day to write a post, as it was ‘Suffrage’ day – the day to remember and celebrate when New Zealand women gained the right to vote in 1893! This is celebrated all the more here in New Zealand, as we were the first self-governing country in the world to extend this right to all women! Pat on the back for NZ and all other countries who have done likewise, unfortunately voting for women has still some way to go in this world and we need to remember and pray for those whose rights of equality are withheld by their countries tradition and rule.
Yesterday, however, was just one of two days that would have been good to have marked with a post. As it happens Sunday the 18th of September was also Continue reading →
This is something I wrote maybe a few years ago now (with some minor tweaking), as we were becoming more aware of what the Bible truly teaches about women (or rather doesn’t!)
It is for freedom that He has set you free!
How precious this verse is. So much in this world wants to keep us from our freedom in Christ. I used to think it was just the things of the world or our own fears, but sadly much of ‘Christianity’ is opposed to our freedom also. Continue reading →
In Acts 8:32-35 we find a eunuch reading this passage of Scripture from Isaiah 53:7-8:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silentso he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”
The passage in Acts continues;
The eunuch asked Philip “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Yahshua.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1 John 2:16
lust -epithymiaGk1939 –From epithumeo means a longing (especially for what is forbidden) – concupiscence, desire, lust (after). (SEConcordance) (HELPS Word-studies: “passionate desire”–properly, passion built on strong feelings (urges) that can be positive or negative).
boastful pride –alazoneia Gk212 – From alazon; braggadocio, i.e. (by implication) self-confidence — boasting, pride. (SEConcordance) (alazonGk213 – (a masculine noun) – properly, a wandering vagrant (vagabond), boasting to anyone who is foolish enough to take him seriously! This kind of person claims many things he can’t really do, so he must always keep moving on to new, naive listeners. [As a masculine noun, 213 (alazṓn) tends to focus on the source of the empty boasting, i.e. the sinful arrogance that drives it.] Helps Word-studies)
1 John 2:16 is often quoted as the New Testament’s parallel to the woman’s reasoning in Genesis 3:6. She ‘…saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was a delight to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and that the tree was desirable to make one wise (boastful pride of life)…’ as explanation for her fall… Continue reading →
‘When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate…’
The woman knows –by seeing – that the fruit can be touched without any harm to her –and that it is good for food. She also sees that it a ‘delight to the eyes’ –similar words as used in Genesis 2:9 to describe the trees made by YeHoWaH Elohim –‘pleasing to the sight/in appearance and good for food’. Again evidence confirmed by her natural eyes – the serpent thus strengthening her reasoning by way of the flesh. Two counts in favour of the serpent’s lie concerning God’s intention for them. Two things she has (so far) learnt by experience with her eyes of flesh. The serpent was right on both counts, then comes the third: fully aware of her design as an ‘ezer kenegedo’ the serpent dangles what appears to be a legitimate ‘good’ before her eyes of understanding: Continue reading →