The page will allow you to translate a blog into another language!
Please select the language you would like to translate the blog into:
Part 1 Gods Focus on the Ground--Discussion of Genesis 2:4 - Genesis 4:26
Six times a portion of Scripture is introduced by the phrase "these are the generations of" starting in Genesis Chapter 2 through Chapter 11. This series is going to explore each of the six sections of Scripture.
First, Genesis 1 provides Gods simple literal account of His six days of creation. He provides the order in which He created. Read Creation Series: Supplement Creation Six Ordinary Days
Why does God speak of days in Genesis 1 then, with Genesis 2:4, refer to generations? A look at the first time the phrase "these are the generations of" is used is what is being offered in this writing.
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. Genesis 2:4
The expression "in the day" in this case probably refers to the period from God creating the heavens and the earth to the worldwide flood.
Notice the emphasis that is being placed on the ground (the earth, dust of the earth) in Genesis Chapters 2-4. The text and discussion takes us from God preparing the whole face of the ground for the creation of plant life through driving Adam and Eve out of the garden to the killing of Abel and it concludes with information on the lineage of Cain up to the time of the worldwide flood when the entire face of the earth was destroyed including plant life.
As an important part of these three chapters; God is communicating that "these are the generations" of the the ground (the earth, the dust of the earth).
According to the verses that follow, before plant life was created, God watered the whole face of the ground with a mist that went up from the earth. There was no rain and no man to till the ground.
Genesis 2:5-6 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
Out of the Ground, Plants, Herbs, a Garden
God planted a garden and out of the ground grew every tree including the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden that watered the garden.
2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden . . . V. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads
Man Formed From Dust of Ground
God formed man from the dust of the ground and put him into the Garden of Eden to keep and dress it.
2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. V. 8 and there (in the garden) he put the man whom he had formed. V. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Gods One Command
God gave Adam one command: do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for in the day you eat of it you will dying die.
2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. V.17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Consequence of Sin - Man Will Return To Dust
Scripture tells us what is going to happen to Adam (and all of mankind) because of his disobedence.
Genesis 3:19 "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Adam would return to dust!
Ground Cursed and Man Must Work the Ground For Food
The consequence of Adams sin was the curse to the ground and mankind having to work the ground for food, dealing with weeds (thorns and thistles).
3:17-19 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.
History of Garden Ends-Man Driven Out
Because of their sin, to keep Adam and Eve from eating of the Tree of Life, God drove them out of the Garden of Eden and closed it off to all of mankind.
3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Cains Unacceptible Sacrifice from Ground
Genesis 4 1-7 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Voice of Abels Blood Cries Out From Ground
Cain Cursed from the Earth
Cain allows sin to rule. Cain kills his brother. The voice of Abels blood cried out from the ground. The ground opens her mouth to receive the blood. Wickedness of man becomes rooted and spreads. The consequence of Cains evil action:
Genesis 4:10-11 And He said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brothers blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brothers blood from thy hand;
Worldwide Flood-Entire Face of Earth Destroyed
Part 2 will continue the discussion of this first section of Scripture that is introduced by the phrase "these are the generations. It will cover the introduction of Adam and Eve, what happens to Cain, and will include lineage of Cain up to the time of the worldwide flood as recorded in Genesis 3 and 4.