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Some perpetual questions ....
Do you know the difference
between the "love" that is of Christianity
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Two very common questions next month. Common and yet seemingly endlessly asked, so let's spend a little time considering them.
For the first question, let's look at the verses involved:
[the Son of] God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth:" and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and [the Son of] God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
And [the Son of] God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:" and it was so. . . . And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Here we find the fact that the plants were created before the sun was set alight. We tend to believe that plants need the sun to stay alive and therefore this presents some of us with a dilemma.
In actual fact, there are two ways in which we can approach this problem.
First:Using human reasoning we could say that as the days were only 24 hours long, the time between creating and sustaining the plants was not extensive, therefore they could have survived until the sun shone. But this arouses the thought that the Creator was not very tidy or systematic in His approach! This can’t be true, and so all it does is show that using human reasoning alone is often out of place when reading the Bible! And yet we must hear reasonable explanations!
Second:A more certain answer (because it is Bible-based) is the information that the changes on this planet started with light.
[the Son of] God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And [the Son of] God saw the light, that it was good: and [the Son of] God divided the light from the darkness. And [the Son of] God called the light 'Day', and the darkness He called 'Night.' And the evening and the morning were the first day."
Where did this light come from?
Not from the sun or the moon, but from the Creator Himself on the very first day. It was His power that sustained the plants until the sun took over.
So the simple answer to the problem is that the LORD God not only created the vegetation, but that He also kept it alive until He handed the job over to His agent, the sun. This was VERY TIDY AND SYSTEMATIC because it tells us that we should look past the symbols and see the reality whenever we read the Bible, for the Son of God is not only the Creator, but also the Upholder of the universe who keeps the sun burning.
This we are told in the following verses.
upholding all things by the word of His power . . ."
The second question is, "Where did Cain get his wife from?"
Such a prickly question with such a simple answer! Just as Adam married a person who had come from himself, so Cain married one of his sisters. All the men of the second generation had to do that. (Jewish tradition tells us that Adam and Eve had 97 children.). There was no problem in those days because of inbreeding, as there is today. The species came from the hand of the Creator pure in all ways, and even after the leap into sin it took quite a few generations before the effects of sin showed up enough in the human body for the LORD to advise against close relation marriages.
Even then we are told that as late as 2000BC Abraham married his sister!
Admittedly, she was from another mother, but they shared the same father.
In the 130 years before Seth was born there was plenty of time for other children, we’re just not told about them. Women in particular are not mentioned much in the Bible, but there were sisters born in that period, and so Cain married one of them, as did Abel. Both were grown men with children of their own when they came to offer their sacrifices as priests of their respective families.
The reason that individual women are not pointed out in the Bible is that most of them were too busy doing the right things in God’s world, bringing up the children and caring for their families. Only in unusual cases does the Spirit find it necessary to bring them to the forefront in the record – but they were there.
When Cain left the area, we are told that he built a city in which to live with his siblings and family.
Although we only know the name of this one son, he is not necessarily the first child in the family. By the time of his birth, there were enough rebels in Adam’s family for them to build and maintain a city so there had been many children born.
Of course, a few of Adam’s children remained faithful to God and stayed with him and Abel’s family, so that in a short time there were two obvious groups on earth. After the murder it is recorded that,
Genesis 4:25-26.[marginal reading]
It is probable that Enos was born about 200 years after Adam’s creation.
Although the Spirit tells us that Seth was the son of Adam and Eve this does not mean that he was the third child, or that he was even the third son literally! His importance is that he followed in Abel’s footsteps. There would have been many others not mentioned in the inspired record.
So we need to see that the Bible record is truthful, but does not give all the details. Many centuries and hundreds of people are covered in just six chapters extending 1656 years from creation to the Flood. There was a like situation regarding the record of the life of Jesus as we can see in the following verses.
Although God asks us to "come and reason" He also mentions "together". Isaiah 1:18. Only as we work with the Spirit will we come to a correct understanding of what is written. So perennial questions such as these two will eventually all be answered to those who are willing to listen and be told.
Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.
Some of the comments on this page are adapted from books in my library. No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.
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