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Query:

In Genesis 5:1 we are told, “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”  Did Adam write part of the Bible?


Answer:

I think the best way to answer this question is to show you an introduction written recently for the book of Genesis, for if we comprehend correctly what these words mean then we have a great key to understanding this first book of the Bible.

 

Introduction

Where we came from – and how we got into sin’s mess

In Genesis 5:1 we are told, "This is the book of the generations of Adam." If we comprehend correctly what these words mean then we have a great key to understanding this first book of the Bible.

"This is the book" refers to the preceding words of the Bible, in this case chapters 2 to 4, because the authors of those days put their signatures at the end of the script, not at the beginning as we would do today. All the early sections of Genesis are written this way. See 2:4 for the Son of God; 5:1 for Adam; 6:9 for Noah; 10:1 for Noah’s sons; 11:10 for Shem; 11:27 for Terah etc. "Of the generations [beginnings]" tells us the subject of the book, which is about Adam’s first experiences. The words "of Adam" tell us who wrote the story. This way of doing things is not out of order for those who today still write from right to left, the opposite to us.

This helps to explain why some sections repeat facts in slightly different ways, the apparent "contradictions". e.g. Chapter one uses the plural word "Elohim" for God (the Father, Son and Spirit) when Christ tells us about the week of changes, while chapter two substitutes "LORD" for the Son of God when Adam recounts his experiences with that Person. This should make the stories more personal for us, for we can now see them as eye-witness accounts.

Not until about 1500BC (approximately 2500AC – years after creation) were these narratives collected into one volume for the benefit of God’s representative people, and those who joined with them. When Moses was instructed to rewrite the early history of humanity he chose to use the third person approach, and replaced the "I" with the name of the person involved. He carried on this third person style even into his own time when describing himself in his other four books, Exodus to Deuteronomy. e.g.

Exodus 2:

11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brothers and sisters, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

Thus the early part of this first book of his Pentateuch (five volumes) is made up from the records handed down over the centuries from the creation day, and preserved through the Flood in the mind of Noah and passed on to his sons. The information given in the first two chapters could not have been witnessed by any human because there were none around when the events happened, so I have attributed it to the Son of God, who was there.

Now for some background:

The story really began when the archangel Lucifer, deciding he wanted to be like the Most High and be independent, rebelled against his Father’s government, just like a typical teenager. We are told about this in God’s lament for His rebellious son.

Isaiah 14:

12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations [the peoples of the universe]! 13 For you have said in your heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." ["In your heart" means that in the beginning he kept his ambition to himself.]

15 Yet you shall be brought down to hell [the grave], to the sides of the pit [by this action].

The great decision had been caused by the fact that one covering cherub, called Michael (His name means "He who is like God"), was able to walk into the presence of God the Father, while Lucifer the other "covering cherub" could not. (See Ezekiel 28:16.) The issue eventually came down to the simple query – was God prohibiting and using force to prevent Lucifer from close association with Him due to favouritism towards Michael, or was it as God said, just the result of the difference between Creator and creature. Was God a "Boss" or a "Father"? Satan claimed that it was the former, and that He was this way with all the creatures of the universe. That issue is still with us and each one of us will decide it for ourselves.

A second question also arose: Was the archangel Michael really an angel or was He God in disguise? That one is not as openly discussed among men today, but it is the corollary of the first. He looked like an angel,
He behaved like an angel, but was He really a created being like them?

Once Lucifer entertained the thought of God using force against him (because it actually hurt him to approach near to His presence), he blamed God for this and increased his opposition, which began a cycle of estrangement from his Father.

God knew that eventually this sin of doubting His word would lead to the death (by suicide) of the rebels, and He therefore put into operation His contingency plan in an effort to save them. He had said that Michael was different, and that He had already made the entire universe including the angels themselves, but His word was not considered proof enough by the rebels. They, of course, could not disprove the statement because the Son of God had always been with them from the beginnings of their memories, but had never shown any God-like abilities. So it became a stalemate and two groups emerged.

Therefore, it was to show the truth of His Father’s word regarding His creation abilities, that the Son of God came to the earth’s area of the universe with a great group of loyal angels, followed at a safe distance by the disloyal ones, and began His work on the solar system.

This we have in these Scriptures:

John 1:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. . . .

18 No man has seen God [the Father] at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

Hebrews 1:

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers [various] manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds [of the universe]; . . .

Ephesians 3:

8 To me [Paul], who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery [the purpose of God], which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 to the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be [made] known by the church the manifold wisdom of God . . . [It’s our job to clear up the mystery.]

Colossians 1:

12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who has delivered us from the power of darkness [ignorance], and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood [death], even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the "firstborn" of every creature [the Head of all]: 16 for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by Him, and for Him:
17 and He is before [above] all things, and by Him all things consist [remain]
.

The main planet in the solar system, earth, was covered entirely by water in the "first" creation, so He commenced with it. To begin His work of making a home for mankind He called into visibility the power of God which was in Him, and "there was light." It was not from the sun or any other created object, it came from within Him. Then, step by step, day by day, He repeated the way in which He had created the universe and its inhabitants "in the beginning." Adam and Eve represented the multitudes that inhabited the planet heaven and the other worlds in deep space, with a significant difference which Lucifer did not miss.

We read about this in the first two chapters of the book.

The Father thought the thought;

The Son spoke the thought;

The Spirit brought it into fruition.

In this way, They co-operated and showed Their roles as "God."

Even after this demonstration there were those who refused to accept the Son of God’s position. They thought that maybe God the Father had worked through His Son and that there was trickery involved. Their comments influenced some of the loyal angels and their minds were not set at rest until the Son of God re-demonstrated His power by coming forth from the grave as the Son of man. Thus it is written:

Romans 1:

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God, 2 (which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures,) 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our LORD, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power, . . . by the resurrection from the dead.

However, the revelation of creative power only served to make Lucifer more determined to disregard the word of his Father and carry on the rebellion in spite of the convincing evidence that he was in the wrong. No matter how much the Son of God and his former partners pleaded with him, Lucifer refused to change his mind because he coveted the power he thought Michael had, and his pride would not let him admit that he was in error. He began to clothe all things with an air of "mystery" making simple things complex and confusing the minds of all God’s creatures, then promising to share the knowledge with a select few.


To unravel the "mysteries" became the responsibility of the Son of God and He has asked us to help Him in this work.

The "war" ended in Lucifer leaving heaven and blaming God for "pushing" him out. He and his followers came to this earth and he used his powers of persuasion on its inhabitants to join his rebellion.

Revelation 12:

7 And there was [a] war [of words] in heaven: Michael [the Son of God] and His angels fought against the dragon [pleading with him to believe God]; and the dragon [another name for Satan] fought and his angels, 8 and [Michael] prevailed not; neither was their [the rebels] place found any more in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out [he actually left of his own accord but always maintained he was pushed], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Jude 1:

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate [their positions in heaven], but LEFT THEIR OWN HABITATION, He has reserved [preserved] in everlasting chains [of sin] under darkness [self-imposed ignorance] to the judgment of the great day [when all will be revealed].

The outcome of the rebellion (and we don’t know how long it took to come to fruition) was that one third of the angels left heaven with Satan (the open rebel) as he had now become, and there was a gap in the loyal population of the universe. That gap was destined to be filled by Adam and his descendants.

One day people from this earth will say:

Revelation 4:

11 You are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honour and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 5:

8 And when He [the Son of God] had taken the book [of history], the four beasts [symbols of the Christians] and [the] twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb [a symbol of Christ], having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours [incense], which are [how God hears and sees] the [praise and] prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, "You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood [sacrifice] out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 and have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."

As the oak tree is in the acorn, so the entire Bible is in the book of Genesis. Master it under the guidance of the Spirit of God and you open a new world to yourself.

What the Spirit does in this book is show us God’s original intention for this world. He takes us through history showing His choice is to work through families, but Satan got men to change that, and invent nations and royalty in its place. However, when He finally got three generations in one family the story takes off.

Now let us read on . . .

 

Conclusion:

In Genesis 5:1 we are told, "This is the book of the generations of Adam." If we comprehend correctly what these words mean then we have a great key to understanding this first book of the Bible.

"This is the book" refers to the preceding words of the Bible, in this case chapters 2 to 4, because the authors of those days put their signatures at the end of the script, not at the beginning as we would do today. All the early sections of Genesis are written this way. See 2:4 for the Son of God; 5:1 for Adam; 6:9 for Noah; 10:1 for Noah’s sons; 11:10 for Shem; 11:27 for Terah etc. "Of the generations [beginnings]" tells us the subject of the book, which is about Adam’s first experiences. The words "of Adam" tell us who wrote the story. This way of doing things is not out of order for those who today still write from right to left, the opposite to us.

 


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.
Next query. To be discussed from January 1st 2004.

Leviticus 21:

1 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to the priests the sons of Aaron [the ordinary priests/Christians], and say to them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people [none are to go into public mourning for those who have died].

2 But for his kin, that is near to him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother [under certain conditions]. 3 And for his sister a virgin [unmarried], that is nigh to him, which has had no husband; for her may he be defiled. 4 But he shall not [normally] defile himself, being a chief man [a representative of Christ] among his people, to profane himself [or behave as a natural man would].

Why weren't the priests allowed to join in the mourning or the dead?

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