03 February 2009

Edenic Covenant – 2.3.09

Genesis 2 takes a more detailed look at what all took place on the sixth day of the re-creation week described in Genesis 1. God's work on that sixth day included: living creatures of the earth (1:24-25); man (1:26-27 & 2:7); a garden in Eden (2:8-14); the animals for Adam to name and refuse as a suitable partner (2:18-20); and Mrs. Adam (1:26-27 & 2:21-22).

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them…

Note in this verse how that the word of God is always intended to bless us (see Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Micah 2:7; Acts 3:26). Praise the Lord!

In the garden, God blessed the man with many things. A help meet (2:18) and a charge for them to fill the earth (1:28); dominion over the animal kingdom (1:28); provisions of herbs and fruit (1:29); rewarding labor (2:15); and a command to avoid the evil fruit (2:17).

The covenant God made with the first man in the garden focuses on that last blessing. Genesis 2:15-17 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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.

This was a conditional covenant. God prohibited a certain action and promised the man that IF he disobeyed, the result would be sure and certain death.

Here is the main thought we should attach to this, the Edenic ovenant: GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS WORD, AND MAN IS UNABLE TO LIVE UP TO GOD'S REQUIREMENT.

On a negative note we find that Adam died just like God said he would (Genesis 5:5) and passed his sinful nature down to you and me (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23). But on a positive note we are reminded that God has promised us eternal life (1 John 2:25), and He always keeps His word (Titus 1:2). And that's what's great about God's covenants. He cannot lie. He never forgets. His word is sure.

If you have a couple minutes and want a blessing, look these verses up: Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 21:45; Joshua 23:14; Judges 2:1; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Nehemiah 1:5; Nehemiah 9:32; Psalm 89:34; Psalm 105:8; Psalm 111:5; Titus 1:2; and Hebrews 6:18.

1 comment:

  1. Mrs. Adam :D That's funny! Good verses all through this thing. Especially about the Word of God blessing us, and about the testimony of God's faithfulness to fulfill His Word to mankind and His promises to Israel.