7: Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 1 – Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

7: Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 1 – Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

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LESSON 2* PART 3 * BOOK 1

Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles

Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

We left off last week in Genesis chapter 1 verse 27. Remember, I made reference to it in the last lesson that both the male and the female almost had to have been within Adam when he was created. The reason I take that approach is that when salvation comes by virtue of the Savior, the plan of redemption, it is not just limited to the male of the species but everyone comes under that plan of redemption.

In that plan of redemption, it is obvious that all the so-called blame, if I may use that word, is placed on Adam and never on Eve. We will be looking at this more when we get to chapter 3. But, just to tide you over until we get there, just look at it this way. I say Eve had to be IN Adam even before she was created at a later verse. Not as we understand the woman physically, but nevertheless, the very concept of the woman had to be in Adam, otherwise God would have had to provide a separate Savior, a separate Redeemer for the female of the species rather than just one.

I like to use this analogy. We have no emphasis in Scripture of angels having an opportunity for salvation. If an angel rebels, if an angel falls, he’s done. There is no plan of redemption for them. The reason for that is that every angel is a specific creation. In other words, if God was going to provide a plan of redemption for the angels, He would have to have as many Saviors or as many Redeemers as He has angels. Now that would be ridiculous.

Bring that right down into the human realm. Eve had to be in Adam from the very beginning, so that Adam could be the head of the human race. The Federal Head is the word we use. Adam is the Federal Head of the whole human race, both men and women. Consequently, there was only a need for one Redeemer. So this is why in chapter 1 verse 27, I like to emphasize this even though Eve is not on the scene, but will be coming on the scene in a later verse.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

In the last lesson, I took you back to chapter 5. Let’s look at it again, just for a quick review. Genesis chapter 5 verse 2. This is a recap. This is a summarization.

Genesis 5:2

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”

He doesn’t refer to the woman. He doesn’t refer to Eve, He merely says He created THEM and called THEIR name Adam. They were both in Adam.

Come back and let’s pick up the creation of woman. Turn to chapter 2. We will come back to the earlier verses, but just to pick up the appearance of the woman. She won’t be called Eve until after the fall, she is only referred to as the woman.

Now in chapter 2, Adam has just given names to all the other living creatures and as I mentioned, then he must have had an inkling of what it would be like to have a help meet as he saw all of these creatures already with the female and the male and their mates.

God realized that He needed a help meet, such as up in verse 18. Now in verse 21 after Adam has named all the species of the animal kingdom and the birds and what have you, it says:

Genesis 2:21-22

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: (first instance of anesthesia, isn’t it? So he put Adam to sleep and is going to do some surgery on the old boy!) and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

I, for one, like to take the Scripture as logically as we possibly can. I know that we take it by faith, and I don’t want anybody to come up and say you can’t take Scripture logically. I think a lot of times we can. And, especially from the scientific side. There is so much pure science in Scripture that most people miss.

The word translated “rib” in the Hebrew is the word “Tsela” and I think some 19 times the Tsela which is here, referred to as rib, is translated “side” or especially when it made reference to the Ark it was translated as “the chamber”. So I like to use that, the “side chamber” is the word Tsela because they all come out of the same root.

Now if you will read it in that light. Let’s go back and look at it that way.

Genesis 2:21-22

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, (a side chamber) and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22. And the rib (the side chamber), which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

This may be stretching the point a little bit for some of you, but I put these things out just to help people contemplate and study a little bit more and take this whole thing into perspective. Because, the reason we are doing this is to understand the plan of redemption, that it is just as much appropriate for the woman as it is for the man. And that, the woman’s fall was not precipitated by Eve’s eating of the fruit. Never! It was Adam who ate and the whole human race fell!

We have to see here that Eve was part of that fall because she came out of Adam, just the same as you and I came from our parents. Eve came from Adam.

Let me show you something else that’s interesting. Go all the way back to the New Testament in Luke chapter 3, to the genealogy that we have here in Luke. Most are agreed that this is the genealogy of Mary and not of Joseph. We are not going to read all the way through the whole family tree but I just want you to go to the end of the genealogy in Luke chapter 3 verse 38.

We started, of course, up there at the time of Mary, herself at the very birth of Christ and have come all the way down that family tree to verse 38, where it says Cainan up there in verse 37:

Luke 3:38

“Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, (not Adam and Eve but the son of Adam) which was the son of God.”

Now where is Eve? Well, she is in Adam. Again I think it makes it so clear that Eve as a part of the human race was already in Adam when Adam was created. So consequently, we can definitely say that Adam is the Federal Head of the whole human race, not just of men but of men and women.

I like to just throw this out, just as a tantalizing thought to make you think about these things. If God simply took a rib from Adam, what would that do to the man? Well, it would leave him one rib short. And believe it or not, I have had people ask me whether men have one less rib than a woman. Well, of course not! Certainly God didn’t take one rib and make out of that rib a woman.

He took the reproductive segment of the woman, we call that the gonad or the germ plasma. He took that reproductive part which was certainly in a side chamber in Adam. Yes, he has the male and the female both. I think the Scripture indicates that and if you think that is preposterous, there are still some creatures in the animal kingdom that are bisexual. Especially among insects. It is not an unknown fact that we have things that are bisexual.

So I think that Adam was bisexual and some of the very early Rabbi’s who where certainly students of the Old Testament, had that concept, that Adam was bisexual, until God removed the female reproduction system from Adam and with that then He created the woman. Doesn’t that make sense?

I just think it is so logical, because you see, the whole reproductive process of not only the human race but of all of God’s creation, is based on those reproductive organs. And that is the very heart of all creation. Reproduction. So he removes that part from Adam and with it, He then surrounds it with the body of the woman and now we have man and woman. As yet she is not called Eve. Remember, she is merely referred to as the woman.

Go down to verse 23. God now has brought this new creature to Adam. His help meet. That is an interesting word, as well. It means a complement. That is spelled with an “e”. The word help meet is the word complement. In other words, it’s that which makes complete. Adam was not complete until God brought him that help meet.

Even the New Testament uses that same word with regard to Christ and you and I, the Church. The Church is the complement. This is why even the Lord, Himself, is looking forward to the day when He will have the Body of Christ with Him. And we become that completion of even Christ, Himself.

There is that correlation then between Adam and Eve, the husband and wife, or husband and wife as we saw it in the last lesson from the Book of Ephesians.

Look at Genesis chapter 2 verse 23.

Genesis 2:23

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken (what’s the word? Out! See she was taken out of the man.)out of Man.”

And the rib bone doesn’t amount to that much, because it was something more than that. And He took the Woman out of the Man. As I mentioned in the last lesson, what I want to emphasize from this is that all of this points to the fact that Eve was IN Adam and that when Adam sinned, the female of the species came under the condemnation just a much as the man. Alright, I think that is well taken.

Now for verse 24, and remember all of human history has to fall back on what took place in Genesis.

Genesis 2:24

“Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be (what’s the word? One.) one flesh.”

We have lost that concept. And I think it is so unfortunate that we have just sort of glossed over what God originally intended. But, if you will, take a look at the word here “cleave”.

I am not going to take credit for it, we were visiting my son one time when he was still in OSU and we went to his Church with him and the Sunday School teacher that morning, I will never forget, explained the word cleave in a way that I have used ever since. I think it was so apropos. The word here in the Hebrew means that once a man and a woman come together in marriage, they should never be able to be separated without causing irreparable damage. Isn’t that what divorce does?

Even those of you that have gone through it and in my consulting work that I have on the telephone, I’ll have folk call from one end of the country to the other, who are going through the awful distress of divorce. I don’t envy people going through divorce. I empathize with them. But you see this is exactly what God had in mind that when man and woman came together and became one flesh, to tear them apart would be doing irreparable damage. So He says “they shall be one flesh“.

Now, I like that next verse. Adam and Eve were so perfect. They were so sinless and even in their naked state, they were perfectly comfortable in God’s presence. That just shows how pure their very mind make up was.

Genesis 2:25

“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

They were beautiful people and they had everything going for them. Now again, if you will remember a lesson or two ago, that perfect climate. No real intense heat. No intense cold. It was pole to pole perfect climate. No storm clouds. No severe weather. Everything was ideal.

And, they had fellowship with their Creator. God came and walked with them in the cool of the evening. How could anybody want anything more? But you know what? They weren’t satisfied. We get the account of it now as we move on into chapter 3 verse 1.

Genesis 3:1a

“Now the serpent was more subtil…”

I always encourage people to go to a dictionary and look up this word subtle. The last time I looked it up there was about 12 or 14 words to define the word subtle. It means sly. It means cunning. It means with tremendous intelligence. Hey, this creature had everything.

I like to take the approach and not everyone will agree with me, and that is perfectly alright, but I take the approach that the serpent was probably the most beautiful of all the created creatures. I think it walked upright and I am even going to stick my neck out far enough to say that I think it could speak. I think Eve was not the least bit surprised when this beautiful creature came up to her and was actually speaking in her own language.

The point I like to make is that even to our present day, Satan will always use the very best that he can get his hands on. He will never use that which is of no other good. But, he will always use the best that he can possibly get a hold of. He begins with it right here.

So the serpent, beautiful, upright. The Scripture says the most subtle of all the created beings. Satan is using the best that he can find. Now what does he do?

Genesis 3:1

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Well, I am going to have to be remiss. I told you we would go back to these verses we missed in chapter two and we just have to do that, so come back with me to chapter 2 verse 1, and we’ll pick up here in chapter 3 a little later. We need to take this verse by verse if we can.

Genesis 2:1

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”

This is just after Adam was created and I don’t think Eve is on the scene yet at the end of that sixth day. I think that is going to come sometime later. But, anyway, the six days of creation are now finished and then it says:

Genesis 2:2-3

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: (set it apart) because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Again I like to bring in a little scientific fact here, if I may, and again maybe not everyone will agree with me. But, I think here when God looked at that beautiful creation and everything that He had put into it that we have here the very first law of thermodynamics.

For those of you who have had any science courses, you will remember that almost in chapter 1 of most chemistry textbooks you are introduced to that law of thermodynamics. Thermo meaning heat and dynamics meaning energy.

In other words, when God had finished creation, He had the law of thermodynamics in place. For those of you who may have forgotten, the first law of thermodynamics says that there is now nothing being created nor destroyed. Got that?

Nothing is being created or destroyed. I think that is what you have here. You have a perfect creation. There is nothing deteriorating. There is nothing dying. There is nothing rotting. The first law of thermodynamics. Nothing needed to be any more created. Everything was here that God knew the coming race of people would need. Everything was perfect, it was good. The first law of thermodynamics.

Now, come down to verse 4.

Genesis 2:4

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and they heavens.”

What do you notice in that verse? We have changed from God throughout all of chapter 1 and now all of a sudden we have the introduction of LORD God. That is not a misprint. The translators didn’t make a mistake, but rather, this is all for a purpose.

You see, even the Old Testament is going to show that there is a person of the Godhead who is uniquely in the God of chapter 1 but now He is set apart as someone special. He’s called the LORD God.

Now the LORD is the word that we are going to be later introduced to as “Jehovah”. So it could be read that in the day that the Jehovah God made the earth and the heavens.

The very name Jehovah, and we will look at that more in detail in our next lesson, is that person of the Godhead who is always involved with the human race. It’s that person of the Godhead who is to be the Communicator. He is to be the Redeemer. It’s the one who is going to be the Savior of mankind. It’s the one that is going to fellowship with Adam in the Garden. It’s that person of the Godhead that is going to appear to Abraham and to Moses and various others all the way up through the Old Testament. He is Jehovah God.

And, I’d like to make that point because man has now come into the scene and God knows that man is going to have to be able to identify with his Creator. He is going to have to be able to not only fellowship with Him but be able to know that He is. This is why “God the Son” who is always Jehovah (with only one or two exceptions) – Jehovah is always God the Son.

Get that concept straight. Whenever you see the word LORD in capital letters, it is Jehovah. It is God the Son. Now our translators, I’ve read, used that word “LORD” most of the time out of courtesy to the old Jewish writers because they had such an awe for that name Jehovah, that they wouldn’t even write it. They would leave a blank. But our translators came along and instead of using the word in opposition to that Jewish mentality, they used the word LORD.

So, whenever you see the word LORD capitalized, remember that it is Jehovah. You won’t be doing any harm to Scripture if you will just intersperse those two terms. What you have here then in chapter 2 verse 4 is the introduction to a name of Deity that we have not seen before and it’s the Redeemer.

It’s that person of the Godhead who is going to be the Communicator. It’s going to be the one who is going to make Himself known at various times all the way up through the Old Testament and then as we will see in the next lesson, He’s the one that came on the scene and we know Him in the New Testament as Jesus the Christ.

Just as a recap, we find that Adam was created first with Eve within him. God created, then, the woman out of the man and presented her as his help meet. And, the two became one. God instituted it from the very beginning.

At the same time, God revealed Himself as the one who will be the Redeemer. He’s the one who is going to fellowship with man not only in the Garden but all the way up through human history, until He comes on the scene as God in the flesh. The Lord Jesus Christ. The Jesus of Nazareth. The One who died for us and rose again!

6: Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 1 – Creation of Adam – The Three Circles: Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

6: Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 1 – Creation of Adam – The Three Circles: Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

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LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 1

Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles

Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

Now we’ll be picking up again in Genesis 1:26, as that’s where we left off in our last lesson. Remember we merely spoke of the fact that the plural pronoun here in this verse referred to the Triune God, – God the Father – God the Son, – God the Holy Spirit.

We’re going to find that the Triune God is going to create a creature after His own image. Now this is hard for us to comprehend because at this point in time, God is Spirit. As we pointed out a few weeks ago, He was an invisible Spirit Being. Now you can’t very well make an image of something that is invisible, and yet God did. I think the point taken is that you and I, as members of the human race, even though we think of ourselves as someone we can see, and we’re a visible image, yet the real you, the real me, is invisible.

The best way to do that is by putting these three circles on the chalkboard. Let’s divide man into what the Scripture calls him, Body, Soul, and Spirit.

Now in order to pick that up Scripturally, we need to turn to the Book of I Thessalonians, chapter 5. I know there are some theologians that speak of man as simply “spirit.” Others will say, “No, man is soul.” Then there are others who, like myself, will say, “You can divide soul and spirit, because the Bible does.” Now I know there is a very close affinity between the soul and the spirit, and yet the Scripture does divide them. The reason we’re looking at these verses is merely to establish that the Scripture does speak of man as being, Body, Soul, and Spirit.

I Thessalonians 5:23

“And the very God of peace sanctity you wholly; (or completely) and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

So there you have the three parts that make up mankind in the body, soul, and spirit. Now come on over to another verse in Hebrews chapter 4, and let’s drop in at verse 12. The Scripture divides the soul from the spirit, they are not one in the same, although they certainly have a close affinity, and it is hard to make a difference between them, but the Scripture does.

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is quick, (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, (The Word of God is able to separate between the soul and spirit) and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

So man if I may take you back again to Genesis chapter 1:26

Genesis 1:26a

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…”

Not so much in the physical body appearance, because we know nothing of God having a body or a physical appearance, but the image is in the area of the soul and spirit which are invisible!

Now what I like to do in order to make this a little plainer and easier to understand is that in the area of man’s soul we again become a trinity of sort, and here is definitely the invisible. And that is we are made up of the mind, the will, and the emotions. Now usually if you go into a college psychology course, those are the first things that you will learn. I like to call that make up the soul. If you will analyze these three words carefully, you suddenly realize that they are all definite enmities.

We certainly have a mind, and there’s no doubt about its invisible. You can put brain cells under a microscope, surgeons can look at the brain and even determine what little parts of the brain make other body functions operate, but yet the mind is invisible. No one has ever been able to put the mind on a table and examine it.

It’s the same way with our will. The will is a definite entity or you wouldn’t be here today, because you came by the exercise of the will. But you can’t put your finger on the will, you can’t see it, nor analyze it, because it’s invisible.

It’s the same way with our seat of emotions. The emotions are the things that make us cry, laugh, happy, and sad. They are certainly bonafide entities. It’s something that we know is there, and yet we can never see it.

Now these three aspects then of our innermost being is what I like to call the personality, or the real you. Now is that hard to comprehend? Put this also then into the three members of the Godhead. “God the Father – God the Son – God the Holy Spirit” Each one of those have enough Scriptural verses to back me up when I say that God the Father has mind, will and emotions. God the Son has mind will and emotions. God the Holy Spirit is also a person, and He too has mind, will and emotions. Now that’s what makes a personality, and it was in that area of the person that we’re created in the image of God, because God has all of these attributes. Now doesn’t that help?

Now when God created Adam, and He gave Adam that invisible personality, He also placed within Adam a spirit concept that would connect Adam with his Creator, or with God. So right from the beginning Adam has total and complete fellowship with his Creator. Now the body is just simply as the Bible calls it, a tabernacle. It’s a temporary dwelling place. Another word for tabernacle is the simple word, tent. A tent is certainly not very permanent, but rather it’s something that you use temporarily, and that’s what our body is. Our body is just a tent in which God has placed a person, the personality, the invisible personality of the mind, will and the emotions.

God also put along side of it, a spirit entity that is capable of communication and fellowship with his Creator. The body is something that is just functional in only what I like to refer to as the five senses. You take away the five senses and what do you have? You have a vegetable. If you can’t smell, see, hear, taste, or touch then you’re nothing. A tent then is all the body becomes with it’s five senses. It’s a tent, it’s a temporary dwelling place for the real you and the real me.

Now the other point we have to make is that since this is the direct creation of God, and comes straight from the heart of God, then that makes it eternal. This soul part of us will never die. It’s as eternal as God is eternal. Now we’re introduced to this right off the bat in the book of Genesis because it naturally follows that since God has created man with a will, it is for the purpose of making a choice. And it’s going to be a choice between being obedient to God or we can be disobedient. And man is left with that exercise of the will.

Now, starting out Adam is created sinless, perfect, he has a body that will never have to die. He’s got a soul that is in perfect fellowship and communion with God as is his spirit. He is a perfect creation. Now, all of this to say, as we said in our last half hour, God is creating mankind as the very epitome, the very crowning act of creation. We are created in the image of God, given a will, so that we can choose to either be obedient or disobedient and the whole concept of this thing boils down to the very attitude of marriage in the human relationship.

In other words, God has already had myriads of angels. But the angels were never beings that He could fellowship with, or He could have love extended and love returned. But now He’s going to create mankind for the soul purpose, by giving him a will, and by man choosing to be obedient to his Creator, the Creator will have someone that He can fellowship with, He can extend love to, for all eternity. As I see scripture, this is the primary reason for man being created in the first place. God wants a creature that He can love and will see that love returned.

Now, I said it comes right down to the marriage relationship. And we are living in a time where marriage and the home is under ferocious Satanic attack. And that’s all it is. But yet, if you’ll turn with me, and I want to use this verse for a twofold purpose. First, to help our attitude concerning marriage and the home and the husband/wife relationship, but also to establish that this is the reason that man was put here in the first place. Because the relationship is so much the same.

Turn back with me, if you will, to Ephesians. The letter of Paul to the Ephesians in chapter 5. And I know over the years I’ve had a lot of young people in my classes, single people, and especially to the young men, I will always direct this particular portion of Scripture. I am of the mentality that if a home survives or doesn’t survive, I blame the man. Now, I know there may be alternatives to that, but for the most part, I think the success or the failure of the home and marriage is primarily the man’s responsibility. Here in this passage Paul is dealing with this very thing – the marriage relationship.

Ephesians 5:21-22

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”

Now I always have to stop there for a moment. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to be a slave and have to be a gopher. It merely means that the woman recognizes that God has ordained that the man is to be the head of the home. Now, he’s not to be a task master, nor a slave master. But he is simply given that place of authority. And lest we abuse it, all we have to do is look at the succeeding verses. And what does it say?

Ephesians 5:22-23

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (There’s the key) 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”

Not just of the soul, and that’s what most of us have heard over the years – the salvation of the soul. And that’s all that too many spiritual people, theologians, concern themselves with. But what they’re missing is that God is just a concerned about our body. We’re going to have a new body someday, but until we do, it’s not just the salvation of the soul God is concerned with, but with the whole person – the body, the soul and the spirit. And in this verse he says he is the saviour of the body. Now verse 24.

Ephesians 5:24

“Therefore as the church (the body of Christ) is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be (subject) to their own husbands in everything.”

Now when you bring this in to that same relationship as the Church is to Christ and Christ is to the church, between the husband and the wife, there is no room for abuse of that authority or of the submission. Everything is just so perfectly ordained, if we will just do it God’s way. Alright now verse 25. And this is the verse that I use for putting the responsibility on the husband.

Ephesians 5:25a

“Husbands, love your wives,….”

Now, I’ve told young men that over and over again. That is a commandment that the husband is to love his wife. And do you know what? The Scripture never tells the wife to love the husband. Never! Now, I know Peter says that mothers are to instruct their daughters on how to love their husbands, but that’s a far cry from commanding it. The reason is, and this is why I tie this in with Genesis chapter 1, just as surely as God put man on the scene with a will, that when God would extend His love and His Grace and blessings on this creature, God expected love returned.

It’s the same way in the marriage relationship. I still maintain that with rare exceptions, if the husband will truly love his wife, scripturally, as Christ loves the Church, then it automatically follows that the wife is going to respond to that love. If a woman doesn’t there is something wrong with her. Because God has created within the woman that responsiveness that when the man extends his love, she’s going to respond and you have a happy relationship. It just can’t be otherwise. But it all began back here when God created man and the whole concept is He’s going to give us a will. And God is going to give us the very best that He can give. And what does He expect in return? Obedience. That’s all He asks for.

Now if you will, let’s come back to Genesis and for the few moments that are left, come back to chapter 1, seeing that he was given, as we mentioned last week, dominion over all of creation, under God, naturally. And this is why God has given him the mind and the will and a set of emotions. So that as a created being he has all the capabilities for this dominion. I don’t think any of us can really understand the tremendous intelligence and the perfection of this man, Adam. He had everything going for him. He was, for all practical purposes, immortal. He wouldn’t have had to die. He was made incorrupt. There wasn’t a corrupt cell in his body. Everything was put in place that he could have lived forever. Now I say, “could have”. That was his potential. But what did God also know? That he wouldn’t! But that’s beside the point. God puts him on the scene with that opportunity of living forever. He could have been the progenitor of a perfect race of beings. It was his potential.

Now then, in verse 27 we are introduced to a thought that a lot of people can’t quite comprehend. And that is that when God created Adam, within Adam, were both the male and the female. Look what the next verse says.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Now we’re not going to come to the creation of Eve until quite a few verses down the road. The verse that woke me up to this several years ago is this one. Let’s go to Genesis chapter 5. What I try to get folks to do as they read and study their Bible is analyze every single word. And that’s when things start popping up at you. If you just simply read to be reading, you miss 90% of it. But here in Genesis chapter 5, I suppose it was while I was teaching, because that’s when I see these things a lot of time. I can be reading to a class and here it comes. Well, here is one of them.

Genesis 5:1-2

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him. (This is a re-cap or a summarization. Now verse 2) 2. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, (now watch the plural pronoun) and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”

He didn’t call them Adam and Eve. Not even Adam and woman. But he blessed them and called their name Adam.

Now, if you’ll come back with me again to chapter 2 and Adam has already had all the created beings, the animals and so forth, brought before him so that he could name them. Now if you don’t think that took some intelligence, I’d like to know what did. And so many of the species, as we still know them today, their original name goes all the way back to Adam. Now look at it. Adam is still alone. He hasn’t gotten a help mete yet. But let’s look at verse 18.

Genesis 2:18

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will (that’s a future tense verb. He’ll do that later in the chapter) make him an help meet for him.” (Someone that would be called along side to help.)

Genesis 2:19-20

“And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; And whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”

Now, get the timing here. Adam has already been on the scene long enough and the animal creatures have come to a maturity of sorts. I don’t think they necessarily had to be created in maturity, but now God is bringing them all before Adam so that he could put a name on them. Now, I think it follows, just like it did at the flood, that all these creatures came two by two. And poor old Adam realizes that even the animal kingdom and the birds and everything else, have already gotten their mate, but he is alone. Have you ever thought of it that way? Everything is coming before him in pairs. And I imagine Adam’s heart was just about going out – “Now God, why is it that everything in your creation has it’s own mate, but I’m still just one.” This is what touched the very heart of God when it says in verse 18 that “It is not good that the man should be alone”.

So, now after seeing all of these creatures come by, realizing that they’ve already had their mate assigned to them, now God says, “Adam, we’re going to do the same for you.”Now, we won’t have time to go into the details of that. We’ll wait until next week to do that. But I just want you to realize that Adam now is created body, soul, and spirit, a three part entity or a trinity if you want to refer to it as that. And within that there is another trinity of sorts in the mind, the will and emotion. His spirit is in complete fellowship and communion with his God. His body is perfect. His mind is perfect.

He is a tremendous individual, but within Adam is both the male and the female. Now, we haven’t got time and probably not even in the next half hour, to really bring out the necessity of that. It had to be that way. Because you see, turn back with me to Romans chapter 5. Whenever we begin to deliberate about something in the Old Testament, and Genesis in particular, you’ve got to literally run to the New Testament to find the answer, and the reason for it.

Romans chapter 5:12a

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;…”

Have you stopped to realize that it doesn’t say, “that by two people sin entered?” It doesn’t say by Adam and Eve sin entered into the world.” And even though Eve ate first, the Bible never gives Eve the blame for it, but rather the New Testament tells us that all the blame is on Adam who brought sin and death into the human race.

Next week we’re going to look at why Adam had to contain the progenitors, or the cell make up of the female, even before she was created, and we’ll have all the Scriptural answers for it.

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5: Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 1 – Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

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LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 1

Adam and Eve Created – The Three Circles

Genesis 1:6 – 2:7

Well we’re going to continue right on where we left off last week, so if you’ll turn with me to Genesis chapter 1, we’ll pick right up with verse 6. We trust that you’ll study your Bible with us, because the only reason we teach is that people might understand what the Bible says, and what it doesn’t say. We also trust that with the help of the Holy Spirit the Scriptures will become clear to you.

Remember in our last lesson when we left off I encouraged you to read these next few verses from verse 6 all the way down through verse 23, and take note of the fact that there is not a single word that indicates creation as such. But rather the language is that God has taken that which we have found in the previous verses, which was underwater, was under darkness, as a result of a previous judgment, and now we find God is simply restoring everything to a functional operation. Then when we get down to verse 20 we’ll see that God reinstates the act of creation in the animal kingdom and then the creation of mankind. But from verse 6 through 19 it’s merely a restoration process.

Genesis 1:6

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it (the firmament) divide the waters from the waters.”

Now all you have to do here is just very carefully analyze the wording, and it becomes evident what took place. The word firmament is what we call our atmosphere, it’s what we call our sky, and it may also involve a certain portion of what we would call space, the closer planets or whatever. But for the most part I like to look at firmament as our atmosphere. If you pick that verse apart carefully it says, “that God is going to divide the water that was covering the earth as a result of earlier judgment in the form of a flood.” I referred to it earlier as the first flood.

But now the Scriptures said that God is going to divide this water by taking ½ of it and moving it above the atmosphere. I like to picture that, if I may, as a giant vapor belt out in space, above the earth. Later in the Scriptures we’re going to see that vapor belt come back on the earth in the form of Noah’s flood, which was several hundred years later. But for now let’s just picture this vapor belt out here in space, but remember that ½ the water has been left on the earth. Now let’s read what happens next in verse 7.

 

Genesis 1:7

“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament (the atmosphere) from the waters which were above the firmament: (atmosphere) and it was so.”

See that’s just plain English. He takes ½ the water, and He lifts it up above the atmosphere, but He leaves ½ of the water on the earth. Now verse 8.

Genesis 1:8a

“And God called the firmament Heaven,…”

Remember I said in an earlier class, that there were three heavens mentioned in Scripture. He’s got the first heaven which we realize is the atmosphere, it’s the heaven that the birds fly in, and the Scripture in Jeremiah 9:10 uses that terminology, “the fowls of the heavens”

God also has the second heaven, which we understand as space. We get a glimpse of that in Genesis chapter 15, when God told Abraham, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able.” The second heaven is the home of the stars, sun, and moon.

But God also has the third heaven which you’ll find in II Corinthians chapter 12, where Paul speaks of his own experience, “having been caught up into the third heaven,” which is the very abode of God, or heaven as we normally think of it.

So those are the three terms of heaven in Scripture. So what we have then is the earth’s water has been divided where ½ of it is up here in this vapor belt above the atmosphere, up into the first or maybe even the second heaven, and the rest of the water is left on the earth. Then we find in verse 9 and 10 that God separates the water left on earth, and makes dry land appear, and the rest of the waters He calls seas and oceans.

Now those of you who have heard me teach longer, know that I don’t get dogmatic on a lot of these things, and say, this is the way it was. If you don’t agree with me on some of these things that’s ok. But coming back to this vapor belt, I would like to spend a little time on that because this gives rise, theoretically it would seem, that this vapor belt, much to the consternation of science today, talking about a “green house effect,” and that’s exactly what they had back here in Genesis. I think this vapor belt was such that it shielded the earth at that time from the damaging part of the sunrays, but now with that moisture in place these sunlight rays would be defused. So consequently there was no direct sun beam hitting the planet, but rather it was all defused, and consequently the planet was tropical from pole to pole.

Now, archeological evidences shows that at one time that had to be the case, because we’ve found up in northern Siberia frozen in the deep ice of the far north, tropical vegetation, and tropical animals. So we know that at one time this old planet has a constant tropical temperature, and consequently a green house effect. The world as we understand it was one temperature, and that explains the fact as the Scriptures does, that it never rained before Noah’s flood. But rather at that time the earth got it’s water from beneath, because there was no opportunity for weather. Again with the sunlight defused all around the globe, rather than hitting the earth directly as it does now, there was no shift in temperature or increase in what we call atmospheric pressure, because everything was pretty much constant, and that gave rise to the beautiful calm, constant weather in that pre-flood experience. Remember also that all things were perfect, it was just absolutely beautiful, it was beyond our comprehension. Now verse 9 and 10.

Genesis 1:9-10

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering tighter of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”

Remember when God called something good, there was just absolutely nothing amiss. Now with the dry land and everything in place, we see the natural order once again comes on the scene:

Genesis 1:11

“And 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.”

See there’s not a word in there of creation, is there? All these things have been here before, and with earth brought back to a place of production, it just naturally came back on the scene. You know we’ve had something like that happen in our own recent days that makes this so believable. Even though we take all of this by faith, and a lot of things are beyond logic, and beyond comprehension, I think it’s certainly appropriate that we can just look at the logical aspect with God’s dealing with mankind and His creation.

Logically we have the beautiful example of Mount Saint Helen. Remember a few years ago Mount Saint Helen just literally blew it’s top, and just devastated that whole area all around it, and now they are already writing about how beautiful the new growth and vegetation and the wild life is all coming back even better than it was before. So I think this is so logical that when God restored the production to the earth, it naturally came back into existence. There was any need for creation, it was already there, and all it needed was the condition as it was even after Noah’s flood. Now then looking at verse 12, you’ll see it’s a repetition of verse 11.

Genesis 1:12

“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 God saw that it was good.”

Now of course this all flies in the face of evolution doesn’t it? That’s why there’s the constant argument between the adherence of the Genesis account of things, and the evolutionist’s account. God emphases over and over in these early verses of Genesis that everything was created after it’s own kind. We know that even today with all of our knowledge of biology that you still can’t take something from one species, and cross it with something totally different. Now I know there are times when seemingly they can take cells from one species and they will survive for a little while, but never for long. And the reason for that is, God has said, “everything after his own kind.” And there is no room for such a thing as evolutionary process that these came from one original germ cell.

Now it’s also interesting that we can see even in human biology that we can take cells from pigskin and help burn patients. I don’t know how many of you ever read about that, but I read more than one article where they could actually take thin layers of pigskin and put it on a human burn patient, because the pigskin would breath, and react so well with the human physiology that it just enhanced the healing process, but not for long. After just a few days, those cells died and would sluff off.

The evolutionists say, “See everything came from the same place.” But we that are creationists would say, “It just shows there was One Master Mind in creation.” Everything that God has created has come from that One Master Mind, and even though there may be similarities, that does not tell us that they came by way of evolution, but rather the same Creator is the instigator of all of this. Now verse 13.

Genesis 1:13

“And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

And again as I said earlier that I have no problem with the 24 hour day, because we’re not talking about things just suddenly being created as we say in verse 1. But now creation is coming back on the scene quite naturally. Now verse 14.

Genesis 1:14

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; (he makes everything functional again. Whatever He had placed over the earth in that first catastrophe between verse 1 and 2, and had made darkness and water cover the earth, had blotted out the sun, so what ever it was, God simply removed it and now all these things are in view, and are now to be able to do what they’re supposed to do) and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

Genesis 1:15-16a

“And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (just a statement of fact and we believe it. When God said that it was done, we can trust that He knew what He was talking about.) 16. And God made two great lights;…”

Now the word made there if you’ll look up in a good Hebrew dictionary is not even close to the word creation. It’s a word that more or less just uses that word that He made it operational. It doesn’t say that He brought it out of nothing as the word “Barah” does in verse 1. So even the word made here does not indicate a creative act.

Genesis 1:16b-18

“…the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the starts also.(God brought them back into operation) 17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven (the second heaven, where the stars, moon and Sun are) to give light upon the earth. 18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”

Now remember He’s getting everything ready for the appearance of the human race. This earth as I mentioned earlier was created to be inhabited, and this is the process of getting it all ready. Now verse 19.

Genesis 1:19

“And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Also remember we started with the first day of creation with what we know today as Sunday. So we’ve already come through Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and on the Thursday of that week we come to verse 20.

Genesis 1:20-21

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. (So God began with marine life, and that’s all it says about it.) 21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Now again we have to remember God did not create every sub-species within a specie. We know from our study again of various life sciences that we can have mutations in various species. So consequently we can start with a head species, and then we can have all kinds of sub-species that would come on the scene after a long period of time. In fact there are still mutations taking place today. So we can readily understand that God didn’t have to create 15 or 20 types of horses, and that many types of all the other animals, and birds, but rather they would come on the scene as time would go by.

Now after the creation of the birds, the marine life, and all these things in verses 20 and 21, we have God blessing them in verse 22.

Genesis 1:22-23

“And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

So now we’re all the way through Thursday. Here in verses 24 and 25 it is again just simply a review of the previous verses”

Genesis 1:24

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”

Do you see that constant repetition of “after his kind?” I always try to emphasis as I teach that whenever the Bible repeats something rather often in a short period of time, even in a chapter or two, it’s there for emphasis. God wants us to take note, that over and over God created everything, whether it was the plant life, bird life, marine life, or animal life, everything was created within it’s own kind and nothing has ever been able to break away from that one fact. Now verse 26. We’re not going to have time in this lesson to even get close to exhausting it, but it behooves us to move, and take as much of it as we can. Remember this is the sixth day of that first week of creation, and this will finalize it, because the seventh day or the Saturday sabbath, God is going to take that day for His rest.

Genesis 1:26a

“And God said, Let us make man in our image,…”

Now the Scriptures always so accurate, and isn’t it unique that the plural pronoun is used here referring to God.

Genesis 1:26a

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…”

Let’s just stop and analyze this. Why the plural pronoun? Well if you remember when we first started back in Genesis 1:1 we spent a good bit of time emphasizing that God is a Trinity!

God The Father – God The Son – God The Holy Spirit.

Now that’s a plurality of personalities, and yet each one of these are a distinct personality within themselves. So what we’ve really got here then is that the Triune God, the Trinity. is saying:

Genesis 1:26a

“Let us make man in our image,…”

Now you also want to remember that I pointed out that the God of Genesis 1:1 was “Eloheim.” And it too was referring to Triune God, the Trinity, but if you remember when we went into the New Testament in John’s gospel, and in the Book of Ephesians, Colossian, and Hebrews, it emphasizes the fact that even though the Triune God was involved in the Creation, the New Testament tells us that “God the Son” was the One who spoke the Word that cause creation to become a viable act.

I always like to emphases the fact that as soon as we get to any of the acts of creation, we’re dealing with God the Son. Jesus the Christ, is the One who actually spoke the Word, and things happened. That’s why in John’s gospel 1:1 we have:

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

I always like to note here that the word “Word” denotes “communication” You can’t commutate anything or accomplish anything without putting it into words. So God the Son was the One who, by the spoken Word, created everything that has ever been created including man himself.

Ephesians 3:9

“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

But we can’t leave out the other two, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, because they’re all three involved.

So now the pronouns are referring to the Trinity, but it’s the Lord Jesus as we know Him in the New Testament is the One who called this human being in reality. Now let’s finish verse 26.

Genesis 1:26a

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them (mankind) have dominion…”

As I teach I like to emphasize certain word from time to time, and here is an important word. Man is to have dominion. Do you know what that word means? He is to have absolute control over everything that God is going to put under him. And look what it is:

Genesis 1:26b

“…over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Man is going to be the prime ruler or overseer you might say over all that has been created on the earth. Now verse 27.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Now there’s an awful lot in that verse that we certainly don’t have time now in this lesson to get into it and we won’t even try. But this creation of mankind is going to be the crowning act of His creation, and that’s why God left it until the sixth day. Everything else has been coming on the scene for man’s benefit, and now we have man, and consequently since God created man in His own image, and since he is the crowing act of creation, this is why God has put such an emphasis on the sanctity of human life.

Tonight we know that in many areas of the world, life is cheap, isn’t it? But that is not the way God intended it to be. God intended the human race to be head and shoulders above anything else of his creation. Man is unique because nothing else was created in the image of God. And for that reason God had to finally in the Law, say: “Thou shalt not kill.” God mandated it that man was special and since he was special, then life was not to be taken cheaply, but rather he was to be protected, and for this reason when the Law came on the scene, God made provision for capital punishment, and all these things to protect the sanctity of life.

We also have to realize that for the first approximately 1600 years of human experience, from Adam until Noah’s flood, there was no written Law. Man simply had it on his conscience what was right and wrong. Neither was there any formal system of worship. Now all this I think was for a purpose because as we come on through the Scriptures, and we come up through the human experience, and the unfolding of God’s program, you’ll notice that man moved from one set of circumstances to another. It isn’t that God had to change, because God never changes. But to show us how man just step by step has to be somehow shown, had to taught, the various aspect of human behavior.

But going back the first 1600 years, man is without a form of worship, and without a written Law, and what did he prove? Mankind couldn’t exist that way, because by the time you get to the end of this period of human experience, what’s the picture? Violence is filling the earth, it’s corrupt, and they have completely turned against God, and it’s a flop. Man made a mess of the whole thing, so God is going to destroy them with the waters of Noah’s flood, and then He’s going to come up with something totally different, and we’ll be looking at that sometime down the road.

4 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 4 - Book 1 - Attributes of God

4: Lesson 1 Part 4 Book 1 – Attributes of God: Genesis 1:1-5

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LESSON 1 * PART 4 * BOOK 1

Attributes of God

Genesis 1:1-5

Now in this lesson let’s come back to Genesis chapter 1, and we might as well begin with verse 1.

Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

We’ve been talking about that for the last three programs, and now as we move into verse 2, years ago this verse shook me up, and of course I didn’t have an answer for it.

Genesis 1:2

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Now from my understanding of the word “created” which is “Barah” in the Hebrew, and I’ve even read some Hebrew commentary on it not too long ago, that the word meant“perfect creation.” In other words God did not create the mess as I call verse 2, because when you look at that verse the earth is under flood water, it’s void, or of no use, and yet that which evidently God had created perfectly in verse 1 must have been without a flood, and yet here in verse 2 it is void, and under water.

Now I’ve learned over the years to call verse 2 “The First Flood,” and Noah’s was the second. Well what happened here in verse 2? Why did God destroy that original beautiful earth that He had created by the word of His mouth? Well naturally something cataclysmic had to have happened, and I think the best way we can find the answer for that is go to the Scripture itself. I know some theologians will disagree with me, but just as many will agree, but this is the way I feel the most comfortable with this whole idea that between verse 1 and verse 2 something terrible happened, so that God had to destroy the earth with a flood. So now let’s turn to Ezekiel chapter 28, and we’ll begin with verse 13.

Now I don’t take this approach just simply to pacify the evolutionist concepts of the billions of billions of years of time. No way at all. I don’t do this to just simply insert the geological ages of time, which I don’t agree with. I don’t agree with the evolutionist approach whatsoever. I’m a creationist, and believe that in the beginning God spoke the Word, and everything was created as He wanted to create it. But I do have to feel that after a certain period of time, and I don’t know how long that was, it might have been 5 years, or 500 years, or even 5 billion, I don’t know, and again my answer is, “So what!” But I do feel that there was an interruption because of something that drastically took place, and I think we can begin to find that answer in Ezekiel chapter 28. Here God is speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, and he writes to this personality:

Ezekiel 28:13

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tablets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.”

You know what’s so interesting? So many things we’re introduced to won’t be heard of again until we get to the Book of Revelation and here is one of them in all these beautiful gemstones. They will be repeated again when we have the description of the Holy City coming down out of heaven. The Tree of Life is another one where we see it in the Garden of Eden, but not another reference to the Tree of Life until the Book of Revelation and eternity. So the Book of beginnings ties in so beautifully with the Book of endings. So here in Ezekiel chapter 28 this personality we find has been created, and has been in Eden. All of these beautiful gemstones were a part of his make up and I think, of even his outward appearance. Now verse 14.

Ezekiel 28:14a

“Thou art the anointed cherub…” (angelic beings)

So we have an angelic being that God is talking to, and he was anointed. In other words he had a place of special responsibility among the angelic host. Now reading on:

Ezekiel 28:14a

“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth,…”

Now if I understand the Hebrew translation of that, the word covereth really meant “ruler” In that case it would be, “Thou art the anointed angel that rules.” When you speak of rule, you speak of a kingdom, so this angelic being evidently ruled over a kingdom of angelic beings. Not mankind. Let’s get this straight. We’re not talking about humanity, but rather, an angelic kingdom. Now reading on:

Ezekiel 28:14a

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth (rules) and I have set thee so; thou wast upon the holy mountain of God:…”

Now here’s another place that I usually have to stop. In the Old Testament use of symbolically a mountain in Scripture is a kingdom. We find that over and over the wordmountain is used in place of a kingdom or symbolically as a kingdom. So this individual to whom God is speaking has been placed in a place of authority over a kingdom and now reading on in verse 14.

Ezekiel 28:14b

“…thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones (these gemstones) of fire.”

In other words these gemstones were brilliant. All these stones that are listed up here in verse 13 were just fiery in their brilliance. Now I’m not much of an authority on gemstones, but I have heard people talk about the fire of a diamond. Well what are they talking about? It’s brilliance as it responds to light, has fire. Now you have the same thing here. This angelic being lived and moved in the midst of such fiery gemstones. Now verse 15. God goes on to say:

Ezekiel 28:15

“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, (se we have here a created, angelic being whom God had put over a kingdom) till iniquity was found in thee.”

In other words, this angelic being by virtue of his own free will rebelled against God. Now let’s come back to Isaiah chapter 14, and get the rest of the story. Here in this chapter we have the answer to what took place that was the iniquity which was found in this angelic being, and we also have him named, at least still in the King James version. I know most of the new translations have taken his name out along with a lot of other Scriptures, but the King James still has the name of this angel very much intact.

Isaiah 14:12

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! (he was an angel, the cherub that covereth) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!(now here we have already the hint that he has fallen from his place of rule) 13. For thou hast said in thine heart, (here becomes the evidence of what this angelic being did) I will (do you see that exercise of will) ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: (now symbolically stars in Scriptures are angels. So he is going to exalt his position above the angelic host) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”

Do you see all of his “I will’s? Lucifer is in total rebellion against his Creator? Now verse 14.

Isaiah 14:14

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; (and he’s not going to stop there) I will be like the most High.”

And in the Scriptures who is the Most High? Again, the God of creation. This angel that God had given dominion over an angelic kingdom that I think was on that earth in verse 1. It was a beautiful earth, filled with all the glitter of the gemstones, but also an earth beautiful with all the things of God’s creation, such as the trees, and flowers, and grass, and you name it. It was all there, it was beautiful beyond description, and it was an angelic host that populated it. Not mankind, but angels. And this Lucifer was ruling over the earth. But Lucifer, or Satan as we now know him, was never satisfied, and he still isn’t even tonight. So in his heart, he lusted to take the place of God Himself, and he honestly thought he could pull it off.

Now let’s go back to Revelation chapter 12 to continue this study on Satan, and we can pick up a little information here concerning this rebellion. And a rebellion was what it was. This Lucifer who was not content with the role that God had given him, now wanted to usurp the throne of God, but he was going to entice the angelic subjects that were under him to go with him in his rebellion. And we find here in this passage just how many of them went with him. Now this again is a whole chapter of symbolisms, and of course the whole Book of Revelation is symbolism, but it comes back to a literal truth remember. So here again we look at the symbolism, but we’re going to dig out the literal truth.

Revelation 12:3

“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”

Now we know that those are descriptions of Satan. Now verse 4.

Revelation 12:4a

“And his tail (this is symbolic of a dragon) drew the third part of the stars (or angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:…”

So his enticing language depicted here, a tail, literally drew the third part this angelic host, and did cast them to the earth. Now continuing on with verse 4.

Revelation 12:4b

“…and the dragon (Satan) stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

And that of course jumps all the way to Bethlehem when Herod ordered all the baby boys two years and younger to be put to death. But going back up into verse 4, how many of the angels followed him in his rebellion? One third of them. Now since you’re in Revelation just back up a few pages to the little Book of Jude, and we find these rebellious angels again. And let’s just drop in at verse 6, and also remember Jude is referring to people who as false teachers and various other ways of rebelling against God’s Sovereignty that we are to be aware of these people. Jude is warning us about them, so that’s the whole idea of this little Book of Jude. And one of them Jude uses as an example is the rebellious angels.

Jude 1:6

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, (what does that mean? They didn’t stay in that kingdom that Lucifer was ruling back there in verse 1 of Genesis 1) but left their own habitation, (in other words they followed Satan in his rebellion) he (God) hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Now I always have to stop from time to time and comment. When Scripture uses a word that seemingly doesn’t make sense, then just be logical. Here we’re dealing with spirit beings when we deal with angels. You and I know that you can’t confine an angel with an iron chain, because he’s a spirit being. But let God be God. Does God have a material that confines a spirit? Yes! So whatever material God uses to make this particular chain, that’s what He used. So the angels tonight are encompassed something that God can call a chain. Now looking at the last part of that verse again.

Jude 1:6b

“…he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Now when is that going to be? Well, at the Great White Throne when men and angels will be judged as unbelievers, or as rebels. So these angels are locked upped, and I make a point of that because the angels that fell at Satan’s rebellion are not the demons that Jesus dealt with, and Andre deals with and so forth. As far as Scripture is concerned the origin of the present day demons I do not feel are revealed. They are not the angels that fell when Satan rebelled, but rather they are under chains of darkness.

Now come back with me all the way to the Book of Matthew just to show you. Satan, even though he was cast out of his place of authority over that beautiful kingdom in Genesis chapter 1 verse 2, yet he has never changed. Satan has not given up his whole role, and his whole reason for existing is to constantly thwart the plan of the Sovereign God. In other words, coming back to my timeline, just as soon as God put that perfect pair in the Garden of Eden, who came in to throw a monkey wrench into the whole caboodle? Well Satan did, and he caused those human parents to sin.

Now then as soon as God brings Adam and Even out of the Garden, and promises that out of the seed of the woman would come the Redeemer of the human race, Satan immediately puts in gear everything at his disposal to stop the coming of a Redeemer. He does it by first bringing to death with the murder of Abel who was in the line of the coming of the Just One. Then when Abraham comes on the scene, and God makes that covenant with Abraham, Satan turns on that little nation that’s going to come out of that covenant agreement like no other group of people on earth. And if you ever look at what has happened to the Jew down through their history, never forget that’s it’s been the attacks of this same Lucifer, this same Satan who is trying to thwart the very plan of God.

You see, since God placed everything concerning prophecy on this little nation, everything concerning Christ’s first coming rested on the little nation of Israel. So if Satan could destroy Israel, he could destroy God’s plan of bringing a Redeemer. I think that when Christ was on the cross, Satan must have almost jumped with glee, thinking that he had finally succeeded. But resurrection morning he found out differently, he was defeated, but he still hasn’t quit.

Now here in Matthew chapter 4 as Christ begins His earthly ministry, and He’s been 40 days and 40 nights out there in the desert, and the first thing Satan comes up with is the temptation to satisfy His hungry. But forsake of our speaking of Satan’s ruling and reigning I want to begin with verse 8.

Matthew 4:8

“Again, the devil taketh him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them:”

Now you want to remember Satan is a spiritual being, and Christ was Spiritual even though Christ was in the flesh. So from that high preeminent area, not only could they look physically in all four directions, but spirit beings that they were, they could look all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and up to the end of time. They could look at all the empires and kingdoms that had come on the scene, and look what old Satan has the audacity to offer Christ. Now verse 9.

Matthew 4:9

“And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

Now just let that sink in for a moment. Satan is offering all these empires of the world, past, present, and future to the Lord Jesus if He will just fall down and worship him. If the Lord had done that then Satan could have honestly said, that he had ascended above the Almighty. So you see old Satan never gives up. Now I usually ask my classes when I’m teaching this, “Were these kingdoms his to give?” Yes! Scripture tells us that Satan is the god of this world. Satan has been the head of the nations ever since Adam left the Garden of Eden. Satan is ruling and reigning the nations of the world today as well as anytime before. In fact a verse just comes to mind over in II Corinthians chapter 4:3-4, and this says it better than I can.

This Satan, this Lucifer who rebelled and wanted to usurp the very throne room of God, and was cast down, and his beautiful kingdom was destroyed with water. And even though the fallen angels were locked upped, God in Omniscience again, and in His Sovereignty permitted Satan to roam free, and permitted Satan to become the god of this world, as we will see here.

II Corinthians 4:3a

“But if our gospel be hid,…”

When Paul speaks of our Gospel, he’s talking about I Corinthians 15:1-4. How that Christ died for our sins, and He was buried, and He rose again the third day, and that’s what Paul refers here then as our Gospel. It was the Gospel of salvation that was revealed only to this apostle from the ascended Lord in heaven he tells us in several places in his epistles.

II Corinthians 4:3

“But if our gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost:”

It’s not lost if you’re a believer tonight, because you know it all to well, and have believed it with all your heart.

II Corinthians 4:4

“In whom (the lost of this world) the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Now do you see how plainly that puts it? Who is the god of this world even tonight. Satan is. He is in charge of the kingdoms of this world, and he’ll promote good as well as evil, until the day he is finally removed as the god of this world.

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LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 1

Attributes of God

Genesis 1:1-5

Now as we begin this lesson, I’m going to have you come right back to where we left off in the last lesson and that would be Genesis 1:1. I want to spend some time on the word G-O-D in that verse. You know so many people have all kinds of ideas about God. How many of you have heard the expression or even used it, “The man upstairs,” or “Somebody up there is looking after me.” Well listen, this is bringing God down so far beneath what He really is. I think we have to constantly remind ourselves, that yes, He is the friend of sinners, He is the One who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, He’s the God in spite of His Sovereignty that is a God of Love, and Grace and all these other things that we’re going to look at in this lesson. We’re going to look at the attributes of God, and consequently what I want to wind up this program on is, since He’s that kind of a God, we can be perfectly comfortable in placing all of our faith in what He has said.

People can’t seem to get the idea that what God has said, we can believe it. This is not a Book of myths or a Book that was put together as the Jews sat around their ancient campfires as some like to put it. But as Peter says in his little epistle, “Holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” And that wasn’t just the Old Testament, but the New Testament as well. The Apostle Paul over and over makes it so clear that everything he wrote was by revelation by the ascended Christ. When the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation, it was all by Holy Spirit inspiration. Every Word of this Book from cover to cover is the Word of God and we can believe it, because IT’S proven itself over and over.

Well the first thing that I like to point out in this lesson is, that God has these certain attributes. I think it behooves us to just constantly remind ourselves of these from time to time that God is Sovereign. He is absolutely Sovereign, and there is no one above Him. He never has to go to someone else for advice or for questioning. He is absolute in His Sovereignty. Secondly, we can say that God is immutable, and the best verse that most of us know concerning that is in the Book of Hebrews where it says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!” He has never changed in the past, He has not changed as of today, and He will never change in the eternity future, because He is immutable!

I have some school teachers in my classes and they like to tell me that the kids will remind them every once in a while, “After all we’re living in the 1990’s,” as if that makes all the difference in the world. But concerning God, the things that God laid down at the beginning are still applicable today. God hasn’t changed His attitude toward sin simply because it’s a later time in human history. He is immutable, and the things that He declared anathema back there in the Old Testament, are still the same in His sight today, and they will be in the future if He tarries, because God changes not! God is always the same!

Those of you who dealt with human beings a lot more years even than I have known, that you’ve had people in your experience that maybe at one time you could trust them explicitly. But maybe sometime years later you found that that you couldn’t trust them, well what’s happened? Well they’ve had a change their attitudes and they are not immutable, but God is.God never changes!

Alright, so number one, God is Sovereign, and number two He is immutable, and now for number three, and they don’t necessarily have to be in this order. God is Omniscience. Now the only way I can spell that word is put omni and then science. It’s the same word as science and knowledge. So God is all knowledge, He Omniscience! There is nothing that God doesn’t know, and He doesn’t have to go looking anything up in a text book. I’ve got some lawyers in my classes, and some doctors in my classes, and they all agree that to be a good professional man you don’t have to know everything, but you do have to know where to look it up. So that’s our human weakness, as we can’t know everything. Fortunately we can go to our libraries and men like this can go and search things out, but God doesn’t have to do that. God doesn’t have to go to His library, because God is Omniscience! God knows the end from the beginning!

I think I gave an illustration in one of my classes or maybe it was on television in an earlier time, and the first time I read it I had a hard time swallowing it, but you know the more I got into this Book, the more I could agree and believe it, and he made this illustration. Now this is mind boggling, believe me it is. That in the life of a woman or female, of any of the species, there are thousands upon thousands of ova, eggs. In the male of the species there are billions upon billion of sperm. They’re so small you have to put them under the microscope to see them. But God in His Omniscience has put every human being that has ever been born together according to His will.

Now that’s hard to swallow, I know it is. The billions in China? Yes. The millions here in our beloved America? Yes. The millions that have been aborted? Yes. God in His Omniscience, and Sovereignty has put together every sperm and every egg that has ever been fertilized. Now if that doesn’t boggle your mind, then I don’t know what it would take to do so.

But on the other hand, the first beautiful night that you can go look at a starlit sky, just step out and try to comprehend how many billions upon billions of stars there are. Now you know it isn’t just billions of stars, but now we know there’s billions of galaxies in which there are billions of starts, so now we’re talking about trillions and trillions of stars. Do you think God has lost sight of anyone of them? Not a one. So He is Omniscience, He is all knowing.

Now the next one for your list is He is Omnipresence. In other words you cannot go anywhere without God being there. David, in the Psalms, even puts it in a place that’s really hard to swallow, when he said, “Lo I go to the deepest Hell, God is there, and though I go to the highest Heavens, God is there. I’ve also read that astronomers feel that our universe is always expanding outwards, but does it ever go beyond God? Never.

So that brings up the next attribute of God. He is Imminent. You cannot comprehend a place that is beyond the God of this Book, He is Imminent. Now that’s beyond me, but I believe it, and we’re going to come back to why I can believe it, and why God expects me to believe it and you to believe it.

Now for another attribute of God. He’s Righteous, He’s Just. God has never treated anyone or anything unfairly. Now a lot of times terrible things happen, even to believers, and I know as humans we are often tempted to question, “Well is God fair? The other day Iris and I got news of a very sweet lady who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I told Isis, “Isn’t it amazing, it just seems the dearest and sweetest people on earth are the ones that get stricken the most often”, and we do say, “Well God why?” In fact David asked the question back there in the Psalms: “Why do the wicked prosper?” And that is a valid question from the human standpoint, but does God ever make a mistake? No. He never makes a mistake because of his attribute. God is Righteous, He’s Just.

I mentioned this one day to a seminary president that I talked to quite often on the phone, and had made the expression that Grace was an attribute. And this gentlemen said, “Les I’d never thought of it that way before.” Well you know when you talk to a highly educated man, I’m more apt to think that he’s right and I’m wrong, but I feel that the Grace of God is an attribute. Remember very few people, even believers, understand the Grace of God. Why? Because it’s an attribute that’s so far above and beyond the human intellect that’s it’s hard for us to comprehend. I’ve had many people, after they’ve heard me teach, that had never really had a grasp of Grace, until they heard me teach it.

I read a book every once in a while by a dear old theologian from England, and I don’t recommend the book because it’s a commentary on just six verses. I showed the book to Andre, and he said “How could anyone write a book that think on just six verses?” And I said, “Because he’s wordy.” But I love to read the dear old gentlemen, whose dead now, but I showed Andre a quote that I have highlighted in the book, and I’ll paraphrase it because it brings out this very attribute of Grace that I’m talking about. He makes this statement, “Unless we teach and preach the Grace of God as Paul delineated it back there in Romans chapter 3, where he said, ‘he was slanderous accused of promoting sinful living just to prove that the Grace of God was greater’” The old gentlemen goes on to say, “Unless we teach and preach Grace at the possibility of being accused of that, then we’re not teaching Grace as this Book lays it out.”

So we have to understand that this is so far beyond our human understanding, that a Righteous God, Holy, far above sinners the Book of Hebrews says. And yet His Grace is always grater, and will always go farther than man’s greatest sin, but I always include with that, “That’s not license!” Grace is not license, but rather Grace is that attribute of God that He is capable of absolutely forgiving and cleansing and calling Righteous the most vile sinner that will believe Paul’s Gospel for salvation. I always like to use the example here in Oklahoma, where several years ago we had the steakhouse murders in Oklahoma City. It was terrible, and I would have been the first to say, put that guy to death, and the quicker the better, because of the horrible crime that he had committed, but God doesn’t look at it that way. God looks at that murderer as a man that is still capable of His Grace. Now I know that’s beyond us, because it’s an attribute of God.

Another one of God’s attributes, which is next door to Grace, is His love. What an attribute that God can love beyond lovely. I’ve been to Haiti and we ministered with Andre down there for a whole week, and a lot of those people naturally are not easy to love. They’re poor, they’re poverty stricken, but you see there isn’t anybody that God can’t love. You go into the ghettos in our huge cities, and crime and drugs run rampant, is anybody so far down the tube in those areas that God can’t love? No. We can’t always comprehend it, but God loves them, and He has already purchased their salvation, if they’ll just cash in on it. They’re already pardoned. A lot of people don’t realize that, but the most vile sinner already has his pardon done, but he has to believe Paul’s Gospel in order to appropriate it. So on and on we could go.

These are all attributes of this same God who created everything. He created man as we will see in coming lessons, He put him in the garden knowing what he would do, and yet the moment he sinned, the very next thing that God does is, put in gear the whole plan of redemption, where He is promising the “SEED” of the woman in Genesis 3:15. And as some Bible scholars have put it, that begin that Red Scarlet cord of Redemption that goes all the way through this Book. Now that’s not all of the attributes of God, I could go for at least another half hour, but that’s enough for this time, so I want you to come back with me to the Book of Hebrews.

You’ll find the Book of Hebrews, naturally over in the New Testament, and let’s look at chapter 11:6. Again I think this is a verse that we have to classify as one of the absolutes of Scripture, and of the God who we’ve just been talking about. We know we’re living in a culture where people don’t want absolutes, but rather they want all restraint removed, but listen there are absolutes, and a Sovereign God is the One who has declared them. Here in this passage we have one of at least two absolutes that I’m always trumpeting on the most. There’s more than that, but I usually use the two here in Hebrews, and this is the first one.

Hebrews 11:6a

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: (God, up in verse 5) for he that cometh to God must (repent? No, but rather) believe…”

That’s why I’m almost screaming at people that today God’s whole requirement for salvation is believe Paul’s Gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4. And how do we believe the Gospel? It’s in this area of faith, without which it is impossible to please him.

Hebrews 11:6a

“But without faith it is impossible to please him (God) for he that cometh to God must believe…”

Now remember there are three words in Scripture that all basically mean the same thing. To believe, to trust, and faith. They all mean the same thing. When you trust the Word of God, you’re believing it, and when you believe the Word of God, you’re exercising faith, and when you exercise faith, you’re trusting and believing. Do you see that? So you have to believe that He is, and in that area of believing, you must understand that He is a rewarder of them that seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6b

“…for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

In other words, will God ever fail an individual? Never! I think, especially my Oklahoma classes know, that I like to use illustrations that are the most simplistic, because those are the ones that stick the hardest. As you came into the studio this afternoon, I could have just sat here and watched everyone of you that came in, and I would not have seen a single one of you examine the chair that you sat down in. Did you? Not a one of you examined the chair you’re setting on to see if it would hold you up. Now if we were in an area where the chairs were weak, and you couldn’t depend on them, that’s what you’d have to do. You’d have to examine your chair to make sure you don’t suddenly become embarrassed and fall flat on the floor.

Why did you not bother to even check the chair that you’re sitting on? You have the utmost faith in it, that it’s going hold you. See? You believed before you sit down that that chair was going to hold you. Now bring that up into the spiritual realm. God expects the human race to put that same kind faith in what He has said, just as much as you place your faith in these material things that you take for granted. It’s the very same application, that when God has said something, we can believe it, and when we believe it, God is going to reward us with the greatest experience in all of human history, and what’s that? SALVATION!

To have that blessed assurance, not only of eternal life for that which is to come, but for the here and now. I tell my classes again, in Oklahoma, over and over, too many Christians have the idea that salvation is just simply a fire escape. They get saved so they won’t go to Hell. Well that’s all well and good, and that’s certainly part of it, but listen there’s a lot more to it than that. Salvation and the knowledge that you’re a child of God is that day by day assurance, that you’re His, and He is yours, and how do we know that? Because this BOOK says so!

Over and over I’ll show people verses, and say, “Do you feel this?” “No.” “Can you see this?” “No.” “How do you know it’s true then?” “Because the BOOK says so, that’s what God’s Word says.” “And when you take God at His Word, what is that?” “FAITH!” I think I’m going to go ahead and put that definition on the chalkboard. I also know for those of you I’ve taught in years past that you know this forward and backwards, that “Faith is taking God at His Word” Now that is faith, and I have never found a better definition for it. When you can read something in this Book, and even though you can’t understand it, we believe it. Why? Because it’s God that said it.

When you go back to Genesis 1:1 where we’ve been studying, and it says, “In the beginning, God created (call out of nothing) the heaven and earth.” Now I can’t prove that, and science still can’t prove it, but I believe it.

I like to refer my classes to an article I read quite a few years ago written in one of the scientific magazines that I was subscribing to at that time. This writer was discussing the origin of the universe, and of course with all of his big scientific terminology and all that, what it all boiled down to was, that he was now convinced that the whole universe at one time had come from a single source of light. Boy I read that to my little wife and said, “Honey do you hear what he’s saying?” Because WHO is LIGHT? God is! And so where did everything come from when Christ spoke the Word? From Christ Himself! But here was the kicker in the article. He ended up his article, and after expounding on all the tremendous outburst of the beginning of the universe, he came to this conclusion: He said, “I can foresee the day, (and I suppose he was talking in terms of billions of years,) when that whole thing will come back to that original source of light.”

Well what does Peter say:

II Peter 3:10

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth also and the works that re therein shall be burned up.”

This old world is going to be melted down, it’s going to dissolve. And everything as we now see it is going to totally disappear, but is that the end of it? No, but rather Peter says:“There will be a new heaven and a new earth,” and then when you jump over to the Book of Revelation chapter 21, what does John say:

Revelation 21:1

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea.”

So you see, it all fits so beautifully. This is just to prove, and this is all I try to get people to understand, “Take God at His Word!” When you do that, it makes everything turn right side up, if we simply believe what He has said. Now going back to our timeline again, and we’ve already looked at a good portion of that timeline that was foretold way back in the Old Testament, and the first half of it has already come to pass. I think there’s 360 some prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming. Every one of them were fulfilled to the last detail. Well listen, if God has already fulfilled the first half of the prophetic proclamation, then why in the world can’t people believe that He will fulfill the last part. Well He will because His Word has said so.

Now for a quick recap: With all the attributes of God that the Scriptures has declared and has proven, how in the world can someone say, “But I can’t believe it.” It isn’t that they can’t believe it, but rather they don’t want to believe it. When people decry the habit of smoking, and say, “Oh if I could only get rid of this habit, but I can’t quit.” I say, “Do you want to quit?” “No, not really,” is the answer I get so often. Well if you don’t want to quit, then I guarantee you one thing, you’re not going to quit, because the one has to come before the other.

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