Quick Notes on Genesis

(cc) Paul O'Rear (Flickr)

(cc) Paul O’Rear (Flickr)

I was going through a pile of papers on my desk recently, and came across a page of notes that I had written a few months ago. I had been studying Genesis chapters 1-3, and had jotted down some interesting observations that jumped out at me from the text.

  1. Genesis 2:9 tells us that God made the trees in the garden of Eden to be “pleasing to the eye and good for food.” I find it comforting that God wants us to take pleasure in, and enjoy the beauty of, His creation.
  2. Genesis 2:18 – God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” God does not want us to live in lonely solitude. Companionship is part of His design for our lives.
  3. Genesis 2:19 – “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” It’s interesting that God did not give names to the animals and birds He created. He allowed Adam to give each creature a name that Adam thought was suitable. Note also that the animals and birds were created “out of the ground”, just like Adam was.
  4. Genesis 3:8-13
    • Adam: “That woman you gave me, she made me do it.”
    • Eve: “The devil made me do it.”

    Blaming others for our own mistakes and misdeeds goes all the way back to the garden of Eden. It’s always best to own up to our mistakes, seek forgiveness, and then continue moving forward.

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  1. Bible, Reading Glasses, Notes and Pen, by Paul O’Rear (Flickr), Creative Commons License.

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2 thoughts on “Quick Notes on Genesis

  1. I’ve always keyed in on Gen 1:26 and the first reference of the Father, Son, and Spirit:
    Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…”
    This explains so much about who we are as a person. So difficult to explain, yet so humbling and comforting to know that we are so loved.

    • Genesis 1:26 has always fascinated me! When John talks about Jesus being “in the beginning” with God and everything having been created “through Him” in John 1; and then you look back at Genesis 1:26 and it records God saying, “Let US make man in OUR image,” it just confirms that Jesus has always existed.

      There is a fascinating ancient philosophical history behind the Greek word “logos” that I believe John intentionally tapped into when he chose to use that word to describe Jesus in John 1.