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Monday, April 29 2013
The Only Child Of The Garden
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day"
The Holy Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, use "day" to describe a 24-hour period from sunset to sunset, as well as a specific era of time. Examples of each:
"7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark [see also How Did The Flood Happen?]" (Genesis 7:13 KJV)
There is also of course the matter of how God views physical time:
"3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2 Peter 3:8 KJV)
The first chapter of Genesis provides a macro ("very large in scale, scope or capability") account of the entire Creation, including the first humans who were both created on the sixth "day."
"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.
Separately, and each in their own way, Adam and Eve were the only child of the Garden. Adam was created before the Garden was made; he was thereafter put there "all alone." His being alone was the reason that the LORD God created the woman - who was the first and only child who began life in the Garden. Adam was created outside of the Garden. Eve's children were born outside of the Garden.
If, in reference to the creation of the first two humans, the days of Creation were literal 24-hour days, Adam was created, the Garden was then made, Adam was put in the Garden, and Eve was then created from Adam - all in the same day, as we read here. There is nothing written in Genesis chapter 2 that precludes a 24-hour day - it fits and correlates perfectly with the account in chapter 1. But neither does it preclude a slightly longer time period, or "day" (as the Scriptures consistently use, as shown in the examples above).
"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 the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
When the first humans chose to become sinners (see Grace In The Garden), they were put out of the Garden in Eden, never to return. Their children were born outside of the Garden. The first coveting and theft occurred in the Garden. The first murder occurred outside of the Garden.
"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Fact Finder: How did Adam and Eve together commit the same first sin, but each in their own way?
This Day In History, April 29
711: During the Islamic conquest of Hispania, Moorish troops under Tariq ibn-Ziyad invaded Gibraltar (the "Crusades" were a centuries-long struggle between the followers of the Church of Rome and the followers of Muhammad; see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1289: Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli.
1429: The fabled "Joan of Arc" entered Orleans, seven months into the siege of the city in the Hundred Years War.
1483: Gran Canaria, the main island of the Canary Islands, was conquered by the Kingdom of Castile.
1587: English warships under English explorer and naval commander Francis Drake sank at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet in the Bay of Cádiz. The action became known as "Singeing the King of Spain's Beard."
1607: The first Anglican church in the New England colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1628: Sweden and Denmark concluded a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, which brought Sweden into the Thirty Years War.
1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1672: During the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.
1770: English explorer and naval commander James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.
1781: During the New England Revolutionary War, British and French ships clashed in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique. France supported the rebellion for the sole purpose of severing Britain's military connection to New England, which strengthened the military position of France's own colonies in North America (in Lousiana and eastern Canada). While France supported the New England rebellion, it tolerated no "freedom" or independence in any of their own colonies.
1813: Rubber was patented.
1852: The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1858: Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.
1881: State-incited pogroms against Jews in Russia began, resulting in major flight of Jews from Russia westwards. Some consider this date in Jewish history to be the most important since the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. Of those emigrants, over 2,000,000 went to the U.S. alone, creating a powerful presence of Jews in the U.S. (New York City is today the largest Jewish-population city on earth).
1913: The "zipper" was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."
1916: After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.
1945: Closing events of the Second World War in Europe: the German army surrendered; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun just hours before they committed suicide (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1946: 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted by U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo for war crimes (that included the "water boarding" torture of prisoners) during the Second World War. Some were later executed.
1965: The Australian government announced that it would send troops to Vietnam.
1965: Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.
1967: After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing Muslim religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship boxing title.
1972: In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.
1973: In a futile attempt to stop the Watergate criminal investigation from reaching him, President Richard Nixon requested resignations of two of his top political associates, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
1975: At the end of the Vietnam War (a civil war between North and South that began when the border was imposed by France in the 1940s), the U.S. began evacuating U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to the North Vietnamese takeover and victory that brought about the re-unification of Vietnam as it had existed for centuries before French and U.S. interference.
1981: In England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted that he was the "Yorkshire Ripper."
1986: A fire at Los Angeles Public Library damaged or destroyed 400,000 books.
1992: Riots began in Los Angeles, California, after the acquittal of police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. Over the next week, 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings were burned.
2005: Syrian troops left Lebanon after 29 years of occupation.
2011: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were married.