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Monday, July 22 2013

Genesis 2: Peace In The Garden

"The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed"

The first chapter of Genesis is an account of the first six days of Creation (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word). The first chapter of Genesis ends, and the second chapter of Genesis begins, at sunset on the sixth day (see Darkness Before Light; also The New Moon Calendar).

"1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31 KJV)

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." (Genesis 2:1 KJV)

While many regard there to be only six days of Creation, two very important things were created on the seventh day - the genuine week and the true Christian Sabbath, both Created by Jesus Christ (see What Does Word of God Mean To You? and Colossians: By Him Were All Things Created). Satan has fiercely attacked both of them; the Sabbath with his idolatrous "sun day" that many incorrectly now call the Sabbath, or the Christian Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), and the true week with a calendar that is often seen today as running from "Monday" to "Sunday" (see The Blasphemy Calendar; also Do We Have The Original Calendar?)

The Garden of Eden

"2:2 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. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:2-3 KJV)

While some regard the second chapter of Genesis to be a second creation of man, it is actually a magnification of the single creation of man as described in the first chapter. The greater-detail view tells us that the male was created first, outside of the garden in Eden, while the first female was the only human, created or born, to have begun life in the Garden (see The Only Child Of The Garden).

"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.

2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground [see Adam and Adamah], and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:4-7 KJV)

Eden was located in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in what is today Iraq. All humans have an Iraqi ancestry (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The LORD God, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), planted the garden in Eden.

"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates." (Genesis 2:8-14 KJV)

The first woman was created as a physical mother of a spiritual mother (see Brides From Their Sides).

"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

2:19 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. 2:20 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.

2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

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 out of Man.

2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:15-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: "2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7 KJV). What is a "soul"? What does every "soul" depend on for life? When do "souls" die?
See What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul? and What Makes Physical Life Possible?


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This Day In History, July 22

838: The Battle of Anzen. Byzantine emperor Theophilos was defeated by the Abbasids (an Islamic caliphate who built their capital in Baghdad, Iraq).

1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Godfrey of Bouillon was proclaimed the first "Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1298: During the Wars of Scottish Independence, King Edward I used bowmen and cavalry to defeat William Wallace's Scots at Falkirk.

Edward III invades Scotland 1456: The Siege of Belgrade during the Ottoman Wars in Europe. John Hunyadi, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, defeated Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire.

1499: The Battle of Dornach. Swiss forces defeated the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I.

1515: The Congress of Vienna settled disputes between Poland and the Holy Roman Empire (which was actually German; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the succession to the Hungarian throne.

1587: A second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.

1620: A small congregation of English "Separatists," led by John Robinson, began their journey to the New World. Today, this historic group of religious refugees has come to be known as the "Pilgrims" (see The Pilgrims; also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1691: The Anglo-Dutch army defeated the French at Aghrim, India.

1706: The Acts of Union were agreed upon by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The agreement led to the creation of the United Kingdom.

1739: Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) defeated troops of the Holy Roman Empire at Crocyka, Yugoslavia and threatened Belgrade.

1812: During the Napoleonic Wars (during the War of 1812-14 with the U.S., Britain was at the same time fighting a much larger war with Napoleon's French Empire in Europe), the Battle of Salamanca: British forces under the command of Arthur Wellesley defeated French the army near Salamanca, Spain.

1847: To escape religious persecution in the U.S., the first large group of Mormons entered the Salt Lake Valley, in what was still Mexican territory. Mormon leader Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City, Utah, soon after.

1934: "Public Enemy No. 1" criminal John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago.

1938: The Third Reich issued special identity cards for Jewish Germans (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1946: A "Zionist" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism) terrorist organization, known as the Irgun, blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem that housed the British Army Headquarters (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand how the present-day state of "Israel" became an independent nation because Britain freed them from centuries of occupation by the Ottoman Empire). About 700 pounds of high explosives demolished one wing of the hotel, killing 91 people were - 41 Arabs, 28 British, 17 Jews and 5 other nationalities. Irgun leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel who signed the Camp David Accord) later claimed that the homicides were not intended and that sufficient advance warning by telephone had been given.

1948: The people of Newfoundland (at the time, a British colony) voted in a referendum to join Canada.

1950: King Leopold III returned to Belgium after six years in exile.

1981: Mehmet Ali Agca, 23, was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May of that year.

1999: The cremated ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were scattered in the waters off Martha's Vineyard where their bodies had been recovered from the crash site the day before, 3 days after their plane, piloted by Kennedy, crashed into the ocean on July 16.


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