Saturday, September 15, 2007

Parashah #1 Part 2

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Genesis 4


When Eve (or “Havah”) gave birth to her first child, fulfilling God’s word to man to be fruitful and multiply (1:28), she must have been amazed. From what I’ve heard, having a child is amazing, but how amazing it must have been to have the first child ever! Nobody to tell you what’s going on, to walk you through the process. Maybe they had learned from the other creatures what birth was about, but even still it would not have been easy.

It’s interesting that she names him Cain (or “Kayin”), which means acquisition, gotten, or received, saying, “I have acquired a man from Adonai.” The first mother recognized that her child was from God. She was probably amazed, and said, “Look what God has given me, look what I got!” and then named him “got.”

On a personal note, my friends, the Dan and Elisa Jacobson had their first child, Caleb. I got to hold him while he was only one day old! There is definitely something about holding a newborn that is amazing. Maybe it’s the smell... maybe it’s the way they squirm and move on their own... maybe it’s the warmth of their body... in any case, it’s awe inspiring.

Continuing on...

Cain & Abel. We all know the basic story, but as I read it again (and in the CJB) there are a few things that stick out to me.

“Adonai said to Kayin, “Why are you angry? Why are you downcast? If you are doing what is good, shouldn’t you hold your head high? And if you don’t do what is good, sin is crouching at the door - it wants you, but you can rule over it.”
Genesis 4:6-7 CJB
These are God’s words to him after God had rejected Cain’s sacrifice, and accepted Abel’s. Cain had become angry about this, and God gave him a warning. The upcoming sin of Cain was visible in his demeanor. But God gave him hope, saying, “you can rule over it! You can be free!” God gave him the authority to overcome sin.

Chapter 5.

Genealogies, don’t you just love them? Interesting note, did you know that Noah (or “Noach”) means “restful,” because his father said, “This one will comfort us in our labor, in the hard work on the ground that Adonai cursed.”

Chapter 6 (up to verse 8)

After the earth became populated, wickedness abounded. Because of this, God said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.” God had a plan, in which his Spirit will live in humans forever, but only those who would put their own flesh to death and become righteous through a connection with the spirit of the Messiah. Those that take part in this plan that Paul calls “a mystery,” will live forever with His Spirit.

Noah is a forerunner of this.
“But Noah found grace in the sight of Adonai.”
Genesis 6:8 CJB
I pray that we also will find grace in his sight. Amen.

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