This afternoon, I’ve been working on my Bible studies. Even though, I’ve studied books Genesis and 1 Samuel before I continue to see things I’ve missed or overlooked before. Today I was just wondering.
Is it significant that the Lord God’s curse on the serpent included that he would eat dust all the days of his life? Specifically, the eating dust. Interesting because the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground.
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being – Genesis 2:7
I just love that…God breathed in to his nostrils the breath of life. First God formed Adam and then He breathed life into Adam. Everything else that God created…He spoke it into existence. But man…He form and breathed the breath of life into him. That is up close and personal and paying attention to the fine details of His creation.
The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life;
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:14-15
My favorite translation of Genesis 3:15 is from the NIV. I love the truth that on the cross Jesus crushed the serpent’s head. It was a death blow. Fatal and he is in the death throws right now. But it is done! Instead of bruising Jesus heal…it’s a strike. Something quick…once. A strike…but not something fatal.
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will crush your head,
and you will strike His heel.”
What is the significance in the Lord God’s curse on the woman that her desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you? Is it looking on that fateful choice when Adam did not overrule his wife’s choice to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? But now post fall, he will rule over you with a heart and mind tainted by sin.
To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.” – Genesis 3:16
What is the significance that God’s curse on Adam included that the ground is cursed because of Adam’s sinful choice? The ground where God took the dust to make or fashion Adam. Before sin, Adam was commanded to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Post sin, the earth would not be as fruitful and require much effort to bring for the food. Do the thorns and thistles reflect the barbs of sin that will impact all of creation?
God created Adam, formed and fashioned him starting with dust from the ground. Now the curse of sin is death. Adam, if he had not chosen to sin he would not have died. But now he and all human beings, because of our sin, will die. We will return to the dust from which the Lord started with to create man.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:17-19
In 1 Samuel, we were studying a dark time in Israel’s history when the Jewish priesthood was corrupt and the Lord allowed their defeat at the hands of their enemy the Philistines. He allowed the Ark of the Lord God of Israel to fall into their hands. But despite that…God’s sovereignty shines through. There’s a question on how that encourages you. This is what I recorded:
God is firmly, absolutely and completely in control, even when it seems like everything is out of control.
He is able to accomplish what He wants, when He wants and by whomever He chooses.
Get out of His way, obey God and trust Him fully.
I’m so very grateful to be part of some wonderful in-depth Bible studies. Lord…keep me close and help me to understand Your Word and obey You.