Gilbert House Fellowship #2 – Genesis 3-4

When is a serpent not a serpent? Randall and Stacy Harp of Bible News Radio join Derek to discuss chapters 3 and 4 of the Book of Genesis.

We discuss the nachash, which, we learn this morning, was a supernatural being, possibly with a shining, serpentine appearance. That’s what tempted Adam and Eve into disobeying God’s clear instruction to eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden except for “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.

Wasn’t that Satan? Well, yes, but with two footnotes. First, in the Old Testament, “satan” is almost never used without the definite article “the”, as in “the satan” — which is a title or job description (“the accuser” or “the prosecuting attorney”) rather than a proper name. Second, Satan is not linked to the nachash in the Bible anywhere until the Book of Revelation.

Also: The Fall and its consequences, the first murder on Earth, and the arrogance of Cain and his descendant, Lamech.

Click here to see Dr. Michael Heiser’s video presentation “What Happened in the Garden?”

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Note: Derek missed the big START button at the beginning of the program which is why the video begins abruptly in the middle of Randall’s opening prayer. We apologize for the technological clumsiness.


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2 Responses to Gilbert House Fellowship #2 – Genesis 3-4

  1. Niel Loth

    Gen 4:24, against forgiving, what Jesus said, to forgive 7 x 70 times

  2. Chris deLaney

    I have heard many stories why Cain’s sacrifice was rejected… wrong type…i.e blood required; not offered best….etc etc.
    When you dont guess and let the bible answer it’s simple…
    1) NIV Gen. 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
    If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but  must rule over it. ”


     2) 1John 3:12 not like Cain, who originated with the wicked one and slaughtered his brother. And for the sake of what did he slaughter him? Because his own works were wicked, but those of his brother [were] righteous.
    Hence you dont need external ref. Imposed on scripture. Cain’s works were wicked. He was up to no good before the offering, hence God rejected his offering and told him to turn to doing what is right and proper. Then it would go alright for him.
    Same for us. If we are doing sinful things our offerings are not acceptable to God, until we stop doing bad and turn to do what is good in God’s eyes.

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