FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS have been messed up for millennia because of what happened in Eden.
This week, we discuss the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit, taking a deep dive into Genesis 3:16, a difficult passage that suggests husbands and wives have been cursed by sin to struggle with one another for control.
CONDEMNATION AND promise are the themes of Jeremiah’s prophecy against Judah in this week’s study. We discuss the coming punishment of the rebellious kingdom of Judah, which was just a few years away from being invaded by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, turning Jerusalem into a “lair of jackals” (or “dragons”), God’s decree that “the gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish,” and His promise that Judah and the nations of the earth would be restored if they turned back to Him.
We also review the significance of the Tophet Jeremiah mentioned in chapter 7 and its relevance to the gods allotted to the nations by Yahweh after the Tower of Babel incident (see Deuteronomy 32:8-9 and 4:19-20).
HEZEKIAH WAS a better king than any since David, and better than all those who followed. He repaired and restored the Temple, reinstituted the worship of Yahweh, and tore down the high places devoted to Baal and Astarte (not just in Judah, but in Israel, too).
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.