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SERIES – Eve and Adam

Genesis 1:24-31 MSG

24   God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.” And there it was:

25   wild animals of every kind, Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.

26   God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”

27   God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.

28   God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29   Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food.

30   To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was.

31   God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning— Day Six.

Genesis 2:18-25 MSG

18   God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.”

19   So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name.

20   The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn’t find a suitable companion.

21   God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh.

22   God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.

23   The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.”

24   Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh.

25   The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.

Patriarchy is male dominate leadership.

Stereotypes

  • Mammies
  • Matriarchs
  • Sapphires
  • Jezebels

Kujichagulia means to define yourself, name yourself, and develop yourself instead of being defined, named and developed by someone else.

  1. The Priestly Creation Story

Genesis 1:1-2:4a MSG – 1 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. 2 Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 3 God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. 4 God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. 5 God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning— Day One. 6 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!” 7 God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: 8 he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning— Day Two. 9 God spoke: “Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!” And there it was. 10 God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good. 11 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And there it was. 12 Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good. 13 It was evening, it was morning— Day Three. 14 God spoke: “Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven’s sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, 15 Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.” And there it was. 16 God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. 17 God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth 18 And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. 19 It was evening, it was morning— Day Four. 20 God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!” 21 God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, And every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!” 23 It was evening, it was morning— Day Five. 24 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.” And there it was: 25 wild animals of every kind, Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good. 26 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” 27 God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. 28 God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” 29 Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. 30 To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was. 31 God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning— Day Six.

Genesis 2:1-4a MSG – 1 Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. 2 By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. 4 This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.

  • Both male and female are made in the image of God.
  • Both the male and the female are given instructions from God.
  1. The Yahwist Creation

1 Corinthians 8:13 KJV – Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

1 Corinthians 8:13 NIV – Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

1 Corinthians 8:13 NLT – So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:13 NKJ – Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:13 MSG – So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.

Helper is the Hebrew word – ezer

Exodus 18:3-4 GNV3 and Gershom and Eliezer, her two sons. (Moses had said, “I have been a foreigner in a strange land”; so he had named one son Gershom.  4 He had also said, “The God of my father helped me and saved me from being killed by the king of Egypt”; so he had named the other son Eliezer. )

1 Samuel 7:12 NIV – Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”

Psalm 121:1-2 KJV1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Genesis 2:18-25 KJV18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 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. 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. 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; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 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. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The Hebrew word for rib is tzela which means side.

Exodus 25:14 MSG – and insert them into the rings on the sides of the Chest for carrying the Chest.

Exodus 26:20, 35 MSG20 the same construction on the north side of The Dwelling; 35 Place the Table and the Lampstand outside the curtain, the Lampstand on the south side of The Dwelling and the Table opposite it on the north side.

Exodus 27:7 MSG – Insert the poles through the rings on the two sides of the Altar for carrying.

Genesis 2:23-24 NRS23 The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” 24 Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh.

Hell is what you experience when you meet the person after you die you were supposed to become.

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