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01 what happened

The covenant

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01 what happened

  1. 1. Lesson 1
  2. 2. The creation of the world The creation of human beings God and humanity The loyalty test Breakup and hope God likes company. It does not mean that He feels alone, but that He loves to be in contact with other beings. He decided to create a new race of beings to love them and be loved by them. He prepared a home for them, He lovingly molded them, and He taught them how to live happily with Him. This is our story. We could have lived happily ever after...
  3. 3. In the account of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3, God is not trying to prove that He created Earth or how He made life begin on it. He just states that He did it. Obviously, no human being saw it, so believing that God did it is a matter of faith (Hebrews 11:3). A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. And an old lady got up and said that the world is a flat plate supported on the back of a tortoise. The scientist replied, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “It’s turtles all the way down!”, said the old lady. She sincerely believed that, but she had no evidence at all. God does not request blind faith from us. He has left proof of an intelligent design in Creation, so that we have evidence to believe if we want to.
  4. 4. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Once our home was ready, God molded the first man with His own hands. Then, He also molded the first woman (Gn. 2:7, 22). That was God’s last work in Creation. Now, everything was “very good” (Gn. 1:31). Human beings are unique. They were created in a different way, and they were the only beings created “in the image of God.” What does that mean? Our Creator is reflected in our physical, mental, and spiritual nature We are able to have a relationship with God and to make moral decisions Both men and women share that divine image. They are equal before God (1 Corinthians 11:12)
  5. 5. E.G.W. (Patriarchs and Prophets, cp. 2, p. 46)
  6. 6. “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) What do God’s blessing and instructions for Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28-30 involve? God took the first step to have a relationship with humankind. He blessed them, and He also entrusted them with everything He had created. This relationship grew over time as God used to “walk in the garden” every evening (Genesis 3:8). They were able to reproduce as a species They were assigned a task: to take care of Creation They were given a suitable diet They depended on God’s blessing and care They had everything they needed. They didn’t have to do anything to deserve it
  7. 7. “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) Successful relationships must be based on mutual trust. Therefore, God chose a simple loyalty test: “You may eat from every tree, but this one belongs to me, do not eat its fruit.” After humans betrayed God’s trust, they knew what evil is. As a result, they succumbed to alienation, loneliness, frustration, and death. Our relationship with God will be effective and long-lasting only if we choose to accept His will. God gave humans the ability to freely make moral decisions, and an innate desire to obey Him. So that test was not difficult to pass.
  8. 8. “And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:13) If Satan had come to Eve with his actual physical appearance, she would have been suspicious. Therefore, he used a being that was familiar to deceive her (Gn. 3:1). However, Adam was not deceived; he consciously make his decision to eat from the fruit (Gn. 3:6; 1Tim. 2:14). What were the consequences of this? They lost communion with God and avoided Him (Gn. 3:8) Mutual trust was lost (Gn. 3:12) The horrible consequences of sin appeared (Gn. 3:16-21) Although the relationship was broken, God gave them hope: one of Eve’s descendants would defeat sin and restore their broken relationship with Him (Gn. 3:15).
  9. 9. “To man the first intimation of redemption was communicated in the sentence pronounced upon Satan in the garden (Genesis 3:15). This sentence, uttered in the hearing of our first parents, was to them a promise. While it foretold war between man and Satan, it declared that the power of the great adversary would finally be broken […] Though they must suffer from the power of their mighty foe, they could look forward to final victory.” E.G.W. (Patriarchs and Prophets, cp. 4, p. 65)
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