20 Observations from Genesis 1-3

Gen. 1:1—We see the answer to our and the universes origin (and logic, math, science, etc.).

Gen. 1:24-25—We see where the different “kinds” of animals came from. It sounds like God made each different “kind” or type of animal with enough genetic code to produce all the different types of that kind but that they would stay with that “kind” or genetic code. There are similar genetic trademarks between each “kind” yet don’t overstep their kind. This is because they are made by the same Maker and He left the same stamp of intelligence on each of them.

Gen. 1:26-27—Humans have worth and should not be disregarded. From here we see humans have great potential. We also see grounds here for the immorality of mistreating humans. (People have argued that the idea of human rights came from the Christian understanding that all humans are made in the image of God). 

Gen. 1:28-30 cf. 2:15—We see a call to stewardship and industry; something that has always been important for survival and compassion.

Gen. 1:31—Creation was originally meant to be very good (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31).

Gen. 2:7—We see that we have consciousness. We are more than mere chemicals in motion. We have souls.

Gen. 2:17—We see that because God is there and is not silent, there is an innate morality that we all sense. There is objective morality.

Gen. 2:24-25—Here we see the origin and sacredness of marriage.

Gen. 3:1—We see that evil exits.

Gen. 3:1b-5—Satan deceives by spinning revelation and by implanting bad hermeneutics.

Gen. 3:7—Here we see the origin of clothes.

Gen. 3:8—We see God’s close presence from the beginning. God is not a distant cosmic watchmaker. 

Gen. 3:10—Here we see the first appearance of psychological guilt.

Gen. 3:10—We see the separation from God that sin causes.

Gen. 3:12-13—We see the first signs of the deterioration that blame shifting brings.

Gen. 3:15—Is huge! One of my favorite verses in all of Scripture. I could say a lot but I’ll just that this is the first promise of Jesus Christ the Great Fixer and Rescuer.

Gen. 3:16-19—Here we see why everything is no longer “very good” but instead cursed. Sin then and sin now has devastating consequences.

Gen. 3:20—We see the first hint that Adam picked up on and believed God’s promise in Gen. 3:15. This is seen in the name of Adam’s wife, Eve which sounds like “life giver” in Hebrew instead of something like “death giver” (cf. 4:1; it also seems like Eve thinks Cain is the offspring of v. 15).

Gen. 3:21—We see God clothes and cares for Adam and Eve’s guilt by the death of an animal. This communicates again the ramifications of sin as well as points us to the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn. 1:29).

Gen. 3:22-24—Here we see the most devastating ramification of sin—separation from God. We were kicked out of Eden—heaven on earth—because of our sinful state. Yet, in God’s plan, this kept us from eating from the tree of life and perpetually staying in our degenerate state of sin forever. Instead, God had plans of restoring all things, even surpassing them, and bringing us into closer fellowship with Him through the Promised One.

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About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 10 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :)

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