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We Started In Genesis.

Well, it’s been a little over two weeks since I started my Bible reading plan and I just completed the first book, Genesis (Genesis was written by Moses around 1450-1410 BC while wandering in the wilderness).  From God’s creation of the universe and then man, all the way to His covenant with Abraham, one thing in general has already stood out. Man has been turning from God and trying to do things his/her way from the beginning.  We have been cheating, lying, killing each other and giving into all types of sin.

Time After Time

First there was Adam and Eve, who after being told what not to do, decided to do it their way and eat of the tree of good and evil.  Many blame this all on Eve, but the Bible clearly says that Adam was there the whole time and went along with all of it……..not saying a word.  God placed him in charge, he knew the rules God had set and probably taught them to Eve, yet while she was being deceived he never once spoke up.  Instead he went along with it, bringing sin and suffering into the world.

 

Cain kills his brother Abel.

It didn’t stop there, because their children Cain and Abel were also raised learning God’s ways and rules.  They were instructed on how to bring their offerings before God and Cain chose to give a half-hearted offering.  God approved of Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s which made Cain angry.  Seeing this, God told 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 you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6).

God told Cain that if he would just do what is right all would be fine, giving him the chance to right his wrong and try again.  God also warned that if he chose to do wrong that sin (and Satan) would be crouching at his door waiting for him.  Despite this, Cain chose to call his brother out to the field and kill him, becoming the first murderer in creation.

So now, let’s  go a little further and take a quick look at some of the great men in Genesis.

Men of Genesis

These are the great men in the book of Genesis and some of their facts and traits.

Adam

  • First human on earth
  • No childhood, parents or friends!
  • Had complete freedom in the garden and was responsible for tending it.
  • Was given all of God’s rules. Was told not to eat of the tree.
  • Must have taught Eve all of the rules.
  • Was present during Eve’s conversation with Satan and said NOTHING!
  • Went along with Eve’s rebellion, producing grave consequences.
  • Man was separated from God by their desire to act on their own.
  • Adam avoided responsibility, blamed others, hid from God and made excuses for his actions (Just like we do today)

Cain

  • First human child.
  • Followed in his father’s footsteps and was a farmer.
  • When disappointed he reacted with anger.
  • Chose the negative road rather than the positive road that God offered him.
  • Murdered his brother, becoming the first murderer in history.

Noah

  • The only follower of God in his generation.  The rest of man had become exceedingly wicked.

    Noah and the ark.

  • The 2nd father of the human race.
  • He was patient, consistent and obedient to God.
  • The first ship builder.
  • Got drunk and embarrassed himself in front of his sons.

Lot

  • Successful businessman.
  • Was called a righteous man by Peter (2 Peter:2:7)
  • Indecisive and always took the easy way out.
  • Always put himself first.
  • Drifted through life.

Ishmael

  • One of the first men aver circumcised.
  • An archer and hunter.
  • Fathered 12 sons who became leaders of warrior tribes.
  • Mocked his brother Isaac and failed to acknowledge his place.

Abraham

  • His faith pleased God.
  • Founder of the Jewish nation.
  • Respected and courageous.  Defended his family at any cost.
  • Caring and hospitable to all.
  • A successful and wealthy rancher.
  • Avoided conflict, but when it could not be avoided he allowed his opponent to dictate the rules for settling the dispute.

    Abraham about to sacrifice his son.

Isaac

  • Miracle child born to Abraham and Sarah at 90 and 100 years old.
  • First descendant in fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.
  • A caring and consistent husband.
  • Demonstrated great patience.
  • Lied under pressure.
  • Avoided confrontation.
  • Played favorites between his sons and alienated his wife.

Esau

  • Ancestor of the Edomites.
  • Skilled archer.
  • Was forgiving after explosive anger.
  • Made spur of the moment decisions without considering the consequences.
  • Angered his parents through poor marriage choices.
  • Had great anger but did not lead to sin.

Jacob

  • Father of the 12 tribes of Israel.
  • 3rd in line of God’s plan for Abraham.
  • Determined, worked long and hard.
  • Good businessman.
  • In conflict he relied on himself rather than God for help.
  • Accumulated wealth for the sake of wealth.

Joseph

  • Sold into slavery by his brothers.
  • Rose in power to rule Egypt.
  • Great integrity.
  • Had spiritual sensitivity.
  • Prepared a nation to survive a severe famine.
  • His youthful pride cause problems with his brothers.

Reuben

  • Joseph’s brother.
  • Saved Joseph’s life by talking his brothers out of killing him.
  • Loved his father intensely.
  • Gave in too quickly to group pressure (brothers).
  • As the oldest son he had the authority to protect Joseph but didn’t.
  • Slept with his father’s concubine.

I know, the list is long, but out of all of these men, what do you notice about them?  Despite all of the great traits listed and their accomplishments, they are all flawed in some way.

All Fall Short

God interacted with each of these men, at times actually speaking to them, and even though they worshipped God they all fell short in some area of their lives.  Some were worse than others but these shortcomings led to consequences which altered their lives and at times the lives of their children.  For as great as some of their character traits were, there were flaws and great errors in judgement made.  They were not perfect, but God knew this.  He did not expect them to be and He does not expect YOU to be either.

God’s Love, Justice and Forgiveness

God loves us and repeatedly forgives us.

To go into all of the stories of these men would take books by themselves, so I encourage you to open your Bible and read the book of Genesis for yourself.  There is even an app which breaks the Bible reading down into daily readings and has videos explaining how everything ties together.  You can get the app, called Read Scripture, HERE.

As I read through Genesis and now read the book of Exodus, I cannot help but notice that no matter how badly man screwed up, God kept forgiving them, giving them chances and providing for them.  Not to say that He did not punish their disobedience, which he did right out of the gate with Adam and Eve and their son Cain, but His love and mercy is great.  From the time of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, man quickly fell into sin and refused to acknowledge God and His ways. God’s creation became so wicked that God was sorry that He created man He wiped us all out.  Thankfully there was one man, Noah, who was obedient and because of his obedience, saved us.

Even after that, it wasn’t long before mankind started believing he knew better and chose his own ways over God’s.  Again, God punished the disobedience striking down Sodom and Gomorrah, yet shows mercy by establishing a covenant with Abraham and his descendants to give mankind a way to redemption.

God Keeps His Promises

God ALWAYS keeps His promises!  His yes is yes and His no is no.  There is no maybe or we will see.  God promises to love us, accept us and forgive us…….ALL of us.  All of the men listed above were pillars in the early days of creation and they all failed God and disobeyed.  They were still loved, accepted and forgiven, even if they were punished .  God could have easily taken Cain’s life for murdering his brother, an eye for an eye, but He didn’t.  He punished him, casting him out to be a wanderer on the earth and yet went even farther to protect him from others who may want to kill him for what he had done!

God loves us and does the same for us today.  Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ (God) is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  He is unchanging in His love, mercy, forgiveness, as well justice.   He wants us to seek Him and be obedient to Him living our lives according to His way, not our own.  Today society seems to question everything that God says, which is a very dangerous thing.  Isaiah 55:8 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  God is all knowing and clearly says that His ways and His thoughts are beyond ours. He knows what is going to happen before it does, and yet we arrogantly believe that we know what is best for us.  We rely on our own understanding and it more often than not leads to ruin.  God promises us an abundant life if we walk in His ways, and He always keeps His promises.

God Does Not Want Robots

Could God have created us to just always follow His ways and do His will, never having the option to refuse?  I am sure He could have, but God created us in His image and wants a relationship with us.  What kind of relationship would that be?  It wouldn’t be one! We would be no more than mindless robots and God does not want that from His creation!  He gave us free will, the option to choose Him or not.  He even gave His angel Lucifer the same option to choose and he chose wrong.

God wants us to seek Him, choose Him, love Him and honor Him.  By us doing that it shows our love for Him.  Being obedient to His word pleases Him and He blesses us and provides for us.  That is a relationship, not mindless obedience.

Throughout Genesis and the rest of the Bible, God shows His love for us again and again, even when we do not deserve it or show our love for Him.  Man is constantly screwing up, sinning, complaining and grumbling against God and despite all of this He loves us.  He forgives us and waits for us to come to Him.  God does not force Himself into your life His presence known all around you.  He gently knocks at the door to your heart, waiting for you to open the door and invite Him in as Lord and Savior of your life.  God wants it to be our CHOICE………YOUR CHOICE.

Conclusion

So in the last article I covered that our walk with God and journey to becoming all that He created us to be started with acknowledging that He exists.  That there is a creator to the universe and that we are His creation, not some accident that evolved from nothing.  I hope that you have come to that conclusion, just by walking outside and looking around you at all of the creation in nature and the order of it all.  Or maybe you just looked hard and long at yourself in the mirror and saw the complexity of the body God gave you and how it all works together perfectly.

Now that you know that God exists, I hope that I was able to show you in this article that despite man’s flaws, screw ups and disobedience, He always loves us, accepts us and forgives us.  Many believe that God is some stern taskmaster in the sky demanding obedience and punishing you when you mess up.  Nothing is further from the truth.  God is our Heavenly Father and the most loving father there could possibly be.  His love is purely unconditional and He cares for us and provides for us daily.  Yes, He may correct or discipline us when we mess up, but only a loving parent does to try to teach their child the right way and give them the wisdom not to make the same mistake in the future.

Finally, I pray that you now know that no matter where you are in your life now, how badly you may have screwed up in the past or what you have done, God WILL forgive you and still loves you with all of His being.  He is waiting for you to come to Him, to make you whole and to make you all that He created you to be and fulfill the incredible plan He has for your life.  Not one of us is perfect.  We ALL fall short each and every day in some way and yet He loves us.  Seek Him.

Next time we will discuss just how much God loves us by sacrificing His only son, so that we may be forgiven of ALL our sins and spend eternity with Him.

May God Bless and Keep You All.

Until next time,

 

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. –  Revelation 3:20

 

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him. – John 14:23

 

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Kevin Putala is a writer, martial arts student/instructor for 30+ years and a security officer. He created The Lone Warrior to help men rise up and become all that God created them to be by sharing his journey on the path of the Christian warrior.
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I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a martial artist for over 32 years, a husband, father and grandfather. I am on a journey to become all that God created me and other men to be. Leader, protector, warrior, son, husband and father. I hope that through my journey and this website that I can help other men in getting on their feet and standing tall in all God created them to be.

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