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Genesis 1:29 The History of Food

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

God’s original intent for humanity was to be a vegetarian, specifically a vegan. PETA should love God’s word. Meat is not included on this menu. Vegetation was so plentiful, there was enough food for all of creation. But, because of sin and as time marched on, food became more scarce and harder to come by. This is evidenced in Genesis 5:29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.” Just a few generations in, humanity is already realizing the effects of the curse. Work is hard.

Meat was not introduced into the diet until after the Flood. This is approximately 2,000 years after Creation. That figure can be obtained by adding up the years of genealogies in Genesis. Observation is courtesy of Ken Ham, The Genesis Solution.

After the Flood and with the introduction of the Law, God placed limits on the kinds of animals man could eat. Leviticus Chapter 11 gives many details of what can and cannot be eaten. Here are a couple of examples. Leviticus 11:3-4 ‘Whatever divides a hoof, thus making split hoofs, and chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat. ‘Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these, among those which chew the cud, or among those which divide the hoof: the camel, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you.

Fast forward to the day of Peter after Christ has died on the cross for sin. Christ has fulfilled the Law. Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  Peter in Acts 11 has an encounter with the Lord regarding the Law and unclean food. Restrictions on food consumed are being lifted. Granted, the greater issue is not about food but food is used as the example. Acts 11:6-9 and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air. “I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’ There is less food available.

Moving ahead at least two thousand plus years from Peter, the tribulation looms. Food will continue to become more scarce. Joel 1:10-12 The field is ruined, The land mourns; For the grain is ruined, The new wine dries up, fresh oil fails. Be ashamed, O farmers, wail, O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field is destroyed. The vine dries up and the fig tree fails; the pomegranate, the palm also, and the apple tree, all the trees of the field dry up. Indeed, rejoicing dries up from the sons of men.

Joel 1:16-20 Has not food been cut off before our eyes, gladness and joy from the house of our God? The seeds shrivel under their clods; the storehouses are desolate, the barns are torn down, for the grain is dried up. How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle wander aimlessly because there is no pasture for them; even the flocks of sheep suffer. To You, O LORD, I cry; for fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness and the flame has burned up all the trees of the field. Even the beasts of the field pant for you; for the water brooks are dried up and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

The lack of food is so great, humanity becomes the hunted by animals. Revelation 6:8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

During Christ’s Millennial Kingdom conditions will improve with food becoming more abundant. A couple of examples are as follows. Amos 9:14 “Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit.

Ezekiel 36:29-30 “Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations”.

Eternity future shows us an environment without the curse. The result is perpetual fruit during all months of the year. There will be no more thorns and thistles. The toil of work will be gone. The circle is complete and restored. Revelation 22:1-3a Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse…

Genesis 1:28 God, Reproduction, and Sex

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

There are 613 commandments found in the Law that Moses gave from God (Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith; Marvin R. Wilson). Of all of the commandments God gives to humanity, the first is… “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” In those initial words, man is told to reproduce three times. In other words, have sexual intercourse.

Be fruitful or “parah” in the Hebrew. It is a simple action verb. Defined by Strong’s Concordance it means: to bear fruit, be fruitful.

Multiply or “rabah” in the Hebrew. As well, it is a simple action verb. It means: to become many, become numerous, multiply (of people, animals, or things).

Fill or “male’” in the Hebrew. Also, it is a simple action verb. It means: to be full, fullness, abundance (participle), be accomplished, to consecrate, fill the hand.

Sex within the context of marriage is not immoral, it is not a sin. This is the God of the Bible. He is not some prude, old, fuddy-duddy. God has an entire book on this subject, the Song of Solomon. He even talks about breasts in that book. To the Christian community, does that make you blush? The topic of sex is written about in detail in God’s word.

Obviously, the culture has mastered the perversions of sexual acts and or displays. Whether it is a monk who has taken an oath of celibacy for religious purposes or some sex act outside of marriage, both are perversions on the extreme ends of the spectrum and outside of God’s will.

As a result of Christian silence on this topic, the culture has been allowed to define this topic (as well as many others) and pervert it.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Look at what God had intended for humanity. The first thing He told us to do was have sex and reproduce plentifully. He placed humanity in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-16). Eden means “pleasure” in the Hebrew. We were told we could eat freely from any tree we wanted with one exception. And yes, take care of the garden and the animals. That is a pretty a good deal. What did we do? We blew it…

The world we live in is the result of our actions and choices, not God’s. What we see and experience now is not what God had intended.

Genesis 1:26-27 In God’s Image With Purpose

Posted in Creation with tags , , on October 8, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Verse 26: “Let Us make”… translated is the Hebrew `asah. At issue is the plurality of the verb. According to Strong’s Concordance, the verb means to do, work, make, or produce. The verb is a qal stem or a simple action verb. Translating the plural form and its meaning has caused many a debate. Some think the plural nature is a hint of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Spirit). Others state it speaks to the majesty and greatness of God.

In comparison, look at the verb “create” or bara’ in the Hebrew in verse 27. Bara’ means to shape, fashion, or create. The verb is used in relation to heaven and earth, man, new conditions and circumstances, and transformations. As noted by Strong, God is always the subject of this verb.

Man is made in the image of God (see above verses). This is also restated in Genesis 5:1b …In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. Man was made with a physical body, a soul with the ability to reason with intellect, and a spirit with the ability to communicate with his Creator. James 3:9b …who (man) have been made in the likeness of God…

Man’s purpose is to “rule” or radah in the Hebrew. Radah is a simple action verb. It means: to rule, have dominion, dominate, tread down, to have dominion, or subjugate. Man is to radah not part of the earth but all, kol in the Hebrew, of the earth. Kol defined means: all, the whole, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything. Man is to rule over the earth and the creatures of the earth. Rule and dominion do not mean exploit and plunder out of selfishness. Responsibility, stewardship are expected.

Psalms 8:5-9 Yet You have made him (man) a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Genesis 1:26-27 God Created Man

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , on September 29, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Man is made in the image of God. This point is made twice in the opening statement of verse 26. The point that humanity is made in the image of God is repeated a third time at the end of the passage in verse 27.

God introduces the idea of creating man in verse 26. “Let us make man…” In verse 27, He repeats on three occasions, that He created. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God is pretty emphatic that He is the One who made man. This was not left to random chance and primordial slime.

Note, the text does not say that an ape was made millions of years ago and over time it evolved into homo erectus then to neanderthal and eventually into modern day man. We still have monkeys, apes, and man, but no transitional species? The transitional species are extinct? How convenient. There is no statement in the Bible of “transitional species” or “missing links” any where in the text. Fossil evidence does not support intermediate, transitional, or missing links.

“If pressed about man’s ancestry, I would have to unequivocally say that all we have is a huge question mark. To date, there has been nothing found to truthfully purport as a transitional species to man…If further pressed, I would have to state that there is more evidence to suggest an abrupt arrival of man rather than gradual process of evolving.”

Richard Leakey, one of the world’s foremost paleoanthropologist, 1990

Man, in addition to apes and monkeys, was made on day six, not millions of years ago.

Man’s purpose is defined by God. The purpose of man is to rule over animal life. Man is to rule over fish, birds, cattle, and creeping things. He is to rule over the entirety of the earth.

“…I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science…it is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw(s) and holes as sound parts.”

Charles Darwin to Asa Gray

Romans 3:4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.

God is truth.

Genesis 1:24-25 Day 6, Land Animals

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , on September 22, 2011 by paulthepoke

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Day six of creation brings land animals to life. Per usual, God’s order and man’s order are different. The following observations are courtesy of Ken Ham.

Bible: Trees before land animals

Science: Land animals before trees

Bible: Birds before reptiles

Science: Reptiles before birds

Bible: Whales before land animals

Science: Land animals before whales

Bible: Mammals (cattle) before “creeping things”

Science: Insects before mammals

Bible: Bats before land animals

Science: Land animals before bats

Bible: Birds before dinosaurs

Science: Dinosaurs before birds

Bible: Flowering plants before insects

Science: Insects before flowering plants

Bible: Dolphins before dinosaurs

Science: Dinosaurs before dolphins

Bible: Pterosaurs before land reptiles

Science: Land reptiles before pterosaurs

Bible: Flying insects before land insects

Science: Land insects before flying insects

Bible: Reptiles were created after birds

Science: Birds evolved from reptiles

There are three “kinds” or categories of animals listed in these two verses: cattle, beasts, and creeping things. Again, there is the phrase, “after their kind…” The word to consider is “kind”. It is the Hebrew word “miyn”. It means kind or species. In this case, it is applied to land animal life.

The land animals have “nephesh” just as the sea creatures and birds of day five. Nephesh is the Hebrew word for “creature” in the above verse. Strong’s Concordance defines nephesh as: soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, the inner being of man.

God saw this was good or “towb” in the Hebrew. Strong defines “towb” as good, pleasant, agreeable (to the senses), pleasant (to the higher nature), excellent (of its kind), rich, valuable in estimation. Everything was made in total perfection prior to the creation of mankind.

Darwin himself in his 1859 book The Origin of the Species did not actually address how species originated. The creation of species he later called an “abominable mystery.” Science clings to this man’s views as the foundation of their work and world view.

God created the world in His order. God’s order is not the same as science. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Genesis 1:21-23 Icthyology and Ornithology, God’s Version

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , on September 15, 2011 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:21-23 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Two classifications of animals are noted in the verse above, sea creatures and flying creatures. As an example, let’s look at how God divides and classifies a bird. The example is the mourning dove.

Class 1: Day 5
Class 2: Winged/Air
Class 3: Winged/Flying creatures, “owph” in the Hebrew
Class 4: Bird
Class 5: Living
Kind: Dove kind,  “yownah” in the Hebrew
Sub-kind 1: dove
Sub-kind 2: mourning dove
Others within the kind: passenger pigeon (now extinct), turtle dove, fantails, pouters, Jacobins, tumblers, homing pigeons, carrier pigeons.

Time for review, there is the phrase, “after their kind…” The word to consider is “kind”. It is the Hebrew word “miyn”. It means kind or species. In this case, it is applied to aquatic life and winged, flying life.

Classification courtesy of Bodie Hodge, www.answersingenesis.org

In comparing plants and animals, there is a key difference. Animals have “nephesh” and plants do not. Nephesh is the Hebrew word for “creature” in the above verse. Strong’s Concordance defines nephesh as: soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, the inner being of man.

The word “blessed” in the verse is a Piel stem verb in the original Hebrew. Piel stem verbs indicate intensive or intentional action. Translated, God is intensively and/or intentionally blessing these animals. God’s command is simple. Bear fruit, be fruitful and become many, become numerous, multiply. The idea is of fullness and abundance. Life was created to be abundant, prolific, and successful.

There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

How God divides species and man divides species are not the same. This is not patterned after Linnaeus. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Genesis 1:20 Day 5

Posted in Creation with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by paulthepoke

 Genesis 1:20 Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”

Day five once again pits God and the order He created versus man and how he explains the order of what he observes. What one believes will determine how one sees the world. God created water life first, then He created the birds that fill the sky. The following observations are courtesy of Ken Ham.

Bible:  Birds were created before land animals.

Science: Land animals were before birds.

Bible:  Whales were created before land animals.

Science: Land animals were before whales.

Bible: Land plants were created before sea creatures.

Science: Sea creatures were before land plants.

Bible: Starfish were created before earthworms.

Science: Earthworms were before starfish.

Bible: Birds were created before reptiles.

Science: Reptiles were before birds.

Bible: Whales were created before land animals.

Science: Land mammals were before whales.

Bible: Bats were created before land animals.

Science: Land mammals were before bats.

Bible: Birds were created before dinosaurs.

Science: Dinosaurs were before birds.

Bible: Dolphins were created before dinosaurs.

Science: Dinosaurs were before dolphins.

Bible: Pterosaurs was created before land reptiles.

Science: Land reptiles were before pterosaurs.

Bible: Flying insects were created before land insects.

Science: Land insects were before flying insects.

As one assesses the comparisons above, it is obvious there are clear contradictions in classification. One example is God classifies bats with the birds and flying creatures. Unlike man who classifies bats with mammals. Read Leviticus 11:13-19 ‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard, and the kite and the falcon in its kind, every raven in its kind, and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind, and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl, and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture, and the stork, the heron in its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat. Look what is included at the long list of all these birds. God considers the bat as a bird.

In the Genesis verse above, look at the word “teem” or “sharats” in the Hebrew. It means to teem, swarm, or multiply according to Strong’s Concordance. Look at the word “swarms” or “sherets” in the Hebrew. It means teeming or swarming things. The idea is that sea life was created with great abundance. The same idea of abundance is communicated in regards to bird life. The text is noted with a “polel” verb form in the Hebrew describing the “flying” activity of the birds. It indicates a swarming flight.

Darwin himself in his 1859 book The Origin of the Species did not actually address how species originated. The creation of species he later called an “abominable mystery.” Yet science holds this man’s views as the foundation of their work and world view.

God created the world in His order. God’s order is not the same as science. Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

PaulthePoke

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