Genesis 2:7, 1:26-27

Genesis 25-35                 Appreciating God's Discipline           – The Bible Teaching Commentary

B) God & Man's Sin

Bat an eye - (miss noticing something)

Get Away with Divorce?

Divorce among Christians is tragic. Some have suggested that they even get away with marrying the person they wanted by divorcing.

The Lord, however, carefully traces the lustful eye, the bitter words and selfish deeds. Divorce only reveals the couples frustration, loneliness, bitterness and hatred. People never escape divorce. Divorces only perpetuates their pain.

Definitely Not!

God catches all of our moral weaknesses. Not one innocently passes by. Even if we are God's people, God judges our sins.Unfortunately some believers have reasoned that since they are a believer and are forgiven that the Lord doesn't judge their sins. Because they are ignorant of how thoroughly God deals with His people's sins, they will make costly mistakes in their Christian walk.

Perhaps you have met such a Christian or you yourself even have such false notions. The way God deals with His people and those who are not His people are quite different.

God, Judgment and the Unbeliever

Unbelievers will perish in their sin. They will be fully judged for all their wrong doings. Esau serves as a case example for this (Genesis 36). The statement is spoken from the whole book of Genesis (one of 10 genealogies).

Esau's own heart can be clearly seen in the rejection of God and God’s inheritance for the world (as seen in Gen 25-27).

Ge 28:6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram, to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he charged him, saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,”

Ge 28:8 So Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan displeased his father Isaac; 9 and Esau went to Ishmael, and married, besides the wives that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.

Genesis 37 holds Esau’s genealogical account that is no longer going to be traced. For sure, his generations would go on before a final judgment but no longer traced as the people of God. His descendants would no longer be accounted for, even though he was a son of Jacob.

The term ‘unbeliever’ is not used, but he clearly is described as a person who loved the world rather than pursued God. Following verses highlight God’s rejection of him.

Mal 1:2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How hast Thou loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob; 3 but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation, and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.”

Ro 9:13 Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”

Heb 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
Heb 12:16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

Remember Jacob was no saint either. But trace God’s pursuit of him and his pursuit of God.
The scriptures are painting the sinfulness of mankind and the abounding gace of God.

God, Judgment and the Believer

Believers, however, are a different case. Yahweh deals with them quite differently. God "begins with us first." Judgment begins with the household of God (cf. 1 Peter 4:17). Jacob serves as a clear example of this (Genesis 37 starts his genealogy).

"For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17)

A Christian is not judged in regards to salvation, or whether he is accepted by God as His child. Justification by faith teaches us His children are saved by faith in Christ. Every believer is on the path of sanctification.

SanctificationGod says that He scourges every child of His. This is a mark of belonging that we might be holy like our Father (cf. Hebrews 12:6).

In Deuteronomy 28 we see a whole list of things that God will bring upon His people if they don't do all that He says. God cannot allow His people to live normal lives in their sins. He is compelled to interfere and judge them that they might repent.

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Understanding Sin in Our Lives


Galations 6:7-8 uses a diagram to show the difference between the foolish and the wise through the reap and sow principle.

This chart based on Galatians 5:7-8 shows that God judge all sin, whether believer or unbeliever. We must reject any thoughts that deny a sin's consequence on a Christian's life. His sins will affect not only himself but others. Our sins are like seeds which drop into the soil and spring up around us and thus devasting the ones we love the most.

The Genesis Index

Genesis Introduction:  Introduction to Genesis |  Outline and Genealogies  |  Genesis' Chronologies (5 & 11) |   Unified Themes of Genesis
Genesis 1-2:3:   The Worship of the Creator |  The Meaning of Creation  |  Creation Lessons on God.  |  God and the World's Religions
Genesis 2:4-17:    Preparation for Man (Genesis 2:4-6) |  Creation of Man (Gen. 2:7, 1:26-27) |  Purpose for Man (Genesis 2:8-17)
Genesis 2:18-25: The Foundations of Marriage
Genesis 3:1-13: The Fall of Man | Temptation (Genesis 3:1-6) | The Fall (Genesis 3:7-13) | Questions 3:1-6 | Questions 3:7-13
Genesis 5-9: Genesis Flood | Genesis 05 Genealogical Chart
Genesis 10-11: Noah's Sons| Questions | History Genesis 10:6-11 | Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 | Questions | Culture Genesis 11
Genesis 12-22:   The Call: Genesis 12.1The Promises: Genesis 12.2-3  |  The Means: Genesis 15The Testing: Genesis 22
Genesis 12-16: Introduction |   Place Detour: Genesis 12:10-20; 20 |  Person Detour: Genesis 12:13-14Procedure Detour: Genesis 16-17
Genesis 14:1-24: Three Steps to Spiritual Growth | #1 Observe | #2 Utlilitize | #3 Secure
Genesis 18-19: Cultural Woes of Sodom | Appearing to Abraham | Visit to Sodom | Debate of Homosexuality and Sodom
Genesis 21-26: Isaac's Model for Godly Marriages
Genesis 27-36: Genesis 27-36 Jacob's Life of Faith
Genesis 25-37: Influence of Sin | God and Man's Sin | Understanding Man's Sin Nature | Understanding Jacob's Sins
Genesis 37-50: Joseph’s Dillusonment | Genesis 42-47:12: The Big Picture | Conclusion | The Reason

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