Epistles of Thomas

January 2, 2009

Genesis 4-6

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 13:50
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The first thing I noticed in this section is that the TNIV has translated “knowing” as “made love to.” This is a departure from the NIV which had Adam “laying” with his wife. I find it curious that the NLT went with “sexual relations” instead of a euphemism like these other translations. Eve gave birth to two sons and both brought offerings to God. Cain’s was rejected and God said to him: “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” (Gn 4:6-7). Aside from this being an interesting sentence with two “but” statements and a semicolon it serves as a stark warning to Cain which he soon ignored in killing his brother. It is narrated as premeditated murder which quickly puts to rest any ideas that humans became slowly evil over time. God’s reaction to Cain’s actions is somewhat startling. Although he is a murderer and God punishes him he is also marked such that others will not kill him. This is not the eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth God that is sometimes portrayed.

By 6:5, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Noah was a righteous man and God decided to use him to clear the earth of its evil inhabitants. I’m interested to see the history of the world after Christ’s return. Perhaps we will get to watch it on an IMAX screen or something. Hopefully we can see what the world was like before the flood and see how the waters changed its surface.

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