Lesson Two- God is Speaking
In the book of Genesis we see God speaking the creation of the heavens and the earth into existence. Verse two, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” mentions the Holy Spirit for the first time. The phrase, “And God said” appears eight times followed by the phrases, “it was so” and “God saw that it was good.” The phrase, “it was so” refers to the authoritative power of God words. His words that spoke the creation of the heavens and earth into being made it happen. The phrase, “and God saw that it was good” speaks to the profitable results of his words. This first chapter gives us the early kernels of truth concerning the doctrine of verbal inspiration of the Bible Why? Because we see the authoritative power and goodness of God’s spoken words. Now let’s answer an obvious question. Does II Tim. 3:16 fit with the teaching of Genesis chapter 1. Are God’s words profitable and authoritative for teaching the doctrine of Creation? Yes, because they are God’s words. All three persons of the Godhead were there. , God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three of them, including the Holy Spirit spoke in one voice. The speaking of the Holy Spirit here supports the doctrine of the inspiration of God’s word.
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.” Acts 1:16
Chapter two of Genesis tells of God speaking to Adam after he is placed in the Garden of Eden. “And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen. 2:15. God is speaking his words that give instructions to Adam on how to live in the garden. God is also giving Adam instructions in righteousness by telling him that in the day that eats of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that, ”thou shalt surely die.” He we see our need for God’s words to live a productive and fruitful life and the need to obey his commands.
Up until now, God is the only one who is talking. But someone else shows up and starts talking. “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye, shall not eat of every tree of the garden? “ Gen 3:1, Then the woman starts talking, “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. “Once the woman starts talking nobody else gets a word in edgewise.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5.
God wants to give his words to Adam and Eve in order for them to be fruitful, and blessed while they live in the Garden. The serpent starts talking and gets Eve to doubt and change God’s words. Once Eve starts doubting God’s words, he lies and tells her, “Ye shall not surely die.”
Eve eats the fruit and gives it to Adam who eats it also. What happens, their eyes are opened and they realize they are naked. Adam and Eve sew fig leaves together to make aprons. They hide when they hear the “voice of God.”
God, in turn, kills an innocent animal to make coats of skins to clothe Adam and Eve. The serpent gets cursed and spends the rest of his life crawling on his belly and eating dust. Finally, Adam and Eve get kicked out of the Garden. The two of them have two sons Cain and Able.
Cain kills Able because God accepts Able’s animal sacrifice and rejects his sacrifice of turnip greens. Why because too many voices were involved in the discussion of God’s words. Which lead Adam and Eve to disobey God. In the end, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” Gen. 5:5 Why? Because, “God said, and it was so.”
First, we start with God talking, then the serpent and the woman. The voices of both the serpent and Eve were different from God’s voice. Yet, the voices of Eve and the serpent are never described in these verses of the Bible.
Once Eve eats of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam, her husband, eats of the same fruit. After they ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened, they knew they were naked and made aprons of fig leaves to cover themselves. Then in Genesis 3:8-12,”And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. “ Now that Adam is speaking for the first time we are hearing a fourth voice. Again, Adam’s voice is not described in the Bible.
How did Adam and Eve know the difference between the serpent’s voice and God’s voice? Because God’s voice is the only voice that is described in the Bible when John wrote, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Rev. 1:10, 15 The voice that John heard on the isle of Patmos was the same voice that spoke the heavens and the earth into existence. And the voice of the Lord God they heard walking in the garden in the cool of the day was a, “great voice, as of a trumpet, as the sound of many waters.” “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.” Rev. 4:11
“All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
John 1:3 Jesus was present at creation with the Father and the Holy spirit. Their voice was as of a trumpet and as the sound of many waters. “
In conclusion we see God’s desire for man to receive and live by his words thwarted by the serpent questioning God’s words then calling them a lie; ending with the downfall of mankind.
But God is not finished. He has a master plan for his people to receive his words.