Brief Review of Genesis 1 – Exodus 20

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Genesis 1 - Exodus 20

We studied Ten Commandments of God in Exodus 20 last week.

Before studying further, let us briefly review what God commanded previously.

CREATION & MANKIND’S MISSION BLESSED AND COMMANDED BY GOD & THEIR FOOD

  1. ‘Let there be light’

As written in Genesis 1:3, God said

‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.

In Genesis 1, the universe was formed at God’s command.

  1. ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it’

After the creation of mankind in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27), God blessed them and said to them in Genesis 1:28.

‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

  1. God said what will be our food

Vegetables and Fruits

And God gave us food in Genesis 1:29.

29 Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

ONE COMMANDMENT IN EDEN GARDEN

  1. One Commandment of God

God commanded in Genesis 2:16-17,

‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’

AFTER THE FALL

  1. Through the temptation of the snake captivated by the Devil, Adam and his wife disobeyed the commandment of God, which brought God’s judgement upon the snake, the woman, and Adam. In the midst of the judgement, God promised the Saviour coming as the woman’s offspring (Genesis 3:15).
  2. Punishment & Protection of Cain

In Genesis 4:11-12, God punished Cain for murdering Abel.

And in Genesis 4:15, God put a mark on Cain to protect him from being murdered.

15 But the Lord said to him, ‘Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.’ Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

GOD CHOSE NOAH (Genesis 6)

AFTER THE FLOOD (Genesis 9)

  1. God gave additional food

Everything that lives and moves about

In addition, after the Flood, God gave everything that lives and moves as our food in Genesis 9:3.

Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

Rules in eating animals

But, there was a condition attached to the additional food. Let us read Genesis 9:4.

‘But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

The condition is as written in Genesis 9:4. Animals shouldn’t be eaten alive. We shouldn’t eat raw meat that contains the animal’s “lifeblood”. Their blood may contain infectious diseases as well.

We can eat them, but cruelty is not allowed.

Proverbs 12:10 says

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,

but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Exodus 23:19b, Exodus 34:26b, Deuteronomy 14:21d says

 ‘Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

Human life is protected

See Exodus 9:5-6.

And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

‘Whoever sheds human blood,

        by humans shall their blood be shed;

   for in the image of God

        has God made mankind.

Here, God will demand accounting from every animal (Genesis 9:5b) and from each human being (Genesis 9:5c) that shed human blood (= that took/harmed human life). So Genesis 9:5-6 is about the preciousness and protection of human life.

GOD CALLED ABRAHAM, THE FATHER OF FAITH (Genesis 12)

THE JOURNEY OF FAITH CONTINUED BY ISAAC (Genesis 21) AND JACOB (Genesis 25)

JOSEPH WAS SENT TO EGYPT (Genesis 37)

ENTIRE FAMILY OF JACOB WAS SAVED BY JOSEPH AND MOVED TO LIVE IN EGYPT (Genesis 46)

THE SLAVERY OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN EGYPT (Exodus 1)

GOD SENT MOSES (Exodus 2)

THE EXODUS (Exodus 12)

THE CROSSING THE SEA (Exodus 13)

GOD DESCENDED TO MOUNT SINAI TO MEET THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL (Exodus 19)

In Exodus 19, God told Moses what to tell the people of Israel:

“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD (Exodus 20)

Last week, we studied Ten Commandments of God in Exodus 20.

Today we briefly reviewed Genesis 1 - Exodus 20.

Let us continue to study remaining chapters of Exodus in coming weeks.

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

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