Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 28, 2016

Kepler’s To-Do List

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Kepler

Kepler

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Jack Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy. Recently he discovered that I have a daily To-Do List. He suggested I write an article telling his readers what is on my list.

My kennelmate Henry does not have a To-Do List. He just ambles through life on a moment-by-moment basis, taking what comes without any forethought or plan. But I need a plan to make sure I don’t miss out on anything.

My To-Do List

1. Eat!
I like watching Master fix my food. I whimper, jump, and do 360s while he prepares food bowls for Henry and me. Master always makes me settle, lie down, and wait. But I am all aquiver, while he gets it ready.

2. Wash Dishes
This is my favorite daily task. I clean dishes for Missus with my tongue and return them to her bone-dry in pristine condition. Master is very impressed with my work. He wants to sell our dishwasher on Craig’s List, but Missus insists on using it for the dishes after I clean them. Why, I don’t know. The dishwasher can’t possibly get a dish any cleaner after I finish with it.

3. Check Basement
Six months ago I helped trap a squirrel in the basement, so now everyday I check the basement hoping to find another squirrel, chipmunk, or mouse. I do this five times a day just to make sure nothing slips in and sets up house.

The Creator made each creature,
from amoeba to man, for its own
place and purpose in Creation.

4. Take a Walk.
I take Master & Missus on at least one walk every day. They need the exercise — you should see their tummies! I have to walk right beside Master. The pace seems excruciatingly slow to a lightning-legged terrier like me, but the walks are important for their health. I let Henry come along on these walks, since he just stays beside Missus. You might be surprised to hear that Master never sniffs a single tree, bush, or signpost on our walks. It seems a shame to waste such a great big beautiful nose on him, because I never see him use it.

5. Check the Trash
This is not supposed to be on my list. But the trash has so many interesting smells that I have to check on it frequently. Missus does not like this, so I zip in when she’s not looking.

I lo-o-o-ve napkins and tissues — clean or used. Master and Missus always punish me when I eat one. They put me on my side, grip me with claw hands, scold me, and exile me to my crate with a blanket covering it. I hate the punishment! But when I see a tissue or napkin, I think to myself, “I’ll take the punishment,” and I grab it.

It’s not fair to punish me, because I see Master and Missus get a napkin or Kleenex whenever they want. Of course they don’t stuff it into their mouth, chew it up, and swallow it. Mmmm … they don’t know what they’re missing.

Kepler Rides Bike

Kepler Rides Bicycle

6. Ride Bicycle
I try to ride a bicycle with Master or Missus every day, but it’s easier when we are camping. They want me to sit down in the basket, but I like to stand. I get a much better view riding in the bike basket than on walks.

7. Chase Squirrels
In an earlier article, I wrote about catching a chipmunk at a campground. Henry and I both like to chase the squirrels and chipmunks in Master’s backyard. Henry is good at this too, so I have drafted him into the Squirrel Patrol. I am Captain Kepler, and he is my right-paw-dog, Lieutenant Henry Morris.

Squirrels and chipmunks like to taunt us, staying just out of range. I like to surprise them with sudden dashes, but my tether usually pulls me up short of catching them … except one time when I caught the sassy little varmint when he miscalculated his taunting distance.

8. Sleep
I take several naps during the day to make sure my energy and focus is always on high alert. Sometimes Master and Missus are too relaxed about defending our campsite from an approaching coyote … or chihuahua. I waken instantly and leap to my feet at the earliest indication of approaching danger.

9. Play with Henry
Henry and I play together all day long. We chase each other around the house and wrestle. I get much more exercise in the winter now that Henry is here. We get along very well. Sometimes we even sleep together in the same crate.

Kepler

Kepler

10. Bark
If I don’t practice, I might lose this ability. Can someone please tell Master that God made dogs to bark? I get so tired of hearing the “Quiet” and “No Bark” commands. Master gives them to Henry and me many times every day! He says we need to learn self-control! But I never hear him give the Quiet or No Bark command to Missus! And sometimes she talks and laughs a lot! Shouldn’t she have to learn self-control? But Master seems to like her chatter.

Master thinks I bark too much. But I’m going to do it anyway.

Time to check the basement again. Till next time, Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder
  1. Every creature glorifies its Creator. How do your pets glorify the Creator?
  2. Jesus directed attention to the birds of the air as a vivid illustration of God’s faithful care over His creatures (Matthew 6:25-26). How can pets help us trust the Lord?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 13th article in a series of blog posts on our Jack Russell terrier Kepler.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel
12. Kepler’s Complaint

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Wednesday September 28, 2016 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 21, 2016

Big Dipper — Clock in the Sky

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Big Dipper Polaris

The Big Dipper is the most recognizable star pattern in the northern hemisphere. It is an asterism (group of stars) which is part of the constellation Ursa Major (Latin for Great Bear).

The stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl opposite the handle are the Pointer Stars, Merak and Dubhe. A line from Merak through Dubhe hits Polaris, the North Star, about one Dipper length away, as shown in the accompanying diagram.

Polaris is the end star of the handle of the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor, Little Bear). It lies above the earth’s North Pole. As the earth rotates, Polaris appears to stay fixed. Seen from earth, the rest of the stars appear to revolve around Polaris counterclockwise due to the earth’s rotation.

Who Made the Big Dipper?

God created the stars on Creation Day Four along with the sun and moon.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:14-18 NASB)

After Eden 20001211-ChristmasLights

The purpose for the “lights in the heavens” was “to divide the day from the night and for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years and to give light on the earth.” (Genesis 1:14-15)

The Genesis 1:15 statement “and it was so” indicates the stars were functioning immediately for their intended purpose right from the beginning. The stars would have to be visible to Adam right away for them to be of use in accomplishing these purposes. Adam saw stars the first night he was alive.

The Big Dipper Clock

The Big Dipper marks the seasons as it gradually shifts counterclockwise around Polaris throughout the year. The opening of its bowl always faces Polaris. At midnight Standard Time, or at 1 am Daylight Savings Time, on September 1 the Big Dipper is “beneath” Polaris “holding water” with the two Pointer Stars lined up vertically pointing up at Polaris. As the seasons progress the Big Dipper orbits counterclockwise around Polaris with the handle trailing the bowl. At midnight on December 1 it is standing on its handle to the right of Polaris with the two Pointer Stars lined up horizontally pointing left at Polaris. At midnight on March 1 it is upside down above Polaris. And on midnight on June 1 it is standing on the bowl left of Polaris.

The Big Dipper is God’s Clock in the Sky. By knowing the date, you can tell time at night from the position of the Big Dipper as it rotates counterclockwise around Polaris relative to the earth. The Big Dipper makes a complete circuit around Polaris every 24 hours. In 6 hours it moves 90 degrees, or 15 degrees every hour. From this information and that of the preceding paragraph, one can read the time at night from the position of the Big Dipper relative to Polaris.

Think of a giant clock face centered on Polaris in the sky with the Pointer Stars of the Big Dipper moving counterclockwise around Polaris. Every hour they move 15 degrees which corresponds to one-half hour on this giant clock face.

The basic idea for determining time from the Big Dipper’s position is to see where the Pointer Stars would be on the current date at midnight Standard Time or 1 am Daylight Savings Time. Then count backward or forward the proper number of hours as determined by the current position of the Pointer Stars. During each hour of time, the Pointer Stars move counterclockwise a half hour of clock position.

Examples

1. Suppose the Pointer Stars are lined up directly beneath pointing up at Polaris on October 15. What time of night is it?

October 15 is still Daylight Savings Time, so I will use that. The Pointer Stars would be at clock position 4:30 pointing at Polaris at 1 am DST on October 15, because October 15 is halfway between September 1 (Pointer Stars directly below pointing up at Polaris) and December 1 (Pointer Stars horizontal pointing left at Polaris). The Pointer Stars move 15 degrees every hour, so they would be at the 5 o’clock position at midnight DST, at the 5:30 o’clock position at 11 pm DST, and at the 6 o’clock position at 10 pm DST. So the answer is 10 pm DST.

2. Suppose the Pointer Stars are at the 11:30 o’clock position on February 1. What time of night is it?

At midnight Standard Time on February 1 the Pointer Stars would be at the 1 o’clock position pointing at Polaris. One hour later they would be at the 12:30 o’clock position. In another two hours they would be at the 11:30 o’clock position. Hence the time is 3 am.

The Big Dipper Glorifies God

Throughout Scripture Yahweh points to the heavens as reflectors of His glory.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)

The Big Dipper, Polaris, and the rest of the stars were created for signs and for seasons and for days and years. They help man measure the passage of time.

For thousands of years, the Big Dipper has accurately measured time. No man-made device has lasted nearly as long. The Big Dipper reflects the Creator’s glory as it fulfills one of the purposes for which He created it — measuring the passage of time.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Suppose the Pointer Stars are at the 11 o’clock position on May 15. What time of night (DST) is it?
  2. If the date of the diagram at the top of this article is June 15, what time of night is it?
Answers:
  1. 10 pm DST
  2. 9 pm DST

For more about the Big Dipper, read Did Adam See the Big Dipper?

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday September 21, 2016 A.D.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
(Genesis 1:14-18 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 14, 2016

Reader Asks: Do Mark & John Contradict?

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Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
(By Harry Anderson)

Are there contradictions in the Bible?

I believe there are not. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, the Almighty Creator of the universe. Hence it speaks truth — historically, geographically, logically, chronologically, and scientifically. It is without error on everything about which it speaks, and it speaks either directly or indirectly about everything.

Hence when presented with a seeming discrepancy like the one below, my approach is to look for a way in which the apparent contradiction can be harmoniously understood. Biblical accounts of the same event by different authors sometimes appear contradictory, but careful reading and contemplation will show they are complementary rather than contradictory.

Greg, a reader from the state of Washington, sent in the following question via the blog’s Contact Page. He wonders how to resolve a seeming time discrepancy between reports by Mark and John about the Triumphal Entry and Mary’s anointing of Jesus:

“I stumbled on your article Is This A Contradiction? about Mary’s anointing of Jesus. You easily dealt with the obvious concerns. In addition, you expressed unlimited confidence regarding trust in the historical accuracy of the Bible.

“I am therefore following up with an issue that I remain troubled over – the timing difference between the Feast/Anointing and the Triumphal Entry between Mark and John. In Mark, Jesus Triumphal Entry (Mark 11:1-11) occurs BEFORE the Feast/Anointing (Mark 14:1-9). In John, the Feast/Anointing precedes Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (John 12:1-18). In fact John formally states that the Triumphal Entry was precipitated by the guests to the Feast/Anointing (John 12:12). I do not see how this can be reconciled.”

Bible accounts from different witnesses
may vary in which details they choose
to record, but all are true. None contradict.

Now upon an initial reading of the Mark and John passages, it appears as if there may be a discrepancy between the timing Mark reports and the timing John reports. But the Bible is written as true literal history. The events reported in Scripture aren’t just concocted fables intended to teach moral principles like Aesop’s fables. Bible events really happened to the flesh-and-blood people that Scripture identifies, at the times that Scripture indicates, and in the earthly places that Scripture specifies. I trust both Mark’s and John’s accounts as accurate, true reports of actual events in the life of Jesus.

So how should this seeming discrepancy between Mark and John be understood? There must be a way to harmoniously understand the two accounts.

Resolution

First, I would understand the Feast and the Anointing as separate events. Mary’s anointing occurred at a dinner at the house of Simon the leper in Bethany. The Feast mentioned in the Gospels refers to the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, not Simon’s dinner.

John gives explicit chronological information. He says Jesus came to Bethany six days before the Passover. The dinner at Simon’s house where Mary anointed Jesus occurred some time after His arrival in Bethany, but not necessarily right away. According to John, the Triumphal Entry occurred the day following the anointing dinner. I believe this is the correct chronological sequence: anointing dinner followed the next day by the Triumphal Entry.

Neither Mark nor John say exactly when the anointing dinner occurred. For John, the anointing dinner occurred between Jesus’ arrival in Bethany and the Passover six days later on the day preceding he Triumphal Entry. All that Mark says regarding the timing of the anointing dinner is that it occurred “while He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper.” Mark does not sequentially connect it with any of the other events as John does. In particular, Mark does not say it occurred two days before the Passover.

Mark says the Passover was two days off when the chief priests and scribes were seeking to seize and kill Jesus “by stealth” so as not to cause a riot among the people (Mark 14:1-2). I think this prompted Mark’s flashback account of Simon’s dinner at this point, because the anointing at the dinner initiated Judas’ clandestine approach to the chief priests to betray Jesus (Mark 14:10-11). The money Judas was to receive for the betrayal likely also reminded Mark of the disciples’ indignation (probably led by Judas) over the financial waste of the perfume Mary poured over Jesus; this indignation was a major feature of Mark’s report of the dinner. The antipathy of the chief priests and scribes toward Jesus may also have reminded Mark of the contrasting worship of Jesus by Mary at Simon’s dinner. These three factors contributed to Mark’s decision to relate a previous event at this point in his account.

Thus Mark’s account of the anointing dinner is a flashback. He does not give it in chronological sequence as John does. The anointing dinner at Simon’s house in Bethany occurred the day before the Triumphal Entry. John reports the events in chronological order. Mark reports the dinner as a flashback.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How do you handle it when something in the Bible sounds inconsistent?
  2. Do you know of any proven contradiction in Scripture?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday September 14, 2016 A.D.

The unfolding of Thy words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.

(Psalm 119:130,160 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 7, 2016

Adam and the Genesis Road

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Do Adam and Genesis have anything to do with Jesus and the Gospel?

Many Christians think that Adam and Genesis are not important. They feel belief in Jesus is the only thing that matters. In their view, what’s important is the Gospel in the New Testament.

This view is wrong, because Adam and the Gospel are inextricably linked. Adam and Jesus are likewise inextricably linked, because Scripture identifies Jesus as The Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). The history of Genesis, in particular the account of Adam, is foundational to the Gospel. The basic ideas of the Gospel are rooted in Adam in Genesis.

The Gospel begins in Genesis!

The Genesis Road

The basics of the Gospel begin on the Genesis Road:
1. God created mankind in Adam. (Genesis 1:26-28)
2. Adam sinned and deserves death. (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:2-7)
3. The Creator died to save mankind from the death penalty for sin. (Genesis 3:15)

People must first understand that God created them and that they are therefore responsible to Him. Next they have to understand that they have broken God’s law and are under His condemnation and judgment. Then they can understand that the Creator died to save them. This all begins with Adam in Genesis.

The Lord God’s word to the Serpent in the Garden of Eden is a key part of the Genesis Road:
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.
” (Genesis 3:15 NASB)
The Lord God said the Serpent would bruise the heel of the woman’s Descendant (her seed), but the Descendant would bruise the Serpent’s head, implying a far more severe blow by the woman’s Descendant than by the Serpent. The seed of the woman was Jesus of Nazareth who was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary 4,000 years later. The Serpent bruised Jesus’ heel when Jesus was crucified for men’s sin. Revelation 20:7-10 reports the Serpent’s future doom when Jesus will bruise the Serpent’s head.

Who is God? Who is man? What is sin? Without the record of Adam in Genesis, you cannot answer these crucial questions. Dynamic evangelism starts where the Bible starts — with the Creator. The historical anchor of the Gospel is in Genesis.

America Needs the Genesis Road

America has lost its foundation of Biblical knowledge. Scientists trumpet Evolution as scientific fact. They avow the universe exploded into existence 15 billion years ago, the earth is billions of years old, and fossils are proof of evolution. Evolutionists claim people are animals descended from ape-like creatures, originating by chance from slimy goo millions of years ago, without purpose or meaning. Everything is explained naturalistically, so God is superfluous. People embrace the self-contradictory “absolute truth” that “There is no absolute truth.” Of course all this is complete nonsense, but it’s the prevailing mindset.

To many, therefore, it is meaningless to talk about sinners and God’s love. Future judgment and a God-man raised from the dead 2,000 years ago seem irrelevant. These concepts baffle people who exalt scientists as arbiters of truth and consequently swallow their evolutionary tale of fiction. It escapes most people that evolutionary speculations are not demonstrable science.

Evolutionary beliefs are a barrier to the Gospel. They must be confronted and dismantled with the truth of Creation. Only then can people truly understand the message of the Cross. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) The righteous can restore the Gospel’s firm foundation of Creation. How? Articulate a clear Genesis-based explanation of life, sin, and death. Teaching foundations generates intense interest in Bible truth. Pocket New Testaments should add Genesis instead of Psalms and Proverbs. Then people would have the foundational material needed to understand the message of the cross.

The Gospel is rooted in Genesis! Creation is not a side issue; it is central and essential.

Who is God? Who is man? What is sin?
Without the record of Adam in Genesis,
these crucial questions have no answers.

Paul Used the Genesis Road

How did the Apostle Paul deliver the Gospel? He used the Genesis Road to present the Gospel to the pagans of his day. Paul referenced Adam’s sin in Genesis to explain why Jesus had to die and rise again.
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NASB)
So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:45-47 NASB)

How did history’s premier missionary strategist penetrate Gospel-resistant cultures like that of America? In Lystra and Athens the Apostle Paul confronted cultures that were ignorant of God. He introduced God the same way God identified Himself to people in the Bible–as the Creator.

In Lystra on his 1st Missionary Journey, Paul identified the true God as the One “who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them” (Acts 14:15). Paul’s “creation evangelism” established a sound church with enduring fruit. Timothy, a Lystra native, was likely converted at this time, for Paul repeatedly calls Timothy his son in the faith. Paul’s portrait of the Creator resonated with Scripture Timothy knew from childhood (2 Timothy 3:15).

Timothy matured to high regard in Lysta’s creation-sown church and was drafted to accompany Paul on his 2nd Missionary Journey. Timothy’s crucial assignments included supervising the Ephesian church after the silversmith riot and “reminding” the fractious Corinthian church of Paul’s doctrine. Timothy helped author six Pauline epistles and was the recipient of two others. Creation evangelism at Lystra has overflowed to energize the Church for 20 centuries.

In Athens, Paul’s “Unknown God” address identified the true God–the “God who made the world and all things in it. …He gives to all life and breath and all things, and He made from one, every nation of mankind.” (Acts 17:24-26) Here creation evangelism intrigued even skeptical philosophers. Some hearers believed–like Dionysius, a high official in the Athenian Council. Eusebius reports that Dionysius became the first bishop of Athens and was martyred. Paul’s God-the-Creator gospel pierced the darkness.

Preaching only Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection often does not get through, because today few have the background to understand. People must first recognize who God is and why He has a claim on their lives. Like Paul, introduce God as Creator, the Maker of heaven and earth. Start with Adam and Genesis to establish the basics needed for people to grasp salvation truth.

Genesis is vital for understanding the Bible’s central message–Jesus’ crucifixion for sin and the significance of His resurrection. Scripture’s bedrock is the Creation foundation laid in Genesis and rooted in Adam.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Can you explain who God is without identifying Him as the One who made heaven and earth?
  2. Can you explain why compromise on the history of Genesis 1–3 undermines confidence in the truth and authority of Scripture? How does it undermine the message of the Gospel?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 42nd of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam. This concludes the series on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel

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Wednesday September 7, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 31, 2016

Adam and the Gospel

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After Eden 20140516SideIssue

Many Christians think that the Creation/Evolution controversy is a side issue. They think Genesis is not important. They feel belief in Jesus is the only thing that matters. In their view, what’s important is the Gospel in the New Testament. They attach no significance to whether Genesis records actual history.

Is this view correct?

No, it is not. Adam and the Gospel are inextricably linked. The history of Genesis, in particular Creation, is foundational to the Gospel. The basic ideas of the Gospel are rooted in Adam in Genesis.

Who Is God?

How do you even explain who God is without Genesis and Creation?

Scripture’s very first sentence identifies God as Creator:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Evangelism was the Apostle John’s stated purpose for writing (John 20:31), and at the very start of his Gospel, John unveils Jesus as God the Creator:
In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God. … All things came into being through Him; apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:1,3)

Genesis and John introduce God and Jesus with the simplest but most profound identification man can understand — “Creator.” God’s identity is so clear from Creation that the Apostle Paul said people have no excuse (Romans 1:20). Creation is the natural starting point for meeting God.

Genesis documents Adam’s violation of the Creator’s command and God’s judgment. People need historical truth from Genesis to comprehend sin and death and the solution in Christ.

Is Creation essential to the Gospel? It is the foundation of the Gospel! Paul’s Gospel explanation spotlighted Jesus’ identity as the Creator (Colossians 1:13-23). Revelation’s angel broadcasts the “everlasting gospel” summoning all men to “worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea.” (Revelation 14:6-7)

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The Romans Road of Salvation

One tool often used to present the Gospel is called the Romans Road. It is a series of verses forming a pathway or Road through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, explaining the Gospel. Interestingly, the Romans Road must begin with a Genesis Road! To really understand the Romans verses, one needs to understand the Genesis verses.

The Romans Road appears in various formulations and choices of verses. Here is one with comments showing how it ties to Genesis.

1. As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one. … There is none who does good, there is not even one.” … For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10, 12, 23 NASB)
This passage proclaims that every single individual is a sinner. But what does that mean? What is sin? To answer one has to go to Genesis 3 for the historical account of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience to God’s command. They broke God’s law — that is where sin started.

2. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
Sin corrupted Adam’s nature. All his offspring have inherited his sin nature and sinned. Paul himself brings Adam into the Gospel.

3. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
What is the consequence of sin? It is Death as specified by Yahweh in Genesis 2:17. The origin of death occurred in Genesis 3 with Adam’s sin.

4. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Yahweh first hinted at this solution to Adam’s problem in Genesis 3:15 when He promised that seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent. This “seed of the woman” that Yahweh promised Adam was the Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.

5. If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
In Genesis 3:15 Yahweh promised that help would come through one of Eve’s descendants. The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled that promise. As a result, through faith in Jesus we can be saved from the eternal death Adam brought upon us all. Faith in Jesus Christ restores a relationship of peace with God.
But where do we first learn about faith? It’s through Adam’s son Abel in Genesis.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4 NASB)
Later in Genesis, Abraham showed by example the significance of faith in God:
Then he [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 NASB)

This is the Romans Road of salvation. It begins in Genesis. Without Genesis it makes no sense.

Curiously, unbelievers sometimes recognize the foundation of the Gospel in Adam and Genesis better than Christians. Atheist Richard Bozarth wrote,

“It’s clear that the whole justification of Jesus’ life and death is predicated on the existence of Adam and the forbidden fruit he and Eve ate. Without the original sin, who needs to be redeemed? Without Adam’s fall into a life of constant sin terminated by death, what purpose is there to Christianity? None. … Without Adam, without the original sin, Jesus Christ is reduced to a man with a mission on a wrong planet!”
(R. Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution,” American Atheist, Sept 1979, p. 30)

The Gospel begins with Adam!

This 7-minute video, The Lightlings by R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries, is an allegory of the Biblical account of redemption. Children especially will enjoy meeting a race of tiny beings called Lightlings who are a picture of humanity as they experience Creation, Fall, and Redemption.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Can you explain who God is without identifying Him as the One who made heaven and earth?
  2. Can you explain why compromise on the history of Genesis 1–3 undermines confidence in the truth and authority of Scripture? How does it undermine the message of the Gospel?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 41st of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics

Read the concluding sequel:
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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Wednesday August 31, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 24, 2016

Adam & the Olympics

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Citius, Altius, Fortius!
(Faster, Higher, Stronger!)

It’s the official Latin motto of the Olympic Games.

Watching the Rio Olympics over the last few weeks prompted intriguing questions in my mind:
How would Adam have fared in the Olympics?
How fast could he run?
How fast could he swim?
Would Adam have been “faster, higher, stronger” than today’s Olympic athletes?

Throughout these Rio Olympics I have heard over and over that Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the fastest man who ever lived. He has won nine gold medals for the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints and the 4×100 meter relay in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics, easily besting the competition.

Similarly many consider American swimmer Michael Phelps the greatest swimmer ever. He has competed in five summer Olympics and won 28 medals, 23 of them gold. Both are all-time Olympic records.

But is it really valid to say Bolt is the fastest man and Phelps the fastest swimmer who ever lived?

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They are certainly the fastest in recent history, but it is not possible to know whether they are the fastest ever. For example, nobody knows how fast pre-Flood men ran and swam.

Now I cannot state for certain how fast Adam ran or swam, because the Bible does not say. But I will make an educated guess about how he would compare with today’s athletes.

Ancient Mighty Men

Genesis mentions the existence of mighty men of renown on earth prior to Noah’s Flood:
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4 NASB)

The Norse, Roman, and Greek legends of ancient superheroes and demigods were probably based on dimly remembered exploits of real men like these mighty men of renown of Genesis. Such men would have easily bested today’s athletes.

I think antediluvian men would dominate today’s Olympics like nothing modern man has ever seen. I think they were bigger, stronger, and smarter than men today, because they were closer to the original perfect Adam and Eve with less time for genetic deterioration. We hear sports journalists and reporters gasp in awe today at minor improvements in world records. The way antediluvians would romp through the Olympics easily winning all the gold medals would astonish beyond belief.

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How Fast Could Adam Run and Swim?

So what about Adam? How would he have fared in the Olympics?

Adam was created perfect from the hand of God. Far from being a product of a random evolutionary hit-and-miss process over millions of years, Adam was created de nouveau from scratch out of the ground by Yahweh.
(Genesis 2:7)

Adam was the Crown of God’s Creation! Yahweh created Adam in His own image, according to His likeness.
(Genesis 1:26-27)

Adam was literally God-like, in a way that no man since has been. His energy and vitality far surpassed that of people today, as he lived to age 930 (Genesis 5:5). The genes of history’s greatest athletes came originally from Adam.

Even if we don’t know exactly how fast Adam could run and swim, I think there’s little doubt that he would easily best today’s top athletes. I can imagine Adam powering his way through the Olympic events, collecting gold medal after gold medal.

Following Adam’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden, the degenerative effects of sin went to work immediately, and his descendants gradually lost what Adam had. After six sin-ravaged millennia of degeneration, it is impossible to imagine how superlative Adam was before the cumulative damages of sin and genetic defects.

Who was the best athlete who ever lived? Probably the God-like Original Man, Adam.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What other features of humanity are intriguing to consider in their pre-Fall glory?
  2. Why do you think God doesn’t tell us more about the mighty men of renown of Genesis 6:4?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 40th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?

Read the sequels:
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 24, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 17, 2016

Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?

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Did Yahweh use a gradual process of development (such as the one imagined by the theory of evolution) to make Adam, the very first man?

Today many Christians think that God may have used an evolutionary process to create Adam. Over the last two centuries many have embraced this view in an attempt to harmonize the Bible with the teachings of Charles Darwin and his followers who popularized the notion of man evolving over millions of years.

Did Adam come from a random evolutionary process involving millions of years of random molecules merging, incomplete life forms, gradual beneficial changes, and eons of death?

Absolutely NOT! The Genesis record emphasizes that God’s immediate evaluation was “very good” for the entirety of His work of creation:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

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An inefficient, haphazard, death-saturated process like evolution would never be described as “very good” by the omniscient Almighty Creator! Therefore death could not have been part of the original “very good” Adam-making process, as evolution requires.

Moreover, Scripture specifies that death entered the world as a result of the sin by Adam which obviously occurred after Adam’s creation:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12).

It is clear from Genesis that sin (and therefore death) occurred after the completion of creation. Before death was in effect, no evolutionary development could occur to produce Adam.

On Day Six of Creation Week, Genesis records that the Lord God took earth, formed the first man Adam, and breathed life into him. From mud to man by God’s own hand, Adam was created in one day with no evolutionary antecedents:
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NASB)

Jesus Himself also clearly taught that there were no long eras of evolution leading up to Adam. For Jesus asserted,
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6-9)
According to Jesus, God created Adam and Eve fully formed as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning.

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The clear unambiguous thrust of Genesis 1 is that God created the world, including Adam and Eve, in six days by His Word. There’s no time for Evolution which would require at least millions of years.

Moreover, Yahweh designed reproduction according to kind to propagate life. Genesis specifies that God created life and provided for its orderly continuation through each kind multiplying. Ten times the historical record in Genesis 1 says “after their kind.” There was and is no evolution of one life kind to another. No kind ever developed into a different kind.

This pattern has been man’s consistent observation, without a single exception, throughout the 6,000 years of earth history. Great variation may appear within a kind, yet each kind reproduces only after its own kind. The Dog kind has great variety: wolves, Great Danes, bulldogs, foxes, Chihuahuas, huskies, dingoes. But dogs always produce dogs. Dogs never produce cats or camels or crocodiles or canaries or any other kind of non-dog life.

Thus Adam was not the result of evolution from another kind of life. Adam did not evolve from some common ancestor with apes. The human kind only produces humans, and no other life kind ever produces humans. Adam was the original human made by God’s own hand. Adam did not evolve from any other kind of life.

Did Jesus Believe in Evolution?

Jesus Himself recognized reproduction only within kind when He said, “Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matthew 7:15-20) The logical argument Jesus was making (on identifying false teachers by their fruit) disintegrates unless reproduction of life is only according to kind; otherwise grapes might come from thorn bushes!

Jesus obviously did NOT believe in the evolution of one kind of life into another. He did not believe Adam was a product of evolution.

Evolution was not an issue in Jesus’ day. The Jews believed in Creation, because they were disciples of Moses who wrote down the Genesis account of creation. But what would Jesus have answered if asked whether God used evolution to make Adam? I think Jesus would have answered something like this:

Have you not read, “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” Adam was the original son of God made by My own hand. (cf Mark 10:6-9; Genesis 2:7; John 1:1-3)

Worldviews Collide

Evolutionism and Creationism are directly opposed to each other, and the consequences of the two worldviews diverge dramatically. Evolutionism is sinful man’s futile attempt to explain how life arose by natural processes without acknowledging God. Sadly many Christians have been fooled and led astray through their desire to be accepted by the world and by pressure from current scientific opinion.

Scripture is crystal clear: God created Adam
from the ground on Creation Day Six. Evolution
played no part in God’s work of Creation.

The notion that God used Evolution to create Adam is a completely speculative belief. There is no historical documentation supporting such a belief. There is no Biblical basis for such a belief. There is no hard scientific evidence supporting such a belief. No scientist ever observed the evolution of a life-kind into Adam. It’s simply a belief about the unobservable past, not a historical fact. It’s a belief driven by a worldview commitment to Evolutionism. Molecules-to-man evolutionism is the God-denying religion of our time.

In a day of rampant confusion on this issue, it is vital for believers to know what Scripture teaches. We must stand firm, as pillars in support of the truth, able to articulate a logical and compelling explanation of origins according to the Word of God.

So, did God use evolution to create Adam? The answer is an unequivocal NO! Belief in evolution as a mechanism for the formation of Adam contradicts the clear teaching of both Genesis and Jesus, and slanders Yahweh’s character as well.

Scripture is crystal clear: God created Adam from the ground on Creation Day Six. Evolution played no part in Yahweh’s work of Creation. God’s people must follow the clear creationist teaching of Scripture and oppose the world’s evolutionary propaganda.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Can you think of one piece of hard, unassailable evidence that one kind of life changed into another?
  2. If Jesus did not believe Adam was the product of Evolution, what firm evidence is there to overrule Him?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 39th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?

Read the sequels:
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 17, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 10, 2016

Could Adam Read & Write?

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The concept of ancient man that many have is a savage, knuckle-dragging brute who communicated at best only with grunts. Reading and writing would be out of the question. Is this picture, a hoax promoted by evolutionists, accurate?

To discover what ancient man was truly like, begin at the beginning with the first man — Adam. Adam’s creation in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should cast immediate doubt on the evolutionary portrait.

How does Scripture portray earliest man? Could Adam speak intelligently? Could he read and write?

Adam’s Verbal Skills

Adam could talk and understand spoken language from the beginning, from the day he was created.

On the day Adam was created, Yahweh spoke to him. He commanded Adam to be fruitful and multiply and told him what to eat and what not to eat. So clearly Adam could understand spoken language; otherwise it would make no sense for Yahweh to speak to him, give him instructions, and warn him against eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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.” 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. (Genesis 1:28-29 NASB)
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 NASB)

Likewise, Adam himself could speak. On the day he was created he named the animals (Genesis 2:19-20). This took great intelligence and verbal skill to think up names for thousands of kinds of animals in only a few hours.

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Later that same day upon meeting Eve, Adam exclaimed:
“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
(Genesis 2:23 NASB)

After Adam and Eve sinned by eating the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Yahweh spoke with them and they both spoke to Him (Genesis 3:8-19).

Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).

Eve as well could speak and understand language. She conversed with the Serpent, she conversed with Yahweh, and she said of Cain’s birth, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” (Genesis 3:1-6, 13; 4:1)

Adam Wrote a Book!

Adam could also read and write. The first four chapters of Genesis come from Adam’s written records, as the beginning of chapter 5 summarizes:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. (Genesis 5:1-2 NASB)

The Hebrew word cepher (Strong’s H5612) translated book literally means writing and indicates a register, account, or history.

Moses authored the first five books of the Bible. While he wrote most of Exodus through Deuteronomy himself, he was probably a compiler and editor for Genesis. I believe he took patriarchal records handed down from Adam, Noah, Shem, Terah (Abraham’s father), Ishmael, Isaac, Esau, and Jacob and put them together, likely with some editing, to form what we know as Genesis.

Throughout Genesis, Moses credited his sources. Here are Moses’ “credits” for the records he used to compile his historical account:
Gen 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam.
Gen 6:9 These are the records of the generations of Noah.
Gen 10:1 Now these are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah.
Gen 11:10 These are the records of the generations of Shem.
Gen 11:27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah.
Gen 25:12 Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son.
Gen 25:19 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son.
Gen 36:1 Now these are the records of the generations of Esau.
Gen 36:9 These then are the records of the generations of Esau.
Gen 37:2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

The credit in Genesis 5:1 is for Adam’s record. Genesis 1:1-5:1 comes from Adam’s records that were handed down father-to-son and which Noah took with him on the Ark and then handed down to his son Shem who passed them on all the way to Jacob.

Jacob’s death in Egypt is recounted in the last chapter of Genesis. Jacob’s records and those of his forebears were surely passed on to Moses (several generations after Jacob).

At his death Joseph specifically asked that his bones be taken from Egypt back to the Promised Land when the Israelites returned (Genesis 50:24-25). Moses took the bones of Joseph with him when he led the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 13:19). If the bones of Joseph were preserved for Moses to take with him at the Exodus, it’s reasonable to think that the Israelites would also have preserved the much-more-valuable records of Jacob and that Moses would have had access to them.

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The Genesis record reports that Adam’s early descendants also possessed superior mental abilities. Adam’s son Cain built the city Enoch. To build a city requires math, physics, and engineering knowledge, not to mention planning and personnel-management skills. Tubalcain, in the seventh generation from Adam, developed metallurgy. His half-brother Jubal invented musical instruments. Noah, in the ninth generation from Adam, built a huge ocean-going vessel that survived history’s greatest storm.

Despite Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, Adam apparently had a special fondness for his first-born Cain. For he kept up with him and his descendants for seven generations, as Adam recorded in his book! (Genesis 4:17-24)

Adam was no bumpkin. He was created with intelligence and verbal and linguistic skills that he exercised from the beginning. Yes, Adam could read and write. In fact, he probably invented writing.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How much knowledge, skills, and technology do you think you could learn or develop if you lived for 930 years like Adam?
  2. If you could live for several centuries, what would you want to study and learn in your second century?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 38th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?

Read the sequels:
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 10, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 3, 2016

Did Adam Like Steak?

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My favorite steak is rare prime rib, and my favorite fish fillet is grilled Cajun salmon. Did Adam enjoy these same pleasures?

Did Eve cook Adam a savory steak for their first romantic dinner together in Eden? Did she do a Surf & Turf combo, serving him a swordfish or tuna steak as well?

Many Christians suppose that Adam did not enjoy steaks and fish fillets till much later in life. They reason that the two original cows or two salmon that God made would need time to reproduce. Only much later would there be enough cattle and salmon for Adam to harvest some for food. If he ate a steak or salmon the first night, they assume the cow or salmon kinds would be finished, because they think only two of each kind were created in the beginning.

While I agree with the conclusion that Adam did not have steak or fish for dinner on his first evening, I disagree with the reasoning used to reach that conclusion.

How Many Creatures Did Yahweh Create?

How many fish, birds, and animals did Yahweh make on Creation Days Five and Six?

We know Yahweh did begin with a single pair of humans. He created Adam first, and then made Eve later in the day from Adam’s rib. Yahweh commanded the couple to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). All subsequent humans descended from Adam and Eve through the usual human reproductive process. The Apostle Paul confirmed this in his speech to the Athenians:
He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation. (Acts 17:26 NASB)

But Genesis seems to indicate that at least with the fish, Yahweh made many pairs of each kind.
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.” 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. (Genesis 1:20-21 NASB)

The Hebrew word translated teem or swarm is shârats (שָׁרַץ, Strong’s H8317). It means bring forth abundantly. Thus it appears that with the fish and possibly also for the birds and animals, Yahweh created abundantly and profusely to get the world started. Not only did He create many kinds of animals, but it seems that He created many pairs of each kind.

So why didn’t Adam have Surf & Turf for dinner his first night?

Adam Was a Vegetarian!

Scripture tells us exactly what food God provided for Adam to eat:
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; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30 NASB)

Adam’s food was plants that had seeds and fruits with seeds. It would probably never even have occurred to Adam to eat an animal. The idea would have been repugnant to him. Ugh!

Adam’s first dinner was probably salad and fruit. But it likely tasted better than any fruit or salad you or I have ever had. What about dessert? I’m pretty sure it was pecan pie, the obvious way to finish a perfect meal!

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Should Humans Be Vegetarians?

Yahweh told Adam to eat green plants and fruit, the perfect food in a perfect world. Does this mean we should all be vegetarians today?

No. After Noah’s Flood around 2500 BC, Yahweh explicitly gave man permission to eat meat.
The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. (Genesis 9:2-3 KJV)
Yahweh gave meat, birds, and fish to man to eat, just as He had originally given green plants.

So the first human carnivores were Noah’s family.

Eating meat and flesh was affirmed by the words and example of Jesus Himself. He commanded His disciples to prepare the Passover meal, and He ate it with them (Matthew 26:18-21). This was an unvarying ritual according to Divine instructions, and it included lamb meat.

Jesus also prepared fish for His disciples to eat, and He ate fish Himself.
And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) (Mark 7:18-19 NASB)
So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. (John 21:9-13 NASB)
While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. (Luke 24:41-43)

In Peter’s vision he was specifically told to “kill and eat” animals and birds. (Acts 10:11-16)

Adam died over a century before Noah was born. So Adam would have enjoyed a vegetarian diet for his whole life. He never had a Surf & Turf meal. But pecan pie makes up for a lot!

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why did Yahweh add meat to the menu only after the Flood?
  2. Which meat, fish, or fowl would you miss the most if you lived before Yahweh added meat to the human menu?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 37th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?

Read the sequels:
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday August 3, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 27, 2016

Did Adam See Dinosaurs?

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What is your favorite dinosaur?
Is it a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Stegosaurus?

Do you think Adam saw, worked with, or played with your favorite dinosaur?

Did Adam open a McDino’s and serve dino-burgers? Did he enjoy them for dinner?

From television to textbooks, a barrage of evolutionist propaganda on dinosaurs bombards us daily. Some years ago noshing at my desk, I read on oatmeal packets these misleading “Dino-Facts” from the Encyclopedia Britannica intended to indoctrinate children at the breakfast table:

Dinosaurs ruled the earth for 140 million years but died out over 60 million years before man appeared. Dinosaurs hunted in packs and nested in the same place every year, with a lifespan of 50-60 years. Their teeth indicate whether they ate meat, plants, or both.

However, this oatmeal-packet tale is stuffed with imaginative nonsense. The truth is that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time starting about 6,000 years ago. Evolutionary age estimates have been torpedoed by startling fossil discoveries: at fossil digs over the last 20 years, fossilized dinosaur bones have broken open to reveal soft tissue, including flexible blood vessels. Also, dinosaurs never ruled Earth; man has ruled from the beginning as God commanded (Genesis 1:26-28).

If bones are “100 million years old,” how could one possibly tell from them a dinosaur’s lifespan, whether it hunted or grazed, or what its nesting habits were? From looking at a panda’s teeth you would conclude pandas are carnivorous, but eyewitnesses report that those teeth actually are for chewing tough bamboo stalks. It is not even known whether dinosaurs were cold-blooded or warm-blooded, much less Britannica’s other speculations.

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Dinosaur fossils have been discovered on every continent beginning in the 1820s. Most are in massive water-deposited bone graveyards, probably resulting from Noah’s Flood. Dinosaurs averaged about the size of a pony, though some were the size of a hamster, and some were even larger than the 50-foot Tyrannosaurus and weighed up to 80 tons. Their skeletal structure was more like a mammal than a reptile.

“Dinosaur” comes from two Greek words meaning “terrible lizard.” The word “dinosaur” is not in the English Bible, because it was not coined until 1841 by creationist scientist and head of the British museum Dr. Richard Owen, centuries after the King James Version was translated.

Yet it is certain that Adam saw dinosaurs. The land dinosaurs were created the same day he was — on Creation Day Six. Dinosaurs would fall in the category of “beasts of the earth.”
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. (Genesis 1:24-25)

Later that day God gave Adam the privilege of naming the “beasts of the field.” So Adam named dinosaurs. While looking for a companion for Adam, God brought dinosaurs to Adam:
God formed every beast of the field…and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. … The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18-20)

Can you imagine a stegosaurus companion for Adam? I am glad that Adam held out for Eve!

Did Adam eat dino-burgers? It is certain that Adam never enjoyed a dino-burger. God provided seed-yielding green plants and fruit for food for man and beast (Genesis 1:29-30). He did not give permission to eat meat till after Noah’s Flood (Genesis 9:3).

Dinosaurs Used To Be Called Dragons

Dragon legends exist in every people group worldwide and are surely based on real confrontations with real dinosaurs. From China to Australia, from Europe to India, from Scandinavia to Persia, over 200 cultures have stories and art with dragons. Dragons adorn many national shields and family crests.

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Dinosaur pictographs and carvings on cave walls provide extra-Biblical evidence that man knew dinosaurs. Far-flung people groups depict identical dinosaurs in their art.

Battles between ancient mariners and great sea monsters were likely genuine encounters with ocean dinosaurs. Monstrous dinosaurs once swam the seas which supported their enormous bodies.

Deep in remote African jungles, unconfirmed sightings report dinosaurs still alive today. Accounts of monsters in isolated lakes around the world may be plesiosaurs.

Dinosaurs in the Bible

The Bible has many references to dinosaurs or dragons. Eve’s tempter in the Garden of Eden may have been a dragon or dinosaur before transformation by Yahweh’s “on your belly” curse. John calls Satan the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil. (Revelation 20:2)

Noah took specimens of every kind of land animal on the ark, and this includes dinosaurs (Genesis 6:19-20). Although hundreds of dinosaur species have been given names, many from scanty evidence, yet only about 50 dinosaur kinds would be needed for the ark. All baby dinosaurs were small, since the largest fossilized dinosaur eggs ever found are football size. Noah probably took hatchlings or young dinosaurs to save space, and to ensure that their entire reproductive life cycle would be available for replenishing the earth.

Literary scholar Dorothy Sayers authored an advent calendar The Story of Noah’s Ark in 1956. Fritz Wegner’s calendar illustration shows animals, including dragons, gathered at the Ark. Sayers wrote, “To be sure there were Dragons in the Ark, or there wouldn’t have been one for St. George to fight.” Sayers logically deduced the presence of dragons on Noah’s Ark from history’s evidence of St. George’s battle with a dragon and from the Genesis record that all air-breathing animals outside the Ark died.

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Ironically, the Bible’s most extensive description of any animal (44 verses) portrays two terrifying dinosaurs, Behemoth and Leviathan. Behemoth was a monstrous beast with a tree-like tail, bones like bronze, and limbs like bars of iron. Leviathan was king of God’s creation, an enormous fire-breathing dinosaur with vicious teeth and stone-hard impenetrable scales. Leviathan probably spawned the fire-breathing-dragon legends of antiquity. (Job 40:15-41:34)

The evolutionary dogma that men never saw dinosaurs has infected many Bible commentators. Thus Study Bible notes and commentaries often identify Behemoth as an elephant or hippopotamus and Leviathan as a crocodile. This is absurd in light of the actual Biblical descriptions. The only reason for these gymnastics of poor interpretation is to avoid the obvious conclusion that Scripture writers saw dinosaurs vividly and repeatedly, and expected the reader to recognize a detailed eyewitness description.

The words “dragon” or “monster” (Hebrew tanniyn, Greek drakon) appear 48 times in the Bible and probably refer to dinosaurs (Job 7:12; Psalm 74:13; 148:7; Isaiah 27:1; 51:9; Jeremiah 51:34; Ezekiel 29:3). The flying serpent of Isaiah 30:6 may be a winged dinosaur. In Revelation, the figurative use of “dragon” for Satan (13 times) was surely based on John’s awareness of horrifying real monsters which we would call dinosaurs.

Some Bible verses mention dragons right along with other well-known animals:
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the dragon
(literally, tanniyn) you will trample down. (Psalm 91:13)
The Psalmist expected readers to recognize the dragon (dinosaur) creature just as they would a lion or cobra.

Contrary to evolutionary belief, dinosaurs were contemporary with man. Adam named them about 6,000 years ago. They were on the Ark with Noah around 2500 BC. They were well known to Job (circa 2000 BC). Dinosaurs were familiar to Isaiah (700 BC), Jeremiah and Ezekiel (600 BC), and the Apostle John (50 AD). Dinosaurs run, swim, and fly through the Bible — starting with Adam in Genesis all the way to John in Revelation.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What fresh insights can you find if you challenge yourself to hear Scripture at face value without “politically correct” distortions?
  2. Have you bought your children some exciting illustrated dinosaur books that are Biblically faithful?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 36th of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam
(with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant?
(with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
31. What Was Adam’s Tree of Life?
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?

Read the sequels:
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday July 27, 2016 A.D.

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
(Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)

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