We grow up learning about Adam and Eve, and Noah. Ask any child who attends Bible Class every week who they are or tell me the story of _____ and they can tell you. As we grow up, we learn and study some more about these people in the Old Testament. We learn lots of new things about their lives, things I don’t remember learning when I was a kid. As a child we are fed with milk and as we grow up we need more substance, the meat (Hebrews 5:12-14). Here are just a few things that have caught my eye recently.
Adam was told in Genesis 2:16, 17 not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet in Genesis 3:3 Eve tells the serpent they weren’t even allowed to touch it. Some have said that Eve added to God’s word, but her eyes weren’t open to sin until after they ate the fruit (Genesis 3:7). So, they must have been told not to touch it, or else Eve lied before eating the fruit.
Noah and his wife had three sons and those three sons each had one wife (Genesis 6:18, 1Peter 3:20). More than likely, Mrs. Noah and the three daughter-in-laws still had family living in the days of Noah who were preached to by Noah, the preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5). They obviously did not heed his warnings. They had family members drown in the flood because they wouldn’t listen, but the 4 ladies still got on the boat (a great lesson for us today).
Did you know that before the great flood everyone was a vegetarian, even the animals? “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30 after they got off the ark, God let them eat meat (Genesis 9:3).
I am sure that when I reread Genesis more things will catch my eye. That is one of the many great things about the Bible. The more you read and study, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you can teach. The more you teach, more people will come to Christ. The more Christians there are, the happier this world will be. And it all starts with study (2 Timothy 2:15).
Kristina and her husband, Justin, serve with the church of Christ in Fairfield, IL where her husband is the preacher. Kristina is a stay-at-home mother to their three kids.