BSF Genesis: Week 4, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

13.
a.
Cursed above all animals, crawl on belly, eat dust, enmity between you & woman & offspring, he crush head you strike heel

b.
labor pains, desire for husband, he will rule over you

c.
Ground cursed b/c of you, through painful toil will you eat, thorns, thistles, work, sweat, die: from dust to dust

14.
a.
That the offspring of a woman (Jesus) would crush the head of the serpent (satan)

b.
Made garments of skin (some living thing died)

15.
a.
Except for the gift of salvation, we are condemned by sin, being born into a sinful state. Through Adam & Eve’s sin, we were separated from communion with God.

b.
Christ, the lamb, takes away the sin, only through Christ may we reunite, His shedding of blood paid the price for our un-punised sin and re-initiated atonement.

My Daily Journal:

While answering the questions today was relatively easy, the reality behind them is hard.  Our lesson today reminds us of the rippling consequences of sin.  When we sin it changes things and it stretches out to affect not only ourselves, but others, our environment and even future generations.  The sin of Adam and Even brought pain and suffering, longing and brokenness, mistreatment and domination, thorns and thistles, work and sweat to eat and survive.  And, it brought death.  None of this was God’s design, none His desire for us, nor are these bad things that God put in place to get even.  God is not vindictive, that is not an attribute of God.  These are ripples of the original sin.

When God sacrificed the first animal, it only provided a covering.  Underneath, we were still the same creature carrying the same sin, bearing the same consequences and ripples of our sin.  That was true of sacrifices throughout the old testament.  They were coverings for our inability to completely obey the law.

But, Christ’s sacrifice was different.  He crushed the head of Satan in the spiritual world and has paid the price of our sin.   Clearly, there is still pain, suffering, toil and death in this physical world and the bible tells us that Satan has not, yet, been removed from this world, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are no longer of this world.  Christ’s death was not just a covering, we are a new creation.

This is critically important to remember as we read the verses in today’s lesson.  We readily acknowledge in church that Christ removed death, one of the repercussions of the original sin.  But, He did not stop there.  He actually removes the sin and all the ripples of it for eternity.  Do we still face pain, longing, brokenness and mistreatment?   Yes, because we are still aliens in this physical world. But, through the work of the Holy Spirit in us, we are being transformed back into the state that we were with God before the original sin.  He can heal our pain, He can provide for our needs. He can remove the thorns and thistles that entangle us.  He can teach us how to live together without longing or domineering.  All of that is from sin.  These are not God’s design, they are all bad things that were ripples from our original sin.  God sacrificed the animal in the garden to cover our sin, but He sacrificed His only son to remove the sin and ALL that goes with it.

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8 thoughts on “BSF Genesis: Week 4, Day 5”

  1. Hi, Q14a’s answer also include the prophecy of Jesus’s virgin birth. He is the seed of the woman, not the man. The man has no part in it.

  2. I just discovered your site…thank you so much for your blog. You put things in such simple terms for me that bring new light to my BSF studies (6th year). I needed a fresh new voice to enjoy my Bible studies more. God bless you.

  3. Hello,
    I missed last week’s meeting with my son home ill. I was directed to this site for the scripture readings and questions, but all I see are the scriptures and answers. Am I lost?
    Can you please direct me to the discussion questions for this week?

    Thank you,
    Heather

  4. Thank you for the questions for the Fifth day. Could I possibly get the questions for the Second thru Fourth Days? Thanks in advance.

    1. Questions are available at bsfgroups.org. My answers and journal are on the site, just click the week at the right to show all the answers for that week.

  5. I just discovered your blog, and it is such a blessing. The Genesis BSF is my fourth year, and I thank God for it. Your comments and transparency of heart are so helpful. Thank you, and may God richly bless you.
    I never realized till reading your comment above that Jesus not only removes our sin, but even the ripples of it for all eternity? That is awesome, because I never understood it that way. What Scripture tells us this? Just this morning, I was thanking God for saving me and forgiving my sins, but still regretting some of my choices and their consequences and asking Him to make my crooked ways straight in my children’s lives. Aren’t consequences ripples?

    1. I hope the lecture helps with this. The Apostle Paul does a far better job of discussing this. I would refer you to start in Romans 5 where he discusses that the gift of Christ was a gift of righteousness and not just for Adam and Eve’s sin, but being made right again with God for all of the sins of the world.

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