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Genesis 3:1-4:26

The verse that really caught my eye this go round was verse one in the third chapter:

NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? [Rev. 12:9-11.]
(Genesis 3:1 AMP)

Pride gets us into trouble every time. When our pride is kept under submission, we will not fall into the trap of trying to answer the question, “Can it really be that God has said…” We don’t have to see an actual snake or a guy dressed up in a red suit, pitchfork and a bifurcated appendage to get into trouble. In an attempt to appear all knowing and not left out of the loop, the woman went to a dangerous place, she tried to prove to someone else how close she really was to God.

If I really evaluate my life in truth and study the wrong choices I’ve made they were always made under the threat of appearing to be something than what I truly was. The woman needed to prove who she was to the devil and in reality to herself that she was important to God and that she was in the “know”. Did she know the difference between “good” and “evil”? Since everything God made was good, including them, why was she, they, trying to prove they knew what evil was when there was nothing in their experiential understanding that said, “This is bad.”

My desire is to clearly understand who I am in Christ and know in my knowing that what God has said is what is and not what someone or something else says I am.
God should be the one telling me who I am and not man. We are reading through the Bible to find out who and what God says we are and what He has done for us. May we all have ears to hear and eyes to see His Truth.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Question 1: When I have a question about a particular verse, where should I go online to read informed commentary about that verse?
For example, today I am confused by the second sentence of Genesis 3:15 when God says to the serpent: "From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

Question 2: When I want to find other verses in the Bible that refer to the same topic as a particular verse, how should I do that?
For example, regarding Genesis 4:19 regarding Lamech's polygamy, what other Biblical verses provide God's/Jesus' will and teachings about polygamy?

Thank you to anyone who replies,
Jeff (Annandale, Virginia)

It is so amazing to me when looking at the big picture. God created us with love to live in love and peace. The human condition was not content and needed more. God gave free will to make that decision. Man/Woman made that decision to be like God. Human kind still makes those same decisions today. Evil and deception are all around us. Each action is a choice mankind has. Although God, sent his son Jesus to make amends, we still make the same choices today. Reminds me of the scripture in Paul, when he says why do I easily do what I am not supposed to do but find it hard to do what I am supposed to. Our sin nature is so strong, but yet a choice made everyday. Reading the bible is the first step to gaining a healthy fear of god, beginning of knowledge. For those who ignore and base their own decisions and moral codes on their own premises stand a chance to despise wisdom and discipline learned from God.

Thanks Lord for giving me the time and willingness to complete the second day reading. It's a good start of the year, I need the strength from Lord to help me keep going!

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