Category Archives: Genesis 2

The Lampstand insert July 2017 – Gen 1-3 (part 2)

In July 2017 The Lampstand Magazine included a unfortunate and inaccurate insert on evolutionary creation.  This post deals with their astray commentary on Gen 1-3 in the insert table.  Below is a preproduction of their table on Gen 1-3 with a simple repudiation underneath Continue reading


Eve’s failure is used as a principle for all women

But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”  1Tim 2:10-15

Why would Paul use the example of Eve here?  Are all women in subjection as a punishment for Eve’s transgression?  Does this prove she is the literal mother of all women? Continue reading

The institution of marriage

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” Gen 2:24 KJV

The inspired author adds this explanatory comment to Genesis 2 which teaches marriage as a Divine institution.  Christ directly refers back to this passage in Mark 10:6-8 when addressing the question of marriage and divorce.  The Pharisees were trying to entrap Christ on the subject and the Lord points to the Garden as the intention and plan of God.  This points to the historicity of Adam and Eve. Continue reading

“Dying Thou Shalt Die” Gen 2:17

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  Gen 2:17 KJV

Were Adam and Eve told that they would incur mortality if they disobeyed God?  This is a common exposition of this phrase and if unquestionably correct would count against EC as it would suggest mortality was a new condition (despite the evidence already presented to the contrary).

The record in Genesis has two explicit comments on Adam’s state pre Fall – calling him a living soul as per above and the expression “dying Thou shalt die”.  The Hebrew is a grammatical form called the infinitive absolute where the verb is repeated.  Essentially it is a repetition of the word “die” to underline the certainty of the statement.  Scripture furnishes us plenty of other examples of this pattern so it should not be a contentious matter. Continue reading

Adam being made mortal is not new in our community

While seemingly fundamental now, the idea of Adam being made mortal is not radical in the context of our pioneer writings (let alone Scripture!).  Yet brethren inset there is no other reading of the BASF.  Eg bro Phil Perry insists the BASF clause 4 & 5 can only be read this way.[1]  Both scripture and the history of our community reject this narrow reading.  Bro Robert in 1869 wrote as follows: Continue reading

Man was made from the dust a living soul, ie mortal

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  Gen 2:7 KJV

God made Adam a living soul Gen2:7.  We rightly understand a living soul to be a breathing frame, whether that be human or animal (Job 12:10).  The description of being a living soul is applied pre and post Fall without change or inflection in the Hebrew.  Bro CC Walker (no friend of EC) agreed with this Continue reading