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This is the beginning of the 6,000 years of recorded history

 of mankind who know Yahuah Elohim and are instructed by Him

Bereshith (Genesis) 2: 5 begins a new scenario following the creation story

Now Yahuah Elohim deals directly with His chosen people. He is now using His personal name Yahuah. The scene is now set in the abode of man who will walk and talk with Yahuah Elohim - a different scenario from the previous creation account. It is distinct from the previous lush environment with thriving vegetation and animal life, this place is described as having no rain on the earth, very dusty with no plants and no man to till the soil. Even today this describes much of the land where the flood occurred in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys. The gentiles at that time were living in other fertile lands with lush vegetation. Their food was hunted from the land or sea and gathered from plants. They did not have to till the soil and plant food.

Bereshith 2: 5 & 6  Now no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for Yahuah had not sent rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground, but a mist went up from the earth and watered the entire surface of the ground.

7  And Yahuah Elohim formed (chose and moulded) the man out of the dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

And the man became a living being who was chosen during the Sabbath rest of Yahuah after the completion of creation. This means that the forming of Adam was not a “work” of Yahuah as the creation was, but the beginning of His set-apart people. This was an act of grace that started about 6,000 years ago.

8  And Yahuah Elohim planted a garden in Eden, to the east and there He put the man whom He had formed (chosen).

9  And out of the ground Yahuah Elohim made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, with the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Those verses refer to the planting of the garden, the Tree of Life in the midst thereof, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The man was placed in this setting by Yahuah Elohim and he walked and talked with Yahuah.

10 - 14  The four rivers could represent the rivers of living water from the Spirit of Yahuah. The rivers place the scene in the Mesopotamia region, the land of the Euphrates and Hiddeqel (Tigris) Rivers which was the land of the descendants of the two specially chosen people who knew Yahuah Elohim by name. This area would be the land that was to be inundated later by the great flood of Noah’s day.

15 - 17  The command given to the man to keep the garden but not to eat of one particular tree. “But do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”.

This is prior to the woman being selected as a mate for Adam.

“Day” in this context refers to a era of time, in this instance apparently 1,000 years, not a 24 hour day as Adam lived to 930 years.

18 Promise of a helper for the man as his counterpart.

19, 20 The man was given authority to rule over every beast and creature and to name them.

21 - 25 Yahuah selects the woman and brings her to the man who names her “woman”. The man acknowledges the principle of marriage to the woman, and that the two become one flesh.

The idea of Eve being formed from Adam’s rib is probably added in here by translaters to justify their wrong way of thinking. Our written scripture has been translated, re-translated and edited over the centuries by men whose writings were influenced by their religious beliefs, degree of learning and even their prejudices. Adam and Eve would have both been selected from amongst the gentiles by Yahuah to begin His people who were to show the Way to His truth.

It is sometimes said that as Eve was taken out of Adam they were the same genetically as brother and sister, thus setting the scene for incest which is an abomination in the sight of Yahuah. He did not choose a sister for Adam but a wife! (Bereshith 2: 24). They were each a completion of the other as husband and wife have always been meant to be by the Creator. The brother and sister teaching would have ensued from the error that there were no other human beings on the earth at that time. The gentiles who did not know the Creator were put on the earth by Yahuah a long time before Adam and Eve were chosen to be the start of His people who would personally know Him and were to live by His laws and precepts. They were to be an example to all mankind as a people who knew their Creator.

Bereshith 3

1 - 3 The serpent cast doubt on Yahuah’s instructions to the man. The woman has been told by her husband what Yahuah had said, as she quotes the command to the serpent.

4, 5 The serpent puts forward an alternative result to the woman promising benefits rather than death.

6, 7 The woman instead of obeying Elohim, made her own judgment and ate of the fruit and gave it to the man who also ate. They immediately knew they had sinned against Yahuah and that they were naked and covered themselves.

11 They hid from Yahuah Elohim in fear as He calls the name “Adam” (Hebrew - of the earth)

Their disobedience was evident because instead of trust and friendship with Elohim, they had fear and shame at being naked.

12, 13 The man blamed the woman and the woman blamed the serpent. We can only be in repentance before Elohim when we take responsibility for our own actions.

14 The serpent is cursed by Elohim.

15 Yahuah promises redemption by the seed of the woman (Yahusha the Messiah).

This is the first of seven Covenants of Yahuah to mankind.

The sign of this Covenant is death for disobedience.

16 Punishment to the woman for disobedience.

17 - 19 Punishment to Adam for disobedience. From this time on Adam’s descendants had to till the soil and grow their food by their own efforts.

20 Eve is named by Adam to be the mother of all the living, that is of Yahuah’s chosen set-apart people.

21 Yahuah made coats of animal skins for them, the first blood sacrifice, probably lambs.

22 - 24 Adam and Eve are expelled from the garden to go into the world because of their rebellion against Yahuah. The only way back is through the Tree of Life which is guarded by cherubim with flaming swords. Yahusha the Messiah made this possible for mankind through His death when He took the sin of the world on Himself and then arose from the dead opening the way to the Tree of Life.

The serpent, the destroyer, gave the appearance of being good and helpful to Eve, but was dealing deception to her in subtlety as he cast doubt on the Word of Elohim.

Bereshith 4

Verses 1, 2 Adam and Eve consummated their union, conceived and she gave birth to Cain, later followed by the birth of Abel. (It is possible that they were twins).

3 - 7 Cain and Abel’s offerings to Yahuah, Abel’s was accepted, Cain’s rejected. Right from the start His will regarding sacrifices and offerings was known to them.

Abel’s offering was a blood sacrifice whereas Cain’s was a result of toil or work of his hands. Yahuah warned Cain that he should master sin lest it overcome him, which shows that at that stage they had a knowledge of sin and offerings well before the instructions were given to Moses. Abel’s offering was accepted because it was a perfect lamb, the best of his flock.

8 Cain kills Abel in anger.

9, 10 Yahuah challenges Cain about his brother’s murder.

11 - 15 Cain is cursed and will be a fugitive on the earth where he fears for his safety at the hands of other people.

What other people?

16 Cain dwells east of Eden in the land of Nod amongst the true gentiles who were established there and married a local woman of Nod. He did not marry his sister! Such a union would have been an abomination in the sight of Yahuah who always has condemned incest.

17 The gentile woman, of the land of Nod, whom Cain married conceives a son, Hanok. Cain builds a city in the land of Nod and names it after his son Hanok. Why would he have built a city for three people when enough people to fill a city were already living in that area?

Yahuah Elohim does not change His word, therefore He would not have founded His chosen people on an incestuous relationship. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

18 - 24 The descendants of Cain. Yahuah promises that Abel’s death would not be avenged by other men, but Cain would be protected by Him.

25, 26 Adam and Eve conceive a third son whose name is Seth. and to Seth was born Enosh. This is the first record of people of the righteous line of Seth calling on the Name of Yahuah.

Bereshith 5

The genealogy of Adam, whole chapter - notable names are Seth, Hanok (Enoch), Methuselah, Lemek father of Noah, Noah and his son Shem. This is the righteous line which Yahuah used for his purpose to show the world His way.

Neville Shaw


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