The Covenant of God

Genesis, Book 2
(2:4 through 4:26)

The Foundations of the Covenant (Genesis 2:4-14)

A special creature is scraped together out of the dust of a wilderness planet and receives the image of God. Meanwhile, in the mountains of the east, a valley fills with life and begins to spill over into the wastelands below…

The Priest of the Covenant (Genesis 2:15-17)

God commissions the man to act as Prime Minister and Priest of the garden-temple, to work it and protect it. But protect it from what?

The People of the Covenant (Genesis 2:18-25)

God commissions a woman to act as helper to the high priest, to work him and protect him. But protect him from what?

The Breaking of the Covenant (Genesis 3:1-8)

God told the man not to seize the fruit of knowledge for himself, but now a serpent shows up and says he really should. Why? Where did this serpent come from? And why is it a serpent and not something else?

The Consequences of the Covenant: the Serpent (Genesis 3:9-15)

Judgement Day begins. The serpent is condemned to endure millennia of war and inevitable defeat. But why? Isn’t the serpent just an animal? How can it be held accountable?

The Consequences of the Covenant: the Woman (Genesis 3:16)

Judgement Day continues. The woman is condemned to experience pain in childbirth and the domination of her husband. Or is she? Surely something more must be going on here?

The Consequences of the Covenant: the Man (Genesis 3:17-21)

Judgement Day draws to a close. The earth is cursed because of what the man did. But how is that fair? What did the earth do wrong? Is there any hope at all in this whole thing?

The Cleansing of the Temple (Genesis 3:22-24)

Epilogue to Judgement Day: the priest and his wife are driven out of the temple to die in the wilderness. It sounds like a curse…but could it actually be a blessing in disguise?

The Murder of the First Messiah (Genesis 4:1-16)

Two brothers in the wilderness at the eastern gate of the garden have a decision to make: will they trust God to provide, or will they go their own way?

The City of Man (Genesis 4:17-26)

Cain travels eastward, away from the garden of God, and sets up his own garden, his own city, his own religion, centered around himself.

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