APOL 104: Old Testament Survey
Fall C 2013
JOE BLOW L2XXXX
Banks 1 Jerry Banks
30 September 2013
Ed Hindson and Gary Yates “The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey” How does mankind survive from the Garden of Eden until now? When I read the Old Testament there are lots of Bible story that are really amazing. It is incredible how God moves and do miraculous things. Reading the true word of God in “The Holly Bible” is how we come to know his word. There is no better place to start then with the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. When we look at the book of Genesis, it starts with telling us God created the heaven and earth. The Lord created earth without form. As he went forth to create the beautiful trees, waterfalls and mountains, the earth took a miraculous form. Let us fast forwarding into the new millennium. Today’s world is filled with tall sky scrapers, masses infrastructure, concrete and asphalt. The beautiful natural world that God created seems to have given away to a manmade world. Man is forcing the animal out of their natural habitat. Many of them are having a hard time adapting to it. As a result more and more animals are added to the endangered species list. As the world continues to populate new town and city are going to be established. As a result of this, they are leaving the animals with less natural environment to live.
Sometime I wonder if man is destroying the earth with all of the metropolitan areas. We have different government agencies in place to protect the wildlife. All the wetlands are protected by the Environmental Department. However, God place man over all living thing on earth. He Banks 2 trusted man because he made man in his image. The Scripture says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all earth, and over every creeping thing that creepers upon the earth" (Genesis 1:26, 27). Although God has identity man as being like his image and kindness, he knew that man would not always do what was right. God said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man for that he also is flesh" (Genesis 6:3). As man begins to populate and daughters were born to them, God identified the wickedness of man. No matter how we walk with God, we are not without sin. Man has a certain knowledge and wisdom; Knowledge that animals do not have. This is how God intended for it to be. This is why he trusted Adam to name all the animals in the Garden of Eden. The book identified man as being so wicked that it brought much sorrow to God's heart. So much so that he wanted to destroy his own creation. We as individual have to look inside our heart to bring out our own identity. Man are created equally but are individual in personality. Out of all the evil man in the world, God did find favor in Noah. As God proceeded to destroy the world, at the same time he chose Noah to save mankind.
Noah did what God asked of him. Through the blessing that God gave to Noah the earth was restored. And Noah and his sons and his son’s wives move forward to replenish the earth. God did have mercy upon mankind, but how does mankind survive? One way of surviving, is through a better relationship with one another. Human relationship is important for mankind to existence. The seeds of Noah's sons populated the world. They scattered abroad with their own tongue. Humans have their own culture and own languages but it is important that we maintain a good relationship....
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