A lot of things can happen with firsts. Think for a moment of all of the firsts in you life (yes, I’m thinking about “that” one as well)…did they all turn out the way you thought they would? Were there any consequences from those firsts? As we move further into Genesis, we begin to find some consequences from the firsts that happened in Genesis 1-3. We find out what happens to Cain as a result of killing Abel, we discover the consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, consequences that spilled out onto the whole world through the flood.
I think we all go through periods in our lives when we wish that decisions and actions could happen without consequence. But right from the beginning, the Bible teaches us that our actions and decisions carry ramifications for ourselves and those around us. Sometimes those ramifications are positive, and sometimes they are negative, but they are always present. If we think that our decisions and actions do not result in consequences, we are either too foolish to see the truth or too hard-hearted to care.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
- How many times vengeance does God swear on those who harm Cain?
- What was the name of Adam’s third son?
- How long did Adam live?
- Why did God decided to flood the earth?
- How long did the flood-waters remain on the earth?
Tomorrows Reading: Genesis 8-11