QUESTION: IF SOMEONE ASKED YOU TO GIVE A CHAPTER IN THE BIBLE EXPLAINING THE EVIL AND SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU TELL THEM TO LOOK?
Most Christians would likely suggest Genesis 3. This after all records Adam and Eve’s original sin, and what people call “the Fall.” But this is not what a first century Jew would have suggested. They would direct you to Genesis 6:1-4 and Genesis 11, as we shall see this Sunday.
Before I tell you about this Sunday teaching, let me review last Sunday.
•God has a Divine Council in Heaven made up of Elohim.
•The term Elohim does not denote attributes, but residence. Elohim dwell in the unseen or spiritual realm.
•At some point, God (Elohim, Genesis 1:1) created other Elohim. They make up his Divine Council. See Psalm 82:1 and 6.
•These Elohim are not equal to God. They are created divine beings living in the spiritual realm. God is eternal, having no beginning or end. They are immortal, meaning they had a beginning.
•In Genesis 1:26-27, God (Yahweh Elohim) proclaims or announces His intention, to create humanity. He is not asking for input but telling His Council what He is about to do. In verse 27, Yahweh Elohim creates humanity to be as the heavily Elohim were His “imagers.” They bear His image in the spiritual, heavenly realm, we bear His image in the physical earthly realm.
Everything was going peachy keen until the NACHASH, or serpent (spell check wants to change this to “nachos”) shows up in Genesis 3. I will not rule out Nachas was an animal, but I think it more likely he was an elohim. Remember God was dwelling with Adam and Eve in Eden. Where God was, so was His council. He was not stranger to her.
Apparently, he did not like these new people who moved into the universe, Adam and Eve. So, knowing God said in the “day you eat you shall die” he tempted them to commit what he thought was a sin leading to death. But God was gracious and not caught by surprise.
Now look at Genesis 3:15, God pronounces judgment on this elohim, saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your see and her seed.” This is played out in Genesis 6:1-4, with the “sons of God” (elohim) and Genesis 11, the tower of Babel.
If you thought last Sunday was strange, it is going to get much stranger this Sunday with my teaching on the Nephilim. Genesis 6 and 11 are two of the most important passages in the OT. This is the Angelic Conflict and plays out to the very end of time. It explains the evil and suffering we see today. And it will be our focus this Sunday.