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Bible Study the Land of Nod

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Most of us have been taught that we are all ancestors of Adam and Eve. If this is correct, who were the people that lived in the land of Nod? Adam and Eve first had Cain and then Abel. Cain slew Abel, and was driven from the land of Eden. He went east to the land of Nod and took a wife. Cain was in Nod, before Eve conceived and bore Seth. Genesis 4:25 "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth; For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." Seth was the third child born. He was to replace Abel, who is now dead by his brother's hand. Who, then, are the people of Nod and how did they get there? On day six of creation, God created man: Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness....." {27} "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Notice that God created male and female. By His spoken word, He created male and female. Where did He place them? Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth..." To replenish something means that there was something there before. They were told to repopulate the earth. Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth..." They were given dominion over the entire earth. In creation week, God created man and woman, placed them on earth, and told them to repopulate the entire earth. Genesis 2:1 "Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." Everything that God created on the first six days was considered 'all the host of them'. Now, let's read another scripture that explains this further: Psalm 33:6 "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." The creation of the heavens and earth and all that is upon the earth was by God's Word! On the seventh day, He rested. Now, comes the very interesting part: Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." Notice that this man was formed out of dirt. He was molded into the image of God, like a potter molds a vase. Notice also, that only one man was formed here. In Genesis 1:27, both male and female were created, (not formed), by the spoken Word. Mankind is made in the image of God and has some characteristics in common with our Creator. Whenever mankind lays his hands upon anything it is changed. We impart a part of ourselves into whatever we touch. We leave fingerprints, we shed cells, sometimes we even leave some of our DNA on objects that we touch. If you enter a cave where there is living rock, the tour guide will warn you not to touch the living rock, to just enjoy the beautiful colors with your eyes. If you touch the beautiful rock, it will cease to be living rock, I'm not sure if it dies or not, but the beautiful colors will disappear and it will become an ugly chunk of plain rock. In this case the human touch is harmful. Mankind can also take clay and make beautiful objects, then manipulate them by firing them in a kiln and painting them, and soon a beautiful art piece emerges. The only way to avoid our changing everything that we touch is by wearing sterile gloves, draping ourselves with sterile gowns, and even wearing a mask over our mouth. When God spoke mankind into existence, He did not physically touch the bodies. However, when God picked up dust and formed mankind in His hand, I'm sure the Creator imparted fingerprints, and cells, maybe even DNA into the dust that He manipulated to form Adam. Have you ever tried to do anything with dust? To form something out of it you would need water, to make the dust into clay. Is it possible that God spat on the dust and made clay? We don't know, the Bible doesn't say. The Bible does say that Jesus spat into the dust and used the clay to heal blinded eyes. Then, there is the breath of life that God breathed into Adam. Humans are affected by inhaled substances, some people are ill and inhale medication to improve their condition. It can be harmful to inhale some substances, like firemen at a fire need to wear protection from the toxic smoke; in some situations law enforcement or military use a gas that renders people unconscious or even dead. Oxygen therapy can help many people and aromatherapy is beginning to have more
followers. When substances are breathed in they are picked up by the blood and transported throughout the body, whether these substances are good or bad the blood distributes them to all cells. So, air that enters the body creates changes within that body, for good or bad depending upon the source of the air that is breathed in. Think about it, if God breathed into a clay man, that already had touches of God within the cells, and the blood picked up that breath and carried it throughout the body, how could it be the same as a body that was never touched or breathed into by God? Obviously, there has to be differences between the man that was spoken into existence and the formed man, the formed man simply has more particles in him that came from God, so he would be more like God. Genesis 2:8 "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed." This formed man was not placed on earth to subdue it. He was placed in a special garden planted by God, Himself. Genesis 2:15 "And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." The purpose of this man was to keep and dress this special garden that God planted. In Genesis 1, man and woman was to replenish the entire earth. This man was to keep a garden.
Genesis 2:23 "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man." The woman created in the garden was from the flesh of man. The woman in Genesis 1 was created at the same time as man by God's spoken Word. The Garden of Eden was a special place unto God. The man in the Garden of Eden was a special man because God walked in the Garden of Eden to have fellowship with this man. If you trace the generations backward from Jesus, it goes all the way to Seth and unto Adam. Adam, who was formed from the dust by God, Himself, was formed to be special to God, to have fellowship with God. This Adam was the beginning of God's Chosen People (Israel)! Adam was the first Israelite. Adam's bloodline goes to Abraham and on to Jesus. Adam has special blood, for sure! The man and woman of Genesis 1 were the common couple who formed the Gentile nations.

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