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Issue No. 27 12 - 18 Jul 2010
The Fall of Man revisited by Mickey Chiang

Adam & EVeGenesis Chapter 3

The Holy Bible is one of those books which you can read through a few times and still find new and interesting things when you read it again. Take the well-known account of the Fall of Man in Genesis 3 for example.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made,” Gen 3:1 tells us. Most people focus on the crafty aspect, but what about the description of the serpent as a “wild animal”? How amazing God is that in the days before the Fall He made even wild animals capable of holding conversations with human beings. Yet, we should beware when dealing with wild animals.

In those days, all the animals were vegetarians (Gen 1:29, 30), so it was unlikely that the serpent had poison fangs. Nevertheless, it was a poisonous creature; its poison was in its tongue. See how it put false words in the mouth of God, words that God had not said. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?’’ the serpent asked (Gen 3:1).

The woman replied that God had said, “You must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, …. or you will die.” Why did the woman reply instead of Adam, when she was the helpmate and he the manager of the garden? This is a mystery to this day. God later told her that Adam would rule over her (Gen 3:16).

The serpent then said, in a very convincing manner, “You will not surely die.” The woman was convinced and swallowed the lie, and also some of the forbidden fruit. But, hold on, wasn’t the serpent implying that God was a liar? And if God was a liar, should they believe in Him and in whatever He said? How poisonous and injurious to the reputation of God!

The serpent went on to say, “For God knows that when you eat of it (the forbidden fruit) your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Wasn’t the serpent, or Satan, implying that it was privy to the mind of God and had privileged information, for it knew the effect of the fruit before any human had eaten it? Was it putting itself at the same level as God? However, what was worse was the sly implication that God had a hidden, unworthy and selfish motive: God apparently did not want humans to become like Him. It was a double blow against God, and it worked. The woman, and then Adam, broke the sole commandment that God had given them.

Suddenly they realised that they were naked. They “sewed leaves together to make coverings for themselves,” (Gen 3:7). So they felt shame. What else did they feel? They felt fear. We know this from Adam’s own mouth: “I was afraid because of my nakedness, and I hid,” (Gen3:8). Sin usually results in shame and fear.

Do you think Adam or his woman felt any regret or repentance? If they had done, would things have ended differently? The Bible is silent on this. But I think Adam was unrepentant. Let’s look at what Adam did after God had cursed the serpent, the woman and Adam. In the very next verse after the curses, we see Adam re-naming the woman “Eve” (Gen 3:20). (Hitherto she was always “the woman” in Gen 3.) Why was the re-naming of the woman highlighted by the author of Genesis?

Let’s look back at Gen 3:23 which tells us that Adam had named his woman “Ishah”, which, unfortunately, is rendered “woman” in most English translations, for ishah has come to mean “woman” in Hebrew. When Adam named the woman “Ishah”, the Hebrew verb yikreh was used, and the same word was again used when Adam re-named the woman “Eve”. So there is no doubt that there was a naming process in both cases. But since she already had a name, why was Adam now re-naming her “Eve”?

The Bible (pointedly) gives us the answer in Gen 3:20: “Eve” meant “living”. From this we can see that Adam was angry and disappointed in God. God had said that Adam and Ishah would die if they ate the forbidden fruit, and now Adam felt that God had lied to them. Every time Adam called out to Eve, he was in effect telling God, “She’s still living!” Each utterance of the name “Eve” was like a slap to God’s face.

The Bible reveals God to us, so when we read the Bible we should keep our focus on God. How long-suffering God was amid Adam’s provocative insolence, rudeness, and slander which continued for the hundreds of years that Adam lived. In spite of all this, the next verse, v21, reveals that God made for Adam and Eve garments of animal skin to cover their nakedness more effectively. Such is God’s love for us, despite our disobedience, sin and insolence.

Chapel

Dr Tan Kang San, Head of Mission Studies in Redcliffe College in the United Kingdom will be our chapel speaker on 21 July. Chapel begins at 12pm. Come and join us for worship and fellowship.

CHAPEL NOTES
Dr Tan Soo-Inn was our chapel speaker on 7 July.  He spoke on  “God's Resources for Spiritual Growth.”
His message focused on the “why” and “how” of spiritual growth.

  1. God's top priority is that His people grow in Christlikeness. (Colossians 1:28)
  2. For that to happen He has given us His Spirit. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  3. For that to happen He has given us His Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  4. For that to happen He has given us His people.(2 Timothy 3:10-15; 1:5)
TENTMAKING Modules

Religions of Asia
Aug 10, 17, 24; 7.20-10pm
Venue : Union Industrial Building
Facilitators: Dr Augustine Pagolu & Ms Irene Tay

Coping with Stress
Sep 7, 14, 21; 7.20-10pm
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Facilitator:Mr Yam Keng Mun


Tentmaking & Ethical Issues
Oct 5, 12, 19; 7.20-10pm
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Facilitator: A Former Singapore Tentmaker

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker’s Ministry
Oct 26, Nov 2, 9;
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua

Courses commencing in Jul - Aug

Crucial Issues in Asian Mission (ME327, 3cr)
Jul 17, 24,(Sat 10am-1pm, 2-5pm)
Jul 19, 20, 21, 22; (7.15-10.15pm)
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Lecturer: Dr Tan Kang San

Greek Exegesis II (BG212, 3cr)
Jul 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, Sep 3, 17, 24,
Oct 1, 8; (Fri 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

Jesus on the Silver Screen: Portrayals of Jesus & Christ Figures in Film (TS282/MM280, 1.5cr)
Aug 4, 11, 28, 25, Sep 1; (Wed 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation (HE101, 3cr)
Aug 13, 20, 27, Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29,
Nov 12; (Fri 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

*Preaching in the Church: Homiletics I & II
(AT246, 3cr); Jul 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sep 7,
14, 21, 28; (Tue 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Bethesda Chapel, 27 Lor Melayu.
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

Theological Foundations II (TS212, 3cr);
(Group Tutorial) Jul 12, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23, 30, Sep 6, 13;
(Mon 7.15-9.45pm) [Required for MDiv]
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Dr Douglas Milne/Dr Edwin Tay

The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
Jul 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2;
(Thu 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa/Dr Edwin Tay

*New Testament Greek (BG111, 3cr)
Jul 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
Oct 7; (Thu 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Christian Ethics (TS252, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
Starting Jul 24, (Other dates to be announced in class)
(Sat 2-4pm) [Required for MDiv & MCS]
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Dr Douglas Milne/Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Spirituality & Ministry (MM260, 3cr)
Jul 14, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22;
(Wed 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

Interpreting Judges (OT355, 1.5cr)
Jul 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11; (Wed 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Building Strong Families in the Local Church
(ECF513, 3cr); (Group Tutorial); (3 sessions);
Jul 23, Aug 6, 20; (Fri 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh

What is Authentic Christian Spirituality? Studies in the Pastoral Epistles (NT262, 1.5cr);
Aug 6, 13, 20 27, Sep 3; (Fri 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

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