§241 My sermon – Genesis chapter 2October 10, 2008
(taken from http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0102.htm )
Above portion is what I will use for my sermon. Deep insight into every verse and verse. My sermon will be on October 25th, the first Shabat after Simchat Torah, so it’s the right parasha – Parashat Bereshit. Why did I choose this specific part? Because this is the creation story that is “secondary” that you usually don’t hear about as much as the one in Genesis 1. I wanted to get more into the depht of this one. Also, I want to point out that God created both good and evil (verse 9). I want to tell people that we need to stop blaming Satan for every evil happening. And I also wanted to show them that the concept of evil was created by God even before the first sin. God created us with a choice between good and evil. I will also discuss the idea of knowledge – why was the tree of knowledge forbidden, if it was both good and bad? And isn’t knowledge a good thing? I will find other verses to support this. I must find that verse in Isaiah where he states that he creates good and evil – it’s there somewhere.
Also, I will use verse 15 to preach a little environmental issues – it’s a subject not holy enough for many, and I wouldn’t dedicate an entire sermon to it, but I will definitelly point out that we do have an obligation to keep and preserve the creation.
Also, all those rivers and the countries they go through – it will be and interesting task to investigate exactly what all those are. Maybe compare with a map of Pangaea and see if I can find anything interesting. I’ll let you know.
Also, I’ll of course also dedicate some discussion around the creation of man, the breath of life, etc, etc. This will be interesting.
(I am usually against drawing pictures of God, as well as nudity… but this is ok… because it’s aaaaart. And it’s cultuuuuure)