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§241 My sermon – Genesis chapter 2

October 10, 2008
ד  אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ, בְּהִבָּרְאָם:  בְּיוֹם, עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים–אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם. 4 These are the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.
ה  וְכֹל שִׂיחַ הַשָּׂדֶה, טֶרֶם יִהְיֶה בָאָרֶץ, וְכָל-עֵשֶׂב הַשָּׂדֶה, טֶרֶם יִצְמָח:  כִּי לֹא הִמְטִיר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, עַל-הָאָרֶץ, וְאָדָם אַיִן, לַעֲבֹד אֶת-הָאֲדָמָה. 5 No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground;
ו  וְאֵד, יַעֲלֶה מִן-הָאָרֶץ, וְהִשְׁקָה, אֶת-כָּל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה. 6 but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
ז  וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים; וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה. 7 Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
ח  וַיִּטַּע יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, גַּן-בְּעֵדֶן–מִקֶּדֶם; וַיָּשֶׂם שָׁם, אֶת-הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר יָצָר. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.
ט  וַיַּצְמַח יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, כָּל-עֵץ נֶחְמָד לְמַרְאֶה, וְטוֹב לְמַאֲכָל–וְעֵץ הַחַיִּים, בְּתוֹךְ הַגָּן, וְעֵץ, הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
י  וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן, לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת-הַגָּן; וּמִשָּׁם, יִפָּרֵד, וְהָיָה, לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became four heads.
יא  שֵׁם הָאֶחָד, פִּישׁוֹן–הוּא הַסֹּבֵב, אֵת כָּל-אֶרֶץ הַחֲוִילָה, אֲשֶׁר-שָׁם, הַזָּהָב. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
יב  וּזְהַב הָאָרֶץ הַהִוא, טוֹב; שָׁם הַבְּדֹלַח, וְאֶבֶן הַשֹּׁהַם. 12 and the gold of that land is good; there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
יג  וְשֵׁם-הַנָּהָר הַשֵּׁנִי, גִּיחוֹן–הוּא הַסּוֹבֵב, אֵת כָּל-אֶרֶץ כּוּשׁ. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon; the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Cush.
יד  וְשֵׁם הַנָּהָר הַשְּׁלִישִׁי חִדֶּקֶל, הוּא הַהֹלֵךְ קִדְמַת אַשּׁוּר; וְהַנָּהָר הָרְבִיעִי, הוּא פְרָת. 14 And the name of the third river is Tigris; that is it which goeth toward the east of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
טו  וַיִּקַּח יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, אֶת-הָאָדָם; וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן-עֵדֶן, לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
טז  וַיְצַו יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, עַל-הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר:  מִכֹּל עֵץ-הַגָּן, אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying: ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat;
יז  וּמֵעֵץ, הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע–לֹא תֹאכַל, מִמֶּנּוּ:  כִּי, בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ–מוֹת תָּמוּת. 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’

(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)

4 comments

  1. I hope I’ll be able to be there to hear it.. Usually I get stuck in the baby room.


  2. Sounds wonderful. A good topic indeed. I always feel that the best “sermons” are the ones that you can relate to your own life now.

    OK so, Ill tell you that I have a very close friend who is an Orthodox Priest (Coptic to you). I spent many many days coming up with ideas on his sermons with him. I loved how he brought the lessons into stuff you could think about as the here and now.


  3. Amber – life application is a must in every sermon. I always make sure to include it!



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