Professor Mike Smith
BI-107 Old Testament Survey
July 17, 2012
God Delights to Dwell with His People
The people of God serve an awesome God that loves His people so much that he delights to dwell in the midst of them. Throughout the Bible the scriptures shows God doing countless and spectacular things for His people, while other gods fail to do so. With great hope I desire that through the course of this paper it will enlighten and encourage those that serve the Lord to know more about how our God desire to be dwell to be with His people, and for those that are not in the Ark of God’s safety that they may ask what I must do to have such an affectionate God dwell continuously in my presence/to be saved. May you encounter the overwhelming power of God dwelling amongst you in your life just as He did in the days of Old? We’ll start by discussing how God dwelt with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. By what method He dwelt amongst His people by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of a cloud by day to lead them out of bondage from the land of Egypt. Exactly how he instructed Moses to build a tabernacle so that he may dwell with His people. In what way Solomon built a Temple so that God could dwell in the midst. We will also discuss Zerubbabel Temple and Just how the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. Finally the house that has many mansions that Christ is preparing for us to dwell with him and His Father.
The Book of Genesis records Adam and Eve as the first man and woman that God had ever created and dwelt amongst. Through Adam and Eve the Bible confirms that all children of mankind came through these two. The Hebrew name for Eve means “life” and the Hebrew word for Adam means “man”. Both Adam and Eve were created in the image of God Genesis 1:26-27 KJV (Moses). Adam and Eve is also the reason why sin was introduced into the world. This is known as the fall of man, Eve was deceived by the serpent and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and persuaded Adam to eat as well see picture figure 1.
[Figure 1 Adam and Eve sinning eaten from the tree of knowledge]
According to the Bible God had forbidden them to eat from this tree. Because Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit both of their eyes were opened and they both knew that they were naked. Now these two whom God had made overseers of the earth are ashamed and begin to sew fig leaves together as clothing to cover up their private areas of their bodies see figure picture 2.
[Figure 2 Picture of Adam and Eve hiding amongst the trees in the Garden of Eden with fig leaves to cover their bodies] Adam and Eves hears the voice of God in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden and they both decides for the first time to hide from the presence of God between the trees as he dwells amongst them in the garden. God wants to be amongst his people but like Adam and Eve we hide from the presence of God by staying at home, playing gulf on Sunday mornings, partying all night on Saturday’s too tired to get up for church on Sunday mornings. God calls out Adam’s name, “where art thou”. Adam responds by saying, “I heard a voice in the garden and I hid myself because I was naked”. God asked Adam a few questions who told you that you were naked and have you eaten from the tree that I specifically told you not to. Now Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent. God judges and punishes Adam, Eve and the serpent.
Eve’s punishment would be during her pregnancy she would have sharp piercing pains and also she would have pain while giving birth to her children. So technically speaking when Eve gave birth to Abel, Cain and Seth she experienced her portion of her punishment. Unto Adam because he listened to Eve and ate from the tree that God had specifically told him to stay away from, God said, “The ground will be cursed because of your behavior and all of your life upon the earth you will struggle to make a living from it. And the serpent was...