Tuesday: Made of One Blood
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In Genesis 2:23, Adam is given the task of naming his wife, whom he

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Image © Jeff Preston from GoodSalt.com

called Havah. This word is related to the Hebrew verb hayah, which means “to live” (Jews sometimes use the related expression lehayim, “to life!”). The Hebrew word for “Eve” (Havah) can be translated as “life-giver.” Eve’s name represents the fact that she is the ancestor of all humans. We are all one family in the most literal sense.

Read Acts 17:26. How does Paul link the brotherhood of all humanity to the creation? Compare with Matt. 23:9.

We are united in that we all descended from one woman, Eve, and from one man, Adam. And God is the Father of us all. This fact is the basis of human equality. Think how different human relations would be if all people recognized this important truth. If we ever needed proof of how far fallen we are, of how badly sin has damaged us, we have it in the sad fact that humans often treat each other worse than some people treat animals.

Read Proverbs 14:31 and 22:2. How do these texts help us to understand the link between morality and the fact that we are created by God?

Many factors have divided the human race: political, national, ethnic, and, of course, economic. The economic factor is, arguably, one of the most consequential (though never to the degree that Karl Marx envisioned: the workers of the world never did unite; instead, they warred against each other based on their nationality). Today, as always, the poor and the rich often regard one another with suspicion and disdain. How often these sentiments have led to violence, even war. The causes of poverty and the solution to it still continue to baffle us (see Matt. 26:11), but one thing is sure from the Word of God: rich or poor, we all deserve the dignity that is ours by virtue of our origins.

Years ago, after Darwinism became fashionable, some justified the exploitation of the poor by the rich on the grounds of “social Darwinism,” the idea that because, in the natural world, the strong overcome and exploit the weak, why should not the same principle apply in economics? How is this another example of why a correct grasp of origins is crucial to the understanding of morality?

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Tuesday: Made of One Blood — 11 Comments

  1. Since man is one big family let's treat all with love & respect. Know i get it! No wonder no marriages in Heaven humanity will be back to what was intended one Big family

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  2. We should not allow racism, colour of skin and nationality to divide us especially within the household of God. Since we are originally descendants of one man and woman, the blacks and the whites sshould feel free to worship traditionally together under one roof even in America. My reason is simple, there "may" not be walls of partition in the glorious assembly in Heaven.

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  3. Thank you Paul Monda, for clarifying why there wont be marriage at heaven.
    This lesson is a blessing and a rebuke to us all. It reminds us of who we are, where we come from and where we are going. That there may be social classes here on earth but God sees us on the same scale,
    It also takes us to Exodus 23:9, that we should treat strangers well for we were aliens in the land of Egypt. Strangers also include foreigners in countries, so let us be careful,

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    • I tend to disagree here that there will be no marriage in heaven, just recently we found out that there will be tears in heaven a lot of tears, therefore why are we ruling out marriages in heaven? Here is my two cents, what if God allowed us to get married in heaven and teaches us the original plan He had instore for this sacred institution. Bible says "Eyes have not seen or ears have not hear neither had it entered into the heart of man what Christ had gone to prepare for us."

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  4. Knowing where I come from and where every other human comes from makes all the difference. I see how I must treat others, and I can hold my head up no matter how other humans may see me or treat me. God gives us such a gift when He reveals to us our origins. Still even if it were only a myth, I would much rather believe in our creation by our loving God than the dark and hopeless alternatives.

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  5. I am just realizing how mich economic factors play in to divide the human race. Even within similar race or ethnic background there are still divisions along economic or social lines. Like others have said, it is refreshing to know that creation is the great equalizer. May the holy spirit remind us that we are indeed one family and that yes, we are our brother's keepers. It is wonderful and amazing that God has a plan of restauration where we will be truly one blood again.

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  6. Great love knowing our origin and destiny, knowing what future holds for us as Christian family. I wish this lesson could be seen by all inhabitants of planet earth ...........thank-you

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  7. No matter what value we place on others, or how much others value us, the sure thing is that God values us alike and will honour those who honour Him and value one another

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  8. Adam and Eve are our ancestors! God loves us so much he made Adam and Eve our ancestors! Like the Bible says:"'For the sake of his great name the Lord...was pleased to make you his own.'"(1 Samuel 12:22,NIV)God is happy He made us.I hope you love God.God bless you!

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  9. God loves variety and our world is filled with many things that have served to divide us as the children of Adam and Eve. I believe there is a purpose for this. Jesus said the poor would always remain, and we will also have ethnic diversity as well. How we live with these differences will testify to our faith, whether we are Christ's or not.

    We are being proven daily by all these differences, and we will be judged by how we lived in this life. Our fitness for eternal life will be proven here.
    Pride will be our downfall, while lowliness and meekness will bring us victory over self(ishness). The latter only comes through faith in the power of God to subdue the natural tendencies of the (fallen)human heart.

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  10. if we can see also how Jesus related with all classes of people whilst He was on earth. He was born of low class but associated with all He showed love. As we are also born of the same blood why putting walls? We are to show brotherly love, so we are our brother's keeper.

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