The Garden of Eden a Temple and Adam a Priest?

The question in the title of this post is something that Pastor Jay talked about last Sunday during his sermon on Genesis 3:22-24.

For more details on this let me encourage y’all to read an excerpt from Pastor Richard Barcellos; book Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical PerspectiveHere is one section from it:

Since this may be a new concept for some readers, it is important to consider this a bit further. Was the garden the earth’s first temple? Was the garden a special dwelling place of God among men on the earth? The text of Genesis 2 and 3 does not use those words to describe the garden of Eden. But as we have already seen, it does utilize language used elsewhere in Scripture that describes God’s presence in Israel’s tabernacle. Does the Bible look back upon the garden of Eden and indicate that it was, in fact, a temple, a sanctuary, the first special dwelling place of God on earth among men? I think it does.

Consider Ezekiel 28:11-19, especially verses 13-14, 16, and 18…

Read “The Garden of Eden a Temple and Adam a Priest?”. [More snippets from the book]

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to interview the author about this book. You may listen to the first part of that interview here [part 2 here] or below (we get into Adam and the temple around the 27 minute mark):

Tools For Reading Through Scripture in 2015

Head over to CredoCovenant.com for some great encouragement to read through the Bible, then check out some resources to help you do just that:

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Both Android & iOS have available apps to keep track of various reading plans:

Resources for Bible Reading from Justin Taylor:

Do you want to read the whole Bible?

If the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute, and if there are about 775,000 words in the Bible, then it would take less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.

Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.

But a simple resolution to do this is often an insufficient. Most of us need a more proactive plan.

Stephen Witmer explains the weaknesses of typical plans and offers some advice on reading the Bible together with others—as well as offering his own new two-year plan. (“In my opinion, it is better to read the whole Bible through carefully one time in two years than hastily in one year.”) His plan has you read through one book of the Bible at a time (along with a daily reading from the Psalms or Proverbs). At the end of two years you will have read through the Psalms and Proverbs four times and the rest of the Bible once.

The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog (which you can subscribe to via email) takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings. M’Cheyne’s plan has you read shorter selections from four different places in the Bible each day.

George Guthrie’s “Read the Bible for Life Chronological Bible Reading Plan” is a semi-chronological plan, placing the prophets and the NT letters in basic chronological order. You read in four different places each day, along with a daily psalm (so you end up reading the Psalter twice in a year). You can also download a printable booklet.

For those who would benefit from a realistic “discipline + grace” approach, consider “The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers.” As Andy Perry explains, it takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with the entire Bible in one year. You get variety within the week by alternating genres by day, but also continuity by sticking with one genre each day. Here’s the basic idea:

Sundays: Poetry
Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Tuesdays: Old Testament history
Wednesdays: Old Testament history
Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
Fridays: New Testament history
Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)

There are a number of Reading Plans for ESV Editions. Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats:

  • web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS [Note that these have the text and also a MP3 of it professionally read out!])
    • podcast (subscribe to get your daily reading in audio)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • print (download a PDF of the whole plan)
Reading Plan Format
Chronological
Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Light on the Daily Path
Daily Light on the Daily Path – the ESV version of Samuel Bagster’s classic
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Office Lectionary
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
ESV Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Literary Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Outreach
Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Outreach New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Through the Bible in a Year
Daily Old Testament and New Testament
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email

You can also access each of these Reading Plans as podcasts:

  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want from the above list.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes. [Or your podcatcher]
  • Under File, choose “Subscribe to Podcast.”
  • Paste the URL into the box.
  • Click OK.

digital bibleResources for Bible Reading from Ligonier Ministries:

Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. — Psalm 119:105

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Maybe this year you will read more of the Bible each day. Perhaps you’ll slow down your reading and instead spend more time considering what you read. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a reading plan, you should find it below.


52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


A Bible Reading Chart

Read through the Bible at your own pace. Use this minimalistic, yet beautifully designed, chart to track your reading over 2013.

Duration: Flexible | Download: PDF


Chronological Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


ESV Daily Bible Reading Plan

Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Every Word in the Bible

Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.

Duration: Three years | Download: PDF


Historical Bible Reading Plan

The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

Reading ten chapters a day, in the course of a year you’ll read the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters four to five times, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, the Psalms at least twice, Proverbs and Acts a dozen times, and the OT History and Prophetic books about one and a half times.

Duration: Ongoing | Download: PDF


Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.

Duration: One or two years | Download: Website


Straight Through the Bible Reading Plan

Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Tabletalk Bible Reading Plan

Two readings each day; one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
App: Accessible in the Ligonier App (iPhone / iPad & Android)


The Legacy Reading Plan

This plan does not have set readings for each day. Instead, it has set books for each month, and set number of Proverbs and Psalms to read each week. It aims to give you more flexibility, while grounding you in specific books of the Bible each month.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


Two-Year Bible Reading Plan

Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times.

Duration: Two years | Download: PDF


In addition to your daily Bible reading, if you’re looking for devotional material that will help you understand the Bible and apply it to daily living, consider Tabletalk magazine. Try it out for three months absolutely free.

Audio & Video from the 2014 Trinity Montville Pastors’ Conference on “Unity: Love & Truth”

Here is the audio and video from the pastor’s conference that Pastor Jay was at two weeks ago:

Monday, Oct. 20:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among Interchurch Relations Part 1David Chanski [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among Interchurch Relations Part 2 | David Chanski [VIDEO | MP3]:

“Public Meeting”: The Goodness and Pleasantness of Brethren Dwelling Together – Psalm 133 | Albert N. Martin [MP3]:

Tuesday, Oct. 21:

Audio from Jim Savastio is not online but here is a portion of his sermon.

“Evangelistic Meeting”: Who is Jesus, and Why Did He Come into the World? | Warren Peel [VIDEO | MP3]:

Wednesday, Oct. 22:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among True Believers Part 1Jeffery S. Smith [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: Unity Among True Believers Part 2 | Jeffery S. Smith [VIDEO | MP3]:

Thursday, Oct. 23:

Unity: Love and Truth: The Importance of Love and Implications for the Ministry Part 1 | Robert Fisher [VIDEO | MP3]:

Unity: Love and Truth: The Importance of Love and Implications for the Ministry Part 2 | Robert Fisher [MP3]:

Fellowship in the Church & Technology

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I’m convinced that technology has hit us so fast that we haven’t had much time to think about how it impacts us. That said, here is a 9 Marks interview with Pastor John MacArthur wherein they wrestle with some of these issues:

How do we help church members who prefer anonymity to love and open up to each other?

Audio [mp3]:

Here is the specific Shepherds Conference session they discuss:

Video:

Audio [mp3]:

Member’s Interview with Aimee Byrd on being a “Housewife Theologian” [Audio]

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Pastor Jay’s wife, Christina, and another one of our members, Rachel, interviewed Aimee Byrd on her book “Housewife Theologian”:

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Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary
by Aimee Byrd

In part one of the interview they get into topics such as:

  • What got you to writing a book?
  • Are women to “study to show [themselves] approved”?
  • What is true beauty?
  • What is modesty & chastity?
  • How do you help women to read theology? Or even just read?
  • Parenting
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

In part two of the interview they get into topics such as:

  •  Why is theology important in maintaining true unity?
    • What about true vs. false unity?
    • How do creeds and confessions help us in this?
  • What is true hospitality?
    • How can we grow in it?
  • What of feminism?
  • How is submissiveness active?
  • How has Spurgeon influenced you?
  • What of culture?
    • Christian Yoga?
    • 2KT and Housewives?
  • What of the Christian Sabbath?
  • How about non-housewives?
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

 

Introductory Lectures on Presuppositional Apologetics by Dr. Greg Bahnsen

Seeing as how Pastor Jay is currently doing a Sunday School series on Apologetics to the Glory of God and how we use Dr. Bahnsen’s work in it, I thought it would be useful to share these introductory lectures on presuppositional apologetics.

The following lectures Dr. Bahnsen gave at a high school to prepare Christians to defend their faith in college standing on the authority of God’s word:

Lesson 1 The Myth of Neutrality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c3eK2xLppQ

Lesson 2 Introduction to Worldviews

Lesson 3 Worldviews in Conflict

Lesson 4 Defending the Christian Faith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLaxXVdaWE

Lesson 5 Problems for Unbelieving Worldviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5spNIQmG45k

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