It's so apparent to me that the people who would later be called Israel were formed in the garden.
think when we are totally convinced of something, trying to argue with others about it becomes meaningless to us because we are so satisfied in how wonderfully it all fits that not much can rob us of that. That's where I am at with what I see happen in Genesis.
I've mentioned before how we know "THE" Law came to Adam in the garden. "Thou shall not eat!" (Romans 7)
Nobody other than God's Covenant people were given laws from God.
Also, clearly we see Cain and Abel offering sacrifices for sin to God just one generation after Adam. Nobody else was given the institution of sacrifices for sin.
This must be God's Covenant people who would later produce the people called Israel.
We see Jesus calling out the Jews during His ministry in Matthew chapter 23 and He has some very telling things to say to them. He announces that the judgement at the end of that age was going to fall on THEM. They were in Israel's last days.
Was it not for the slaughtering of all the righteous ALL THE WAY BACK TO ABEL?
Take a look...
"Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that YOU ARE SONS of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of YOUR FATHERS GUILT. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? (Gehenna)"
Now, did you notice that?
These JEWS are the SONS of their FATHERS who murdered the Prophets! Pretty powerful! Jesus continues...
"Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on YOU may come all the RIGHTEOUS BLOOD shed on the earth (land), from the blood of RIGHTEOUS ABEL to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon THIS generation." Matthew 23:31-36
Wait a second, why is Israel being punished for the death of Abel?
Why would Cain's murderous actions contribute to Israel's last days judgement if in fact Cain WAS NOT at all related to Israel?
Makes no sense!
The clear answer is that Cain and Abel were also "Israel" before they were actually named "Israel".
Just more undeniable proof that Genesis is the formation of Gods first Covenant people.
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