When GOD speaks, there is something to listen to of extreme value. I am going through the Bible this year showing all the words GOD said and let them speak for themselves. His Word is light. His Word produces results. His Word is always good and for our benefit. His Word is love.
The NLT uses the phrase “then God said”. It is as if He allows circumstance or even our opinion to be spoken first, then He has the lasting Word. I like this. He gives us a chance to see the real picture and then only guides and corrects as needed. Of course, since we were born in sin, much guiding and correction is required. But a Father loves in His correction and He is the chief example of this in His unfailing love relationship with us throughout time.
9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” 14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. 15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will striket your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.t” 17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. 19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” 22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beingst have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”
6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” 9 Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” 10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! 11 Now you are cursed and banished from the ground, which has swallowed your brother’s blood. 12 No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.” 15 The Lord replied, “No, for I will give a sevenfold punishment to anyone who kills you.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him.