With that as an introduction to the book as a whole, let’s spend the rest of our time on the first verse, one of the most profound in the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”. Torah: a word that few Christians have ever heard of, and fewer have any idea what it actually is. Lastly we must note that God was perfectly satisfied at the whole of creation. The shortened form 'el' is often seen on the end of names such as Joel. To what ludicrous extremes otherwise intelligent men will go to escape the reality of God and the moral implications of His power as revealed in creation! But because of sin, people don’t want to accept the truth of the sovereign Creator God who is presented here. The word 'God' is used 34 times alone in Genesis 1:1-2:3. The title comes from a word in the Greek translation (the Septuagint) that is repeated 11 times throughout the book, translated “these are the generations of,” or “this is the account of” (cf. Ge 1:10 And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas. Lesson 1: In The Beginning: God (Genesis 1:1, Introduction) 1. These chapters demonstrate the desperate condition of the fallen human race and the need for a Savior. Genesis 1:1 draws a line in the dirt and asks us to step over. To go from the sun to the center of the Milky Way would take about 33,000 years. Then he writes, “I won’t quote figures because exponential numbers are unreal to people who are not used to them, but a metaphor by Fred Hoyle has become famous because it vividly conveys the magnitude of the problem: that a living organism emerged by chance from a pre-biotic soup is about as likely as that ‘a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.’ Chance assembly is just a naturalistic way of saying ‘miracle’” (p. 106). Genesis 27-36: Genesis 27-36 Jacob's Life of Faith He is the living God who, in the beginning, created the heavens and the earth. Everyone always has another project around the yard to make it better. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? You cannot claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ and His teaching through the apostles and at the same time reject the historicity of the early chapters of Genesis. Perhaps you’re afraid to come to Him. As you know, Genesis (especially the first eleven chapters) has come under severe attack from critics. Because of Moses’ disobedience in striking the rock, God told him that he could not enter the land. But between verses 1 and 2, there is a gap of an indeterminable amount of time. Of course evolutionists laugh off the creation account as totally lacking in scientific validity. Ge 1:5 And God called the light day Genesis 37-50: Joseph’s Dillusonment | Genesis 42-47:12: The Big Picture | Conclusion | The Reason, BFF Homepage | Top | Back | Bible Topics | Genesis | Next Between absolute zero (-460 F.) and boiling (212 F.) is 672 degrees. This is the moment of truth. He goes on to say that the odds that even a DNA or RNA macromolecule could assemble itself by chance are fantastically unlikely, even if billions of years were available. THE PENTATEUCH PART I: GENESIS LESSON 2 THE CREATION OF HEAVENS AND EARTH • Lesson 1 • Genesis Lessons List • Lesson 3. With students being home and having extra time to study and learn, now is a great time to begin using Answers Bible Curriculum so students can really spend time discovering answers regarding the truth of God ’s Word, beginning in Genesis . Why? Listen to the words of Jesus Christ, who claimed to be sent by God to die for our sins and that someday He will judge every person: “He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24). To cross the entire known universe would take you about 20 billion light years! Some suggest this plural Hebrew word 'Elohim' is used to indicate the Trinity (plurality in unity). Most Bible scholars agree that the book hinges at chapter 12, and thus divide it into two major sections, each with four subsections: 1. There are people who just don't get it (and never will): Laban. So the choice is, either the eternal, intelligent, all-powerful God created the universe and everything in it, or it came about from senseless chance acting on matter that has eternally existed. He warns us of the consequences of disobedience. Faith . We should expect tests from God. 3:20). Ge 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. How would you do it? By revelation, not speculation, we are brought face to face with the God who created the universe. G. Campbell Morgan has cleverly outlined the book as Generation (chap. For 40 years they had wandered in the wilderness, often grumbling and threatening to mutiny and return to Egypt. The phrase 'Then God said, Let ...' occurs eight times; the phrase 'God said' occurs ten times. It also teaches us yet more about the nature of true faith in the I AM. Fasting is not based on the evil nature of God's creation but on prioritizing ones focus on His will. How would you respond to someone who said, “To accept Genesis 1:1 requires a leap of faith”. He wanted them to know that God was behind all their history, that He was the prime mover who had brought them to where they were. Our Lord refers to Genesis 1 & 2 in His teaching on divorce, attributing the texts to Moses (Matt. We must dare not move through a series of seven days without resting for one for then we violate God's pattern and insist on the priority of the things we do over God's. Science can take us back 15 billion years ago to the Big Bang, but it can’t tell us where the material which exploded came from or what caused the explosion. Seven times the phrase, 'God saw that it was good' is used to describe what God thought of His work. In this case, however, God's power enables Him to be utterly patient and kind. Nothing awes us so much as God's ability to do what He says. But there are giants in the land who must be conquered. Genesis 21-26: Isaac's Model for Godly Marriages Phillip Johnson explains that even the simplest living organism is “a masterpiece of miniaturized complexity which makes a spaceship seem rather low-tech” (p. 105). That tells me that it is not primarily an intellectual matter. In Genesis, says A. W. Pink, “we have, in germ form, almost all of the great doctrines which are afterwards fully developed in the books of Scripture which follow” (Gleanings in Genesis [Moody Press], p. 5; the following summary is based on Pink, pp. (Read Genesis 1:1,2) The first verse of the Bible gives us a satisfying and useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. Q. Finally they were on the verge of entering the land. Usually power stands for impatient. As Moses put it so eloquently in Psalm 90:2, “Before the mountains were born, or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” That’s mind-boggling! Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 1, Day 2: Genesis 1:1-2. Human history from Abraham to Joseph: The chosen race (12-50). He is seen as the Covenant God. This verse is clear as to which is correct: That means that He alone is self-existent. Key Verse: “Our God is a God who saves; from the sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” Psalm 68:20; Teaching Passage: Genesis 18:22-33 & 19:1-3, 12-29 Supporting Texts: 1 Samuel 10:19, Psalm 6:4, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 7:10, Psalm 37:40, Psalm 56:16, Matthew 1:21 and Acts 2:21 Genesis 19:1-5 & 15-29 Those are the only choices. Genesis 18-19: Cultural Woes of Sodom | Appearing to Abraham | Visit to Sodom | Debate of Homosexuality and Sodom Either you must accept God as the Source of all or reject Him and accept matter and chance as the source. This is why understanding the creation of the world is so important. There is sin in your life, and like Adam and Eve after they sinned, you’d rather hide from Him. Only starting in 2:4 is God's name, 'LORD' (Yahweh) used when it speaks of personal relationship and fellowship. When she was a young girl, she was shielded from the fact that she would be the next ruling monarch of England, lest this knowledge spoil her. Ge 1:8 And God called the expanse heaven. Genesis 1–11 is the most-attacked portion of Scripture, so every Christian needs to be equipped to know how to answer skeptical questions. The knowledge of her identity and destiny governed her life. Patterns. God is separate from nature. Each of us must come to terms with the God who made the universe and who made us in His image. God spoke and then it happened. Genesis 2:4-17:    Preparation for Man (Genesis 2:4-6) |  Creation of Man (Gen. 2:7, 1:26-27) |  Purpose for Man (Genesis 2:8-17) Is Darwinian evolution scientific fact or religious dogma? If water froze just 4 percent of that range lower, it would rain at 6 degrees above zero. You know that you are about to die, so you won’t be able personally to lead your people in the conquest of that land. The first of those books, Genesis, is the book of origins. Five times we see the phrase 'God called.' This prepares the scene for God’s sovereign calling of Abraham. I could spend many messages going over a lot of tedious material on both scientific and biblical arguments on these issues, but I doubt that such an approach would resolve much. In the first section there are two opposite progressions: God’s orderly creation, resulting in the blessing of man; man’s fall into sin, with the devastating judgments of the flood and the scattering at Babel. He fully enjoyed all that God made. Everything else in the universe has a beginning, a cause. One thing for sure, the Lord does not look lightly on asceticism. Paul obviously believed in a literal Adam and Eve, created by God, fallen in sin (1 Tim. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). God alone always has been, is, and will be. After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. Peter believed in the historicity of the flood (1 Pet. 10 weeks, 10 lessons. God however used the seventh day to rest. It is an account of how God began to call out a people for Himself with the purpose of blessing all nations through them. This is real authority and … Never operate as a cog in a machine for we were designed to reflect, enjoy and worship. Genesis 12-16: Introduction |   Place Detour: Genesis 12:10-20; 20 |  Person Detour: Genesis 12:13-14 |  Procedure Detour: Genesis 16-17 1:20-25). This planet is indeed very old, but most of the flora and fauna we have today, as referred to in Genesis 1, was created about 6,000 years ago. There is no room for speculation, no philosophizing. He did it by writing the first five books of the Bible. Go back with me to about 1500 B.C. 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10; 11:27; 25:12; 25:19; 36:1; 36:9; 37:2). This is precisely what Paul observes of those who throw off the knowledge of God through His creation, and become futile in their speculations, worshiping the creature rather than the Creator (Rom. And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Q. Think about the amazing balance God has put in creation! Genesis 10-11: Noah's Sons| Questions | History Genesis 10:6-11 | Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9 | Questions | Culture Genesis 11 Others suggest it is a plural of majesty. It has been said, “The roots of all subsequent revelation are planted deep in Genesis, and whoever would truly comprehend that revelation must begin here.” (Cited by J. Sidlow Baxter, Explore the Book [Zondervan], p. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. Before anything was, God was. Book of Genesis Chapter 1 -- This study of Genesis is the first of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis. Others, who hesitate to go that far, nonetheless view it as religious stories woven together from various sources by a later editor. And so either matter always has been or God always has been. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” First of all, and before any creature was, God made heaven and earth out of nothing. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. LESSON 32: GOD IS THE ROCK. Copyright 1995, Steven J. Cole, All Rights Reserved. Moses’ purpose in writing Genesis was to show Israel their origins. Genesis helps us understand that there isn’t an immortal soul inside each person. We must, in all our thinking, begin with God. The universe was something He created. He sees His work as that which is absolutely wonderful. This is quite different than those who look at nature or sex with a negative glance as if anyone who is married or enjoys foods cannot be spiritual. Nothing awes us so much as God's ability to do what He says. There’s not even time to duck. Though he had no land and no children, God promises to make him a mighty nation, to give him the land of Canaan, and through him to bless all nations. Man should also follow the direction of God's Words. You cannot be neutral; it is an authoritative declaration that demands a response: Because God is the eternal Creator of the universe, we all must submit to Him. Ge 1:5 And the darkness He called night. 5-7). G en. How would you answer someone who said that the early chapters of Genesis are just a bunch of religious myths? Genesis 2:18-25: The Foundations of Marriage I believe that the real issue is moral and spiritual, not intellectual. Nothing was lacking. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” In Genesis 14, Abram went to a lot of work to save Lot from being carried off into captivity. Once He calls something in its descriptive way, man is obligated to use this understanding to think and define those objects. We only can conclude that the more 'creative' demanding works such as sea monsters and man was the word 'create' used. We need to note, though, that in 2:19 and 2:23, God actually gave man the authority and privilege to 'call' the animals their own names. Psalm 19 takes the same pattern dividing what God spoke with His works with the words He spoke to man. Scripture: Genesis 4:1-16, Genesis 4:4-16 Denomination: Christian/Church Of Christ Summary: The lives of Cain and Abel teach us some important lessons about ourselves and … We are going to study the Torah, which is the first and oldest section of the original Hebrew Bible. I love how Abraham takes iniative to ensure his son has a wife so that God’s promises can be met in terms or having a nation come from Abraham. 3) God created the heavens and the earth. The world and His redemptive plan was set in motion. for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God." Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. No one seriously suggests that one should translate Elohim as gods because every time it takes a singular verb form. When they stop believing in God, they believe in anything!”. Although nothing is directly said of God, we gain an immense understanding through what He did and said. Ge 1:10 And the gathering of the waters He called seas. (Genesis 2:1-3). Two words stand out in this Genesis 1:1-2:3 passage: created (barah) and made ('asah). If God is so gracious and kind, we ought to be the same way. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. The late Professor Harlow Shapley of Harvard stated, “Some people piously proclaim, ‘In the beginning, God.’ I say, ‘In the beginning, Hydrogen’” (cited in Christianity Today [10/8/82], p. 28). It must have come from matter which existed before it. Genesis 15:1. Never rush about life so that we do not pause. Where there are now vast fields of snow and ice, storing up water against the heat of summer, there would be winter floods and erosion. Our text also reveals that ... “The heavens and the earth” refers to the whole universe. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Life Lessons from Genesis: Book of Beginnings. When her teacher finally did let her discover that she would one day be Queen, Victoria’s response was, “Then I will be good!” No matter where she was or what she did, Victoria was governed by the fact that she would one day sit upon the throne of England. Hundreds of volumes have been written on these problems. The creation did, however, come from God's Word. This however is not so evident when we look at the actual word usage. The domain of man is cursed and will no longer yield its fruit easily. Let’s look at Genesis 1. To cross the Local Group you’d have to travel at the speed of light for 2 million years. But they attribute it to “Mother Nature” (= Chance), not to God. Learn who helped God create our world, learn whether evolution is supported, and see how we fit into the picture. When my son, Daniel, was four years old, he asked me, “Dad, if there were no trees, could we live?” I told him that if there were no trees or plants of any kind we could not live, because the plants provide the oxygen we need to breathe. Moses had led Israel out of bondage in Egypt. 5:12-14). My approach is simple (but, I hope, not simplistic): There are scholars who are far more brilliant and educated than I am on both sides of the issue. When we understand our mighty God, it humbles us that this same powerful God would deal so graciously and kindly with His creatures. If you reject that, your only … (2 Peter 3:9). Learn the comprehensiveness of the opening sentence of the Bible. Genesis 25-37: Influence of Sin | God and Man's Sin | Understanding Man's Sin Nature | Understanding Jacob's Sins (Romans 8:19-21). So even all the goodness that we find in the earth is still held back from revealing its fully glory. The Milky Way belongs to a group of some 20 galaxies known as the Local Group. God created it all by speaking the word. 3. But even a little child can figure out that it takes an eternal, powerful God to do it. But not only is God eternal. Genesis 1:1-13 New International Version (NIV) The Beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Introduction. He is the Source of all else. God also spoke to man in verses 28-29. The pattern for us, then, is never to rush about completing singular projects while missing the beautiful completeness of what has been done. You fixed the earth upon its foundation and clothed the earth with mountains and oceans. The basis of God’s program for world missions is found in Genesis. Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 15, Day 2: Genesis 24:1-14. Genesis tells us the beginning of almost everything except God. The theme of the book is God’s sovereignty in human history, especially in the history of Israel, His chosen people. 12-50, through Abraham and his descendents). We can’t grasp the concept of a Being with no beginning or end, who exists in and of Himself. From Romans we find that this world lies under a curse. But God has no cause, no beginning. In fact, except for Joshua, Moses’ successor, and Caleb, the whole adult generation which left Egypt died in the wilderness. And yet He designed the hydrologic cycle to provide salt-free rain from the ocean for crops and human consumption. Today we start a journey that millions of Hebrews and Christians have taken over the last 3000 years. As G. K. Chesterton once said, “It is often supposed that when people stop believing in God, they believe in nothing. If you could travel at the speed of light, it would take you 8 minutes to get from the earth to the sun. Many have dismissed it as pure myth. Genesis 14:1-24: Three Steps to Spiritual Growth | #1 Observe | #2 Utlilitize | #3 Secure 14:1). This thought of taking a day off because everything is done to its completion is beyond our comprehension. The Local Group belongs to the Virgo Cluster, part of the even larger Local Supercluster, which would take you 500 million light years to cross. Life Lessons from Genesis: Book of Beginnings - Kindle edition by Lucado, Max. You can’t accept creation unless you put your brains aside and take a leap of faith.” If you say such nonsense, God calls you a fool (Ps. Man is called to shape his thoughts after God's. Verse 2 records the results of a judgment of God upon the creation, probably due to Satan’s rebellion. Before he died, Moses had the overwhelming task of instilling in this new generation a vision for conquering the land and remaining true to God. Before anything was, God was. What a terrible thing, to believe that the material universe is all that is! LESSONS FROM THE SCHOOL OF GRACE. He tests our faith and trust in him.Genesis 22:1, ” Some time later … The first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch) were written by Moses for that purpose. It takes faith to accept that God did it all simply by speaking His word. Somehow you must instill in them the resolve to conquer the enemies and to remain morally and spiritually pure in the process. In 2:23 man actually names 'woman.' I love the servant too, especially how he ensures the chosen one for Isaac waters his camels as well. Genesis 3:1-13: The Fall of Man | Temptation (Genesis 3:1-6) | The Fall (Genesis 3:7-13) | Questions 3:1-6 | Questions 3:7-13 Joseph has been working with his brothers. In the beginning, God created th e heavens and t he earth. It is this matter of chance or purposeless natural processes versus intelligent design that is at the heart of Darwinism (see Phillip Johnson, Darwin on Trial [IVP, 2nd ed. This was pathetically illustrated some years ago when Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, saw the difficulty of explaining how the complexity of life could have evolved by chance in the time available if the earth is about 5 billion years old. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Character of God, Creation, History, Introductions, Arguments, Outlines, Theology Proper (God), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. There is no argument to prove His existence. If people can see God's goodness in what they see around them, then they might tend to seek Him. Consider just the enormity of the universe. God is not creation. That’s the clear choice! God is the eternal Creator of the universe. The Book of Genesis. Since the God who had created the universe and had promised the land of Canaan to their ancestor, Abraham, was with them, they could trust Him to fulfill His promise, if they only would obey Him. See details. Learn how and why God created our world and what He considered good and blessed. Genesis reiterates that a human being is a soul – man does not have a separate soul residing inside of him. You created the cosmos. Human history from Adam to Abraham: The human race (chap. From what we see of heaven and earth, we learn the power of the great Creator. But if earth were a few miles larger in diameter, the air would become so dense that too much heat would be absorbed, resulting in the death of all living things. Genesis 3–11 contains promises that unfold throughout Scripture. If you reject that, your only option is that matter has always been in existence in one form or another. If what a person produces characterizes his inner self, then we can truly say that God is good. Everything we know and relate to has a cause or a beginning. Genesis 1-2:3:   The Worship of the Creator |  The Meaning of Creation  |  Creation Lessons on God.  |  God and the World's Religions God is good because He does good things. Besides domestic struggle ( v. 16b ), Adam will now struggle to eat, and his labor will include toil. As A. W. Pink points out (p. 10), false religions and human philosophies begin with man and, in some cases, seek to work up to God. In Genesis 22 we have some of the most profound foreshadowings of the sacrificial work of Christ and the great grace of God the Father in the entire Old Testament. 2. They reject the historicity of Genesis, while accepting the religious or moral point of the narratives. We see a whole series of commands from God creating matter, time, order and changes. We could go on and on! God knew everything was complete. God knew that the oceans should not freeze at 32 degrees, or there would be too much ice. We’ve talked about patterns quite a bit in this class, because they are crucial in understanding Scripture. He abides in creation as much as His purpose and design and provision is given to it. The first hint of the Trinity is in Genesis. 2. The earth’s waters would freeze to such a depth that all other forms of life would perish. 1:1. Immediately the reader of the Bible is brought face to face with the fact of God. Genesis 5-9: Genesis Flood | Genesis 05 Genealogical Chart If you accept the first verse of the Bible, it has some fundamental effects on your life! Downloadable children's Bible story and game software, at-home and online lessons for Sunday School, teacher training We are a non-profit online community of Sunday School teachers, pastors, and Christian educators sharing lesson plans, ideas and expertise. 2:13-14; 2 Cor. Our planet is perfectly designed to sustain life. But the Bible begins with God as the One who was in the beginning, the One who made all that is. Genesis Lesson List With Links I have had requests for a list of the lessons in order from several people, so I will be adding them with the links. If you ask the modern atheist what he believes in, he will most likely reply, “I believe in humankind,” or, with Carl Sagan, “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” Of course, Sagan is making a faith statement, not a scientific one. This does not mean that we should not fast. God was defining things for us. God made water to freeze and boil at just the right temperatures. Genesis 11-25 - Part 3 - … 23.) Evolutionists have an a priori commitment to the fact that even though the world and the incredibly complex creatures that inhabit it sure look like they were made by an intelligent Creator, it isn’t true, because random mutations and natural selection explain everything, even though these processes have never been scientifically observed as causing any kind of useful new organ in a species, let alone a whole brand new species. You are the leader of over two million refugees who have come out of slavery in Egypt and are about to enter Canaan, a land God has promised to your forefathers. God spoke, and it came into being. Non-Christians confirm this by saying that the only problem with this world is man (by man is meant fallen and sinful man). Genesis 1:14-19 And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of … Because God is the creator of everything in this universe, including human life (1:26), we cannot ignore Him. GENESIS. Thus they are quick to grab at supposed intellectual problems so that they have an excuse not to submit their lives to Him. (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). Lessons: 1. This is the inescapable import of this profound first verse of the Bible! My Lord and my God, We acknowledge, Lord, that You are the author of Creation. He is the first person in … Creation is not mother-nature; it is God's goodness made manifest. Just click on the picture of the lesson you'd like to see. See God's plan for marriage, His relationship with His people, His judgment of the wicked, and His salvation of the righteous.

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