c. God created the heavens: The simple fact of God’s creation is even more amazing when we consider the greatness of God’s universe. (Gen 1:26) God plans to make man in His image. e. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2). i. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. Whatever merit the gap theory may have, it cannot explain the extinction and fossilization of ancient animals. The Big Bang spewed out energy that condensed into radiation and particles. -------------------- By habit, he usually dressed like a vagrant, and one day he sat on a park bench in Berlin, deep in thought. Minor Prophets Here are some questions for you -. The philosophical importance of knowing God as creator. In the beginning, God: God was in three Persons before the beginning, and the Persons shared a relationship of love and fellowship: “Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was … for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:5, 17:24). iv. Luke-Acts Reputable dictionaries…know nothing of this notion. The Bible is much more than a book; it is a library of books, and books written in different literary forms. c. There was light: Genesis tells us that light, day, and night each existed before the sun and the moon were created on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19). Their thinking is the earth was originally created not without form and void, but it became without form and void through the destructive work of Satan. i. He is the God who can take your nothing, presented to Him, and create something. f. Let the earth bring forth…every herb that yields seed … the herb that yields seed according to its kind … And God saw that it was good: Some use this passage to justify the use of drugs (especially marijuana) because grass and every herb came forth at God’s command. God created: This summary statement will be detailed in the following verses, but the Bible simply and straightforwardly declares the world did not create itself or come about by chance. 1. While admiring the faith of those who believe in such hopeful monsters, it seems far more rational to believe in a wise, creating, designing God. i. This shows us that light is more than a physical substance; it also has a supernatural aspect. 8. The Old Testament c. Genesis is important to the New Testament. quiz which has been attempted 4038 times by avid quiz takers. Cookie Notice: Recent observations, for example, suggest that the universe is younger than its oldest stars – an enigma that has astronomers scrambling for explanations. Johannine Writings The concept of man being created in the image of God is repeated to give emphasis to the idea. I'm sure you know where this is going! God is hovering over it, God’s breath stirring the surface. Whatever it is, it is not like us … According to some theories, it also is the glue that holds the universe together, and keeps it from expanding forever into endless space. A woman is absolutely superior at being a woman. We can only fashion or form things out of existing material. It also outlines the beginning of mankind, sin, and redemption. 2. Historical Books Nowhere are we told the angels are made in the image of God. When you take into account all that is necessary for the sustenance of life as we know it, there are few planets able to support life. In the view of many (including the author) this argument from purpose and design remains unanswered by the atheist or the agnostic. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Luke 1:70 and Acts 3:21 speak of holy prophets since the world began. In the new heavens and the new earth, there won’t be any sun or moon. i. Learn how and why God created our world and what He considered good and blessed. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. May it be Thy will to create Thy world through me, seeing that all the dwellers of the world give praise daily unto Thee through me, as it is said, Blessed be the Lord forever. These disagreements are signs not of crisis but of healthy creative ferment within the field, and in any case there is no room for doubt whatever about something called the ‘fact’ of evolution.” (Johnson), ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission Others (including the Bible) say before there was anything created, there was a Personal Being. God does not call the earth good until it has become habitable, a place where man can live. Wisdom Literature The Gospels ii. d. One day, students in one of Albert Einstein’s classes were saying they had decided there was no God. Darrow maneuvered Bryan to take the stand as an expert witness on the Bible, and he humiliated Bryan in a devastating cross-examination. Pentateuch He has been doing it right from the days of  Genesis 1:1  . Because God created things by speaking them into existence, some have said we can operate on the same principle, speaking things into existence by faith. 9. For every patch of sky the size of the moon, if you could look very deep, you would see about a million galaxies. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. Though God does not have a physical body, He designed man so man’s physical body could do many of the things God does: see, hear, smell, touch, speak, think, plan, and so forth. He was with God in the beginning. How did he do this? Major Prophets CHAPTER ONE . Wisdom Literature The greater and the lesser light. Now the waters are gathered together into one place, and dry land appears. Those who propose these days of creation were not literal days, but successive “ages” of slow, evolutionary development have a real problem here. Johannine Writings Many have suggested the problem is solved by saying these heavenly bodies were created on the first day, but were not specifically visible, or not finally formed, until the fourth. ii. Darkness is not destroyed, however, but only separated from the light. ... A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis. The sun God created to govern the day, and the moon He created to rule the night. Chance doesn’t do anything but describe a probability. If we don’t approach the Bible this way, then we can only come to it with how we feel about the text, and we decide what is true or false about the text — making ourselves greater than the text itself. According to the New Testament, Moses wrote the Book of Genesis (Luke 24:27, Luke 24:44). Man’s pre-eminence of the created order and his ability to affect his environment is no accident; it is part of God’s plan for man and the earth. Psalm 19:1-6 tells us the heavens contain a message from God. What does He not see? God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.'. -------------------- GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Even if it were written in simple, 20th-century scientific language, it would have made no sense to all previous generations and no sense to future generations either. ii. b. The first five days of creation.. Being in God's image means that humans share, though imperfectly and finitely, in God's nature, that is, in His communicable attributes (life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice), and so have the capacity for spiritual fellowship with Him. Major Prophets (  1 John 3:2  ), Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, Genesis Chapter 1 Bible Study: In the Beginning... was the Word. He knows what is good and organizes His creation to result in something good. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. f. “The study of human origins seems to be a field in which each discovery raises the debate to a more sophisticated level of uncertainty.” (Christopher Stringer of the Natural Museum of London). See Genesis 16:3 (printed below) What course of action does Sarai now suggest to Abram? But scientists are really not much closer at all to knowing anything about this instant beginning to the universe. But just remember that He is a God who creates something out of nothing. But we do know what that image was intended to look like because in the person of Jesus Christ we have "the image of the invisible God." GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point It describes the beginning of heaven and earth obviously. Male and female He created them: This should not be construed to mean Adam was originally some type of androgynous being, being both male and female. We accept by faith that he did it at creation and we walk in this same faith that He will do it in our lives. The verb reappears in Deuteronomy 32:11 to describe the eagle’s movements in stirring its young into flight.” (Kidner), c. The earth was without form, and void: When God created the earth, He quite likely built an “old” earth, creating things in the midst of a time sequence, with age “built in.”. iii. b. Darkness was on the face of the deep: This may describe a sense of resistance to the moving of the Holy Spirit on the earth. And it was so: This is the beginning of life on planet earth, directly created by God, not slowly evolving over millions of years. d. He made the stars also: With all the other stars in our universe, we often wonder if there is life on other planets. The universe has a just-right speed of light. i. We will leave the creation of seeds and fruit for chapter 2 of our study, but for now I want to draw your attention to a fantastic picture of Jesus from verse 14 of Genesis 1. All life did not come from the same primordial cell, but it did all come from the same Designer. Lots of people believe they have nothing to offer God. Abram and Sarai were still without a child of their own so Sarai approached Abram with what was a culturally acceptable custom of the day. i. There are at least 165 passages in Genesis either directly quoted or clearly referred to in the New Testament; many of these are quoted more than once, so there are at least 200 quotations or allusions to Genesis in the New Testament. He created you... for Himself. 1. And God saw that it was good. Amen, and Amen.” For this reason (according to the legend), the Hebrew Book of Genesis begins, “Bereshit God created the heaven and the earth.”. Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together: The idea is that before this, the earth was covered with water. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. This passage of Genesis gives us an overview of God’s creation of man, and Genesis 2 will explain how exactly God created male and female. b. He thought the “days” of Genesis referred not to 24-hour days, but to historical ages of indefinite duration. a. Here is what he says: 'For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. f. In Our image, according to Our likeness: The terms for image and likeness are slightly different. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, So the evening and the morning were the first day, The waters which were above the firmament, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together, The earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed…and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself, Let the earth bring forth…every herb that yields seed … the herb that yields seed according to its kind … And God saw that it was good, God set them in the firmament of the heavens, Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, Let the earth bring forth the living creature, God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion, God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 6-7 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), A Quiet Heart Means Confidence in God (Elisabeth Elliot), Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 4-5 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). Prophets Einstein thought their estimate was a little generous, but he replied: “Is it possible God exists in the 95% you don’t know?”. Really, no more than one one-thousandth of the New Testament text is in question. d. In fact, the more they find out, the more they discover how much they don’t know. The New Testament God created man in His own image. i. -------------------- i. Chance has no power. Historical Books You see, the apostle Paul tells us in a single verse in  2 Cor 4:6  that this is a picture of salvation. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. It is precisely because people have abandoned the truth of Genesis that society is in such disarray. a. Psalm 136 connects the Genesis account of creation with the rest of Israel’s history in a seamless fabric. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. We are comforted by the fact that evolution has occurred.” Johnson observes: “Darwinism to them was not a theory open to refutation but a fact to be accounted for.” (Johnson), iii. But Revelation tells us of a coming day when we won’t need the sun, moon, and stars any longer (Revelation 21:23). Michael S. Turner, an astrophysics professor at the University of Chicago, said: “It’s very humbling. Leupold quoting Luther on Elohim: “But we have clear testimony that Moses aimed to indicate the Trinity or the three persons in the one divine nature.”. The ancient Hebrew word bara (created) is specific. Ulam argues it was highly improbable for the eye to evolve by the accumulation of small mutations, because the number of mutations must be so large and the time available was not nearly long enough for them to appear. His native tongue is Mandarin, but … God is a trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit and from some of the verses quoted already in this study we can see all three at work in creation. (Gen 1:14-19) The fourth day of creation: the sun, moon, and stars. The constantly changing scene of science is illustrated by a sidebar to a science article in the Los Angeles Times titled, “The Big Bang and What Followed It”: In the beginning, there was light – but also quarks and electrons. Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1 by H. C. Leupold Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Genesis 10:1–11:3 "The tenth chapter of Genesis is a very remarkable chapter. The fossil record totally rejects the idea of millions of tiny changes; the quick leaps are a way of attributing miraculous power to “chance” or “nature” instead of God. Genesis 1:24-27 background notes 1. There are many good and... B. Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Once that purpose was accomplished, Darrow pleaded guilty on behalf of his client and paid a $100 fine. We see that the earth was barren and empty but there is hope for the Spirit hovers nearby. The first day is complete. Prophets iii. The Whole Bible Let the earth bring forth grass: All this happened before the creation of the Sun (the fourth day of creation, Genesis 1:14-19). Second, sudden appearance, which means in any local area, a species does not arise gradually, but appears all at once and “fully formed.”, i. Philip Johnson: “If evolution means the gradual change of one kind of organism into another kind, the outstanding characteristic of the fossil record is the absence of evidence for evolution.”, c. The Bighorn Basin in Wyoming contains a continuous record of fossil deposits for what geologists say is five million years. And it was so. The scientific priesthood that has authority to interpret the official creation story gains immense cultural influence thereby, which it might lose if the story were called into question. ( AJ) 13 And there was evening, and there was morning. Honest scientists, those who are not proud or arrogant, appreciate how little they do know, and hold their present discoveries with a sense of humility. The experts therefore have a vested interest in protecting the story, and in imposing rules of reasoning that make it invulnerable. When critics ask, ‘Is your theory really true?’ we should not be satisfied to be answered that ‘it is good science, as we define science’.” (Johnson). Thank you for registering. “The Darwinists met this fantastic suggestion with savage ridicule. Prophets The light, which is good, is then separated from the darkness. i. Additionally, God gave mankind a desire for sex, which would make the populating of the earth quick and likely. g. Let them have dominion: Before God ever created man He decreed man would have dominion over the earth. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47) We can’t say we believe in Jesus if we don’t believe in the Book of Genesis. It is the understanding that there must be a purposeful intelligence Who created this world, because the world shows both purpose and intelligence. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. In the beginning God created the … It might have been wiser to spend the money cultivating intelligent life in Washington. You will notice that in reference to the creation of mankind, the Bible reveals God saying 'Let US make man in our image.' Also, we know the figures of the constellations suggested to us don’t look like those things at all, and, they never did. This is when the church preaches herself and not Jesus as the answer. Experimental cosmologist Chris Stubbs of the University of Washington, “You’ve got these things that are ridiculously far away and ridiculously faint, and…you’ve got to make sense out of it.”. The Beginning - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 3. Poetical Books a. e. God created: Inherent in the idea of God is that He is an intelligent designer. If so, have a look at the following verse: 'For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.' To God, the differences between men and women are not accidents. In both the Old and New Testaments, the word sorcery was connected with the making and taking of drugs. Men are not women, and women are not men. Minor Prophets Genesis 1:1 reveals to us that the Person who is the Creator of the world and the cause of its existence is none other that God (Elohim). iv. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ( AI) and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. ii. It is interesting that this planet was initially covered with water. The word “created” (bara') in verse 1 is a verb used exclusively of God. Some portions of the Bible give a historical account, others are poetic, and some are prophetic. Well, the questions don't get much harder just yet for I'm sure you know that it was Moses who wrote the book. ii. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. (Ephesians 1:4). 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. At one time the U.S. government spent $100 million a year looking for extraterrestrial intelligence. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. This Hebrew name (Elohim) is derived from a root word meaning “to fear,” or “to reverence” (Exposition of Genesis, Leupold, p.40). “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (22:18). Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. A STUDY OF GENESIS . The darkness God sent upon the Egyptians (Exodus 10:21) had a tangible quality to it, far beyond what we usually think of as being associated with darkness; it could be felt. But God is bigger and greater than all His creation: Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? a. b. Genesis Chapter 8 Bible Study: The Mystery of the 17th. a. 'Image' is used figuratively here, for God does not have a human form. Why is evolution so universally believed today? The closest we come to creating is in reproducing ourselves sexually. ii. Poetical Books (Titus 1:2), iii. e. This uncertainty is shown in a March 6, 1995, front-page article in the Los Angeles Times headlined, “Rethinking Cosmic Questions”: Ever since people first stood up amid the tall grasses and looked about the world in wonder, religion, mythology and science all have struggled to explain how the world came to be. 3. doctrinal / teaching points 1. 10. Genesis Chapter 2 Bible Study: Trees, Seeds and Wives. He also made the stars. Genesis 1:14-18 Taking into account factors such as our galaxy type, star location, star age, star mass, star color, distance from star, axis tilt, rotation period, surface gravity, tidal force, magnetic field, oxygen quantity in atmosphere, atmospheric pressure, and 20 other important factors, the probability of all 33 occurrences happening on any one planet is one in 10 to the 42 power. Poetical Books God’s purpose was to “resolve” or “sum up” all things in Jesus, as if Jesus Himself were the answer to a great and complex problem God wrote out on the “blackboard” of the universe. Only humans demonstrate a constant availability for and interest in sex, as opposed to a “heat” season in animals. In the Genesis account, God tells us that He created matter and life in one week. The vapor blanket would filter out ultraviolet radiation, cosmic rays, and other destructive energies bombarding the planet. None of these specifically human dimensions of sex are required for reproduction, but all of them are useful for sex as a tool of bonding. It takes more faith to believe this than to believe in Genesis. We understand he didn’t literally mean he cried so much that he flooded his room and set his bed afloat. b. “Any impression of Olympian detachment which the rest of the chapter might have conveyed is forestalled by the simile of the mother-bird ‘hovering’ (Moffatt) or fluttering by her brood. There would be no rain as we know it today. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point At the point of salvation, God's command is 'let there be light' in our lives as the presence of God through the Holy Spirit is restored back into humanity. (Gen 18:1-5) Abraham invites the Lord and two others to a meal. However, it does tell us how we can know God exists. (Gen 1:2) The state of the earth before God organized creation. Most “Gap Theory” adherents use the theory to explain the fossil record, assigning old and extinct fossils to this indefinite gap. The arguments among the experts are said to be about matters of detail, such as the precise time scale and the mechanism of evolutionary transformations. -------------------- (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. e. In Our image: This does not mean that God has a physical or human body. d. God created the heavens and the earth: If God created the heavens and the earth, then we must forever put away the idea that anything happens by chance. -------------------- iv. God is a Spirit (John 4:24). We can know this about the Old Testament by seeing the incredible care and reliability of the ancient Jewish scribes, demonstrated by the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries. e. In the beginning, God: At some time before the beginning, God created the angels, because they witnessed the creation of the heavens and the earth (Job 38:7). 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