Lessons from genesis 1 (part 1)


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Lessons from genesis 1 (part 1)

  1. 1. Lessons from Genesis 1<br />Laindon Bible Class <br />12th & 19th January 2011<br />Part 1<br />
  2. 2. Looking for lessons<br />Parallels, patterns and allegories<br />Types and shadows<br />Symbols<br />Echoes<br />Guidance and commands<br />Truths and principles<br />Examples<br />Genesis 1<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Multiple patterns<br />Genesis 1<br />3<br />
  4. 4. God’s purpose<br />“For God is not the author of confusion[a state of disorder], but of peace[a state of harmony], as in all churches [ecclesias]of the saints.” <br />1 Corinthians 14:28<br />Genesis 1<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Theme: God as the creator<br />Genesis 1 gives us an account of physical creation by God through His Elohim (ek or ex – out of him see Romans 11:34-36)<br />Why does He give it us? So that we might understand his purpose<br />What is his purpose? To fill the earth with His glory (Numbers 14:21)<br />Is physical creation an end in itself? No, God’s complete work is a spiritual creation<br />Genesis 1<br />5<br />
  6. 6. God’s creative work<br />Genesis 1<br />6<br />Spiritual Creation <br />–through Christ<br />Kingdom of God<br />Physical Creation<br />Spiritual Creation<br />-in us<br />
  7. 7. Our plan for this study<br />Genesis 1<br />7<br />Physical Creation<br />Physical Creation<br />Spiritual Creation <br />–through Christ<br />Spiritual Creation<br />-in us<br />Genesis 1<br />Genesis 1<br />Throughout<br />Scripture<br />Gospel of John<br />
  8. 8. Structure of Genesis 1<br />Genesis 1<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Genesis 1<br />Genesis 1<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Recurring phrases<br />“And God said…” 10x<br />“…let there be…” 9x<br />“…and it was so” 6x<br />“God saw that it was good” 6x<br />“…and the evening and the morning were…” 6x <br />Genesis 1<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Shape & sequence of creation<br />Genesis 1<br />11<br />Ecclesiastes 3:11<br />“he hath set the world [eternity]in their heart”<br />Fills or<br />populates<br />Increasing<br />complexity<br />Context or<br />framework<br />
  12. 12. Physical v spiritual creation(through Christ)<br />Genesis 1<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Keyword comparison – Genesis 1 v John’s Gospel<br />Genesis 1<br />13<br />Source: John A Pople<br />
  14. 14. Introduction (Genesis 1:1-2)<br />“In the beginning God…” (cf John 1:1)<br />“…the earth was without form and void” (Hebrew: tohuw – nothingness, empty space, wasteland ; bohuw – void, waste, emptiness)<br />Compare with Jeremiah 4:23-26 concerning Israel<br />Contrast with God’s declared purpose in Isaiah 45:18<br />“…the spirit of God moved…”<br />Genesis 1<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Day 1 – Light John 1:1-3:21<br />Seeing the light (John 1:4-9; 3:19-21)<br />Calling the disciples to light (1:39)<br />Darkness symbolizes both evil and lack of knowledge or understanding<br />Christ brings the light of God’s word to believers (Ephesians 5:8-14)<br />The significance of the second son (1 Corinthians 15:22)<br />Genesis 1<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Day 2 – Waters aboveJohn 3:22-5:47<br />Recurring theme of water and baptism<br />John the Baptist describes the separation of Jesus (John 3:26-31)<br />The separation of waters, the Samaritan woman (John 4:10-14)<br />The crippled man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:2-15)<br />Genesis 1<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Day 3 – Bread from Heaven John 6<br />Jesus the lamb (1:29,35-6) and the coming Passover (2:13, 6:4 & 11:55)<br />The feeding of the 5,000 (6:10-11)<br />Jesus, the bread from heaven (6:32,51)<br />Gathering of fragments (6:12-13)<br />The necessity and reward of eating (6:51)<br />Genesis 1<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Day 4 – The Ruling LightJohn 7:1-13:38<br />The authority of Jesus (7:14-34 “My doctrine is not mine but his that sent me”)<br />The authority of the light, which brings to judgement (8:12-59 “I am the light of the world”)<br />The parable of the shepherd and his sheep (10:1-18 “I am the gate for the sheep”)<br />Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (12:12-50 “Now is the judgement of this world”)<br />Genesis 1<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Day 5 – Waters beneathJohn 14:1-19:42<br />The waters left beneath equate to the death state<br />The creatures mentioned include the great whale (tanniyn– relates to the serpent and leviathan see Isaiah 27:1)<br />The disciples are left leaderless and in denial (14:30-31; 18:27)<br />The temporary ascendancy of the serpent (16:16; 18:12; 19:14-15, 30)<br />Genesis 1<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Day 6 – The New ManJohn 20:1-21:25<br />Man, with authority over all creation (cf Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:24-28)<br />Jesus the keyholder (Isaiah 22:22 & Revelation 3:7 and 1:18 cf also 20:19 & 20:26)<br />Jesus dines with his disciples foreshadowing the marriage supper of the lamb (21:12-14 & Revelation 19:7-9)<br />Genesis 1<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Colossians 1:12-17<br />12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:<br />13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:<br />14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:<br />15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature [spiritual creation]:<br />16 For by [through]him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by [through]him, and for him:<br />17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.<br />Genesis 1<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Lessons from Genesis 1<br />Laindon Bible Class <br />12th & 19th January 2011<br />To be continued next week <br />(God willing)<br />