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5th December 2016 - The Bible - Book of Genesis

  1. 1. The Bible:Book of Genesis – 5th December 2016 “Inthe beginningGodcreated the heavens andthe earth.”(Genesis 1:1) The author of the Book of Genesis is not identified.Traditionally,theauthor has always assumed to have been Moses. There is no conclusivereason to deny the Mosaic authorship of Genesis. The Book of Genesis does not state when it was written. The date of authorship is likely between 1440 and 1400 B.C., between the time Moses led the Israelites outof Egypt and his death. The Book of Genesis has sometimes been called the "seed-plot" of the entire Bible. Most of the major doctrines in the Bibleare introduced in "seed" form in the Book of Genesis. Along with the fall of man, God's promiseof salvation or redemption is recorded in the book of Genesis. The doctrines of creation,imputation of sin,justification,atonement, depravity,wrath, grace, sovereignty, responsibility,and many more are all addressed in this book of origins called Genesis. Many of the great questions of lifeare answered in Genesis. Firstitanswers the question that all of us want to know: Where did I come from? We find the answer when itsays thatit was God who created everything as we can find it in the very firststatement in the Bible: Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Another important question is: Why am I here? We are here to have a relationship with God - Genesis 1:27,“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” And we are also constantly plagued with the question: Where am I going? The book tells us that we have a destination after death - Genesis 25:8, “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.” Genesis appeals to the scientist,the historian,the theologian,the housewife, the farmer, the traveler, and the man or woman of God. It is a fittingbeginning for God's story of His plan for mankind, the Bible. There are key verses that we can read and learn from the book of Genesis. We present a few such verses for the reader so that he or she may continue from this reading: Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." The context of this verse is the fall of Adam and Eve. God is speaking to the serpent who is a personification of Satan.God desires no coalition between himself and Satan.The two are mutually exclusive.God draws a distinction between “your seed” (Satan’s seed) and “her Seed” (Jesus). “Her Seed” refers to the humanity (incarnation) of Christ.Notice that this passage doesnot say that the “Seed” was of Adam. This is an inference of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.The New Testament callsJesus the “Seed” as stated in Galatians 3:16, The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.” God is predictingthe defeat of Satan by the comingof Christ,the Messiah.God is drawingthe battle lines between himself and Satan. “he will crush your head” is a mortal wound. The power of Satan is crushed by the cross of Christ. Yet even at the moment of the firstfall,God promises a solution to their sin.At the fall Satan bruised the heel of Jesus.Sin was the causeof Christgoingto the cross.At the cross Christwill crush Satan’s head.One is a non-lethal and the other a lethal act. At the cross Jesus dealtSatan a fatal blow.There he paid for the penalty of sin fully. As Christians weknow that Jesus Christnot only paid for the sins of the world on the cross but he defeated Satan there. Genesis 12:2-3, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." In a literal sense,as the people of the Jews were that descended from him, and in a spiritual sensebelievers in all ages and of all nations,thatwalk in the steps of the faith of Abram, who are his children,and are blessed with him: I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; Genesis 50:20, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." God permits evil,but from the evil He unceasingly causes good to proceed. If good were
  2. 2. not destined to conquer evil,God would be conquered, or rather God would ceaseto be. The Scriptures call us to be imitators of God, likeHimwe must endeavor to draw good out of evil. The Book of Genesis can be divided into two sections:PrimitiveHistory and Patriarchal History.Primitivehistory records Firstthe Creation:(Genesis chapters 1-2); Second the Fall of man (Genesis chapters 3-5); Third the Flood (Genesis chapters 6-9); and Forth the dispersion (Genesis chapters 10-11). Patriarchal history records thelives of four great men: Abraham (Genesis 12-25:8); Isaac (Genesis 21:1-35-29); Jacob (Genesis 25:21-50:14); and Joseph (Genesis 30:22-50:26). God created a universe that was good and free from sin.God created humanity to have a personal relationship with Him. Adam and Eve sinned and thereby brought evil and death into the world.Evil increased steadily in the world until there was only one family in which God found anythinggood. God sent the Flood to wipe out evil,but delivered Noah and his family alongwith the animals in theArk. After the Flood, humanity began again to multiply and spread throughout the world. God choseAbraham, through whom He would create a chosen people and eventually the promised Messiah.The chosen linewas passed on to Abraham's son Isaac,and then to Isaac's son Jacob. God changed Jacob's name to Israel,and his twelve sons became the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel. In His sovereignty, God had Jacob's son Joseph sent to Egypt by the despicableactionsof Joseph's brothers. This act, intended for evil by the brothers, was intended for good by God and eventually resulted in Jacob and his family being saved from a devastatingfamine by Joseph, who had risen to great power in Egypt. Many New Testament themes have their roots in Genesis.Jesus Christis the Seed of the woman who will destroy Satan’s power as we can read in Geneses 3:15, And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.” As with Joseph, God’s plan for the good of mankind through the sacrificeof His Son was intended for good, even though those who crucified Jesus intended itfor evil.Noah and his family arethe firstof many remnants pictured in the Bible.Despite overwhelming odds and difficultcircumstances,God always preserves a remnant of the faithful for Himself.The remnant of Israelites returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity;God preserved a remnant through all the persecutions described in Isaiah and Jeremiah;a remnant of 7000 priests were hidden from the wrath of Jezebel; God promises that a remnant of Jews will one day embrace their true Messiah (Romans 11). The faith displayed by Abraham would be the gift of God and the basis of salvation for both Jew and Gentile as we can read from Ephesians 2:8-9, “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” The overridingtheme of Genesis is God’s eternal existence and His creation of the world. There is no effort on the part of the author to defend the existence of God; he simply states that God is,always was,and alwayswill be, almighty over all.In the same way, we have confidence in the truths of Genesis, despite the claims of thosewho would deny them. All people, regardless of culture, nationality or language,are accountableto the Creator. But because of sin,introduced into the world at the Fall,we are separated from Him. But through one small nation, Israel,God’s redemptive plan for mankind was revealed and made availableto all.Werejoicein that plan. God created the universe, the earth, and every livingbeing.We can trust Him to handlethe concerns in our lives. God can take a hopeless situation,e.g. Abraham and Sarah being childless,and do amazingthings if we will simply trust and obey. Terrible and unjustthings may happen in our lives,as with Joseph, but God will always bringabout a greater good if we have faith in Him and His sovereign plan as we can learn from Romans 8:28,“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” .

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