ii. Probably the original narratives were recorded on tables of stone or clay, in common practice of early times, and then handed down from father to son, finally coming into the possession of Moses. But just remember that He is a God who creates something out of nothing. 1-5: Earth is pictured as a formless, empty, dark mass in the midst of a great ocean. Time (300,000 years or so) passed. The total number of possible planets in the universe is 10 to the 22 power. And God saw that it was good. ii. 3. doctrinal / teaching points 1. As Goldschmidt put it, âThis time I was not only crazy but almost a criminal.ââ¦To suppose that such a random event could reconstruct even a single complex organ like a liver or kidney is about as reasonable as to suppose that an improved watch can be designed by throwing an old one against the wall.â (Johnson). Major Prophets ii. From Johnson: âThe âpriceless and fragile relicsâ were carried by anxious curators in first-class airplane seats and brought to the Museum in a VIP motorcade of limousines with police escort. (Romans 1:20). General Epistles Now the waters are gathered together into one place, and dry land appears. What does this mean? So God created man in His own image: God created man according to His plan as described in Genesis 1:26. (See Acts 26:18 ). c. C.S. He also regards much of the fossil evidence for human evolution as nonsense. The fossil evidence also demonstrates life exploded into existence on earth, instead of slowly evolving. i. Minor Prophets Stars used up their nuclear fuel, collapsed and exploded in recurring cycles, fusing elements in the process. In Our image: An understanding of who man is begins with knowing we are made in the image of God. ( Col 1:15 ) In EVERYTHING that Jesus said and did, He revealed the character, attributes and personality of the invisible God. This Hebrew name (Elohim) is derived from a root word meaning âto fear,â or âto reverenceâ (Exposition of Genesis, Leupold, p.40). (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). Pauline Epistles Note the phrasing of Genesis 2:4, 5:1, 6:9, 10:1, 11:10, 11:27, 25:12, 25:19, 36:1, 36:9, 37:2. a. âThus it is probable that the Book of Genesis was written originally by actual eyewitnesses of the events reported therein. c. I will make you a great nation: God promised to make a nation from Abram. The experts therefore have a vested interest in protecting the story, and in imposing rules of reasoning that make it invulnerable. Pauline Epistles âThe Darwinists met this fantastic suggestion with savage ridicule. Let there be light: The first step from chaos to order is to bring light. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. Then God said, âLet there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.â Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, âBe fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.â And God said, âSee, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. (1 Peter 1:20), ii. But the moths are still moths, and the finches are still finches. That is, we accept the fact that it was meant to say exactly what it says.â (Morris). Reputable dictionariesâ¦know nothing of this notion. c. There are many possible answers to the question of how everything came into being. Quoting Johnson: âThe psychological atmosphere that surrounds the viewing of hominid fossils is uncannily reminiscent of the veneration of relics at a medieval shrine.â In 1984, the American Museum of Natural History held an unprecedented showing of original fossils said to depict human evolution titled Ancestors. This is the effect of worldliness that gets between the believer and Jesus Christ. General Epistles The light, which is good, is then separated from the darkness. b. The writer of Hebrews wrote it this way: Heb 11:3 'By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.'. Nowhere are we told the angels are made in the image of God. What do we learn about God from Genesis Chapter 1? b. For example, Adam was already of mature age when he was created; there was age âbuilt in.â Likewise, the trees in the Garden of Eden had rings in them, and there were undoubtedly canyons and sand beaches in Adamâs world. Our galaxy is shaped like a giant spiral, rotating in space, with arms reaching out like a pinwheel, and our sun is one star on one arm of the pinwheel. Let there be a firmament: The idea of a firmament is of an expanse (NIV, NAS) or space (NLT). God created man in His own image. (Gen 1:3-5) The first day of creation: light is created and divided from the darkness. 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. God Himself will be the light (Revelation 22:5). ii. The light we have depends upon His life living through us just as the moon is totally reliant upon the sun to look at all attractive! We come to the Bible knowing the copies we have in our hands are reliable duplicates (though not perfect duplicates) of the exact writings, which God perfectly inspired. This shows us that light is more than a physical substance; it also has a supernatural aspect. i. Leupold on the Spirit of God was hovering: âThe verbâ¦signifies a vibrant moving, a protective hoveringâ¦His was the preparatory work for leading over from the inorganic to the organic.â, ii. He also made the stars. In humans, the duration of the sexual interlude is longer and the intensity of the pleasure of sex is stronger, and only humans continue to have intercourse after the end of fertility. This argues at least as persuasively for a common Designer as it does for a common life source. Prophets b. But we will concern ourselves with a different picture presented to us in these verses. Let's start with a quiz to get going. iii. And God saw that it was good. -------------------- But more specifically, we'll see that it was Jesus that created all that there is. The Big Bang spewed out energy that condensed into radiation and particles. However, it does tell us how we can know God exists. Darrow maneuvered Bryan to take the stand as an expert witness on the Bible, and he humiliated Bryan in a devastating cross-examination. It was created by God, who, by definition, is eternal and has always been. Pentateuch i. âMany of us who have worked in this field for decades still worry that the whole house of cards is going to collapse,â said Princeton cosmologist David Wilkinson. Dark matter may make up 99.9% of everything in the universe, but no one knows what it is. Human ovulation has no outward sign; humans have sex in private; humans have secondary sexual characteristics (only in humans do females develop breasts before the first birth). 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. There would be lush, tropical-like vegetation, all over the world, fed not by rain, but by a rich evaporation and condensation cycle, resulting in heavy dew or ground-fog. Lewis wrote that when he heard a Biblical scholar claim the Genesis creation account was a myth, he didnât want to know about the manâs credentials as a Biblical scholar. Darwin wrote: âIf it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.â Professor Richard Goldschmidt, a geneticist at the University of California at Berkley, listed a series of complex structures (from the hair of mammals to hemoglobin) he thought could not have been produced by thousands of years of small mutations. And the â¦ Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. It happened at creation and it happens again in the lives of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, it is important to remember as you romantically gaze at the beauty of the moon that it has no light of it's own. His appearance made a policeman suspicious, so the policeman asked the philosopher âWho are you?â Schopenhauer answered, âI would to God I knew.â. Chapter 1- Genesis Chapter 1 is the first of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis. 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. Also explore over 223 similar quizzes in this category. Everything else in our life flows from the answer to this question. This means human life has intrinsic value, quite apart from the âquality of lifeâ experienced by any individual, because human life is made in the image of God. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And that includes you. Some 100 years ago, there was a great German philosopher named Arthur Schopenhauer. One of the saddest signs of our cultureâs depravity is the amount and the degree of gender confusion today. The Old Testament And it was so: This is the beginning of life on planet earth, directly created by God, not slowly evolving over millions of years. e. God created: Inherent in the idea of God is that He is an intelligent designer. But when a man tries to be a woman or a woman tries to be a man, you have something inferior. Start studying Genesis 1-11 Study Guide. Johannine Writings i. 5. Since the beginning, man has used Godâs provision of the sun, moon, and stars to mark and measure time and direction. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. He remarked that the record of reckless speculation in the field of human origins âis so astonishing that it is legitimate to ask whether much science is yet to be found in this field at all.â (Johnson), d. âThe story of human descent from apes is not merely a scientific hypothesis; it is the secular equivalent of the story of Adam and Eve, and a matter of immense cultural importance. 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. Prophets 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. Then God said, âLet there be lightâ; and there was light. So the evening and the morning were the second day. a. For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). An omnipotent, omniscient Being certainly does not need faith. iii. This passage of Genesis gives us an overview of Godâs creation of man, and Genesis 2 will explain how exactly God created male and female. b. Pauline Epistles Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. The waters which were above the firmament: Here, the Bible recognizes the existence of water vapor in the sky. The concept of man being created in the image of God is repeated to give emphasis to the idea. a. ii. d. Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion: God also gives man a job to do: fulfill Godâs intention of manâs exercise of dominion over the earth. When God pronounced the creation good, He really meant it. Rabbi Simeon ben Joachi, commenting on the word Elohim: âCome and see the mystery of the word Elohim; there are three degrees, and each degree by itself alone, and yet notwithstanding they are all one, and joined together in one, and are not divided from each other.â Clarke adds: âHe must be strangely prejudiced indeed who cannot see that the doctrine of a Trinity, and of a Trinity in unity, is expressed in the above words.â, ii. 3. Those who propose these days of creation were not literal days, but successive âagesâ of slow, evolutionary development have a real problem here. The Old Testament c. We believe the Bible is not a book of science; yet where it touches science, it speaks the truth. Zuckerman has subjected key fossils to years of biometric testing and declares that the idea that they walked and ran upright is flimsy wishful thinking. i. The Old Testament But thank God that He doesn't leave us and His Holy Spirit hovers over us, drawing us to the Father. ii. 6. Some are troubled by the questions, âWhere did God come from?â and âWho created God?â The answer is found in the definition of God â that God is the uncreated Being, eternal, and without beginning or end. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. iv. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Instead, âthe fossil record does not convincingly document a single transition from one species to another.â (Johnson), i. Evolutionist Nile Eldredge wrote: âWe paleontologists have said that the history of life [in the fossil record] supports [the story of gradual evolution], all the while knowing that it does not.â (Johnson). b. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. In the 1920âs, a former substitute teacher in a Tennessee school volunteered to be the defendant in a case meant to challenge a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in the public schools. i. âIt will hardly be safe to say that the body of man is patterned after God, because God, being an incorporeal spirit, cannot have what we term a material body. It might have been wiser to spend the money cultivating intelligent life in Washington. The quarks joined into protons and careened wildly about in a hot, dense, glowing goop as opaque as a star. The fossil record totally rejects the idea of millions of tiny changes; the quick leaps are a way of attributing miraculous power to âchanceâ or ânatureâ instead of God. When critics ask, âIs your theory really true?â we should not be satisfied to be answered that âit is good science, as we define scienceâ.â (Johnson). Without any help or resources from us, He can create something out of nothing and a somebody out of a nobody. In both the Old and New Testaments, the word sorcery was connected with the making and taking of drugs. Historical Books Please have a think before carrying on. When you study the Bible, it i amazing at how many of the principles in the Bible are based on what happens here, at the very beginning. However, this is not the plain grammatical sense of the ancient Hebrew. It was right, not wrong; and it was right concerning all things. The verbs and pronouns used with Elohim should be in the plural, but when Elohim refers to the Lord God the verbs and pronouns are in the singular. Psalm 147:4 and Isaiah 40:26 tell us God has the stars all numbered and God has a name for them all. Out of nothing and nowhere, all the energy and matter in the universe exploded into existence in an event that came to be called â¦ the Big Bang. Scientists detect chance in the radio signals constantly (in the form of static with no pattern), but it tells them nothing. âThe waters above the firmament thus probably constituted a vast blanket of water vapor above the troposphere and possibly above the stratosphere as well, in the high temperature region now known as the ionosphere, and extending far into space.â (Morris) Such a vapor blanket would greatly change the ecology of the earth, and Henry Morris suggests several effects of a vapor blanket. i. âIf the days were not days at all, would God have countenanced the word? 7. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Poetical Books No, for God is spirit ( John 4:24 ) To quote the Bible Knowledge Commentary: "Human life was created in (lit., 'as,' meaning 'in essence as') the image of God (v. 27). The Bibleâs clear teaching of Godâs creation and the uncertainty of modern science. People who believed in Godâs creation came to be thought of as fools and hicks, and evolution was given the veneer of respectability. God: This is the ancient Hebrew word Elohim. At the time, it was entirely good; there was no death or decay on earth at all. d. One day, students in one of Albert Einsteinâs classes were saying they had decided there was no God. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 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. Yet the Bible does not make elaborate arguments for the existence of God. (Ephesians 1:4). Commentary on Genesis 1:1,2 (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. And God saw that it was good. 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.' Some scientists now say life on earth began when immense meteorites carrying amino acids impacted earth at a time when the sun was cooler and the earth was a watery ball covered with ice up to 1,000 feet thick. Yet the names for the figures of the constellations are the same in all cultures. We are comforted by the fact that evolution has occurred.â Johnson observes: âDarwinism to them was not a theory open to refutation but a fact to be accounted for.â (Johnson), iii. Even though plant life was created before animal life, animal life was not created out of plant life. Some scientists often act certain in their knowledge about the origin of the universe, but their continually revolutionary discoveries prove they are, in some way, feeling their way along in the dark. ii. They are the personal study of notes of a very good doctor friend of mine. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. iii. Then God said: God did not have to fashion light with His hands. Really, no more than one one-thousandth of the New Testament text is in question. Atoms merged to form dust clouds, which grew into stars and galaxies and clusters. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Always remember that. Bryan believed in the Bible, but not literally. 'Image' is used figuratively here, for God does not have a human form. Major Prophets (Gen 1:6-8) The second day of creation: God makes an atmospheric division. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.'. He wanted to know how many myths the man had read. This is also the way God works in our life. 14 And God said, âLet there be lights. ( AJ) 13 And there was evening, and there was morning. iv. (Gen 1:14-19) The fourth day of creation: the sun, moon, and stars. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you: And, even as Adam received instructions for eating (Genesis 1:29-30, 2:15-17), so does Noah. As John 1:4 states 'In Him (Jesus) was life and that life was the light of men.' Major Prophets God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. The philosophical importance of knowing God as creator. In the view of many (including the author) this argument from purpose and design remains unanswered by the atheist or the agnostic. Is it a reference to our physical image? iii. What possible benefit could there be for the first 39 stages? It receives its light from the sun and the amount of the moon we see lit up is a reflection of how much of it has been exposed to the sun. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. For every patch of sky the size of the moon, if you could look very deep, you would see about a million galaxies. d. The same attitude is used to squelch debate and questions about evolution today. You will notice that in reference to the creation of mankind, the Bible reveals God saying 'Let US make man in our image.' 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. (Gen 1:27-31) Godâs creation of man and initial commission to Adam. 9. b. c. Then God blessed them: the first thing God did for man was to bless him. 100% all the time. This is perhaps one reason why Satan wants to pervert and destroy Godâs plan and standard for sexuality; it is deeply connected to our being made in the image of God. Pauline Epistles He has been doing it right from the days of Genesis 1:1 . b. Also, some have a wrong understanding of Mark 11:22 which is taken to literally mean âhave Godâs faithâ as if we are to have the same faith God has. 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. 3. 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. Minor Prophets questions 1. Prosecuting the case was William Jennings Bryan, former Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, and a three-time Democratic candidate for President. e. In Our image: This does not mean that God has a physical or human body. Then God said, âLet Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.â. He hoped to find evidence of life by using a super sensitive instrument to pick up radio signals from distant space. ii. This means there is also an unbridgeable gap between human life and angelic life. In fact, the use of drugs in this manner is nowhere approved and is always condemned in the Bible. Evolutionist Ernst Mayr commented: âSomehow or other by adjusting these figures we will come out all right. Ginzberg quotes a Jewish legend connecting the movement of the sun to the praise of God (as in Psalms 113:3, 50:1, and 148:3): âThe progress of the sun in his circuit is an uninterrupted song of praise to God. i. It describes the beginning of heaven and earth obviously. God gave Noah the same kind of mandate He gave Adam in the beginning of creation (Genesis 1:28), since Noah essentially began all over again. Sorcery is universally condemned in the Bible (Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:10, 2 Chronicles 33:6, Revelation 21:8 and 22:15). Luke 1:70 and Acts 3:21 speak of holy prophets since the world began. It is the understanding that there must be a purposeful intelligence Who created this world, because the world shows both purpose and intelligence. Because this record is so complete, paleontologists assumed a positive trail of evolution could be found. b. i. This is demonstrated in several passages of Scripture. iii. And though we may only reflect His image and glory poorly at the moment, the day will come, when He appears, when the image will be complete and fully restored: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. The fossil record is marked by two great principles: first, stasis, which means most species are unchanged in all their documented history. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. 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. J. Edwin Orr used a memorable definition of God, which was thoroughly Biblical: God is the only infinite, eternal, and unchangable spirit, the perfect being in whom all things begin, and continue, and end. I'm sure you know where this is going! (Psalm 19:1-4), ii. b. The verb reappears in Deuteronomy 32:11 to describe the eagleâs movements in stirring its young into flight.â (Kidner), c. The earth was without form, and void: When God created the earth, He quite likely built an âoldâ earth, creating things in the midst of a time sequence, with age âbuilt in.â. Let me quote an Aramaic text, which as you can see, places God first in the verse.. Genesis 1: 1 -- God created the heavens and the earth in the very beginning. It is said there would be at least 40 different stages of evolution required to form an eye. 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