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Discover the Book - Sept. 9, 2008

  • 2008 Sep 09

Overview-Genesis 1-3


Our Bibles begin at Genesis looking into Eternity past as God the Creator speaks all of creation into existence. The conclusion of Creation is the fashioning from dirt a creature made in the very image of God. As the crowning point of His creation, we as humans are offered eternal fellowship and communion with God our Creator 

Genesis lays the foundations for most major Bible Doctrines: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, man, sin, redemption, covenant, promise, Satan and angels, kingdom, revelation, Israel, judgment, and blessing. 

The literary structure of Genesis is built on the frequently recurring phrase "the history/genealogy of” and is the basis for the following outline. 

  1. The Creation of Heaven and Earth (1:1-2:3) and then The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth (2:4–4:26)
  2. The Generations of Adam (5:1–6:8)
  3. The Generations of Noah (6:9–9:29)
  4. The Generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (10:1–11:9)
  5. The Generations of Shem: Genealogy of Shem to Terah (11:10–26)
  6. The Generations of Terah (11:27–25:11)
  7. The Generations of Ishmael (25:12–18)
  8. The Generations of Isaac (25:19–35:29)
  9. The Generations of Esau (36:1–37:1)
  10. The Generations of Jacob (37:2–50:26) 

Dr. Griffith-Thomas in his excellent book Methods of Bible Study suggests that the OT is a book of:

  • unfulfilled prophecies
  • unexplained ceremonies
  • unsatisfied longings  

In the NT we have the fulfillment of these prophecies, the explanation of these ceremonies, and the satisfying of these longings; and, of course, all of this was accomplished through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

One final theme of both theological and historical significance sets Genesis apart from other books of Scripture, in that the first book of Scripture corresponds closely with the final book. In the book of Revelation, the paradise which was lost in Genesis will be regained. The apostle John clearly presented the events recorded in his book as future resolutions to the problems which began as a result of the curse in Gen. 3. His focus is upon the effects of the Fall in the undoing of creation and the manner in which God rids His creation of the curse effect. In John's own words, “And there shall be no more curse” (Rev. 22:3). Not surprisingly, in the final chapter of God’s Word, believers will find themselves back in the Garden of Eden, the eternal paradise of God, eating from the tree of life (Rev. 22:1–14). At that time, they will partake, wearing robes washed in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 22:14).

Genesis 1-2 In The Beginning 

Message # 1: The Ten Most Important Words (1:1) 

God's Word tells us GOD initiated this Cosmos by His own will. God's Word tells us the Universe had a start and God existed forever before that beginning. God's Word tells us our Creator designed this world and the universe around it leaving His fingerprints everywhere! He left the only gateway to the True God, the True  Creator and the Only Redeemer. God's Words are the Foundation of our ORIGIN, PURPOSE and DESTINY! God's Words are the only proper way to understand Geology, Anthropology, History, Philosophy and so on. God's Word are the only authoritative guide to the origin and purpose of male, female, marriage, family, government; and they alone records the start of sin, evil, cultures, language, Israel and all. 

  Message # 2: God Made The Heavens (1:1b)

Genesis 1 is the most amazing composition in all the world's literature, using only 76 different word-forms fundamental to all mankind, arranged in a wonderful poetic pattern yet free from any highly colored figures of speech. It provides the perfect opening to God's Word, and establishes all that we really need to know of the facts of creation. No man could have invented it: it is as great a marvel as a plant or a bird. It is God's handiwork, sufficient for Hebrew children or Greek thinkers or Latin Christians; for medieval knights or modern scientists or little children; for cottage dwellers or cattle ranchers or deep sea fishermen; for Laplanders or Ethiopians, East or West, rich or poor, old or young, simple or learned- sufficient for all! Only God could write such a chapter, and He did." 

 Message # 3: God Made The Earth. (1:1c) 

Have you looked around to see God's signature all over this planet. From the depths of the oceans to the heights of our atmosphere, this planet teems with life. In the deepest seas there are volcanic vents spewing superheated water heavy with poisonous metals and acids; incredibly there is an amazing flourishing of countless exotic and unique creatures. In every biome and ecosystem life overflows this planet. Water is preeminently the seat of life. There is not a bay or creek, not a shelf or a sound on the face of the earth that does not teem with life. Even a drop of ditch water can hold 500 million microscopic creatures so small that a teaspoonful of water would be to them what the Atlantic is to us. God is truly a God of variety. Half a billion infusoria can live comfortably in a single drop. They appear in a thousand species, some are herbivorous, some carnivorous, some have shells, and some have none. They possess mouths, teeth, muscles, nerves, and glands. Some species have between one to two hundred sacks or stomachs, connected by an intestinal canal. The thickness of the membranes that line those stomachs have been estimated to be one fifty-millionth part of an inch!    

Message # 4: In Six Days! (1:31)

This is the Creator's record. This is His explanation of the timing and it is six solar days! There is only one perfect science book in the world, you hold it in your hands. All other science books are flawed in that they have not been able to personally record a first hand observation of say the birth of a star, or the origin of a volcano in the earth's center. There is only one perfect history book in the world, you are holding it in your hands. All others are gathered and collected and have the marks of frail, fallen and fallible humanity all over them. But God has heard every word, seen every event and flawlessly captured what He wants us to know. So why don't we just look at the record of God's Word which detail the Creation. 

Message # 5: The Signature of God! (2:1)

This morning God has written His Creative signature across this world. The Heavens and the Earth are crying out in testimony to HIM. This morning, I want you to check out the signature of God across our world. If you look closely with me you will see that there is no way that this world could have come into existence in any way but by the finger of God. First among the awesome fingerprints of God upon birds are their shapes and forms. When Jesus drew the attention of His listeners to the sparrows He was pointing at Himself. For even the lowliest or most common of the bird family are more advanced aerodynamically than our fiercest and most advanced, fighter warplanes. A bird has been well described by scientists as a "living wedge".  If you could sail alongside a bird in flight and noticed its form as it flew you would be witnessing from beak to the last tail feather, an absolute study in complete streamlining. In all the world of biology no creature is more perfectly equipped to resist the laws of gravity than birds. A bird can float through the air like the down of a milkweed pod and yet weigh in at as much as twenty pounds! 

Message # 6: The First Week (1-2)

There is a path which starts just outside of Eden. It is a path down which Cain began to walk just before he killed his brother. It is the path of human achievement. It the pathway of looking to myself, the pathway of religion and of self-help. It is the path that leads to the Tower of Babel, the path that runs through all the world's religions, the pathway is named atheistic evolution and that pathway heads straight to hell. 

Another path leads from Eden. Abel walked it first followed by a countless multitude who looked to the Lamb not themselves. This path leads away from the world and toward God, it passes by a hill called Calvary and leads to Heaven where the Maker of Heaven and Earth calls all His creatures to worship and obey Him. 

Paradise Lost Series Genesis 3  

Message # 1: Paradise Lost (3)

What ever happened to Paradise? There was a perfect earth with no sin when Genesis 2 ends. What a place it must have been with all of the glow of Creation untarnished by sin. Every creature was good, every part of the universe was singing the glory of God. No groaning under the burden of sin was yet present from the creation. But then something drastic happened. What? Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Look at Genesis 3 with me. 

Message # 2: Pride: The Weakness of Satan. (3:1-2) 

God is in an all out war against PRIDE this morning. He wants to stamp it out in our lives this morning. Let’s let Him give us an exam this morning and help us cure our “I” problem today! Humility is an ingredient of all spiritual blessing. Just as every sin has its roots in pride, every virtue has its roots in humility. Humility allows us to see ourselves as we are, because it shows us before God as He is. Just as pride is behind every conflict we have with other people and every problem of fellowship we have with the Lord, so humility is behind every harmonious human relationship, every spiritual success, and every moment of joyous fellowship with the Lord. 

Message # 3: AVOIDING THE DEVIL'S TRAP (3:1-5) 

Now, to the scene of the last Adam. How unlike the 1st Adam is this last Adam.

  • The Devil challenged the first man. The Last Man challenged the Devil.
  • The Devil ruined the first Adam. The Last Adam spoiled the Devil.
  • The First Adam involved the Race in his defeat. The Last Adam included the Race in His victory.
  • The 1st Adam dealt a temporary defeat to God's Creation. The Last Adam brings Everlasting Righteousness.
  • he First Adam stood as the head of the race and falling, dragged the race down with him. The Last Adam stood as the Head of the new race, and being victorious, lifted that race with Him.
  • The 1st Adam's work of causing death could be undone and was at the Cross. The Last Adam's work can never be undone for He brought endless life.
  • The 1st Adam did the work of man. The Last Adam did the Work of God. 

Message # 4: The Four Spiritual Flaws (3:3-5)

Satan is in an all out attack to make you and me doubt, reject and become deafened to the voice of Jesus. We are not listening to the voice of Jesus when we think wrongly about God! Will you listen to that voice? Adam and Eve chose to not listen to God. Satan wants us to Doubt God's Word, Doubt God's Goodness, God's Authority, and Doubt God's Plan. 

Message # 5: DOUBTING God (3:6-8)

GOD has FOUR truths that destroy Satan’s 4 lies. We would do well to heed God's Word: 

  1. TRUST His Word. Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. NKJV
  2. REST in His Goodness Psalm 73:1Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. NKJV
  3. SUBMIT to His Authority. James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJV
  4. FOLLOW His Plan Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. NKJV 

Message # 6: Running From God (3:9-24)

Now, lets stand and ask God to illumine our hearts as we read these verses. Genesis 3:9-24. And as we stand together, listen to God's flawless record of the spiritual death of Adam and Eve as evidenced by their running and hiding! 

As Soon as the word came to God's Throne that Adam and Eve had fallen to the Tempter's lies God the Savior set off for the Garden. It was God who went looking for His fallen creatures. It is God who today seeks and saves those who are lost. It is God's will that all should come to the truth of His salvation, but so many do not. When God came seeking, Adam and Eve ran and hid. In fact, the most glaring reality of our lostness and fallen-ness is the way we run and hide from God. That is one of the reasons many do not come to where God's Word is taught. When God's Word is taught God is near. When God is near, sinful and fallen man runs and hides. People even to this day still do not seek after God. 


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