Starting Genesis - The Teachings of Christ Jesus

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Genesis
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                 Please pray with me.  I thank you Lord by who's Word everything comes to be. Amen
        Genesis
 I refuse to argue creation vs. the theory of evolution, does God exist, is the Bible truly the inspired Word of God, and all the other standard arguments. Knowing by science and mathematics is no more real, objective, or certain then knowing by faith! If Genesis is not true then “chance” is our creator and the brute beasts are our ancestors. God does not have to be explained. What has to be explained is everything else!
Dr. Morris, CEO of the Institute for Creation Research purported, "Genesis 1 - 11 provides the foundation for the rest of Scripture.  Without those insights to the beginnings of history, we would be unable to accurately understand much of the 'what' and most of the 'why' of the world.  The efforts of man to exclude God from history have produced the chaos of evolutionary philosophy and the horrific cultural results that plague our world today.  The only solution to this and to those who are lost is the creation salvation that comes from God" (Morris, H., Acts & Facts October 2017).
 This is our starting point – remember as we journey here…restrain the ego, intellect, judgment, for my Doctoral mentor ( the rules and format of "scholarly writing") and be aware that Satan will be desperately trying to get you off course!  Borrowing heavily from David Pawson's lecture on Genesis 1 & 2 (see DavidPawson.org) there are 2 Books in the Holy Bible that Satan will try his best to confuse you with or keep you from. Those are Genesis – because that Book tells of his entrance into this world and the other is Revelation because it tells of his undignified exit from this world. Satan will do everything possible to confuse you and persuade you that Genesis is a myth and Revelation is mystery hoping we will leave them alone and not STUDY for ourselves.
 Genesis is a Greek word meaning origin, source, generation, or beginning. The Hebrew title Bereshith means “In the Beginning” (NKJV). When this Book was translated from Hebrew to Greek, some 250 years before Christ Jesus, the title was changed from In the Beginning to Genesis (more on that in another section of this website). Genesis is the key to the whole Bible. One must be able to accept Genesis or understanding the Bible will be impossible.
Genesis 3:15 reveals to us that we all live in 2 worlds one world is the physical world that we see with our physical eyes. The other world is a spiritual one that is as real as the physical world yet we cannot see it with our physical eyes. We are all created with an eternal soul and spirit which is part of the spiritual world we live in.  Pawson porposed in his above mentioned lecture, "The subject of Genesis is not so much creation as it is The Creator" (Pawson,D). I will expound on that last sentence later but for now we continue with some Genesis help.

·        Jews, Christians, and pagan historians agree that Moses is the author of Genesis and the Book was written to preserve the historical background of Israel as well as making a record of the creator, creation, sin, redemption, and God’s first dealings with man. They also agree that Moses is the author of the first 5 Books of the Bible.  This is entirely possible as Moses was raised in the court of Pharaoh, and given the new twenty-two-letter alphabet.  If the five Books were not penned by Moses, he very well could have used a scribe or secretary.
·        Genesis is divided into two major segments: Chapters 1-11 cover four major events and Chapters 12-50 cover four major people. What and who are they? Come on…open up your Bible and STUDY…don’t simply read what I write. (Hint – there are no short-cuts to understanding and spiritual maturity).
·        The Holy Bible is the written Word of God. There are two major sections to the Bible. They are the Old Testament and the New Testament. Genesis is located in the Old Testament. There are four divisions of the Old Testament Books: Law, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. The four divisions to the New Testament Books are: Gospels, History, Letters, and Prophecy. I will expand on the Old Testament and the New Testament in another section of this website.
·        The Old Testament has five Books of Law. They are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. (Suggestion – you really need to know those five Books of Law).
·        The Books of Law span a period of approximately 600 years and were all written by Moses. Yes, the end of Deuteronomy deals with the death of Moses and is generally believed to have been written by Joshua in order to round out that section (more on that in another section of this website).
·        Ask yourself the following: who was the first Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Enoch, Esau, Jacob (Israel), Abraham, Issac, and Joseph?
·        You cannot rush your study. It is not unusual for one to take an entire day or longer, to grasp the meaning of a single sentence or two. You cannot rush your study!
·        Have you any idea how many wrestle with just four seemingly simple words like…In the beginning God…? You cannot rush your study!
Spiritual maturity is a slow process and it is NOT easy. The good news I wish to impart with you is that Spiritual maturity is possible, worth the effort, calming, healing, and pleasing to God our heavenly Father.
Let me emphasize a vital point. You must understand, accept, and receive the Book of Genesis or the rest of the Holy Bible will not make any sense to you.  You cannot rush your study.

This is somthing I believe all disciples of Christ Jesus should know if beginning a serious study of the Holy Bible.  Borrowing from Daniel Block's Introduction to the Pentateuch he wrote, "The first five books of the Old Testament, sometimes called 'the books of Moses,' are also called the Pentateuch.  The expression Pentateuch derives from two Greek words penta, 'five,' and teuchos, 'vessel, container.'  This designation dates to the time of Tertullian (ca AD 200), but Jewish canons label these books collectively as the Torah, which means 'teaching, instruction.'  In English Bibles these first five books are commonly called 'Law.'  This designation is misleading.  Large portions are not law at all; they are actually inspiring narratives."  It is also worth remembering that The Pentateuch is one continous narrative. It is believed that the physical limitations of a scroll necessitated dividing the narrative into the five segments.  Unfortunately by changing from a continous narrative to the separately designated "Books" one can be led to the misfortuate understanding that these are "distinct compositions to be interpreted separately" (Block, D. p. xii).  Adding tremendous confusion, misinterrpretation, and less than desireable exegesis while studying Scripture, chapters and verse numbers were added.
 One mustALWAYS keep in mind that a narrative is NOT a thorough, exhaustive report of historic data.  One will never get all the answers to all their questions - this is why we study and fellowship with other disciples of Christ Jesus.  While studying David Bratcher (crivoice.org.)  Bractcher states this far better than I writing, "Narrative is not a comprehensive report of data and will not answer all the questions" (Bratcher, D. 2016).  He goes on to explain that  in Scripture, narratives exist only in relation to a larger whole not as isolated stories.  I would strongly suggest that one always search for the context before quoting, exegeting, and/or forming any opinions.  A story cannot be used that lies totally outside its original meaning or message (Bratcher, D. 2016).
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