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 spititual 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…one MUST keep an open mind, restrain the ego, intellect, and judgment.  For my Doctoral mentor, overlook the rules and format of "scholarly writing" and be aware that Satan will be desperately trying to get everyone 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 (γένεσις) is a Greek word meaning origin, source, generation, or beginning. The Hebrew title Bereshith (Be'rai'sheet) means, loosely translated, “In the Beginning” (NKJV). For a deeper understanding I provide the following video clip - but remember that I have more to say here also! http://www.thelivingword.org.au/grand-design/session7.php.  When this Book was translated from Hebrew ( בראשית     ברא    אלהים   את   השמים    ואת     הארץ ) = the earth and the heavens God       created In the beginning to Greek, some 250 years before Christ Jesus, the title was changed from In the Beginning to Genesis (please refer to the discussion by Dr. Schroeder http://Geraldschroeder.com as "In the beginning" is so loosely translated that it is actually incorrect). Reminder: Hebrew is not read left to right or sequentially. 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?  Who was 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 something 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 assumption 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).
 
There is an is and there is an isn’t
 
and I am the in-between
 
Part 1
 
Over five decades ago, while in an “altered state” searching for all the answers to the universe, the meaning of life, and my physical existence, I somehow wrote the above statement down for some reason.  To add to the peculiarity of the statement I wrote in double.  In the above statement I used a strikethrough but my original was, for example a T with another T placed over the original but just a fraction lower.  Adding to this irregularity I wrote it quickly, with no forethought.  Yes, it has bothered me on several levels my entire life.
 
Little did I know at the time that science (i.e. physics) discovered something that was always there.  They labeled it quantum (plural: quanta).  Example: Quantum theory is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level. The nature and behavior of matter and energy at that level is sometimes referred to as quantum physics and quantum mechanics.  Wait!  Don’t stop reading because I will tie it all to my homily on God with regard to the Book of Genesis. Not the entire Book of Genesis but just the (forgive me) beginning. For several reasons listed here in no particular order I will not write the entire article now (so please pay attention to the part number assigned at the top)
 
·         My hope is that one will take the necessary time to comprehend what is written.
 
·         The entirety of the content is not mine as quantum physics is not my field of expertise.  I make every attempt to give credit where credit is due (e.g. pop-up and web links).
 
·         Do not take my word for it but research and prove everything to yourself.
 
·         Fix each point made in your mind before moving to the next point or idea in a sentence or paragraph. The subject matter is intended to be read (studied) in a linear fashion.
 
·         People with far greater acumen than mine did not deduce the content of all that will be written in this article in one sitting.
 
·         Some of what I write has been studied for hundreds of years only to have been answered in the past few decades.
 
·         This is an article and not a book – hence the divisions (parts) and lag in posting.
 
·         I will make every effort to write sequentially – but some effort is required on your end.
 
·         This article is not intended for peer-review so I will take several liberties not accepted in peer-review or scholarly academic writing.  I will, however, give credit where credit is due so a link may be associated to a peer-reviewed paper - some effort is required on your end.
 
Part 1
     I once heard it said,”…Thank God science finally caught up to the Bible.” I mention that not because I have anything against science but because science, particularly in the past few decades’, has confirmed so much of what was written thousands of years ago in the Bible (Old Testament for now).
 
 
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