At the beginning of the year the Rock church began studying through the Bible in its entirety starting from the beginning. Today marked the finishing of the book of Genesis. Over the past eight months, we have studied and read some of the most amazing stories contained in the Bible, of events so spectacular, and of people who were so courageous and faithful. From Adam to Joseph, we reviewed a book that tells us about the beginning of all things.
The Creation, the Beginning
Genesis 1:1 states, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. What is most amazing is that God created everything from nothing. Evolution teaches that the origin of all things came about because of natural or scientific causes, which is contrary to scriptures. God cannot be explained scientifically, but the Bible explains it simply, that God created all things.
Genesis 1:27 states, So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. The first people God created were Adam and Eve. Adam whose name means "red earth," because God made him from the dust of the ground, and Eve, whose name means "life-giver" because all life came from Eve.
Satan's #1 Weapon
The lie that Adam and Eve believed when they were deceived and sinned in the Garden of Eden is the same lie, as Christians we believe today about sin. That is that we will not suffer any consequences when we sin, and that is Satan's #1 weapon. Satan deceived Adam and Eve to believe that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they would not die, even though what God had told them was to the contrary. Instead because they were deceived they believed that they would not die, but rather would become like God and be in control of their own lives. Genesis 3:4-5
Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, every person will die. As Romans 6:23 states, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The story of Noah and the flood is one of the most well known stories, not only in the book of Genesis, but of the whole Bible. Because of sin God allowed the flood to happen, however He made a promise that he would never destroy the earth by flood again, but that the next destruction would be by fire. 2 Peter 3:7 states, but the heavens and the earth, which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The flood also brings forth evidence against evolution in that the fossil record shows all individual species take after their own kind; there are not species that continued to evolve. Therefore, showing that there is no evidence of the transitional forms required by evolution. When studying the events of the flood, one can also discover that fossils happen when an animal is buried alive very quickly in an airtight environment, like in a mudslide created by a flood.
Abraham, the Father of Faith
Abraham is one of the main characters of the book of Genesis. Today three major religions claim Abraham as their Father. Besides Christianity, Islam, and Judaism also do. Abraham is also one of the three patriarchs of the Old Testament, which also include Isaac and Jacob.
Isaac, Abraham's son's name means "laughter." Isaac was Abraham's Son of Promise, which he had with his wife Sarah at the age of 100. According to Genesis 21:6-7, Sarah said, God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. And she added, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.
Jacob, son of Isaac
Jacob's name means supplanter or deceiver. Genesis 25:26 states, afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau's heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Jacob's story in Genesis is most interesting. Jacob wrestled with Jesus. He bought Esau's birthright for a bowl of red stew. His name was changed to Israel, which means "Prince with God."
Jacob also fathered twelve sons, which became the twelve tribes of Israel. Genesis 35:22-26 states, now the sons of Jacob were twelve: the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram.
Joseph the Dreamer
In the most recent weeks we have studied about the life of Joseph, who had a dream at seventeen years old that his brothers and his parents would bow down to him. Genesis 37:1-11 recounts this story. However, his brothers became envious of Joseph and his dream, and in their anger they sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt.
In Egypt, Joseph worked for Potiphar, though he faced great challenges when Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph of rape and he ended up in prison. However, God used Joseph to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh therefore bringing Joseph to the esteemed place he had dreamt of.
Lastly in Genesis 50, Joseph asked that upon his death his bones be brought back to the Promise Land, as did Jacob. Genesis 50:24-26 states, and Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here." So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
Genesis leads to Exodus
After reviewing the book of Genesis we find that there is so much to be learned. When we ask questions when we read the Bible it is a valuable way of learning the truth of the scriptures.
Next week we will begin the book of Exodus, which story centers on a man named Moses. It will be an exciting adventure as we delve into this new book and see the amazing and mighty works God did in the lives of the Israelites.