In 2004, the Rock Church spent the year studying through the books of Genesis and Exodus. This weekend Pastor Miles took us through an in depth review of these first two books of the Bible.
As we refresh our memory regarding these books of the Bible we prepare next week to begin a study through the book of Leviticus. So let the review begin!
Genesis is known as the book of "beginnings." The book of Genesis teaches us that God created all things. This defies the teaching of evolution that tells us that all things resulted from a natural or scientific cause. Pastor Miles showed us the importance of the word "bara" which means that God created everything from nothing. This is an important to understand that everything in creation came directly from God because of Him.
Adam & Eve
Adam and Eve were the first human beings created by God. Adam and Eve lived in the beautiful Garden of Eden and were only forbidden to eat from one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they ate from it they would die.
Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan and ate of the tree. They tried to cover their sin, and hide from God, and ended up trying to blame someone else.
Genesis 3:8-13 states, And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
The three patriarchs were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Abraham was the father of faith. At the age of 100 he and his wife Sarah had a son named Isaac. Isaac's son's name was Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons. And one of them was Joseph.
Joseph's story is one of the most remembered of Genesis. He was called a dreamer. Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, and worked for Potiphar. Potiphar's wife wanted to sleep with Joseph, but Joseph would not give into the temptation and because of that Potiphar's wife accused him of rape, and had him sent to prison.
However, because Joseph was able to interpret Pharaoh's dreams about the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine he became the ruler of the land.
Exodus is the book that records the Jews exit from Egypt. The Jews were in Egypt because Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. The book of Exodus introduces to the man Moses.
Moses' first encounter with God was at the burning bush at Mt. Sinai. God identified Himself to Moses, as "I AM THAT I AM."
Moses led the Jews out of their slavery in Egypt. However, on the journey many complained along the way because there was no food and water and of all those who complained, none made it into the Promised Land. This is a lesson applicable for all of us today. We have no real reasons to complain, and instead we ought to be thankful for what we do have.
The Ten Commandments
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments while he fasted for forty days on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God. The stone they were written upon indicated that they were permanent and complete.
Exodus 31:18, and when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.