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Genesis Bible Study – Part 6

In the Beginnining

The Test: Believe or Not Believe

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis: Origins, Beginnings


In the Beginning (time), God (force), created (action),
the Heavens (space), and the Earth (matter).


A loving, eternal, all powerful, personal God
created us in His image for a purpose
OR
Nothing  X Nobody = EVERYTHING


True Science

True science is the direct, firsthand knowledge that comes from observation, testing, repeating: the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

  • So by definition creation/origins is not and cannot be “science”.
  • Evolution, uniformitarianism, Darwinism, the Big Bang… they are all called “science” because the world knows this will elevate those ideas in authority and perceived credibility rather than the words: theory, ideology or material “religion”.

If we want to understand creation, origins, and how the universe came into existence and everything that is in it, we have to look at theology, not science.  

  • Genesis gives a very straightforward and unmistakable account of the origin of the universe and the earth and everything on the earth.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

  • It is not an ambiguous. It is not unclear. It does not need explanation.
  • And yet in those simple, clear, unmistakable words there is a treasure of profound data.
    • In the Beginning (time),
    • God (force),
    • created (action)
    • the Heavens (space)
    • and the Earth (matter).

The Test

You are not going to get past the first verse in the Bible without facing a test: do you believe the Scripture? Do you believe the Bible to be authoritative Word of God? Do you submit to Scripture?

  • Either you believe what the Bible says or you don’t.
  • You can accept what Genesis says or you can reject it.
  • You can’t change it. You don’t have that privilege.

And yet, even millions of Christians have made the Bible subservient to “science”.

  • There is no such thing as the science of creation.
  • There is no scientific way to explain creation.
  • It was not a natural event or a series of natural events.
  • It was a brief series of monumental super-natural events that cannot be explained by science.
  • All science is based on observation of natural events.
  • No one but God observed the supernatural creation.

Nothing Miraculous Can Ever Be Explained by Subsequent Scientific Observance

Take any miracle (supernatural occurrence) in the Bible. Can observing the results or aftermath give you the “science” to explain the original event?

  • Could observing Lazarus after being risen from the dead explain scientifically how it happened?
  • Can observing the wine at the wedding, testing it, measuring it, explain how it miraculously and instantly went from water to wine?
  • Can setting experiments, theories, re-creations or tests on the five loaves and fishes reveal the science behind how they became thousands and thousands of loaves and fishes?

Creation Was a Series of Supernatural Events

You can observe the way things are now but that doesn’t tell you anything about how they became what they are.

  • Creation cannot be understood any other way than by believing the revelation of the creator in the Book that He provided that has passed every test of veracity and authenticity.
  • Creation is not a scientific event and cannot be explained scientifically as if natural law or processes played any part.

Believe It Or Not

The Genesis account is clear, written in indisputably historic terms without ambiguity or nuance.

  • God does mention, imply or leave room for “gaps”, evolution, long days, uniformitarianism, explanation by material processes or competing theory.
  • Take it or leave… but don’t presume to improve upon God’s account by declaring it must conform to some human declaration or understanding.

God’s Response to Those Who Presume to Correct Him

Job 38:1–40:2 (NKJV)

1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:   2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.” [You, the one who declares that God’s Word is wrong, YOU answer all these questions since you are so smart!]

  • We never have a right to take something the MAN declares as fact, and make the Bible bend to it.
  • If what we think we know doesn’t match Scripture, then we will be proven wrong when the truth is discovered

The Writers of the New Testament Affirm the Genesis Account

Every New Testament writer refers to Genesis and universally affirm the plain meaning and truthfulness of Genesis.

  • Genesis is alluded to by the New Testament 200 times; 165 of them are quotes or direct references.

Creation Focuses on Redemption

Redemption is the reason why the universe exists.

  • It is the reason why there is an earth. It is the reason why there is a supporting life system for man.
  • Creation is the very beginning of the purposes of God in redemption.

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Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)  1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Show the slides from “The Size of Things”


The plain meaning of Genesis 1:1 is unmistakable.

  • Let the Bible determine your system of belief…
  • Or bring your system of belief to the Bible and make the Bible fit it.

“The only proper way to interpret Genesis 1 is not to ‘interpret’ it at all. That is, we accept the fact that it was meant to say exactly what it says.” (Morris)


“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/


Revelation Bible Study – Part 16

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

Chapter 5 – The Scroll & The Lamb

Revelation 5 (ESV)

1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/


Genesis Bible Study – Part 5

In the Beginnining

The Creation of the World

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis: Origins, Beginnings


In the Beginning (time), God (force), created (action),
the Heavens (space), and the Earth (matter).


A loving, eternal, all powerful, personal God
created us in His image for a purpose
OR
Nothing  X Nobody = EVERYTHING


The lie that the universe as we know it today evolved over millions of years is the most sophisticated, complex and highly educated lie in existence.  

  • It is an obvious and direct attack on the Bible, on a Creator, and on any accountability to a transcendent God.
  • It is promoted to kids starting with cartoons and Kindergarten, mandated to be taught without question or competition by schools, driven home by higher education, depicted relentlessly in movies, museums, books and the media.

Even though it is an impossible and irrational and on closer inspection and absurd concept, evolution and millions of years is still presented as indisputable FACT while with anything else being “anti-science”.

It’s not easy to impose millions of years and evolution on Genesis 1

There is absolutely nothing in that section of Scripture, or for that matter any other place in the Bible, to allow for such a bizarre interpretation as evolution. 

They do that to accommodate the Bible to godless, irrational, and impossible evolution. 

Millions of Years: Uniformitarianism

Everything just continues the same way we observe it today in this long, multi-billion year process. 

  • However, the Bible doesn’t allow for any such thing, any such illusion as “things have always been the way we see them NOW”

2 Peter 3:5–6 (NKJV)  5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,   6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

Was Genesis 1:1 followed by a long gap of time which billions of years and evolution can fit into?

Two centuries ago in an effort to explain “prehistoric” fossils, Christian leaders introduced the idea that a gap of time is missing between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

You can look at this issue from the standpoint of honest science and have all of the affirmation you want for a young earth.  Various physical chronometers, chemical measuring items used to establish the earth’s and heavens’ age, you can see real science will yield you an accurate answer if you understand this one thing: that when God created the earth,

There is nothing in Genesis 1 to hint at, imply or leave room for billions of years.

  • It is only inserted to accommodate “science”
  • Rather than letting the Bible be authoritative, science demands the Bible be tortured to fit its ever changing “truth”.

Honest science that observes the same evidence we observe could never follow that evidence to evolution and uniformitarianism.

God created the Heavens and Earth as it is.  He created it mature.  He created it with the appearance of age.

  • Mature trees, animals, man, rivers, hills, light… all mature. 
  • Stars with light in transit from “billions of light years away”.

Logic, reason, physical evidence and true unbiased science leads directly to exactly what God reveals in Genesis 1-11.

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Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)  1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Show the slides from “The Size of Things”


The plain meaning of Genesis 1:1 is unmistakable.

  • Let the Bible determine your system of belief…
  • Or bring your system of belief to the Bible and make the Bible fit it.

“The only proper way to interpret Genesis 1 is not to ‘interpret’ it at all. That is, we accept the fact that it was meant to say exactly what it says.” (Morris)


“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/


Revelation Bible Study – Part 15

Chapter 4 – Throne Room, Angels, Demons, Satan, Cherubim

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

The Throne in Heaven

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings[a] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

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“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/


Genesis Bible Study – Part 4

In the Beginnining

The Creation of the World

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis: Origins, Beginnings


In the Beginning (time), God (force), created (action),
the Heavens (space), and the Earth (matter).


A loving, eternal, all powerful, personal God
created us in His image for a purpose
OR
Nothing  X Nobody = EVERYTHING


Was it Six Literal Days?

Was it six 24 hour literal days or just symbols for long periods of time?

Why Is It Important?

If the days of creation are really geologic ages of millions of years, then the gospel message is undermined at its foundation because it puts death, disease, thorns, and suffering before the Fall.

It is clearly the scheme of Satan to attack the opening truths of the Bible which call into question the rest of Scripture. If Genesis 1 cannot be trusted, then the rest of the Bible is unreliable too.

The “Days” of Genesis 1

To understand the meaning of “day” in Genesis 1, we need to determine how the Hebrew word for “day,” yom, is used in the context of Scripture.

Consider the following:

  • Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with a number 359 times, and each time it means an ordinary day.
  • Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with the word “evening” or “morning” 23 times. “Evening” and “morning” appear in association, but without yom, 38 times. All 61 times the text refers to an ordinary day.
  • Outside of Genesis 1, “night” is used with yom 53 times, and each time it means an ordinary day.
  • The plural of yom, which does not appear in Genesis 1, can be used to communicate a longer time period, such as “in those days.”

Conclusion

  • Day can mean something other than “ordinary day” but it can also mean “ordinary day”
  • In Genesis it is perfectly clear and double-defined to mean “ordinary 24 hour day”. 

To make it mean more than that, we have to elevate something to an authority higher than Scripture and make Scripture fit.

Why Six Days?

Exodus 31:15–17 Six days may work be done, but on the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Therefore the sons of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to ob- serve the Sabbath throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between me and the sons of Israel forever. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.


The plain meaning of Genesis 1:1 is unmistakable.

  • The Bible determine your system of belief…
  • Or bring your system of belief to the Bible and make the Bible fit it.

“The only proper way to interpret Genesis 1 is not to ‘interpret’ it at all. That is, we accept the fact that it was meant to say exactly what it says.” (Morris)


“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/


Revelation Bible Study – Part 14

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

The Throne in Heaven

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings[a] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

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“Where the Bible makes plain sense,
seek no other sense,
lest you turn it into nonsense”.

The ESV® Bible (The Holy BibleEnglish Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Biblecopyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. https://www.crossway.org/