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genesis chapter 1 study guide

God is a Spirit (John 4:24). The Old Testament The best place to find out begins in Genesis. We are comforted by the fact that evolution has occurred.” Johnson observes: “Darwinism to them was not a theory open to refutation but a fact to be accounted for.” (Johnson), iii. The waters of the land are separated from the water vapor in the sky. 6. The universe has a just-right polarity of the water molecule. a. 3. doctrinal / teaching points 1. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Our closest galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy, about 12 million trillion miles away. It is said there would be at least 40 different stages of evolution required to form an eye. (  Col 1:15  ) In EVERYTHING that Jesus said and did, He revealed the character, attributes and personality of the invisible God. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. practical application 1. ii. Minor Prophets There are indicators of where these records begin and end. d. God created the heavens and the earth: If God created the heavens and the earth, then we must forever put away the idea that anything happens by chance. If so, have a look at the following verse: 'For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.' Minor Prophets Scientists detect chance in the radio signals constantly (in the form of static with no pattern), but it tells them nothing. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” First of all, and before any creature was, God made heaven and earth out of nothing. Then the only dignity or honor we bestow upon men is pure sentimentality, because I don’t have any more significance than an amoebae; then there is no greater law in the universe than survival of the fittest. It means God allows variation within a kind, but something of one kind will never develop into something of another kind. Evolutionists often give convincing examples of microevolution, the variation of a kind within its kind, adapting to the environment. God did all this in the beginning, yet there was much before the beginning. (Psalm 19:1-4), ii. Atoms merged to form dust clouds, which grew into stars and galaxies and clusters. e. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2). I'm sure you know where this is going! Genesis 1: In the Beginning... was the Word. c. Genesis is important to the New Testament. Stars used up their nuclear fuel, collapsed and exploded in recurring cycles, fusing elements in the process. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. The way they look when they first appear in the fossil record is the way they look when last appearing in the fossil record. Let Us make man in Our image: The use of the plural (Let Us…in Our image, according to Our likeness) is consistent with the idea that there is One God in three Persons, what we know as the Trinity. Others (including the Bible) say before there was anything created, there was a Personal Being. God made the beast of the earth according to its kind: When we look at the infinite variety of the animal kingdom (both living and extinct), we must be impressed with God’s creative power, as well as His sense of humor. Even if it were written in simple, 20th-century scientific language, it would have made no sense to all previous generations and no sense to future generations either. e. Evolutionists are not interested in testing if their theory is true. This means the incarnation was truly possible. a. The Big Bang spewed out energy that condensed into radiation and particles. 1-5: Earth is pictured as a formless, empty, dark mass in the midst of a great ocean. Some are troubled by the questions, “Where did God come from?” and “Who created God?” The answer is found in the definition of God – that God is the uncreated Being, eternal, and without beginning or end. Only an intelligent designer could create a just-right universe, not “chance.” Our universe is a just-right universe. He is the true light of the world. This makes sense if we are the result of mindless evolution, but not it is true that male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. (Romans 1:20). And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. d. Either evolution happened slowly, with each tiny change building on the last, over billions of years; or the changes came as quick leaps: something like a mouse coming out of a snake’s egg. Learn how and why God created our world and what He considered good and blessed. At the point of salvation, God's command is 'let there be light' in our lives as the presence of God through the Holy Spirit is restored back into humanity. Sold as a slave, second youngest son of Jacob (Israel), came to power in Egypt, 4th Patriarch, favorite son until presumed dead, given Technicolor robe with sleeves, dreams that brothers and … c. In 1913, an astronomer in Arizona discovered that stars appeared to be moving away from the earth at tremendous speeds, up to two million miles an hour. Firstly, Genesis means 'beginning' and as such it outlines the beginning of many things. Human ovulation has no outward sign; humans have sex in private; humans have secondary sexual characteristics (only in humans do females develop breasts before the first birth). This passage of Genesis gives us an overview of God’s creation of man, and Genesis 2 will explain how exactly God created male and female. i. Genesis shows us the origins of the universe, order and complexity, the solar system, the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the origin of life, man, marriage, evil, language, government, culture, nations, religion. In the beginning, God: God Himself was before the beginning: Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting (Psalm 93:2). b. In 1919, another American astronomer named Edwin Hubble used this information to develop a theory of an expanding universe, which is the foundation of the “Big Bang” idea. He thought the “days” of Genesis referred not to 24-hour days, but to historical ages of indefinite duration. Chance doesn’t do anything but describe a probability. ( AJ) 13 And there was evening, and there was morning. However, they won’t become mice, no matter how much breeding is done. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning - the fourth day. Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. To God, the differences between men and women are not accidents. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! Again, this is a most wonderful picture that God has placed as a perpetual reminder of Jesus' importance and place in your life! GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, (Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definition), * 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order', Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. a. b. While masterfully spinning ideas out of faith and equations, cosmologists were pitifully short on data. a. And Christians now have an opportunity to have that image restored in their own lives. d. The same attitude is used to squelch debate and questions about evolution today. c. I will make you a great nation: God promised to make a nation from Abram. Matter cooled. Poetical Books Dark matter may make up 99.9% of everything in the universe, but no one knows what it is. 1. In the Genesis account, God tells us that He created matter and life in one week. To Start Your Genesis Bible Study - Choose A Lesson. Pentateuch Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. In Genesis c. The earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed…and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself: The plants were created not as seeds, but as full-grown plants each bearing seeds. Seemingly, before the flood, the human race was vegetarian, but after the flood, man was given permission to eat the flesh of animals (Genesis 9:3). Being in God's image means that humans share, though imperfectly and finitely, in God's nature, that is, in His communicable attributes (life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice), and so have the capacity for spiritual fellowship with Him. Why? A STUDY OF GENESIS . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. From that point on, there is a clear separation that takes place for we are taken from the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light! We can know this about the Old Testament by seeing the incredible care and reliability of the ancient Jewish scribes, demonstrated by the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries. Many have suggested the problem is solved by saying these heavenly bodies were created on the first day, but were not specifically visible, or not finally formed, until the fourth. The Bible is much more than a book; it is a library of books, and books written in different literary forms. Johannine Writings Even though plant life was created before animal life, animal life was not created out of plant life. Some scientists now say life on earth began when immense meteorites carrying amino acids impacted earth at a time when the sun was cooler and the earth was a watery ball covered with ice up to 1,000 feet thick. Poetical Books ii. iii. a. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. i. The faith of humble Christians understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men. We are also confident that what He chooses to tell us is profitable and useful for us. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. You see, the apostle Paul tells us in a single verse in  2 Cor 4:6  that this is a picture of salvation. But Revelation tells us of a coming day when we won’t need the sun, moon, and stars any longer (Revelation 21:23). Men are not women, and women are not men. c. The trial was therefore inconclusive, but the “Scopes Monkey Trial” was presented to the world by sarcastic journalist H.L. Therefore, the peahen rewards the peacock with the least chance of survival. God deliberately structured plenty of variation within a kind, but one “kind” does not become another. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. Therefore, when Joshua wanted to bid the sun stand still, he had to command him to be silent. (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). iv. Those who follow this idea look to Isaiah 45:18: For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” The idea is God here says He did not create the world in vain (the Hebrew word is the same as the word for void in Genesis 1:1). Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. d. In the beginning, God: Before the beginning, God had a specific plan to fulfill this eternal purpose, with many different aspects revealed to us: i. And God saw that it was good. iv. Pauline Epistles We see that the earth was barren and empty but there is hope for the Spirit hovers nearby. Darwin wrote: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Professor Richard Goldschmidt, a geneticist at the University of California at Berkley, listed a series of complex structures (from the hair of mammals to hemoglobin) he thought could not have been produced by thousands of years of small mutations. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte stated the essential problem of philosophy: there is something, instead of nothing. This means the plants must have had sufficient nourishment because of the light God had created before the sun and the moon. We live in a very complex world. He should not doubt that, however simple they may seem, these are the very words, works, judgments, and deeds of the high majesty, power, and wisdom of God.” (Luther, cited in Boice). We must understand the Bible literally according to its literary context. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). a. Psalm 119:128 says, “Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right.” With great confidence, the Psalmist proclaimed the inerrancy of God’s word. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 3. “The waters above the firmament thus probably constituted a vast blanket of water vapor above the troposphere and possibly above the stratosphere as well, in the high temperature region now known as the ionosphere, and extending far into space.” (Morris) Such a vapor blanket would greatly change the ecology of the earth, and Henry Morris suggests several effects of a vapor blanket. Luke-Acts When you take into account all that is necessary for the sustenance of life as we know it, there are few planets able to support life. ii. Luke-Acts He wanted to know how many myths the man had read. c. Let them be for signs and seasons: When God set the lights in the heavens to be for signs, it probably includes what we commonly call the zodiac, but was called by the ancient Hebrews the Mazzaroth (Job 38:31-32). (Psalm 90:1-2). i. Which book in the New Testament has the exact same first three words as Genesis? Based on these ideas, some have advanced what has been called the “Gap Theory.” It is the idea that there was a long and indefinite chronological gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. But certainly, not every herb is good for every purpose. If you believe Genesis 1:1, you really have no problem believing the rest of the Bible. The Gospels Let there be a firmament: The idea of a firmament is of an expanse (NIV, NAS) or space (NLT). The Beginning - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. b. 3. iii. Pentateuch ii. So God created man in His own image: God created man according to His plan as described in Genesis 1:26. (Titus 1:2), iii. And God saw that it was good. Experimental cosmologist Chris Stubbs of the University of Washington, “You’ve got these things that are ridiculously far away and ridiculously faint, and…you’ve got to make sense out of it.”. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4. a. ii. This Hebrew name (Elohim) is derived from a root word meaning “to fear,” or “to reverence” (Exposition of Genesis, Leupold, p.40). 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. We will leave the creation of seeds and fruit for chapter 2 of our study, but for now I want to draw your attention to a fantastic picture of Jesus from verse 14 of Genesis 1. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. Finally, out of what did Jesus create this world? (  Col 1:16  ). God (in the Second Person of the Trinity) could really become man, because although deity and humanity are not the same, they are compatible. d. So the evening and the morning were the first day: Many wonder if this was a literal day (in the sense we think of a day) or if it was a geological age. The Bible’s clear teaching of God’s creation and the uncertainty of modern science. General Epistles Amen, and Amen.” For this reason (according to the legend), the Hebrew Book of Genesis begins, “Bereshit God created the heaven and the earth.”. This occurs on a daily basis as we behold Him who was the true image of God (again - just as the moon requires the sun to shine) as it says in  2 Cor 3:18, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.". Yet now, Noah receives specific permission to eat animals, permission Adam was not given (as far as we know). 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