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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:29

Genesis 1 Notes

Genesis 1

* The name "Genesis" means "beginning".  This book is so named in our bibles because it records the beginning of everything we know.  "Genesis" is not the name of the book in the Hebrew scriptures.  It is called the first book of Moses.
* The name used for God in this chapter is Elohim.  It is a plural form of El or Eloah.  These all mean God.  When you see El in the Bible it refers to God, for instance, "Bethel" means house (Beth) of God (El).  Elohim is used far more than the other terms in the Hebrew.  It is the best term because it is a plural used almost entirely with singular nouns and verb forms.  It is literally a plural that is singular.  This reflects the Trinity, who is present in this chapter.
* This chapter teaches that God created all things from nothing with His Word.  This is in contrast to the teaching of evolution which teaches that all things came from other things.  One species led to another until our present day.  This chapter clearly teaches a creation of species together.
* This chapter teaches that the origin of all things is God.  Evolution teaches that all things arrived at their present status through a series of accidents caused by environment.  There are those who would say that God created but used evolution as the means.  Darwin was asked about that and replied by asking why you would need evolution if you had God.
* Both creation and evolutionary scientists rely on the same data.  They simply interpret it differently.  Neither has scientific proof.  The creation is a biblical teaching of the inspired and inerrant Word of God.  Science cannot contradict the scriptures, because God is the true author of science.
* The theory of evolution requires billions of years for the completion of its task.  Thus evolutionists date the world as they do.  Creationists date the earth as relatively young and use lunar and solar evidence to support their theories.  Neither is scientifically conclusive.  The Bible says it took six days to create the world.  Some argue that since the sun, moon and stars were not in their present elements until the fourth day, that the first three could have been billions of years.  God could have communicated that to us and did not.  We take the text literally unless given a biblical reason not to.
* Evolution relies on the ability of man to reason out his own existence.  There is no scientific proof.  Evolutionists have faith in themselves and their power to reason.  We have faith in God by His grace.  Faith holds on to God's promises and holds dear His teachings. 

Discussion Questions
1.  (See John 1:1-18 for help here) Does it refer to the 1st Person of the Trinity in Genesis 1 and if so, where?  Does it refer to the 2nd Person?  How about the 3rd Person?  What is the significance of this?

2.  What are the major differences between creation and evolution on where things came from?  What are the major differences between creation and evolution on how we got to be who we are?  Can the time table of Genesis and evolution be merged? 

3.  What does the theory of evolution say about those who have evolved?  What has this teaching produced in our society?  What does the biblical teaching of creation (as well as the Gospel) say about those who have been created?  What has this teaching produced in our society?  How unique are you?  (Why?)  How does God uniquely relate to and care for you?

4.  Scientifically, are evolution or creation fact or theory?  How should they be presented in a science class?  What does the Bible say?  Is it true?  How should it be taught in church?  Are evolution and creation two sides of the same coin to be merged, as some theologians suggest?

5.  Is man a special creature or just one among many?  What does this have to say about our attitude about life?  How should God's attitude toward us affect our attitude about others?  What societal ills could be cleared up by such an attitude.

6.  What is God's purpose for us according to John 10:10?  What is God's purpose for us according to 1 Peter 2:9-10?  What things should we avoid in living out our intended purpose and why?  What things should we focus on in living out our intended purpose and why?



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