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  1. The Beginning of Human Life The Bible affirms that God is the Lord and giver of all life. 1 Human beings are uniquely made in God’s image, 2 and each individual human being is infinitely precious to God and made for an

  2. The Bible: An Introduction . by Jerry Sumney . Chapter 1 - The Bible: A Gradually Emerging Collection . Summary . The Bible is a collection of sixty-six separate writings, with some written in Hebrew, others in Hebrew and Aramaic, and others in Greek. They were collected by communities

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    When studying God’s plan for mankind as events unfold -- from Creation to the Fall to Redemption and then Restoration -- one must start with the Book of Beginnings. Our destiny as revealed in the Book of Revelation is directly tied back to our origins. In Genesis we see the beginning on a global scale with the key events of Cosmic Creation, the Fall of Man, the Universal Flood and the Tower of Babel. Then God’s elective purpose focuses on covenant and blessing related to Abraham and his descendants. The consistent pattern of man’s sin and failure is contrasted with the character of the faithfulness of God and His goodness in remaining true to His promises. Blessing to all the nations will eventually come from the promised Messiah, the seed of the woman (Gen. 3), the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant.

    God responds to man’s sinful rebellion with His sovereign election and providential faithfulness to His covenant promise. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

    I. (1:1 – 11:26) THE BEGINNING ON A GLOBAL SCALE – CREATION, FALL, FLOOD, BABEL A. (1:1-2:25) Creation -- The Beginning of Life Created by God -- Fellowship B. (3:1-6:8) Fall -- The Beginning of Human Temptation and Sin – Rebellion / Redemption C. (6:9-11:32) Flood -- Judgment/Deliverance -- The Beginning of Redemption Amidst Growing Corruption -- Days of Noah and the Flood of Judgment and the Ark of Deliverance – Judgment/Salvation D. (11:1-32) Babel -- Dispersion – The Beginning of Division into Nations with Separate Languages -- Pride II. (11:27 – 50:26) THE BEGINNING ON A NATIONAL SCALE – THE ELECT PEOPLE OF GOD – ABRAM–ABRAHAM / ISAAC / JACOB–ISRAEL / JOSEPH [Overlapping outline divisions – tracking each patriarch from birth until death] A. (11:27-25:11) Abram / Abraham – Life of Pioneering Faith (25:12-18) Aside – Genealogy of Ishmael B. (21:1-35:29) Isaac – Life of Covenant Blessing C. (25:19-50:14) Jacob / Israel – Life of Wrestling with God (36:1-43) Aside – Genealogy of Es...

    · Significant from its Title – Book of Beginnings (transliteration from the Greek translation of the Septuagint); books named by the first word in the book; Book of Origins –need to understand both our origins and our destiny – Jesus identified Himself by the title: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” · Significant as the Foundation for so many important doctrines – you can’t expect to skip the level 101 course in any discipline and then fully understand the material that is built on that foundation a. Sovereignty and Providence of God b. Goodness of God c. Power of God d. Divine Election e. Truth vs. Deception f. Sin and Depravity g. God’s Plan of Redemption · Significant because it is widely quoted in the NT · Significant because it shows how man is accountable to His creator · Foundational to a Christian world view

    • Introduction
    • The Outline of The Book of Genesis
    • The Importance of The Book of Genesis
    • The Interpretation of Genesis
    • Our Approach to The Book of Genesis

    Perhaps the most forthright and concise introduction I have ever heard about is the one whichReaders Digest tells us occurred at the men’s night meeting of the Philomathic Club. The speaker didn’t receive the usual flower phrases of introduction. Instead, the woman simply said, “Get up, Gilbert.” The speaker was none other than the woman’s husband. I probably feel the same way about introductions as “Gilbert” does. I especially dislike the introduction that goes like this: “And now it is my pleasure to introduce a man who needs no introduction.” With this message we are commencing a study of one of the great books of the Bible, the book of Genesis. It does need an introduction. Derek Kidner says of this book, There can scarcely be another part of Scripture over which so many battles, theological, scientific, historical and literary, have been fought, or so many strong opinions cherished.1 Our attitudes and presuppostions which we bring to the book of Genesis will largely determine w...

    Nearly every student of the book of Genesis agrees that it falls logically into two sections: chapters 1-11 and 12-50. The first eleven chapters focus upon the ever widening ruin of man, fallen from his created perfection and coming under the judgment of the Creator. Chapters 12-50 describe God’s ever narrowing program of man’s redemption. The first division of the book, chapters 1-11, can be summarized by four major events: the creation (chapters 1-2), the fall (chapters 3-5), the flood (chapters 6-9), and the confusion of languages of the tower of Babel. The last division of Genesis, chapters 12-50, can be remembered by its four main characters: Abraham (12:1-25:18), Isaac (25:19-26:35), Jacob (27-36), and Joseph (37-50). While there are more complicated schemes for the book, this simple outline should assist you to think in terms of the book as a whole. Every incident, every chapter should be understood as it contributes to the argument of the book.

    A surveyor must always begin from a point of reference. So, too, history must start at some definite place of beginnings. The Bible is, through and through, a historical revelation. It is the account of God’s activity in history. As such, it must have a beginning. The book of Genesis gives us our historical point of reference, from which all subsequent revelation proceeds. In this book we find the “roots” of the inhabited world and the universe, of man and nations, of sin and redemption. Also, we find the foundation of our theology. Fritsch, in The Layman’s Bible Commentary has referred to Genesis as “the starting point of all theology.”12J. Sidlow Baxter has written, The other writings of the Bible are inseparably bound up with it inasmuch as it gives us the origin and initial explanation of all that follows. The major themes of Scripture may be compared to great rivers, ever deepening and broadening as they flow; and it is true to say that all these rivers have their rise in the w...

    Francis Schaeffer mentions four different interpretations of the Genesis account of creation: For some this material is simply a Jewish myth, having no more historical validity for modern man than the Epic of Gilgamesh or the stories of Zeus. For others it forms a pre-scientific vision that no one who respects the results of scholarship can accept. Still others find the story symbolic but no more. Some accept the early chapters of Genesis as revelation in regard to an upper-story, religious truth, but allow any sense of truth in regard to history and the cosmos (science) to be lost.15 How one approaches the book of Genesis largely determines what they will get from its study. I would like to mention three methods of interpretation which we must avoid. Neo-orthodox theologians are willing to grant that the Bible contains truth, but will not go so far as to accept it as the truth. They suspect that throughout its transmission down through the ages it has become something less than ins...

    We will therefore come to the book of Genesis as divine revelation. We shall endeavor to interpret the book literally, in the light of the culture and customs of its day. We will attempt to find eternal principles which are as true today as they were those many years ago. We will then suggest how these eternal truths relate to us in our own age. This series will not be (Lord willing) a message marathon, persisting forever and ever, age without end. My purpose is to deal with Genesis on a chapter by chapter basis, keeping an understanding of the argument of the book as a primary goal. I will not deal extensively with the theory of evolution in the first two chapters. This is for several reasons. First, I do not think this issue is within the primary thrust of the book. I would have to depart from the text and to speculate much to deal effectively with evolution. Secondly, I have little interest and little expertise in this scientific area. (I refuse to attack scientists out of my own...

  4. The purpose of this study, however, is to provide a summary for independent learning and/or teaching of basic theological concepts. It uses the Scriptures as the primary resource, and does not deal with conflicting theological arguments. THE CENTRAL THEME The Bible reveals the mystery of God’s plan which is the unifying theme of the Bible.

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  5. In the beginning, God: Before the beginning, there was an eternal purpose in the heart of God (Ephesians 3:11) to gather together in one all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). God’s purpose was to “resolve” or “sum up” all things in Jesus, as if Jesus Himself were the answer to a great and complex problem God wrote out on the ...

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