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Genesis Introduction
03/30/2014
Scripture: Luke 24:25-27, 44
Track 1 of in the series
Running time: 55 minutes, 46 seconds.
So why study Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters Why take the time to go back and look at some old dusty tales of old that in many minds of Christians are stories and not necessarily true fact. Today, a vast majority of Christian thinkers are careful, even skeptical to believe that a literal understanding of Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters is incorrect. Did God really create everything in just 6, 24 hours days Did God create man the way He said he did



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Genesis: Origins
Introduction

So why study Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters? Why take the time to go back and look at some old dusty tales of old that in many minds of Christians are stories and not necessarily true fact. Today, a vast majority of Christian thinkers are careful, even skeptical to believe that a literal understanding of Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters is incorrect. Did God really create everything in just 6, 24 hours days? Did God create man the way He said he did?

There are many avenues to take when studying Genesis. My personal belief is one that takes the events from Genesis as literal events. I truly believe God did what He did exactly the way he said he did them. There is a reason why Genesis is written the way it is. Because God said so and God invites every human being to explore His account and to test every aspect of what He says in order to see that the origins of all things happened the way God said they happened.

Genesis: The meaning is Origins. The Book of Genesis is an account of how everything started. Life and how we understand it depends on what the foundation your truths are built upon. Life choices and understanding who we are and the purpose of life come from the answers to many questions. Today, many people are confused and unsettled because they search for answers to life and can’t find satisfaction. Understanding the origin of all things puts those answers to rest. God tells us the origins of the following:

• Origin of the universe
• Origin of order and complexity
• Origin of the solar system, the atmosphere and hydrosphere
• Origin of life
• Origin of man and marriage
• Origin of evil
• Origin of language and culture
• Origin of nations
• Origin of religion
• Origin of the chosen people

My intent is to teach this lesson series based on the premise that Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters, is in reality the foundation of all true history, as well as all true science and true philosophy. In Biblical terms, there is no book mentioned more in the Bible than the Book of Genesis. Every aspect, every truth found in the Bible is built on the foundational truths of the first 11 chapters of Genesis and the entire Genesis record.

There is no New Testament without Genesis. If there is no Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters, then there is no Messiah, no savior, no salvation…Jesus would be a mere man, no different than you or me. At least 200 quotations found in the New Testament come from Genesis and the vast majority of those from the first 11 chapters.

How many of you plan to see the movie, Noah? Why is it important to know the account and understand it correctly? What is to be learned from the account of the great flood?

Think about this a minute, if the facts found in the first 11 chapters are not exactly as God said they were, how would our lives be different?

True or False:
• If the first Adam is only an allegory, then by all logic so is the second Adam.
• If man did not really fall into sin from the state of innocence, then there is no need for a savior.
• If evolution is correct, then there is no reason to look to a future supernatural consummation of all things.
• If Genesis is not true, then neither are the testimonies of the prophets, apostles and even Jesus. They are false teachers.

Conclusion: If the Genesis record is a myth or an allegory, then everything we believe, everything we did today in worship is a big waste of time because none of it is real.

Can someone tell me what “Intelligent Design” is? The belief that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection".

What is the problem with “Intelligent Design”? They mix concepts of evolution with the idea that all of it didn’t happen by chance, but through a designer or a creator.

If the concepts of Intelligent Design are true, what does that do to the facts found in the first 11 chapters of Genesis?

There are a lot of questions to consider when studying Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters. In fact, the greatest amount of criticism thrown at the Bible is thrown at the first 11 chapters of genesis. That shouldn’t surprise us, if the first 11 chapters are destroyed, so is the rest of all Biblical scripture.

Who Wrote Genesis?

There are many ideas and thoughts about the author or authors. I don’t have enough time to go through all the theories. Most conservative scholars in the past accept the view that Moses was the author. This has been the uniform tradition of both Jewish scribes and Christian fathers. This general view was apparently accepted by Jesus as well.

Luke 24:25-27, 44 (NIV) He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 44 He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

Assuming that Genesis was written by Moses, then how did he get his information?

• Theory #1: He received it through direct revelation from God.
• Theory #2: He received it by oral tradition passed down over the centuries from father to son which he then collected and wrote down for us to read.
• Theory #3: He took actual written records of the past, collected them and brought them together into their final form as guided by the Holy Spirit.

Most conservative scholars believe that there could be a combination of all three but mainly from theory #3.

How difficult is it to pass down from one individual to the next a narrative of on event and keep the facts straight? Why is it so hard? Is it a cultural issue?

But what happens when society is totally dependent on an oral testimony. How important then is correct oral transmission of information? We know for a fact that ancient oral communication to written communication was something highly developed throughout Biblical history. But it didn’t take hundreds of people to record the ancient stories found within the first 11 chapters. In fact, it could have been done through only 5 people to Moses.

Adam → Lamech → Noah → Shem → Jacob → Moses

The probability that actual eyewitnesses were the sources of the records are very good. It wouldn’t have been tough for Moses to have gathered compilations of many writings and witness accounts of events found in Genesis. It is likely that Moses inserted his own editorial additions and comments and provided a smooth transition from one document to the next, with the final result being the Book of Genesis.

Of the main events in Genesis, who could have been the main eyewitnesses?

What are we going to study?
• Creation of the world
• The 6 days of Creation
• Creation of Man
• The Fall of man
• The Lost World
• The Days of Noah
• The Great Flood
• The New World
• God and the Nations

Basically we are going to study everything leading up to Abraham.

Homework to start working on as we go throughout this study:
• See the movie “Noah”. Pay attention to their story line and we will compare the Biblical account to the movie
• Familiarize yourself with the genealogies found in these chapters. They are very important and will shed light on what is taking place. The genealogies point to the next set of events in Genesis. It is important to know who belongs with who.

Some interesting facts in the genealogies:
• 1,656 years from creation to the flood
• 2,308 years from creation to the death of Joseph
• Approx. 2,700 years after creation, the Exodus starts.
• According to Biblical account, the date of creation is about 4004 BC making the earth only 6,018 years old.

As we will study, there are all sorts of ideas on how old the earth is. In modern times, this is a ridiculous statement and a person would be laughed out of town if that was stated publically. However, many ancient writing also date the beginning of Creation: Jewish tradition: 3760 BC; Septuagint: 5270; Josephus: 5555; Kepler: 3993 BC; Luther: 3961; Lightfoot: 3960. Not until after Darwin did the scientific community start believe in an ancient Earth. Why? Within that time frame, there is no evidence of evolutionary processes taking place.