It’s crazy to think that five weeks have already passed. My original thought, was to add a small blog each week as we walk through a Presuppositional Truth journey of the Bible. After five weeks, we have covered two-weeks of Biblical Worldview studying the Biblical Truth perspective of man, government, sin, God, and creation. Also, we have covered a week of hermeneutics, meaning how to study the Bible, a week on Genesis and Job, and now we are finishing a week on Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Our goal in this four month journey is to see God clearly, discovering who He is through the Word, not who we want Him to be, creating God in our image, but, with a humble heart examining the Bible and being willing to change for whatever Truth will show us being created in His image.
Our methodology of studying the Bible during this time is through the “Historical Grammatical Method”. In brief summary, our goal is to understand what the original author’s intention was when he wrote each book, what the words in their original language and context meant, and what the recipients at that time and culture would comprehend. Scripture has one intended meaning by the author, guided by the Holy Spirit, and our goal is to find that single, intended meaning and apply it to our lives. We are always asking who, what, where, when, why, to whom, at what time, what did they understand, what did that phrase mean to them, what are their customs, and what is happening in history? We are also looking at the context, the literary style, and the message of the book, as well as, the general focus of the section, the paragraph, the sentence, and then even individual word meanings when in doubt. In four months we can’t do an exhaustive study of the Bible, looking and fully understanding every tree in the forest, but we can look at the ‘forest and mountain it grows from’ and understand the big picture, where things are, why they are there, and what that reveals to us.
“You will be a reflection of what you worship!” Independent of what our systematic theology might want to say, we want to acquire a big-picture, clear understanding of the God of the Bible. The Bible is supreme and our God is One; we want to know Him and understand Him to apply His Truth and live as a reflection of Him.
Our first two weeks of class focus on the Torah, which are the first five books of the Bible, the Law of Moses, and we also studied the book of Job. This is where we can find who God is and what He has created us to be. These first five books were so important that the Jews by age 12 would have them memorized.
The name comes from the Greek Word gignesthai which means ‘to be born or produced’. The Hebrew title of the book is ‘bereshit’ which means “in the beginning”, the first word of the book.
Written by Moses most likely between 1446 BC and 1406 BC, before Moses died
Purpose is to narrate the beginnings of all things, of the nations, and of God’s people, Israel. This book covers more time then any other book in the Bible.
The style is primarily a narrative written in Hebrew.
A book of creation and beginnings, Genesis shows our design and purpose to reflect God as human beings. Being created in His image and likeness we have a mind with the ability to reason, think, dream, focus, remember, imagine and much more. We also have emotions giving us the ability to enjoy and experience life, a magical gift from God. God has also given us a will, demonstrating our ability to execute decisions independent of what we feel in our emotions, guided by reason and Truth in the Spirit, to create with God and execute a life with purpose. We were created live by choice, based on reason with a beautiful ability to enjoy everything.
Our purpose is to reflect God’s character in faithfulness, mercy, justice, righteousness, love, and holiness, as well as to fill the earth, pro-create, and rule by being stewards and improving what God has entrusted to us. When two become one; being different in functions, but same value, man and woman, in marriage is a reflection of ELOHEEM, God the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sin is a great distortion of our original design. From the fall we see a massive change in relationship between man and God, man and man, and man and creation. God still blesses man in Genesis 2, 3, 9:8-17; 15:9-21; and Genesis 17. We are blessed to bless the nations. God’s heart in Genesis is to create a Nation that will reflect Him to bless the Nations. Genesis 19:5 “if you obey me fully and keep my covenant.” We were created with an ability to choose what is right, according to truth, and this always brings blessing.
We see how God’s heart is broken over sin; Genesis 6:6 “and God was sorry He created man, and He repented for having created him”. God didn’t desire for evil or create it, but man is free and with freedom there is power for life and death. Man knew what was right and wrong but had never experienced it. The lie from Satan and the world has been, “you must experience it yourself to KNOW and it is foolish to trust God.” As stewards of creation, we choose! We look at God’s intimate relationship with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph and how He is patient and willing to disciple and develop character. Despite living in a fallen world, men can seek God and live for Him, transforming the nations. This is the book of Beginnings, design and purpose for man and nations, and a huge insight into who is God.
For both Katie and myself this book has been very key in our lives. It has helped us see how God works with Individuals, preparing their character and discipling them which has challenged us a lot as we grow in leadership. After we were married, Katie used to always tell me, “my dream is for us to be ‘naked’ like Adam and Eve were in Genesis.” What she means is that we would learn to live a life of transparency and love before God and each other through which their is nothing hidden, no shame, and no darkness; to be ‘naked’ without shame in the presence of each other and our Creator. A third conversation we have had a lot, which has developed even more since having our first son is the way in which we understand ‘Eloheem’, or the God-Head from Genesis. One God in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). In marriage taking two completely different individuals and making one 1+1 = 1 Flesh has been teaching just how wise, patient, loving, and humble the Godhead is. Our dream is be unified as they are in purpose while still walking in distinct functions. Difference is good! We have the same value, but very unique and different callings/functions, but we must be united in purpose!