Genesis, Book of Beginnings Archive

Genesis Lesson 3: Creation vs. Evolution {In the Beginning}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:03 pm

Genesis 1:1a 

This is the first in our "Creation versus Evolution" series.  It is packed with interesting and informative vital information found in simply half a verse: Genesis 1:1a.  If we are going to understand anything else in Scripture or in the world, we need to first understand the teaching of the first sentence of the Bible, for it answers the two most basic questions of humanity: when was the universe created? and where did the universe come from?

Learn how the first of many names for God used in the Scripture is a uni-plural proper noun - the name Elohim.  Elohim is plural, but is used with a singular verb ("created"); this testifies of a Tri-une Godhead.  We discuss how there is simply one alternative to believing in a Self-existent, eternal Creator God, and it is to believe in eternal matter.  However, the concept of eternal matter cannot go "hand-in-hand" with the scientific law of cause and effect, since random particles of matter could never, by themselves, generate a complex, orderly, intelligible world and universe, much less generate living persons who are able to apply intelligence to the understanding of the complex order of the universe!  Scientifically, the concept of eternal matter is impossible.   

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Genesis Lesson 4: Creation vs. Evolution {Triune Universe Created} - What about the Gap Theory?

May 27, 2020 @ 3:04 pm

Genesis 1:1b and 1:2. 

We discuss the creation of the heavens and Earth, giving a serious critique of two creation theories: 1.  The Gap Theory and 2. The Unshaped Earth Theory.  Also discussed is the Holy Spirit's part in the creative work - the movement of the Spirit is extremely fascinating when we discover the meaning of the Hebrew word for "move" in Genesis 1:2.

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Genesis Lesson 5: Creation vs. Evolution {First Day} - Discuss “The Day-Age Theory/Progressive Creationism

May 27, 2020 @ 3:05 pm

Genesis 1:3-5.

We discuss God's first set of "Ten Commandments" and His principle of separation (found from day one of creation until the end of Revelation), and the "Day-Age Theory".  We discuss what the light of day one was, since the sun was not created until day four.  We also discuss some of the vast differences between belief in Creationism from Evolutionism and how it is literally impossible to attempt to compromise the two in such ways proposed by "The Gap Theory," "Progressive Creationism," and "Theistic Evolutionism".   

The stages of creation found in Genesis chapter one follow a natural sequence; each creative act was necessary before the next creative act could take place.  It was all done in a precise and orderly process.  Man could not have survived if the order of creation was rearranged or in a different sequence. 

 

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Genesis Lesson 6: Creation vs. Evolution {Second Day} - The Tri-une aspects of our World!

May 27, 2020 @ 3:06 pm

Genesis 1:6-8

This lesson is on the Spirit's inspired account of the second day of the Creation Week.  We discuss how absolutely perfect this planet we call "Home" is!  Everyone should be thankfully amazed about the incredible details that had to "come together" for Earth to be a livable place.  Forethought, planning, and design are everywhere abundantly evident!  We talk about the creation of the atmosphere and hydrosphere of our uniquely designed planet.  

We also mention more "tri-unities" in our world - you will be excited to realize how MANY there are!  I guarantee you won't hear about them from the secular world, for they present too much obvious evidence of their Tri-une Creator!

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Genesis Lesson 7: Creation vs. Evolution {Third Day} Filling the Earth!

May 27, 2020 @ 3:07 pm

Genesis 1:9-13. 

God finished His formation work and began His filling work!  See what He filled it with in this lesson!

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Genesis Lesson 8: Creation vs. Evolution {Fourth Day} Learn about Big Bang, Fission, and Steady-State Theories of Evolution

May 27, 2020 @ 3:08 pm

Genesis 1:14-19. 

God created the heavenly bodies on the fourth day of the Creation Week.  This means the sun was created after the earth according to Biblical Creationism.  This directly contradicts evolutionary teaching that the earth was either thrown off from the sun or that both the earth and sun condensed from a huge "protosun" of whirling dust and gas billions of years ago.  We discuss why any attempt to compromise creationism with evolutionism does NOT work!

Also discussed in this lesson are the following Cosmogonies (evolutionary theories about the origin of the universe):  The Big Bang Theory, The Fission Theory, and The Steady-State Theory".  We also discuss how the two laws of thermodynamics, "the Law of Mass-Energy Conservation" and "the Law of Energy Decay" refute any theory that the universe somehow randomly created itself - that matter and energy came from nowhere.

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Genesis Lesson 9: Creation vs. Evolution {Fifth Day} What the Fossil Record says about Dinosaurs. How DNA defies Evolution

May 27, 2020 @ 3:09 pm

Genesis 1:20-23

In this lesson on God's fifth day of the Creation Week, we discss how the Biblical record of creation clashes "head on" with the naturalistic theories of origins.  There can be no compromise between the two.  We talk about Louis Pasteur (a creationist) and his work to prove the falacy of the spontaneous combustion concept.  We also discuss the important Law of Biogenesis!  

How does the creation account of Genesis, as well as the Book of Job, tell us dinosaurs did not live on millions of years before people?  And how does the fossil record provide evidence that men and dinosaurs lived contemporaneously?

We discuss the amazing DNA super-molecule, which stores all the coded hereditary information for every living organism (and how it defies evolution).   Ever hear of the cleaning symbiosis arrangement between certain creatures?  It is a process that would never have "survived" the "trial and error" process offered by evolutionists!  What about the migratory instincts of many fish and fowl?  Again, it  totally disallows a piecemeal "trial and error" evolutionary process over millions of years.  

If man wants to truly understand where life came from, he merely has to look around at creation; it will tell him in abundant ways!  "But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain it to you!" (Job 12:7, 8).

 

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Genesis Lesson 10: Creation vs. Evolution {Sixth Day} Animals that Baffle Evolutionists!

May 27, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

Genesis 1:24, 25a

This is Part I of the sixth day's creation activity regarding land animals.  We discuss all kinds of amazing creatures and how they testify of an Intelligent Creator.  Share this lesson with the whole family - together learn how God's creatures, from the smallest to the largest, testify against evoultion!  Learn about the incredibly complex self-defense system of the Bombardier Beetle, the mimicry phenomenon of many creatures, which baffle evolutionists and testify to a Creator.  Learn about the sophisticated vibration sensors of moles, the upside-down pouch of the female wombat, the communication frequencies of frogs, the hibernation process of ground squirrels, the duckbill platypus, the elephant's built-in cooling system, the incredible neck of the giraffe, fire-breathing "dragons," and much more!

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Genesis Lesson 11: Creation vs. Evolution {Sixth Day} Four Ways Man Differs from Animal World

May 27, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

Genesis 1:26-41

This is the account of the crowning summit of God's creation, man.  We discuss the inter-Trinitarian conversation of Genesis 1:26 ("Let Us make man is Our image," which proves God's multiple Persons in One Godhead (we analyze why He was not speaking to anyone outside Himself).  Then, we look at His creation of man, His commission to man (i.e. man's privilege to reproduce and his privilege of responsibility, called "the cultural mandate"), His cuisine for man, and His closing creation comment (1:31).

Included in this study are four ways in which man differs from the animal world.  We discuss what it means that we (humanity) are made in the image of God.

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Genesis Lesson 12: Creation vs. Evolution {No More Monkey Business} A Vital Lesson for Entire Family!

May 27, 2020 @ 3:12 pm

Okay, you HAVE to listen to this message, "No More Monkey Business"!  In this critical lesson, we give documented evidence about the various  hominids or "ape men" (aka "missing links" between apes and humans) that have been used by evolutionists in their attempt to disprove the Biblical account of man's origin, from God.  We discuss, with documentation, the truth about all these pieces of "evidence" (i.e. Ramapithecus, Australopithecus, Peking Man, Homo Erectus, Java Man, Piltdown Man, Neanderthal Man, Nebraska Man, etc.).  This is AN EYE-OPENER, for this world has been greatly "hoaxed"! 

We also discuss and analyze another great hoax that has been put upon the world - the age of the earth!  

This is a lesson for you, your children, and grandchildren!  It is time for the truth to be known!

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Genesis Lesson 13: Creation vs. Evolution {Seventh Day} - When did Lucifer fall? The Significant Sabbath Rest. The Amazing Human Body.

May 27, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

Genesis 2:1-7

The second chapter of Genesis is not only a record of the seveth and final day of the Creation Week, but it provides some details about the prehistoric earth and the creation of the first man and woman not included in the first chapter.  The chapters do not contradict, as some have claimed - and we discuss why they do not.

We also discuss the timing of Lucifer's fall.  We talk about why God created everything in stages, rather than all at once, and the answer is interesting and another testimony to His care and concern for man.  From this look at Genesis 2:1-7, we talk at length about the Sabbath rest.  Also included in this study is a brief look at how wonderously the human body is - and what a testimony to the Creator we are!

 

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Genesis Lesson 14: Creation vs. Evolution {Garden of Eden} A Paradise, A Project, A Prohibition

May 27, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

Genesis 2:8-17 

A Special Paradise (with one special Garden, two special trees, and four special rivers), a Specific Project, and a Single Prohibition!  

The name "Eden" comes from "edhen," a Hebrew word that means "delight".  A "garden" is a place enclosed, protected, and sheltered.  Eden was the place in which the garden was planted.  It had a special delight for man, not so much because it was more perfect than the rest of Earth (which was all perfect at that time), but because God specifically made it for man's delight.   Matthew Henry said, "God did not put man in a palace made of silver and gold, nor in a house made of ivory, but in the most beautiful and artful place of all: nature - a Garden furnished and adorned by God Himself".  

We disccuss so much more it is impossible to put it all down in this brief description!  You just need to listen yourself.

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Genesis Lesson 15: A Birth Day Gift for Adam {Woe! Man!} Christological Significance of Adam’s Deep Sleep and Rib

May 27, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

"Woe! Man!" was (in effect) Adam's response to the Lord's amazing birth day gift to him!

The Lord God did not declare everything He created to be "very good" until He created woman (examine the text if you don't believe me).  Man was only half His plan for the human race; Eve was in the mind of God long before she was in the arms of Adam!

There is no way on earth to compromise the theory of evolution with the Biblical creation account of woman, so those who try to push their ideas of what they call "Progressive Creationism" or "Theistic Evolutionism" need to absolutely rethink their position.

We discuss the Christology of Adam's deep sleep and the Hebrew meaning of the word "rib" - out of and from which came his "bride" - and the institution of marriage (think of Christ and His Church)!  This is a fascinating lesson with a lot of truths you may never have thought about previously.

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Genesis Lesson 16: The Temptation of Man {Why did God create Satan? Why did He allow Satan into Eden?} }

May 27, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

No one can understand human nature without taking into consideration the most basic law of humanity, "The Law of Sin".  Genesis chapter 3 contains the record of man's Fall.  It is the only reasonable explanation for the depraved human nature and life in a sin-cursed world full of evil, decay, and death.  Genesis 3 presents the only adequate explanation for the universal presence of sin.

This is A MUST lesson for every serious Bible student.  Why did God permit Satan's entrance into the Garden?  Who is Satan?  Why would a wise, good, loving God create the Devil?  Why doesn't He simply destroy him?  [Answers to those last two questions, "He didn't, but He will".]

In this lesson, we discuss "The Devil in Eden" (His descent to Earth and His disguise in Eden) and "The Dialogue with Evil" (Eve's spiral downward as she doubted and distorted God's Word and listened to Satan's flat-out denial of God's Word and his false depiction of God's character).

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Genesis Lesson 17: The Fall of Man {Adam was NOT Deceived, so WHY did he sin?}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

In complete contrast to the theory of evolution (that man is slowly evolving upward from the insignificant, microscopic piece of protoplasm from which he supposedly began), the Bible teaches that man has devolved from initial perfection.  In fact, the Biblical principle concerning man's devolvement is that evil men wax worse and worse (II Tim. 3:13).

In Lesson #16, we discussed the fall of Satan to earth; in this lesson, we discuss the Fall of man on earth.  In Lesson #16, we talked about the temptation of Eve; now we consider the tragedy of Adam, for it was his fall that resulted in the curse of sin and death that has affected the entire world and mankind.

From the Christological perspective, it is fascinating to see why Adam deliberately sinned against God, for he WAS NOT deceived, as Eve had been (see I Timothy 2:14).   

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Genesis Lesson 18: The Judgment of Man {Adam Plays Hide-and-Seek and the Blame Game}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

Genesis 3:9-19

We look at the attributes of grace, mercy, and unconditional love manifested by the Lord God as He began His redemptive work of seeking and saving that which is lost!  We begin our discussion of what is commonly referred to as "The Curse" - God's judgment for the sin of Adam and the impact of his sin on the animal kingdom, on all his human descendants, and on nature itself. 

Note:  God's curse on Satan is discussed in Lesson #19.

Learn about "the hide-and-seek" and "blame" games played by our first parents!  Learn the specifics of God's "curse" on the woman, the man,  the serpent (not Satan), and nature.  Learn also about "The Regeneration" (aka "The Times of Restitution of all Things") and when it will occur.  

 

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Genesis Lesson 19: The Great HOPE of Man {Most Important Prophecy in Bible! Plus a Jet-Tour History from the Fall to the Resurrection}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:19 pm

Genesis 3:15

THE MOST IMPORTANT PROPHECY IN SCRIPTURE is something for which all mankind should TRULY BE THANKFUL!!

This entire lesson is on one verse, called "The Proto-evangelium" (meaning "The First Gospel").  It is God's promise to mankind after the Fall of the ultimate coming and victory of a Redeemer, born of a virgin (a woman's "Seed").  This single verse contains the beginning and the germ of all Biblical prophecy!  It is critical to an understanding of the "conflict of the ages" fought both in the heavens and on earth.  It is this conflict that provides the key to unlocking the mystery of the ultimate purpose of history.

Look with us in this study of Genesis 3:15 at (1) Two Enemies, (2) To Seeds, and (3) Two Bruisings.  Also included is a "jet tour" history lesson from the Fall to the Resurrection!!

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Genesis Lesson 20: The Deliverance of Man {Banishment from Eden - a Merciful Blessing}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

Genesis 3:20-24

Did you ever realize the first time the Gospel was given (Genesis 3:15), it was by the Lord directly to Satan?  But it was not for Satan's benefit (he is unredeemable); it was for man to hear before the Lord pronounced  judgment on his sin (3:16-19).  It is always easier to take "bad news" when we first have "Good News"!  The "Good News" (salvation freely available by faith in the Promised "Seed" of the woman, the Saviour, Jesus Christ) tells us that no matter what may happen to us, everything will be all right in the end!

In this lesson, "The Deliverance of Man," we discuss: (1) A New Name (Eve's name reveals Adam's faith in the Promised Saviour), (2) New Clothing (the clothing God provided to cover the naked sin of Adam and Eve revealed the method by which the Promised Seed of the woman would redeem man?), and (3) New Home (God's banishment of Adam and Eve from Eden was actually a tremendous act of mercy?).  A lot of great information in this study!  Join us!

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Genesis Lesson 21: Cain and Abel {Abel, a Type of Christ; Cain and the First False Religion}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:21 pm

Genesis 4:1-16

In this study of "Cain and Abel," we discuss why Eve selected those names for her first two sons, why God accepted Abel and his offering, but did not accept Cain and his offering, why Abel is referred to as a prophet (Luke 11:49-51), when Scripture does not record a single word he ever spoke, how Abel is a type of Christ, and how Cain (though he believed in the true God) established the first false religion - "the way of Cain" (Jude 11).

It is critical to understand why Abel's sacrifice is referred to in Hebrews 11:4 as the "more excellent sacrifice"; it is important to understand God's three divine rules of acceptable atonement for sin, and how Jesus Christ alone met the criteria for the "once-for-all" acceptable sin-Substitute to permanently atone for the sins of the whole world (cleanse them completely, not just cover them temporarily - as the animal sacrifices of Judaism did in anticipation of the coming Saviour).  Of course, one must repent and believe in His finished work on the cross (His burial and third-day resurrection) to receive His cleansing and forgiveness!  

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Genesis Lesson 24: Antediluvian Degeneracy {Impact of Fallen Angels on Pre-Flood World}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:24 pm

 

THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING LESSON!!!  YOU WILL WANT TO LISTEN!  We discuss FALLEN ANGELS and their impact on the world of the pre-Flood days.

Sin grew rapidly more widespread and wicked as a proud and godless society developed from Cain's descendants.  In time, the degeneracy of Cain's descendants spread to the descendants of Adam and Eve's other children.  Finally, even Seth's lineage (with the exceptions in the Messianic lineage) allowed the great vileness of their inherited sin natures to rule their lives.

We discuss the very perplexing passage in the opening verses of Genesis chapter 6 about "the sons of God" seeing the fair "daughters of men" and "taking them wives of all which they chose" and how the result of that "union" was "mighty men which were of old, men of renown" and there is even the mention of "giants in the earth in those days".  What is this all about?  We discuss the three primary interpretations of the passage - and, believe me, it is fascinating!  

 

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Genesis Lesson 25: Noah and the Ark {How to Handle Life’s Storms, Including Persecution}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:25 pm

Genesis 6:9-22

In this lesson, we first have the joy of studying all about God's man, Noah.   There is a lot we can learn from Noah living in our quickly degenerating world today!  Against a hostile, godless, mocking world, Noah persevered for 12 decades!  He did not bail out on his service to or his faith in God.  He did not grow weary in well doing.  He did not grow faith when, year after year, he was labeled a "fanatic" and a "lunatic".  He only cared what God thought of him, not the opinions of evil men.  We also learn from Noah HOW TO HANDLE LIFE'S STORMS!!

After discussing "God's Man," we look at "God's Plan" (6:11-13) by discussing seven sub-divisions: (1) the Corruption of that day, (2) the Craft Noah was instructed to build - learn the interesting detail of the Ark, (3) the Cataclysm that God was going to bring upon the earth, which he shared with Noah in verse 17, (4) the Covenant God made with Noah to protect him and his family (in the ark) from the coming "flood of waters," (5) the Christ, as He was prophetically portrayed by the ark (more ways than you can imagine!), (6) the Cargo (how could all those creatures fit in the ark?  Find out.  The fact is, they could fit with plenty of extra space!  (7) the Concurrence; Noah did according to all that God commanded him (6:22)!

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Genesis Lesson 26: The Noahic Flood {Three Sources of Evidence Prove it was a Global Flood!}

May 27, 2020 @ 3:26 pm

Genesis 7:1-24

"Mabbul" is Hebrew for the Noahic Flood.  Many people teach the Flood was merely localized.  In fact, it was global, and we present lots of evidence to support that claim!  Did you know God predicted the beginning of the Flood through the name of Methuselah?  

We discuss the geological evidence, the Biblical evidence, and the "tradition-legend" worldwide evidence to support the teaching that the Flood was global fascinating)!

Think how today's world is similar to the pre-Flood days of Noah's time, and and you will realize how close we are to another out-pouring of God's wrath on the entire globe!  Not another Flood (per God's promise), but definitely global, unprecedented Tribulation!

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Genesis Lesson 22: Descendants of Cain {Who did Cain marry? Also, forget the “Cavemen” Lies!}

May 27, 2020 @ 5:22 pm

Genesis 4:17-24. 

In chapters 4 and 5 of "the book of beginnings," we learn of the two ancestral lines of Cain and Seth.  Cain, of his own choice, was the firstborn spiritual seed of the serpent (see Genesis 3:15).  We learn about Cain after he murdered his brother Abel and was cursed by God to be a fugitive and vagabond all his life.  We discuss a topic that has provoked the curiosity and criticism of more people than on almost any other Bible-related subject: who did Cain marry?

We also discuss some of the primary descendants of Cain mentioned in Scripture, divinely selected to give insight into the Cainitic society that developed from Cain to the time when the Lord's toleration of ungodliness came to a head, and He sent the Flood.  We learn a great deal about the antediluvian period of history (pre-Flood) from the information provided in Scripture about Cain's descendants (and Seth's descendants discussed in Genesis 5).  We find a culture far removed from the brutish cave-men invented by the imaginations of modern evolutionists.  That culture, however, was piled high with sin.  Seven generations from Cain, we are given the first prophetic type of the coming Antichrist in a powerful, lawless, boastful, lustful, proud man named Lamech (also the first to break God's ordained principle of monogamy).

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Genesis Lesson 23: Descendants of Seth {Names of the 10 Pre-Flood Patriarch’s Point to Christ!}

May 27, 2020 @ 5:23 pm

Genesis 4:25-5:32

We discuss what Scripture says about Seth (son of Adam and Eve) and his godly line of descendants (up to the time of the Flood).  When Seth was born, Eve understood he was the son (in replacement of Abel) from whom the Promised Seed of the woman (the Saviour/Messiah) would come.  With Seth's son, Enos, we read of the first spiritual "revival"; Genesis 4:26 says men began to call on the name of the Lord, recognizing their dependence on Him (quite the opposite of Cain's descendent Lamech, who boasted of his self-sufficiency).  

We discuss the antediluvian (pre-Flood) patriarchs: Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech (not the same Lamech of Cain's descendants), and Noah.  When we look at the Hebrew meaning for the names of these 10 men, we AMAZINGLY FIND A DESCRIPTION OF JESUS CHRIST!  We also learn about four andediluvian prophets (amazing men): Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.

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Genesis Lesson 28: A New World Order

May 27, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

The world Noah and his family saw on their disembARKment was drastically different from the world they knew before the Flood.  The world, as Noah had known it, had "perished" (II Peter 3:6).  It was God's grace that provided the human race a new opportunity for a new beginning in an essentially new world.  

In this lesson on Genesis 8:20-9:7, we will look at a significant altar Noah built to rightly worship God through an extremely generous burnt offering!  We also discuss three promises made by God to Noah and four new conditions presented to Noah for "the new world order" of the post-Flood world.  Those conditions had to do with (1) protection regarding animals, (2) permission regarding meat, (3) prohibition regarding blood, and (4) punishment regarding murder (capital punishment).

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Genesis Lesson 29: The Noahic Covenant

May 27, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

Genesis 9:8-17

Noah and his family members had no doubt been "wounded" in their souls from the traumatic encounter with God's wrath upon sinful man.  Knowing they, too, were sinners, they needed reassurance that they and their descendents would survive and still have the wonderful prospect of the coming Savior Who would redeem them from their otherwise hopelessly lost condition.  These concerns were addressed by God to Noah in what theologians called "The Noahic Covenant".  As we discuss this important covenant, we will look at its substance and its sign (the rainbow).

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Genesis Lesson 30: Noah, Drunk and Naked {What?!}

May 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Genesis 9:18-29

It would have been "nice," humanly speaking, if the Bible's account of Noah had ended with the beautiful rainbow placed in the sky as God's token "sign" of His covenant promise with Noah and the perpetual generations of mankind.  But, this is not where Noah's story ended - it moves from rainbows to shadows because Scripture does not conceal the "spots and blemishes" of men, including the "heroes" of faith, such as Noah (and Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, etc.).  It presents the truth about man, which thereby demonstrates to us that no individual is above sin.  "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), which is why we so desperatedly need a Saviour!

In this lesson, we look at (1) The Descendants of Noah, (2) The Drunkenness of Noah (three parts - Noah's Disgrace; Ham's Disrespect; Shem's Decency), (3) The Delcaration of Noah {fascinating prophecy about the descendants of his three sons), and (4) The Death of Noah (the third longest living member of the human race).

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Genesis Lesson 31: Table of 70 Nations

May 27, 2020 @ 5:31 pm

Genesis chapter 10 contains the earliest "Table of Nations" know to man!  This is a remarkable historical document that even the Bible's most hostile critics confess is of extraordinary importance and reliability.  No record of the origin of the ancient nations can even remotely compare.  It is not only incomparable in its age, but also in its comprehensiveness and accuracy.  Genesis 10 is an ethnological table.  It tells us where the various nations and people groups of the world originated.  It is the historical record of the expansion of the people that descended from the three sons of Noah.  

This chapter is the single bridge or link that takes us from "pre-historic" antediluvian times (history for which we have no written historical records or documentation other than what is found in Scripture and ancient "traditions") to the historical times of Abraham and the nations of antiquity.  "The Table of Nations" is a genealogical record, a geographical atlas, and a history book all in one!

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Genesis Lesson 32: Tyrant, Tower, and Tongues

May 27, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

Genesis 10:8-12; 11:1-9

There are four main subjects found in Genesis chapters 1 to 11: (1) the Creation, (2) the Fall, (3) the Flood, and (4) the Tower of Babel.  This lesson is on the Tower of Babel and the Lord's miraculous intervention at the time of its building, which was almost as critical as His Flood intervention.  

As we learn of the humanistic reasoning of the ancient people to deliberately disobey God and eagerly, instead, follow a proud and wicked man named Nimrod "to make a name for themselves," we see a reflection of our own society at large.  Man has not changed since ancient times.  In fact, from the Babel of Nimrod (Genesis 10, 11) to the Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 5:30) to the one-world "Babylon" of Antichrist (Revelation 17, 18), natural men remain focused on the same goals: to gain their own fame, to find a "security-utopia" on Earth without from God, and (if he is religious) to attain Heaven by his own effort.  Those are all efforts in futility.

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Genesis Lesson 33: Introduction to Abram {Preserving the Promised Seed}

May 27, 2020 @ 5:33 pm

Genesis 11:10-32

Generation after generation following the dispersion at Babel was given opportunity to repent and turn back to God, but unfortunately the degenerate condition of man soon came to resemble pre-Flood days.  Tragically, the spiritual decline even affected the Messianic line.  But God had made a promise, and He keeps His promises.  He would send the Promised Seed of the woman, the Messiah/Saviour into the world to crush Satan and pay the wages of sin so those who believe on Him could be forgiven and saved. 

Thus, because God is the God of love, mercy, and grace; the God Who keeps His promises, He reached down to call a man out of a Shemite family; a man whose family worshipped idols; a Gentile living in Ur of the Chaldees (area of modern-day Iran).  His name was Abram.

In this lesson, we begin studying the life of a Abram - whose name was later changed to Abraham by God (17:5).  It was from Abraham's seed that the Messiah would come.  God would indeed rreserve the lineage of the Messiah, Jesus Christ!

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Genesis Lesson 35: Abram; Canaan to Egypt {His Lie about His Wife}

May 27, 2020 @ 5:35 pm

Genesis 12:10-13:4

We continue Abram's journey of faith with God as he traveled from the land of promise (Canaan) to Egypt (picture of the world).  In the situation we discuss in this lesson, we (hopefully) learn from Abram's mistakes and his lie!  The four main divisions of our look at what some would call a "backsliding experience" are: (1) the famine, (2) the falsehood, (3) the failure, and (4) the return to fellowship!

It never pays to step out of God's will by devising our own schemes on how to handle difficult situations.  It never pays to doubt God in times of trials, and self-preservation is never an excuse for disobedience!  Time spent "in Egypt" is wasted time!  These are just some of the important spiritual lessons learned from Abram in this lesson.

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Genesis Lesson 83: Life of Joseph - Part V

May 27, 2020 @ 6:23 pm

Genesis 45:16-50:26

In this final lesson on the life of Joseph, we come to perhaps the most emotional moment in the entire Old Testament - the tearful reunion of Joseph with Benjamin, his other 10 brothers (who betrayed him), and, finally, with his father Jacob, who thought he was long dead.  It is an excellent account of a truly Christlike man's ability to forgive those who hurt him and to give testimony to God as he declared that what men meant for evil, God orchestrated for good!  This is a wonderful picture of what will one day yet-future take place at Christ's Second Coming, when finally His "brethren" (the Jews) will bow before Him, acknowledging Him as Lord and Saviour in genuine repentance.
An addition 9 ways in which Joseph's life typified Christ are included.

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Genesis Lesson 27: The Ark on Ararat

March 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

In this lesson on Genesis 8:1-19, "The Ark on Ararat," we learn again of the incredible faith of Noah, as evidenced by his great patience in waiting to hear from God for the proper time to exit the ark.  We also learn of the faithfulness of God in keeping His Word by "remembering" those who belong to Him.  We discuss (1) the remembrance of God, (2) the recession of the flood waters, (3) the rest of the ark (on Ararat), (4) the restraint of Noah, and (5) the replenishment of the earth.

Did you know that the ark of Noah came to its rest on Mount Ararat on the very same day Christ, after going down into the deep "waters of judgment" for us (His death), resurrected from the dead! [For a deeper study on the Ark as a type of Christ, see lesson #6 from our study on "Christ in Genesis" on this podcast.]

We discuss the significance of the raven and the dove sent by Noah out of the ark, as well as the importance of the word "ruach" (Hebrew) for "wind" in Genesis 8:1.  These facts, plus a whole lot more in this study!

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Genesis Lesson 34: Abraham; Haran to Canaan {The Beginning of Abraham’s Spiritual Journey}

March 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Genesis 12:1-9

We begin the spiritual journey of the man called Abram (Abraham).  His walk began where our walk with God begins, which is with God taking the initiative!  God spoke, and it was the revelation from Him that pierced Abram's soul and began to break the hold the world, the flesh, and the devil had over him!  It was the Word of the God of glory that generated a response from Abram and began leading him down the path to eternal salvation.  It is fiting that God began His summons to Abram with a call to separation!  He was not only to leave his country (idolatrous Ur of the Chaldees), but also his idol-worshipping family!

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Genesis Lesson 36: Abraham and Lot Separate

March 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am

Genesis 13:5-18

This lesson provides us with a sharp contrast between Uncle Abraham and nephew Lot.  Both men had journeyed down to Egypt (out of God's will), but one returned wiser, while the other returned worldlier.  Abraham learned his lesson, through divine chastisement and by way of great humiliation, to walk by faith in God's Word.  He learned not to use circumstances or even self-preservation as his guides (although he would later slip in this area by repeating his sin about Sarah).  Evidently, Lot did not learn any significant spiritual lessons while in Egypt.  When Abraham departed Egypt, there was no place for Egypt in his heart.  On the other hand, when Lot left Egypt, he took "Egypt" with him in his heart.  

 

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Genesis Lesson 37: The Dead Sea War {Aka “Ten-King War” - First War in History!}

March 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Genesis 14:1-16

We discuss the very first recorded account of war, not only in the Bible, but in all ancient literature!  It is called "The Dead Sea War" or "The 10-King War" (it was a rebellion of five kings against four kings, and the tenth "king" was Abram.  Also, after the war, a mysterious eleventh King appeared from seemingly nowhere.  His name is Melchizedek).

Through this encounter, Abraham faced three more "tests": (1) "The Compassion Test" - in which he risked his life to rescue his nephew, (2) a "repeat" on "The Courage Test," which he failed in Egypt, but passed with flying colors in his rescue of Lot, and (3) "The Completion Test," which he also passed with flying colors.

For more on the fascinating truths and prophetic aspect of this first recorded war of history, see Lesson 9 "The 10-King War and Melchizedek" under "CHRIST in GENESIS" on this podcast.

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Genesis Lesson 38: Abraham and Two Kings {Meet Mysterious Melchizedek! Was He the Pre-incarnate Christ?}

March 15, 2021 @ 2:15 pm

Genesis 14:17-24 

It is often the case for a believer to encounter a great temptation and/or danger after winning "a battle".  Abraham experienced a miraculous victory over a powerful four-king coalition from the East (which had just defeated a five-king confederation near the Dead Sea).  He ourageously rescued Lot from captivity, but as he was returning home from the physical battle, he was unexpectedly faced with a spiritual battle.  He was tempted with great wealth and acclaim by the King of Sodom.

But, in God's providence, Abraham first encountered "the King of Salem" (meaning "Peace"), who is also called "Melchizedek," which means "King of righteousness"!  This mysterious man (the pre-incarnate Christ?) brought bread and wine (first mention of these elements in Scripture) for Abraham and his men.  Melchizedek was "the Priest of the Most High God" - the very first Priest mentioned in Scripture!  

We discuss 5 interesting truths concerning Melchizedek:  His Provision,  His Priesthood, His Proclamation, Abraham's Payment (to Him), and His Person (identity).  This is intriging, to say the least!

The lesson concludes with a detailed discussion of Abraham's meeting with the King of Sodom (named Bera) and how Abraham (like Christ) resisted temptation!

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Genesis Lesson 39: Abraham’s Exceeding Great Reward {The first of God’s “I AM” statements}

March 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am

Gsenesis 15:1-21 

Following his physical battle against Chedorlaomer (king of the four-king coalition) and his spiritual battle against the temptations of Bera (King of Sodom), Abraham was concerned the wicked invaders he humiliated by defeating them with his much smaller band of men might return in vengeance.  He was getting old and still had no child or land, as per God's promises (12:2-7).  Lot returned to live in Sodom (a great disappointment), and Abraham was drained, physically and emotionally.  He needed some divine assurance, and the Lord delivered!  He graciously answered every one of Abraham's concerns.

In this powerful lesson, we discuss (1) A Mighty Shield (the first of God's great "I AM" statements), (2) A Multitudinous Seed, (3) A Monumental Statement (the doctrine of justification by faith is set forth for the first time), and (4) A Mysterious Ceremony (to seal the Abrahamic Covenant).  

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Genesis Lesson 40: The Fruit of Impatience {The Conception of Ishmael}

March 16, 2021 @ 9:30 am

Genesis 16:1-16

This is the sad account of the conception of Ishmael, and how Abraham wrongly heeded the suggestion of his wife to conceive an heir through her Egyptian handmade Hagar.  

In our discussion of this event, we look at: (1) The Scheme Proposed, (2) The Scheme's Problems (Hagar's pride, Sarah's anger, and Abraham's lack of leadership), and (3) the Servant Pursued (Hagar's wilderness encounter with the pre-incarnate Christ).

This is an important lesson about waiting on God and not taking matters into our own hands, "in the flesh".  This serious mistake committed by Abraham has consequences that still disrupt the peace of our world today in the on-going animosity between the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Isaac.

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Genesis Lesson 41: El Shaddai {All-Sufficient God}

March 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Genesis 17:1-27 

This is the chapter in which Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah - name-changes made by God!  This is also the chapter in which 90-year old Abraham laughs (in joy) when the Lord tells him that Sarah his wife will bear him the promised son (not some younger woman, like Hagar), and his name shall be Isaac (which means "laughter")!

One of the great names for God is "El Shaddai," meaning "the all-sufficient God"!  He was "all-sufficient" for Abraham, and He is "all-sufficient" for us today!  Amen!  Learn the context for the first time in Scripture God is referred to by this marvelous name!

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Genesis Lesson 42: The Friend of God {Abraham’s Distinct O.T. Title}

March 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Genesis 18:1-33 

Abraham is referred to in Scripture by a number of names and titles ("father of many nations," "father of the faithful," "a prophet," "a mighty prince," a man "strong in faith"), but the most cherished title is "the friend of God".  Because he is the only individual in the Old Testament to have this compliment specifically said of him, we want to know why he "earned" this distinction.  The almost unanimous answer is derived from the intimate conversation between the Lord and Abraham in Genesis chapter 18, as well as the confidence in Abraham the Lord demonstrated in this same chapter.

 

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Genesis Lesson 44: Friend of the World - Lot Part II {We are “in the days of Lot” Jesus Predicted - Luke 17:28}

March 18, 2021 @ 11:30 am

Genesis 19:15-38

This is the second of a two-part lesson on Lot, "Friend of the World".  In lesson 43, we learned that Lot was a compromised believer, an ineffective leader, and a powerless witness for the Lord.  He was also a double-minded man.  He lingered too long in Sodom and longed for Zoar (another worldly city).  He also failed as a husband and was a pitiful father.

We need to learn from Lot's serious mistakes, for the Lord warned that the days preceding His Second Coming will be "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28).  If you know anything about the immorality of Sodom, you know we are "there" today!

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Genesis Lesson 45: Oh No, Not Again! {Abraham’s Repeat Sin / Plus First Healing Miracle in Bible}

March 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am

Genesis 20:1-18

This lesson is the account of the third major failure of Abraham.  Sadly, it was a repeat of his first failure, when he purposely hid the truth that Sarah was his wife and not just his sister.  If even a great man like Abraham (the "father of faith" and "friend of God") sins, we certainly know none of us are exempt!  One of the reasons (among multitudes) we know the Bible is truly God-inspired is because it always speaks the truth about people, even "the best" of God's people.  We read about Noah's drunkenness, Moses' temper, David's adultery, and Peter's denials.  

We look at Abraham's iniquity, God's intervention, and King Abimelech's integrity and inquisition of Abraham and Sarah.  In this account, we find the first healing miracle recorded in the Bible!  Find out what it was and on whom it was performed!

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Genesis Lesson 46: Isaac and Ishmael {Finally, Some Laughter!} {Isaac, a Type of Christ}

March 19, 2021 @ 11:35 am

Genesis 21:1-10 

After reading about the destruction of Sodom in chapter 18, the sad end of Lot in chapter 19, and Abraham's shameful return to the sin of lying about Sarah in chapter 20, it is great to break out in laughter in the beginning of chapter 21.  This lesson begins with the birth of Isaac, whose name means "laughter".  This promised son was a long time coming, but when he was finally born, he brought immense joy into the life of his family . . . well, with one exception, and his name was Ishmael.  

In this lesson, "Isaac and Ishmael," we look at the birth delight (21:1-7), the brotherly discord (21:8-10), and some amazing typology (Isaac as a type of Christ) in a section entitled Bible Depths.

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Genesis Lesson 47: Separation of Hagar and Ishmael {Was this More Difficult for Abraham than when asked to sacrifice Isaac?}

March 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Genesis 21:11-21

One of the most difficult separations Abraham faced in his life (and he faced many) was his separation from Ishmael, his illigitimate son born by Sarah's Egyptian handmade, Hagar.  The separation was necessary for the accomplishment of God's purposes for both Isaac and Ishmael, so Abraham obeyed by casting out both Hagar and Ishmael, even though it broke his heart.

It is wonderful to learn how the Lord God took care of Ishmael (and Hagar) and blessed him!  It is also interesting to learn how the Apostle Paul used the separation of Hagar and Ishmael from Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac as an allegory involving Law and grace (Galatians 4:21-31)!  A lot to discover in this deep lesson!

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Genesis Lesson 48: Abraham and Abimelech {An Interesting Peace Treaty}

March 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Genesis 21:22-34 

In this lesson, Abraham has his second encounter with Abimelech (a Philistine king).  It was much different than their first meeting four years earlier, which had been a humiliating experience for Abraham (he was rightly reproved by the king for lying about his relationship with Sarah).  This second encounter found Abraham in a much improved spiritual condition.  The two make a peace treaty, which is ratified with sacrifices, witnesses, and promises.  The treaty lasted 70 years; interestingly the one who broke it was Isaac, and he did so by repeating the sin of his father - he lied about his relationship with Rebekah!  Amazing.

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Genesis Lesson 49: Clear Vision {The Gospel on Moriah! - A “Holy Ground” Study}

March 20, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Genesis 22:1-6 

This is the great message of "The Gospel on Moriah"!  In this lesson, we are on "holy ground" for it is one of the clearest events foreshadowing the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Calvary in the entire Bible!  Genesis chapter 22 is one of the "mountain peaks" of revelation concerning the redemptive work of the beloved Son of God - and it is through Abraham's obedient willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac!  Also pictured in this marvelous true account is the Lord's resurrection on the third day.  Listen and learn about Abraham's "Great Test," his "Great Love," and his "Great Faith" (see Lesson #50).

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Genesis Lesson 50: Where is the Lamb? {Learn of Abraham’s Incredible Gospel Prophecy on Moriah!}

March 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Genesis 22:7-14

This is the continuation of Lesson 49 ("Clear Vision"); we left off  with Abraham and his son Isaac alone on Mount Moriah (leaving the two servants at the base of the Mount).  To this point, Isaac's faith had not been tested, for he did not know what the Lord requested of his father.  How would he respond when he learned he was to be "the lamb for the burnt offering" (22:7b)?  

There is an incredible prophecy given by Abraham in this passage of Scripture - Genesis 22:8.  Every Christian needs to know and understand the depth of that prophecy!  It is also important to know and understand why Isaac was never going to actually BE the sin-sacrifice and why he was replaced with a ram.  

Did Abraham understand "the Gospel" of the future from this experinece?  Yes.  Jesus tells us he did (John 8:56).  You may also want to also listen to our podcast Lesson 11 under the tag "CHRIST in GENESIS" entitled "The Gospel of Moriah".  

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Genesis Lesson 1: The Foundation of History

March 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

This is the first lesson in our study of the Book of Genesis, "the book of beginnings".  Genesis lays the foundation of history; it gives us the critical information needed to know about origins.  Genesis is "the seedplot of the Bible" because all "the forests" of Scripture find their beginning as "seedlings" in it.  Actually, it presents the beginning of everything in existence except God Himself (i.e. the origin of the universe, of order and complexity, of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, of life, of man, of marriage, of evil, of God's plan for salvation, of government, the nations and people groups, of the nation of Israel).

In this Part I of our Introduction to Genesis, in additional to discussing how the book is foundational to history, we talk about the author of the book (we discuss "The Documentary Hypothesis" which teaches that Moses was not the author - and why we disagree).  We also discuss the method involved in writing Genesis and the dating of the book (when it was written).

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Genesis Lesson 2: Introduction to Book of Beginnings {Includes a Fascinating Comparison of Genesis and Revelation}

March 23, 2021 @ 12:02 pm

In this second half of our Introduction to Genesis, the book of beginnings, we discuss the three main purposes for the book: the historical purpose, the spiritual purpose, and the Christological purpose (we have an entire series of finding "Christ in Genesis" - see podcast tag).  We also discuss many special features of this unique and all-important first book of God's Word (i.e. it is the book of the Creation account, of human ancestry, of the patriarchs, of Israel's beginning - and it begins to teach us about God's grace, His covenant promises, and man's pilgrimage of faith). 

In this study, we do a fascinating comparison between the first and last books of Scripture - the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelation, and that amazing comparison surely shows how the whole of Scripture has one Divine Author!

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