Summary: Intro to and theme of Genesis chapter 1. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
Learning about the book:
• The Name
• The Key
• The Author
• The Language
Learning about God:
• God is…
• Like us.
• Unlike us.
• On February 15th, 1970;
• Astronaut Edgar Mitchell was on board the Apollo 14 moon mission,
• He would soon be joining an exclusive club;
• He would become one of the twelve people who have walked on the Moon.
• (in fact he was the 6th man to walk on the moon0.
• While on the moon Mitchell deposited a microfilm packet on the moon;
• In that packet was a complete Bible (Revised Standard Version).
• The packet also contained one verse of the Bible in 16 different languages;
• The verse was Genesis chapter 1 verse 1.
• “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.
• TRANSITION: “In the beginning…”
• Now no one knows for certain when that beginning was:
• But remember, the Old Testament is far more interested in the FACT of creation,
• Than the time of creation.
(A). LEARNING ABOUT THE BOOK:
(1). The Name.
• The Hebrew title of Genesis is (bray-SHEATH) Bereshith,
• Which, means “In the beginning.”
• In ancient times a book was almost always named after its first few words;
• ill: True today of our hymns and choruses.
• i.e. “When I survey the wondrous cross”
• i.e. “Oh for a thousand tongues to sing”
• i.e. “In Christ alone”
• i.e. Although some modern songs have broken that pattern;
• And are often known more by the title of the chorus;
• i.e. “10,000 reasons” by Matt Redman.
But in ancient times a book was almost always named after its first few words;
• Now when the Hebrew Old Testament was translated into the Greek language;
• The Septuagint - About 250 years before the time of Christ.
• It was given a new name; ‘Genesis’;
• Which means “Origin or source, generation or beginning”.
• That name ‘Genesis’ (beginnings);
• Carried over into the English Bible.
• Today nearly all Bible versions use the names for Old Testament Bible books;
• Coined from the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament).
• Now ‘Genesis’ is a great name:
• Genesis is often called the 'seedbed' of the Bible
• Because in this book are the origins, the beginnings of everything:
• The origin of the universe
• The origin of the sun, moon, stars.
• The origin of planet earth.
• The origin plants, birds, fish, animals, humans.
• The origin of sex, marriage and family life.
• The origin of civilisation, of government, culture, arts and science.
• The origin of sin and death and murder and war.
• The origin of sacrifice.
• It is the origin of most if not all biblical truth;
• All biblical truths are here in the book of Genesis, in essence.
• Quote: “Genesis is the seed bed of the Bible”.
(2). The Key.
• Genesis is the key that unlocks the rest of the Bible:
• Without the key of Genesis the rest of the Bible would not make sense.
• 3 examples:
(A). IT IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES.
• If the Bible started with Exodus, none of us would probably read it;
• After all who is interested in a bunch of Jewish slaves in Egypt?
• We have enough history of our own country to catch up on and enjoy,
• Never mind reading about a bunch of nobodies in a far away place.
• But the great thing about Genesis is this:
• We are reading about ourselves, this is our history,
• Contained in Genesis chapters 1-10 is the history of the human race & much more!
• And because it is our history:
• It unlocks the answers to life’s greatest questions.
• Why am I here?
• What is the point and purpose of living?
• Why do we die?
• Is there a God and can we know him!
(B). ITS THE KEY TO THE OLD TESTAMENT.
• If we did not have Genesis the rest of the Old Testament would not make sense:
• The Old Testament is built on the book of Genesis,
• It is full of references to people like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob (Israel) etc.
• i.e. The book of Job and Psalms is littered with references to Genesis,
• Without Genesis these books would be hollow and not make sense!
(C). ITS THE KEY TO THE NEW TESTAMENT.
• Genesis is more quoted in the New Testament than in the Old Testament.