Summary: This is the first in the series of the Big picture which is a Bible overview from Creation to the New Creation
The Bible overview series.
Over the next 16 weeks we are going to begin a series called the Bible overview, which will take us from creation to the new creation. We will start in the OT travelling right through into the NT touching on particular truths which will enable us to see how the Bible fits together.
The Bible is God’s word and if people are to come and know God truly and to understand their world and themselves, they must have an understanding of the message of the Bible. Often the perception that people have of the Bible is one that is daunting and difficult to understand.
• As young boy I remember trying to get to grips with the Bible as I read through Genesis, I soon come un-stuck with the genelogies, and just packed up.
• The Aim of this series is to equip each other to better read , understand and apply the Bible.
Genesis (Greek - Origin source) 1:1 In the beginning God created. 2:7.
• Foundations are so important without right foundations things are prone to collapsing and its no different with Biblical foundations.
We are starting off today with the Biblical truth that God is a God of creation and in the begining He created the Heavens and the earth.
You might be thinking hold Aubrey, did you know that in many ancient cultures there are creation stories - absolutely true - didn’t the Hebrews just pick up on these? No because there is a unique difference - Many of the other creation accounts from the Babylonians, Canaanites for instance were given through oral tradition and this leaves it open to corruption and superstition – rumours today spread - there are course elements of truth in them as they were kmow doubt passed down pre flood and prior to the flood with truth being erroded and mixed with falsehood. Oral tradition is never very reliable that’s why we find falsehood and truth mixed into these cosmogonies.
But with the Hebrew account there is a big difference. Genesis was written by Mosses 1450 BC. Moses is the pen writer to the five books of the Torah so it was He who wrote Genesis through direct revelation and not oral tradition. Check out Psalm. 103:7. The Hebrew text was preserved from error it towers high above any other cosmogony that comes from the ancient world.
So we have here a unique text, lets kick off.
The Big answers to life are here? How did it all begin? Who am I? Why am I here? Today I am not going to debate over creation and evolution - I could because, I am passionate about creation, and believe that the evolution has got a lot of unanswered questions. To me God has made it clear how our origins began, through His Word the Bible - which clearly reveals to us that God never created the world through a process known as evolution but God created it by intelligent design, “It wasn’t in the beginning the Big bang.” But as Genesis simply puts it: Gen 1:1 In the beginning God. There is also good circumstantial and empirical evidence found in all the sciences that points to an intelligent designer behind all that we see, yet I cannot prove it to you, neither can the atheist prove his theory.
This simple statement is one of the most profoundest statements confronting the modern mind - it is a statement that we take on board by faith Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.
God doesn’t spend his time trying to prove to you His existence, He believes that every human being on the face of the planet is without excuse Rom.1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Isn’t that so true? That as we look out at creation we just know in our heart of hearts that all this could just not happen by chance - but there had to be an intelligent designer behind it – Friends if we throw out these foundations of Creation – then we will be people who are prone to throw out any parts of the Bible we so choose and that is what is happening. Yet the Bible says 1Tim 3:16 All scripture is God breathed. It also tells us thast People Rom 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.
People are watering down this book from Genesis to Revelation to make the Bible fit into their current world view of Evolution.
• Professor Andy McIntosh wrote, in regard to a literal Genesis: Genesis records in a matter of fact way that the world was created by a definite act of special creation by God. Consequently the truth of the whole Bible is at stake if we are not to believe it on its first few pages. As the little child said “If God didn’t mean what He said, why didn’t He say what He meant?” We are not dealing with poetry, but the blow by blow account of a series of major events. P31 Genesis for Today.