Summary: Part 1 of 5. The beginnings of the heavens & the earth were handed down in God’s word. Man must be aware of the the scenario that surrounds the founding of his world. But how can we find our place in the world? The place for us is found in the...
The PLACE for US-I—Genesis 1:1-10
Mankind without God, is plagued by...
Hopelessness(Purpose; Direction; Meaning; Joy; etc.
Insecurities-Losses(Job; Financial; Health—threat of cancer, disease, catastrophic illness; Weather; Stability; Family—relationships, abuse—physical, mental, substance; Marriage etc.)
Fears(Brought on by the above, OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Paranoias- ‘out to get me;’ Trepidations-fear of ‘what might happen’)
We desperately need 1)A place of belonging, 2)Relationships of various types—Marriage to work, Friends to befriend & be befriended, Fellowship to encourage & to receive encouragement, Boss to appreciate & work done well, Neighbors to neighborly & vice versa....
The beginnings of the heavens & the earth were handed down in God’s word.
Man must be aware the scenario that surrounds the founding of his world.
What is vital to discovering our place in the world?
The foundational means of finding our place in the world.
(“world”—used in the most inclusive sense)
1—The place for us is found in the...
INTENTION of God(:1)
:1—“In the beginning God created the heavens & the earth.”
This(:1) appears to be a general statement followed by specific or descriptive statements(1:2—2:1) as to our beginnings.
“In the beginning”
God gives us a “beginning.” We must all start somewhere within God’s design.
?Have we taken hold of that fact & better yet, have we allowed that fact to take hold of us?!
“Beginning”—tyvar ray-sheeth’—First, beginning, best, chief. Strong—The first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):-- Beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.
God brought these heavens & this earth into existence from nothing. Matter did not exist before God... Time did not exist before God. God is not a sub-god who molds something from a pre-existing substance. Although He does ‘form’ much from what He Himself brings into existence.
Ps. 104:24—“O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions--”
—The intention of God is that He share His creation with you!
“Created”—arb baw-raw’—1) To create, shape, form. Strong—(absolutely) To create; (qualified) To cut down (a wood), Select, Feed (as formative processes):-- Choose, create (creator), Cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).
“The heavens & the earth”
That which is visible to the average person viewing the sky. This the heavens would encompass all of space as that is where the planets & stars are set.
“Heavens”(See :8. also 26- “Air”)—Mymv shaw-mah’-yim —Heaven, heavens, sky. Strong—from an unused root meaning to be lofty; The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve):-- Air, X astrologer, heaven(-s).
“Earth”—Ura eh’-rets—Land, earth. Strong— From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; The earth (at large, or partitively a land):-- X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, X nations, way, + wilderness, world.