God continues to bless us as we had several more new members join us this semester. Thank you and welcome to Merry Ministries!
I feel like we are off to a great start to Genesis. Last week, we covered chapters 1 and 2. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It all begins (and ends) with God. The Bible is first and foremost a book about God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They all existed from the very beginning – in fact before that! God has no beginning or end. He is infinite which is a hard concept for our finite minds (or at least mine). The word God appears 30 times in the first chapter alone. God spoke the world into creation; He said, “Let there be . . . ” and there was!
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the word for God is Elohim. That is a plural Hebrew word pointing to the Trinity. Chapter 1, verse 26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image.’ ” Again we see the plural. Elohim is the all-powerful creator God. Also in chapter 1, we saw:
v. 3-5 – Day 1 -God created Day/light (called it good) and Night/darkness (no comment)
v. 6-8 – Day 2 – Expanse or Firmament (atmosphere, heavens)
v. 9-13 – Day 3 – Land and vegetation (good, good)
v. 14-19 – Day 4 – Sun, Moon and Stars (good)
v. 20-23 – Day 5 – Sea animals, birds (good)
v. 24-31 – Day 6 – Land animals (good), man and woman (very good-v.31) Blessed them. Told them to be fruitful and multiply.
Chapter 2 reviews creation and zeroes in on the personal touch of God in creating man – male and female. We also see another name for God show up in this chapter. It is LORD. When you see LORD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, it is the Hebrew word Yahweh or Jehovah (same thing). It is the personal name of God, the covenant name given to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:15. Remember, it is Moses who is writing this book, under God’s command and inspiration. LORD (Yahweh) means “I AM,” The One Who Is, the Self-Existent One. As we travel throughout the Bible, I will point out other names of God – like Lord – Adonai, and give their meaning. But all the names point to the One True God and show us His many wonderful characteristics.
This week, we covered chapters 3, 4 & 5. Naturally, we have a lot of “firsts” in these chapters – first reference to Satan, first sin, first blame, first shame, FIRST PROPHESY OF JESUS, first sacrifice, first murder, … you get the idea.
Sin is a choice. Satan does not make us sin. He does entice us, deceive us and lie to us, but it is still a personal choice to sin. How can we avoid it?
1. Exercise Daily – Build up your spiritual muscles with prayer and Bible study
2. Walk with God – like Enoch did in chapter 5. Be a person of strong faith.
3. Run from evil. When you see evil, get away from it as quickly as you can!
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