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                                                           BIBLE STUDY - IN THE BEGINNING.

Moses wrote the first five Books of the Bible. God revealed the first Book Genesis, which means ‘Beginning’, to Moses. The book of Genesis is vital to understanding the rest of the Bible. Genesis - ‘beginning or origin’ is the book that answers man's basic questions about the origin of: the universe, the earth, life, man, evil, marriage, government and nations. Genesis is also the seed book or the seed - plot of the Bible. Every doctrine or revelation of Scripture has its origin or root in the book of Genesis.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1 and 2:1. We read in Genesis chapter 1 what God created. In Genesis chapter 2 we read how and why God created all these things. The Bible teaches that on the seventh day God ended His work, which He had done, Genesis 2:2.

Some people believe in ‘the big bang’, they believe that in the beginning of time there was a ‘big bang’ and everything started. How sad will their ‘bang’ be one - day? Some people believe that we originated from apes or gorillas, only an ape or baboon can believe something like that.

"Elohim" is the Hebrew word for 'God' as in Genesis 1:1. This word is further seen 2700 other places in the Old Testament and means God in plural. More than one God. Same as in Genesis 1:26, Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image". The word "Eloah" is the word for God and means God in singular. One God, as in God the Father only, or Jesus Christ only. God created the existing world through Jesus Christ as can be seen in Hebrews 1:1 - 3; John 1:3 - 10; Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11. Jesus was with God the Father before this world was as can be seen in John 17:5.

Genesis 1:1 tells us that "In the beginning "bereshith' ~ time, God created the heavens "shamayim" ~ space and the earth "erets" ~ matter..." These are the three components of the universe. God created a space - mass - time; universe combination.

In the Old Testament God the Father was the prominent speaker, Hebrews 1:1 - 3 and Acts 3:21. In the New Testament times Jesus Christ was the prominent speaker, John 12:49 - 50 and John 17:8. In the time that we are living in now, the Holy Spirit is the prominent speaker, John 14:26, John 15:26 and Acts 13:2.

Genesis 1:1 reads, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'. Then there was a time lapse of millions of years, we do not know how long. Some Bible teachers teach that there was a pre - Adamite world, that there was people and animals on the earth before Adam and Eve. There are some Scripture verses referring to something in that direction, We read in Ezekiel 28:12 - 19 the description of Lucifer, that he was perfect and he lived in Eden , the garden of God . See also Isaiah 14:13 and Jeremiah 4:26. Then, that world that was, was destroyed by a flood, as referred to in 2 Peter 3:5 - 7. Genesis 1:2 reads, 'that the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters'.

1. DAY ONE: Genesis 1:3 - 5. Light. Day and Night.

1.1 'Then God said, "Let there be light", and there was light'. The light that was, was referred to as 'cosmic' light. This was not the same as sunlight or the light of an electrical bulb. It was the same light as what we will have before sunrise, early in the morning. We will see that God only created sunlight and moonlight on day four, Genesis 1:14.

1.2 Then God divided the light that He made from the darkness that was on the waters that covered the earth. God then called the light Day, and He called the darkness Night.

1.3 At this stage the earth was covered with water. The layer of water that was around the earth was not just a layer, the earth was in a mass of water as can be seen from verse 6. We read in Genesis 1:2, that the earth was deep inside the water.

2. DAY TWO: Genesis 1:6 - 8. Firmament.

2.1 On day two God split the waters that was over the earth away from the earth by means of a firmament. He left some of the waters on the earth and He created the sky or the earth's atmosphere, as we know it. We see in verse 8 that God called the firmament Heaven. The Hebrew word for heaven is "shamayim". This is the first heaven. Read my Bible study on 'Heaven'.

2.2 God took the earth out of the 'water grave' that He has placed it in, how many millions of years ago. One can also see this as the earth's 'water baptism'. I sometimes wonder what went through God's mind when He decided to do that.

2.3 At this time the earth was still covered with water but not so deep.

3. DAY THREE: Genesis 1:9 - 13. Earth and Sea. Grass and fruit trees.

3.1 Then God gathered the waters on the earth so that there was land and sea. God dried the land. He called the dry land 'Earth' and the waters 'Sea'. The Hebrew word for earth is "Erets" meaning dry ground.

3.2 Then God said let there be grass and fruit trees with seed in itself on the earth.

3.3 Thorns and thistles only came after man's disobedience as in Genesis 3:17 - 18.

3.4 It did not rain, at that time, a mist went up from the earth and watered the ground as can be seen in Genesis 2:5 - 6. I believe that rain only started falling out of the clouds in Genesis 7:11 - 12.

4. DAY FOUR: Genesis 1:14 - 19. Sun, moon and stars; Day, night, seasons and years.

4.1 And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the earth.

4.2 Then God made the sun and the moon to divide the day from the night and He set in seasons and days and years.

4.3 Note that God said nothing about winter or summer. We only read about summer and winter, cold and heat in Genesis 8:22.

5. DAY FIVE: Genesis 1:20 - 23. Living creatures, in the sea and birds.

5.1 Then God created all the living creatures in the sea. He also created on this day the birds. The Hebrew word to create is "bara".

5.2 Here we come across the word create the first time; He made something out of nothing.

5.3 I believe the fossil remains of huge marine animals and large birds that are found today came from the pre - Adamite world that was. Some of these are millions of years old.

6. DAY SIX: Genesis 1:24 - 31. All living creatures, cattle on the earth, and man.

6.1 Then God said let the earth bring forth the living creatures according to its kind, cattle, beasts and creeping creatures. The grass and plants was given to the living beasts as food. A lion's food was also herbs and grass of the earth, see Genesis 1:30. I believe the fossil remains of huge animals that are found today came from the pre Adamite world that was, some of these are millions of years old.

6.2 Then God created man to His image. He created them male and female. God said to man that the fruit should be his food. God gave man dominion over all that He created. Man did not have to work for food, it was given to him. After man's disobedience in the Garden of Eden he had to work for his food, Genesis 3:17 - 19.

6.3 That man also was created, 'bara', shows that he has not descended from an ape. Man was made to the 'image of God', not in the image of an 'ape', and was not formed from a brute, but of the dust of the earth,

Genesis 2:7. I have never heard of someone crossing a human being with an ape. Nature even show us that if you cross a donkey with a horse you get a mule, a mule is a hybrid and is sterile. The fossil remains that were found of human beings that are millions of years old are human beings, not the link between men and ape. There is no link, only an ape can think of something like that.

6.4 We read in Genesis 2:7, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being or soul.

a. This means that the Lord God fashioned man out of the dust of the ground as a sculptor fashions the statue out of clay. So the body of man was formed.

b. God breathed into his nostrils the 'breath of life'. By this is not meant the 'Holy Spirit', but the spirit of the natural man, that part of man that must be indwelt by the Holy Spirit before he can be born again. This spirit is the 'God Conscious' nature of man.

c. And man became a living soul. So man became a threefold being. See my Bible study on 'God and man'.

7. DAY SEVEN: Genesis 2:2. The day of rest.

7.1 Genesis 2:2, 3, 'and on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made'. We see that God did not created a Sabbath day, but a day of rest. God rested because His work was not only finished but it was good.

7.2 God, rested in this verse is plural; "Elohim".

a. God the Father created the matter.

b. God the Son took the matter and made the world and heavens.

c. God the Holy Spirit breathed the breath of life into the things that He has made.

                                                              Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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