The Bible and Genesis are not Science books or History books (even though there are historical events recorded.) The Bible and Genesis are about the Nature of God, Understanding God, and having a Relationship with God.
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Creation from Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3
Artwork: The Sun by Edvard Munch 1863 – 1944
Music: "Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg June 1843 September 1907
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New International Version (NIV) The Beginning
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Let’s take the Creation Story in
the first Book of the Bible.
1. On the first Day of Creation, God said, “Let there be light.” God called the light – day and the darkness – night.
2. On the second Day of Creation, God separated the water from water and created the sky and the heavens.
3. On the third Day of Creation, God named the land - Earth and called the water – Ocean. God created all seed bearing plants and trees.
4. On the fourth Day of Creation, God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from the night” to mark the seasons, days, and years. God created the sun and the moon.
5. On the fifth Day of Creation, God created fish and the birds to fill the sky and the oceans.
6. On the sixth Day of Creation, God created all of the animals and created human beings both male and female to reign over the earth. And God looked over everything he had made; it was good, very good!
7. And on the seventh day God had finished his work and rested from all of his work and made it a Holy Day.
For example on the third Day of Creation made the Earth and on the fourth Day of Creation made the sun, the moon, and the stars. In this sequence of events the Earth was created before the sun, the moon, and the stars. We know from scientific study that this was not the “order” that the universe was made.
But the Bible is NOT a science book, and the Bible is NOT a history book (even though there are many historic events recorded in the Bible.) The Bible is a book about God’s Love, God’s Nature, God’s restorative Grace, and Faith! Again, at the same time I don’t believe that the Bible and that science are at odds with one another even though science is something that can only be proven by repeated experiments and Faith is based on what is invisible and unseen.
Well then what is Genesis about?
The First Commandment of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses:
"You shall have no other gods before me.
In this time in history most people and nations were
Polytheistic and Pantheistic
they believed in many gods. There were gods of the different nations and peoples. There were sun gods, moon gods, rain gods, gods of the oceans, lakes, and rivers. There were gods in the mountains, trees, harvest gods, wine gods, fertility gods, gods of rain, thunder and lightening, family gods, animals were images worshipped as gods, and man made gods out of clay from the earth shaped by the hands of man.
Genesis 1, The Creation Story was telling the Jewish people that they shall have no other gods before the God of Israel.
The Second Commandment:
"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below….
This was to counter people making idols with their own hands to worship; worshiping idols and images.
Now they sin more and more;
they make idols for themselves from their silver,
cleverly fashioned images,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of these people,
"They offer human sacrifice
and kiss the calf-idols."
That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and held a celebration in honor of what their hands had made.
One of the meanings of Genesis 1 is to tell the people of Israel that there are no gods of the sun, moon, and stars for God had created them. There were no gods of oceans, lakes, rivers, and mountains for God had created them. There were no gods of fertility, death, harvest, rain, and war; Israel was to put its TRUST in the LORD.
tells us how God made man from the dust of the ground;
NOT man making gods from the earth. God breathed life into man; man does NOT make life. The Earth and everything in it belong to God:
To the LORD your God belong the heavens,
even the highest heavens,
the earth and everything in it.
Genesis… In the Beginning by Bible Basics
Creation from Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3
Artwork: "The Sun" by Edvard Munch
Music: "Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg
In Biblical times the world was Polytheistic – worshipped many gods. Monotheism - Belief in One True God God was unique to the Jewish people.
There is only one God!
Monotheism adapted definitions are reprinted from:
Theological Diversity in the Bible by Lindsey P. Pherigo
· Originally people were: Polytheistic – worshipped many gods.
· Henotheism - “Heno” comes from the Greek word “one” but Henotheism is not the belief that there is only one god. It means that one worships only one’s own god or gods. Other peoples have their gods, but one should not worship them.
· The Jewish prophets forbade the worship any other gods, other than “Yahvey” / “Yahweh” the Jewish word for God.
MONOTHEISM IS THE BELIEF IN ONLY ONE TRUE GOD.
· Yahweh will be the God for all of the other nations.
Yahweh is God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
· Since there is only one God, then all of the peoples of the world will eventually acknowledge and worship the one and only God.
· Orthodox Christianity, in all three of its major forms
(Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant), has acknowledged that monotheism means there is only one God. When Moslems call on their God,
The Bible is NOT an old antiquated book filled with unbelievable impossible stories fairy stories that are irrelevant to us and our times!
If you look, you will find that the Bible is filled with God’s abundant love, deep true meanings, and lessons on how to live a good life filled with blessings. You will find Divine Truth, and Holiness in the Scriptures. You will find Forgiveness and God’s Restorative Grace, and Salvation through a right-relationship with God. You will find freedom from bondage, Hope Eternal, encouragement, a true purpose in life; a blueprint on how to live life to the fullest. It is right before your eyes! An open Bible is an open door, a conduit to God.
This is a great book for children and adults; a good simple way to explain Genesis to a child and a new and different perspective to challenge an adult!
The Blessing Seed: A Creation Myth for the New Millennium
When God makes the world, the first Man and Woman are amazed by the mountains and valleys, the sea and the stars, and the wonderful animals and plants with whom they share their home.
But what is their task in life?
To find out, they decide to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, although God has advised them not to do so before it is ripe.
When God sees what they have done, he gently explains to them that it is time for them to explore the four paths: the path of wonder, the path of emptiness, the path of making and the path of coming home.
With his guidance, the Man and the Woman begins to understand their place in the world, and they set out to explore it with the song of the blessing seed in their hearts.
In this beautiful transformation of the traditional Biblical creation story, Caitlin Matthews has written a modern myth that will inspire both adults and children. Alison Dexter's dramatic and exuberant illustrations celebrate the vitality and optimism of the text.