Why Genesis? The Introduction I’m being drawn toward Genesis this morning and as such I am committed to a study of Genesis chapters 1-11. Genesis has 50 chapters and at a high level is divided in two sections. Chapters 1-11 are primitive history and 12-50 are patriarchal history. The primitive history has four significant events: creation, the fall, the flood, the dispersion of nations. The patriarchal history of Genesis has four significant characters: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
Genesis 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” This is where it all began.
Genesis 1, Take 2 “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness night. And there was an evening and there was a morning, one day.” Night and Day On day one God created the formless and void earth which then existed in the dark. God then added light which created a separation of light and darkness. When light is added, darkness is overtaken. God named the time-period of light ‘day,’ and the time-period of dark ‘night.’ The lesser lights of the sun and moon are created on day four.
The sunrise from my home office balcony Genesis 1, Take Three A few words on the ‘apparent contradiction’ of a young earth versus old earth. As mentioned yesterday, a simple and literal approach to Genesis leads to an historical conclusion of a young earth; no more than 10,000 years old. How do we resolve this issue? Many theologians and Bible students have abandoned the simple and literal approach to Genesis and have chosen to interpret Genesis with modern science as their guide. In other words, modern science guides or becomes the authority over how we interpret. So, they change the meaning of “day” to mean an “age” or a long period of time rather than a 24-hour time period.