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STUDIES IN GENESIS #1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:55

The material that follows in 19 segments is an explanation or commentary on the first 3 chapters of Genesis

A Bible scholar I know suggested, inasmuch as baseball season is upon us, that I start this new series “in the big inning”. That of course would be Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God”

“God” is the main subject of this chapter. He is mentioned 32x (in the NIV). The primary reason for studying it is to learn about Him and then about His relationship with Creation.

“God” names Himself as “I am” (3:14)- uncreated, uncaused, eternal [which means without beginning or end), the everlasting One—Deut 33:27, Isaiah 26:4, 40:28, 43:13, 44:6, 48:12

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #2 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:44

God is a Creator, an Artist, and Image maker. It is clear that God has a Mind and thinks in a rational manner. But we must not emphasize the rationality of God to the neglect of other attributes. God is spiritual, communal and moral, as well as rational. That God is also creative and artistic is the very first thing God reveals about Himself in the Bible.  At the very least, this means we should value and enjoy creativity and being creative like He does

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #3 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:37

Last time we listed words used in the process of creation, particularly the Hebrew word, bara = to shape, fashion or to create. That word does not necessarily mean creation out of nothing, eg in 2:7 God creates Adam out of dirt. The Doctrine of creation “ex nihilo” is not in this text. It is in John 1:3, Rom 4:17 and Heb 11:3. Rather the emphasis in Genesis 1-2 is Creation by Word: God spoke and it was so (10 times in chap 1, eg-1:3; Psalm 33:6-9) and the Word was efficacious because the Spirit of God (v.2) accompanied that Word (v.2) cf Ezek 37 and 1 Thes 1:5 This connection, this synergy of Word and Spirit is important truth.

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #4 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:27

This is a fundamental Truth- 1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not a God of confusion [disorder] but of peace [harmony] 40 all things should be done decently and in order.

The Apostle Paul applied this truth to a worship service and how people acted in it. If something chaotic is happening at home or in church or at work or in the public square, it is not of God. God is all about creating order and harmony.

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