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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:20

Working through the account of creation in chapter 1, we see that God created order out of chaos in an orderly way (Jer.

The major Guideline or Rule God used for the process of creation is the principle of Separation, eg- light from darkness, day from night and land from ocean.. God also created boundaries between species and between the Human, Animal, Plant and Inorganic Kingdoms.  He placed boundaries between human beings and all other creatures; and between human beings- There is a God-give distinction between males and females – v.27; (more in chapter 2, but see Deut 22:5, Lev 18:22 cf Rom 1:26-27)

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #6 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:15

The story of chapter one is organized by Days. What are these “days”?

Day 4 describes a literal 24 hour period divided into day and night. Doesn’t that require Days 5 and 6 to also be 24 hours, each divided into a day and night? And Day 7 (the Sabbath) is also a literal day. Exodus 20:11 and 31:17 teach us that the other days are the same as the Sabbath. Theistic evolutionists see the Days as Epochs, each lasting thousands of years. If so, that would mean that all living things created on those “days” would have existed in the dark and then in the light for thousands of years respectively.

Others see the use of “days” as a literary device, as scenes in a Story or acts in a Play. How long they each were would not matter. Many say the Creation Story is a myth. The proponents of the latter hold the view that myths are not necessarily untrue, but can be vehicles of truth such as the Narnia Tales are

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #7 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:48

Gen 1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds--livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

[The creation of man on the 6th day is described in chapter 2 as follows-]

7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Literally, man became a “living soul”, the same as all other animals (1:20, 21, 24) That simply means they all were creatures that breathed. Nepesh, the Hebrew word translated here as “soul”, at its root, means “throat” and then “breath”.

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STUDIES IN GENESIS #8 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:40

What is Man

What is “Man? The answer in the last Study was: “Man” [a generic term for all human beings, male and female] is an animal, a breathing creature with much in common with all other animals. In fact, some believe that humans are not superior to other animals. They sincerely believe all animals have equal value, human and non-human, and often treat the latter as though they were human. Genesis 1 clearly teaches that the creation of Man was the apex of God’s creative work and that everything else He made first was for the well-being of Man. (Psalm 8:4-8)  The Bible is clear. Humans are sui generis- one of a kind among animals, totally unique.  Man is far more than an animal.

Many academics do not believe there is such a thing as “Man” or “Human Nature”. Many do not think humans have minds, only brains. Many see (and treat) humans as no more than a programed and integrated system of wires and plumbing in a physical package. (They debate who or what does the programing.) And for those who do not believe there is a God, the idea of humans being in His Image is nonsense and no help whatsoever in explaining who or what we human beings may be.

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