Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
Genesis Chapter 1 Part 1

Genesis Chapter 1 Part 1

December 27, 2014

The central idea of Genesis 1:1-2:3 is that God is the sovereign Creator of the universe. The earth was created by God and therefore has purpose, doing what He designed it to do.  To the evolutionist, the earth exists by chance, and its value is not intrinsic, but is imputed by men, who also exist by chance. God created the universe and earth in six literal days (Ex. 20:8-11).  God created the earth to have the appearance of age, and this explains why it appears older than it really is.  The use of numerals with the Hebrew yom narrows the meaning to literal 24 hour creative days. God appears in Genesis chapter 1 as a blue collar worker who personally creates and then evaluates his work.  God made physical separations during the creation of earth, and He continues to make divisions every time he creates new life in those who trust in Jesus for salvation. Subsequent to creation, God is providentially controlling and directing His creation toward a new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).

Genesis Chapter 1 Part 2

Genesis Chapter 1 Part 2

December 27, 2014

The central idea of Genesis 1:1-2:3 is that God is the sovereign Creator of the universe. The earth was created by God and therefore has purpose, doing what He designed it to do.  To the evolutionist, the earth exists by chance, and its value is not intrinsic, but is imputed by men, who also exist by chance. God created the universe and earth in six literal days (Ex. 20:8-11).  God created the earth to have the appearance of age, and this explains why it appears older than it really is.  The use of numerals with the Hebrew yom narrows the meaning to literal 24 hour creative days. God appears in Genesis chapter 1 as a blue collar worker who personally creates and then evaluates his work.  God made physical separations during the creation of earth, and He continues to make divisions every time he creates new life in those who trust in Jesus for salvation. Subsequent to creation, God is providentially controlling and directing His creation toward a new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).

Genesis Chapter 2

Genesis Chapter 2

December 27, 2014

“The LORD God” (Yahweh Elohim) is the major subject of chapter two, as His name appears 11 times in the text (2:4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18; 19, 21, 22). The six-day creation account in Genesis 1:1-2:3 is followed in Genesis 2:4-24 by a more careful consideration of the creation of mankind. The central idea of this section is that God created mankind in His image with the capacity to understand and obey Him.  

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 1

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 1

December 27, 2014

Operation “fig leaves” was Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover up their sin; however, God provided a better solution (Gen. 3:21). The animal skins provided to Adam and Eve signified the first atoning death in Scripture, in which blood was shed that another might be covered.  

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 2

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 2

November 18, 2014

God's judgment on Adam, Eve, and Satan.

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 3

Genesis Chapter 3 Part 3

November 18, 2014

God's judgment on Adam, Eve, and Satan.

Genesis Chapter 4

Genesis Chapter 4

November 18, 2014

The Way of Cain refers to the ways of the world with its godless values and methodologies.  It is self-righteous religion in which arrogant men play the pipe and expect God to dance.  It is morality based on relative values rather than the absolutes of God’s word.  It is society functioning independently of God in every respect, excluding, silencing, or perverting His truth in government, law, education, music, literature, art, or any other institutions or activities in which men regularly engage.  For the average man it is his whole life, all he sees and hears, and all he will ever know so long as he continues in unbelief.  To live for Christ is to be set against the world – The Way of Cain (Jo. 15:18-19; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jo. 2:15-17; 5:4-5).

Genesis Chapter 5

Genesis Chapter 5

November 18, 2014

Both Enoch and Noah “walked with God” (Gen. 5:24; 6:9). To “walk with God” is the ideal standard for a believer (Lev. 26:3-12; Col. 2:6-7; Gal. 5:16, 25; cf. Rev. 3:4).  Walking with God does not mean sinless perfection, but does mean that when the believer sins, he handles it in a biblical manner (e.g. David 2 Sam. 12:1-23; cf. 1 Kings 11:4; 1 Jo. 1:8-10).  Walking with God means we go in the same direction God is going, and like a friend, we are glad to share in His fellowship (1 Jo. 1:1-10).  Walking with God means He is regularly in our thoughts, and we live every day conscious of Him and His will for our lives (Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 3:16).  Walking with God means we are open and honest with Him about everything, and agree to let His light shine in our lives, not fearing what it exposes (1 Jo. 1:5-7). Walking with God means being sensitive to what may offend Him, and making every effort to please Him through a life of faith (Heb. 11:6). Walking with God means learning His word and living by faith in every area of our lives (Rom. 1:17; 10:17; Heb. 11:6; cf. Gal. 5:16, 25). 

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 1

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 1

November 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 2

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 2

November 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 3

Genesis Chapter 6 Part 3

November 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Genesis Chapters 7 & 8

Genesis Chapters 7 & 8

November 18, 2014

God commands Noah to build the ark and enter the ark. God then saves Noah and his family from the flood He sends on the earth. 

Genesis Chapter 9

Genesis Chapter 9

November 18, 2014

Noah after the flood and the establishment of the Noahic Covenant. 

Genesis Chapter 10

Genesis Chapter 10

November 18, 2014

The genealogies were to show how the nations of the earth came into being.

Genesis Chapter 11:1-9

Genesis Chapter 11:1-9

November 18, 2014

God disrupts the human arrogance at the tower of Babel. 

Genesis Chapter 11:10-32

Genesis Chapter 11:10-32

November 18, 2014

The genealogy of Shem to Abram. 

Genesis Chapter 12:1-3

Genesis Chapter 12:1-3

November 18, 2014

The promises of the Abrahamic Covenant are given in Genesis 12:1-3. The Abrahamic Covenant is ratified in Genesis 15. The sign of the Abrahamic Covenant is provided in Genesis 17. The promises of the Abrahamic Covenant (and their amplifications) find fulfillment only when Christ is seated on David’s throne in Jerusalem for His one thousand year reign (Rev. 20:4-6).

Genesis Chapter 12:4-20

Genesis Chapter 12:4-20

November 18, 2014

By faith, Abram understood and obeyed God’s call to leave his homeland and go to a land that was promised to him (Gen. 12:4-6; cf. Acts 7:2-4). By faith, Abram received the promise that his “descendants” would inherit the Promised Land, and he openly worshiped God. Once in the land of Canaan, God tested Abram’s faith with a famine, and Abram failed by looking to Egypt rather than God (Gen. 12:10-20; cf. Isa. 31:1). Abram was driven by fear of being physically hurt rather than by faith in God’s promises. In his failure to live by faith in God, Abram practiced deception which resulted in the wrongful accumulation of wealth (which later caused him problems), and judgment on the house of Pharaoh (Gen. 12:11-20). 

Genesis Chapter 13

Genesis Chapter 13

November 18, 2014

This section of Scripture opens with an account of a conflict between Abram’s herdsman and Lot’s herdsman.  Apparently their great wealth brought unintended and unforeseen problems into their lives. Though Abram had the promise of God that the whole land was his by divine right, yet he graciously offered to Lot a section of it in order to resolve a family conflict. Lot—unlike Abram—lived not by faith, but by what his human eyes saw before him.  The text tells us that Lot “lifted up his eyes” and “saw” and “chose for himself” what appeared best to him.  God spoke to Abram after Lot had departed and confirmed His promises of land and seed.  God said to Abram “now lift up your eyes” and “look” for “all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever”

Genesis Chapter 14

Genesis Chapter 14

November 18, 2014

Abram won two victories in one day: He won a military victory over those who captured his nephew Lot.  In his victory, Abram used all his resources (the trained men in his house), called on friends with whom he had entered into a covenant (the Amorites), and employed tactical skill in his military efforts to win the battle (attacked on two fronts under the cover of darkness).  He won a spiritual victory by continuing in God’s promises rather than accepting the financial reward of a wicked king.  For Abram, the promises of God were of greater value than the treasures of the world. Abram was greeted by Melchizedek—a spiritual brother—who blessed him with refreshments and a prophetic word that it was God who gave him his victory (Gen. 14:18-20).  

Genesis Chapter 15

Genesis Chapter 15

October 31, 2014

Genesis 15:1-6 shows Abram to be a man of faith, trusting God at His word. Genesis 15:7-21 reveals the ratification of the Abrahamic Covenant

Genesis Chapter 16

Genesis Chapter 16

October 31, 2014

God had promised a son to Abram (Gen. 12:2; 13:15-16; 15:5), but Sarai was never specifically identified as the woman who would give him that son.  After ten years, they apparently felt the conflict between God’s promise of a son and Sarai’s inability to conceive; and because of impatience, Sarai proposed the marriage with Hagar as a solution to their problem.  It appears God intentionally created a dilemma in which Abram and Sarai were helpless to produce a son, so that it would be obvious in the end that what God had promised them, only He was able to execute (cf. Rom. 4:18-21).  Delay in fulfillment should not be seen as a denial of God’s promise.

Genesis Chapter 17

Genesis Chapter 17

October 31, 2014

Genesis 17 reminds us that what is recorded in Genesis 12-25 is not a biography of the life of Abraham, but a theological history of God’s sovereign workings in the life of a man through whom He chose to bless the world.  Some of the chapters have large time gaps between them, because God wants us to pay attention to Him, and His working in the life of Abraham.  

Genesis Chapter 18

Genesis Chapter 18

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is the display of righteous hospitality and prayerful intercession in contrast with the wickedness and selfishness of those in Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Genesis Chapter 19

Genesis Chapter 19

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God is righteous to judge and destroy the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah for its wickedness, and to deliver Lot who is counted among the righteous (2 Pet. 2:7).

Genesis Chapter 20

Genesis Chapter 20

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God providentially intervened to preserve Abraham and Sarah’s marriage in spite of their deceptive practices.

Genesis Chapter 21

Genesis Chapter 21

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God is faithful to Abraham and Sarah, providing a son as He had promised twenty five years earlier (Gen. 12:1-3; 15:5; 17:15-16, 19; 18:10, 14; 21:1-3).

Genesis Chapter 22

Genesis Chapter 22

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Abraham feared God and obeyed His command to offer up his most precious possession: Isaac, the miracle son of promise.

Genesis Chapter 23

Genesis Chapter 23

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that Sarah died and Abraham grieved her passing and buried her in the land of Canaan (Gen. 23:19).

Genesis Chapter 24

Genesis Chapter 24

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God providentially selected Rebekah as a wife for Isaac.  In the actions of God, He directed both Abraham’s servant as well as Rebekah to meet at a specific location, a well, in order to manifest His will to them both.

Genesis Chapter 25

Genesis Chapter 25

October 31, 2014

God faithfully blessed Abraham right up to the time of his death.

Genesis Chapter 26

Genesis Chapter 26

October 31, 2014

The Central Idea of the Text is that God was faithful to bless Isaac as the son of Abraham through whom the promises would come (Gen. 26:3-5, 24).

Genesis Chapter 27

Genesis Chapter 27

October 31, 2014

The Primary Idea of the Text is that Jacob was blessed as the rightful heir of Isaac (Gen. 27:33).

Genesis Chapter 28

Genesis Chapter 28

September 3, 2014

The Central Idea of the Passage is that God is faithful to keep His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and now Jacob, regarding property, descendants, and Gentile blessing (Gen. 28:13-15; cf. Gen. 12:1-3; 13:16; 15:18; 17:8; 22:15-18).

Genesis Chapter 29

Genesis Chapter 29

September 3, 2014

The Primary Idea of the Passage is that Jacob (the deceiver) was deceived by his uncle Laban into marrying Leah before Rachael (Gen. 29:25).

Genesis Chapter 30 Part 1

Genesis Chapter 30 Part 1

September 3, 2014

The Central Idea of the Passage is that God was faithful to bless Jacob with sons according to the covenant promise spoken at Bethel (Gen. 28:13-15).

Genesis Chapter 30 Part 2

Genesis Chapter 30 Part 2

September 3, 2014

The Primary Message of the Passage is that God blessed Jacob as He said he would do according to His sovereign promise (Gen. 28:13-15).

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 1

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 1

September 3, 2014

The Central Idea of the Passage is that God protected Jacob from Laban as he obeyed the command to return to the land of Canaan.  

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 2

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 2

September 3, 2014

The Central Idea of the Passage is that God protected Jacob from Laban as he obeyed the command to return to the land of Canaan.  

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 3

Genesis Chapter 31 Part 3

September 3, 2014

The Central Idea of the Passage is that God protected Jacob from Laban as he obeyed the command to return to the land of Canaan.  

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