Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

genesis

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Saturday Dec 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).

Saturday Dec 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).

Saturday Dec 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.  

Saturday Dec 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.  

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

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

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

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

Tuesday Nov 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).

Tuesday Nov 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). 

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

God judges the earth because of the corruption of men. 

Tuesday Nov 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. 

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