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“In the Beginning” (Genesis 1-3)

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Chronological Bible Reading PlanThank you for joining me on what I pray will be an incredible journey of faith and spiritual enlightenment in 2020!  I invite you to embrace the challenge of reading through the Bible, following a chronological reading plan that will take you from the Beginning (Genesis 1:1) to Eternity (Revelation 22:21).

The Scriptures are often profound in their stately simplicity, while challenging us spiritually and intellectually to ponder the Creator’s revelation of Himself, His holy character, moral attributes, and redemptive plan for the highest being of His Creation…Man.

Caution: While we will explore timeless spiritual truths that are decidedly apolitical and immutable; be forewarned that this pastor\author will not shy from addressing both the sins of our churches and the societal lunacy of “political correctness” that has embroiled our world.

Scripture Reading for January 1, 2020 – Genesis 1-3

To understand the chaos and conflict in our 21st century world one must go back…back to the beginning.  Accepting the universe was created by God demands faith; however, no more faith than believing this world came about as a result of some cataclysmic event and evolved from some primordial swamp over eons and eons.  Rejecting the Scriptures account of Creation leaves man believing the order and delicate balance of life and undeniable evidences of organization somehow arose out of disorder…a scientific impossibility.

The Bible simply states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  While a consciousness of the Creator is written on the heart of every man and woman, the beauty and expanse of the heavens give undeniable evidence of His existence.  The psalmist writes,

Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens [sky; realm above the earth where the birds soar] declare [tell; shew forth; proclaim] the glory [splendor; majesty] of God [El – Almighty God; ]; and the firmament [expanse of the sky] sheweth [makes known] his handywork [i.e. the product of His hands].”

In his letter to believers in Rome, the apostle Paul states,

Romans 1:20 – “For the invisible things [which cannot be perceived with the physical senses] of Him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen [manifest perceived], being understood by the things that are made [Creation is a display of God’s power and majesty; the grandeur of the heavens give testimony of His power and person], even His eternal power and Godhead [deity; divine nature]; so that they are without excuse.”

God has written on the heart and conscience of mankind a moral law; a universal sense of right and wrong (Romans 2:14-15). In the words of Paul, men show or evidence “the work of the law written in their heart, their conscience also bearing witness” (Romans 2:15).

Genesis 1 states with simplicity the facts and wonders of God’s creation. Genesis 2 offers insight into man’s uniqueness in creation (Genesis 2:7).  While Adam and Eve’s physical bodies were shaped and formed by God; their souls and spirits were brought to life by the breath of God giving man a consciousness of self and his Creator (Genesis 2:7, 21-22).

Adam was created to serve God as the steward (Genesis 1:28) and servant (laborer) of His creation (Genesis 2:15).  God commanded Adam to “dress” and “keep” the Garden [“dress” = to till the ground; garden; “keep” = to guard; to keep it beautiful and in order].

“Why did God put a tree in the midst of the Garden and then forbid Adam and Eve to eat its fruit?”  (Genesis 2:16-17)

Adam and Eve were not robots.  God created them with “free wills” and gave them an ability to choose to obey or disobey Him.  Adam had both liberty and limitation. He had liberty to eat “…Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: “ (2:16).  He had one limitation“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (2:17).

Think of it this way: The forbidden fruit was not a test of God’s love for Adam, but a test of Adam’s love and devotion for God.

Tragically, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God (Genesis 3).  Mercifully, the Lord extended salvation to them, sacrificing an innocent animal whose skin He used to hide the shame and nakedness of their sin (Genesis 3:21).

Revealing His plan of redemption, grace, and forgiveness, God promised the “enmity”, the hostility, between Lucifer (i.e. the serpent) and mankind would be settled when the devil bruised the “heel” of a man described as the woman’s “seed” and that same man would crush the head of the serpent.

Who was that man? Who was the “seed” of the woman? Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 – “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

Proverbs 3:19-20 – Who is your God?

Genesis 1.1We have learned from Proverbs 3 that a spiritually minded man fears the Lord and walks in the way of His Law (Proverbs 1:7).  He accepts the chastening of the Lord with humility and the right heart attitude (3:11-12).  He values godly wisdom and discernment above temporal wealth and possessions (3:13-15).

Like a Queen ruling her subjects with benevolent grace and kindness, Godly Wisdom bestows upon the hearts of those who fear the Lord, her loving favor and priceless reward (Proverbs 3:16-18).

Proverbs 3:19-20 directs our focus to the Source of Wisdom, the beginning of Creation, the Originator—God our Creator.

Proverbs 3:19-20“The LORD [Jehovah; Eternal, Self-Existent; the Great “I AM”] by wisdom hath founded [established; lay] the earth; by understanding [intelligence; reason; insight] hath he established [prepared; direct; fixed] the heavens [celestial bodies; sky]. 20 By his knowledge [cunning; perception] the depths [oceans; subterranean waters] are broken up [divided; break forth; burst asunder], and the clouds drop down the dew.”

It is here, a man’s belief and conviction concerning the existence of God that we of necessity must begin our pursuit of godly wisdom.  Only an all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful God could design the intricate details of creation and set the universe in motion with perfect balance and precision.In the beginning

The God of the Bible reveals Himself as the Creator, Architect, Sustainer, and Sovereign of creation.

Romans 11:36 – “For of Him [God the Creator], and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Creation is God’s testimony and revelation of His person and existence.  

What you say? “Prove it?”

Allow me to answer that challenge with a question: Why does the burden of proof rest on the man who believes Creation itself is proof of the Creator’s person and existence?

I readily confess my belief in God’s existence is a matter of faith and believe that Creation is His handwork.  If you are a professing atheist or agnostic, are you willing to make the same admission?  Will you not confess it takes extravagant faith to believe the world came into being through some inexplicable cataclysmic event and life began in a primordial soup?

The Scriptures teach the following concerning creation:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

lightPsalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

Concerning faith, we read in the Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6Now faith [assurance; belief; conviction; persuasion] is the substance [confident assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence [proof] of things not seen [beheld; perceived]3  Through faith we understand [comprehend; perceive with the heart and mind] that the worlds [universe] were framed [prepared; made perfect; fitly joined together] by the [utterance; spoken] word of God, so that things which are seen [beheld; perceived] were not made [wrought; become; come into existence] of things which do appear…6  But without [apart from; in the absence of] faith it is impossible to please [gratify] Him: for he that cometh to [comes nigh to; worships; draws near] God must believe [have faith] that He is, and that He is a rewarder [God rewards those who seek Him] of them that diligently seek [seek after; crave; worship] Him.”

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What you believe regarding God’s existence, His person, attributes and self-revelation dictates the manner of man or woman you are.

I challenge you to search out the Scriptures for yourself, remembering your soul and eternity hang in the balance.

Psalm 14:1-3 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Copyright 2014 – Travis D. Smith