FIRST WORK

INTRODUCTION



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Genesis is the first book of the Bible. It is also the first of five books of the Jewish Torah called The Pentateuch. Genesis was written by Moses over 3400 years ago. Its theme is "beginnings." In fact, the word Genesis means origins. Genesis tells us the true history of how and when all things came into existence ... how and when the human race began ... how and when sin and rebellion against God entered our world ... and, finally, it gives us an account of the ancient people who God chose in order to reveal himself to mankind.

 

So, the historicity and reliability of the book of Genesis is of paramount importance in the Word of God. Its accounts lay the foundation for all of the rest of Scripture. Time and again, the New Testament refers to its recorded events and personalities. The book of Romans, for instance, relies on the historicity of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve and their act of disobedience as its basis for the critical doctrines of sin and salvation. It also cites the lives of Abraham and Sarah to demonstrate that salvation is by faith alone. In the New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Jesus confirmed the historicity of Noah and the Flood as well as the historic persons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus also confirmed the authenticity of the Genesis account of the destruction of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. So, the veracity of the whole of the Bible rests on the straightforward history of man and God as set forth in the book of Genesis. After studying the book of Genesis for over 50 years, I am absolutely convinced that its accounts can stand any unbiased test of history, science or theology. Truly, as you have it in Psalm 119:160a,

Thy word is true from the beginning...(KJV)

Now, because Genesis is the true history of the origin of man and all things material, no other book of the Bible is more frequently disparaged and attacked. Its straightforward accounts of the history of man and the world fly in the face of modern man's theories and religious notions. Needless to say, then ... as far as the world is concerned, there are a great deal of controversial and disputed truths in the pages of the book of Genesis. Here are a few of them: 

          ... There is only one, true and living God who created all things.

          ... All things were created by God ex nihilo (out of nothing) by simply speaking them into existence.

          ... The creation of our world and its universe is dateable.

          ... The earth and its universe are young (therefore, so called “scientific” Evolution and its reliance on great age for the creation around us is bogus).

          ... Satan is real.

          ... Adam and Eve are historic and, indeed, the first parents of the human race.

          ... The first civilization on planet Earth was judged by God, being utterly destroyed by a worldwide flood.

           … the Promised Land (consisting of much of the Middle East) was given to Abraham and his covenant descendants for an everlasting possession.  

You may disagree with one or more of the above accounts found in the book of Genesis. If so, I would simply ask that you read this amazing book of Scripture as expounded here in First Work and weigh the evidence for yourself. God is not a God who asks people to throw away their brains. I am convinced that all that is written in this ancient, unique and eternal book can stand on its own two feet in the light of history, reason and sound science. Don’t make the mistake of throwing out mankind’s only true book of origins merely because a myriad of voices oppose it in the name of political correctness and humanistic philosophy … or any other preconceived religious or political ideology. Colossians 2:8, warns us,

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

It is not surprising then, that Satan's strongest attacks are aimed at the Bible's book of Genesis. However, he has never been able to destroy one word of the Word of God. He has only been able to attempt to keep it out of people’s hands and, if that failed, to lie about it and to demean it along with the true and living God who authored it in the first place. Ultimately, the one who gave us the book of Genesis will one day destroy the dark god of this world. As you have it in Revelation 20:10,

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)

So, I am convinced that anyone who comes to the book of Genesis with an open and humble mind ... asking God to reveal its reliability and truths to them ... will undoubtedly be granted to know its veracity for themselves. Jesus said,

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

And again, as he prayed to his Father for us, his followers, in John 17:17 (NIV),

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Proceed to Genesis 1 and 2