The Genesis Record of Creation – Genesis 1:1-2:4

 What does the word “Genesis” mean? This is the foundational book of all the Bible. It is said that just about every major doctrine of the Bible is introduced to us in this book. Is that true? What is the most important chapter in the Book of Genesis? In what way is it important? Do children ever wonder or ask where they come from? Were Adam and Eve ever children? Do you suppose that they ever wondered or asked where they came from? Who would they have asked? If left to themselves, do you think that they could have correctly guessed about their origins? Who is generally described as the pen-man of the Book of Genesis. Where did he get his information about the very early history of humanity? Is it possible that he got some of his information indirectly from Adam? Is fallen humanity capable of correctly surmising about divine creation? Was it important that the first man know about the creation? Why? (Authority, dominion, etc.) Is it important that current fallen men know about the creation? Why? I know that we have dealt with this subject not too long ago, but I’d like to take a different tack. I’d like us to take a quick survey showing that the entire Bible is filled with the doctrine of the Creation. A corollary to that is the idea that since it is so pervasive in the Scripture, it must be important. This is not an ancient idea that grew out Jewish fables. The facts of creation are a part of the warp and woof of the entire scriptures –...

Creation and the Flood – Genesis 5-9

 Why do some people say that Genesis 1 & 2 were first written by two different people? (Elohim vs Jehovah.) It is a matter of unprovable speculation, but who may have been the first “penman” of Genesis 1? (God?) Who was likely the penman of Genesis 2-4? (Adam?) How do we know that Genesis 5 was not first penned by Adam? (It records things after his death.) What are the first words of Genesis 2:4? Genesis 5:1? Genesis 10:1? These words don’t prove that different writers were involved, but they do indicate different chapters. They also overlap, as in Genesis 5:1-3, linking the previous chapter to the current chapter. What does Genesis 2 (the second book or chapter) teach about the veracity of Genesis 1? What does Genesis 5 (the third book) teach about the first two books? Can we say that thus far in the Bible, we have a consistent testimony of God’s miraculous creation? Noah’s Genealogical data – Genesis 5:1-32. From our point of view what is really unusual about the lives of all these people? (Length of their ages.) Did the penman of this chapter (Noah?) seem particularly surprised at these people’s age at death? What would you expect from any other later historian? Humanly speaking, what could account for the fact that these people lived ten times as long as us? What might these long lives indicate about creation? Did Noah personally know Adam? (Adam died after the birth of Lamech, but before the birth of Noah.) Could Noah have known Seth? Could he have known Enoch? Is it possible that Noah knew about the...

The Doctrine of Creation in the Remainder of Genesis – Genesis 10-50

 What does Genesis 1 describe? (Literal six-day creation of the universe out of nothing.) Does Genesis 2 in any way question or limit this church’s understanding of the first chapter? What does it add to that account? Genesis 3 describes humanity’s “sinfulization.” Who brought humanity under the dominion of sin? (Those whom God created.) Genesis 4 describes Cain and Abel; why is it impossible to separate this chapter from the Creation? (Sons of the people that God directly created.) What does Genesis 5:1-2 teach us about Creation? What does Genesis 6:7 teach us about Creation? Is it logical to believe in Creation without believing what the Bible says about the Flood? If someone believes that there is physical evidence for the Flood, could he disbelieve in Creation? What right did God have to destroy all those people? What are some of the aspects of the Flood which closely connect it with Creation? (Behavior of the animals, the miraculous nature of the flood waters, etc.) After the flood, God gave Noah permission to do what with the animals? What did the Lord require in regard to preparing those animals for food? Why? In that regard, what was God’s law in regard to the murder of people? What specific thing did God state as an argument for capital punishment? Genesis 9:5-6 – “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood...

Creation During the Exodus – Exodus 3

 Who is generally considered the penman of the Book of Genesis? Does it doesn’t matter whether or not he was given written accounts of Creation, inscribed by Noah, Enoch and Adam? Could it be said that Moses was a prophet of God? Did the Lord ever speak directly to Moses? Even if we make the erroneous assumption that God did not speak to Moses, did that man teach literal Creation? Moses taught Creation in Genesis if no where else. There are not many direct references to Creation in the Pentateuch, but there are incidental references. Creation in Exodus. Where was Moses when he first met God on a direct, personal level? (Burning Bush – Exodus 3.) Do you suppose that Satan could duplicate the impression of the burning bush? The fact that the bush was not consumed by the fire makes this a what? What similarities does this have with creation itself? God describes Himself as Whom in verse 6? Among other things, what did Abraham know God to be? (Creator.) How does God describe Himself, or call Himself in verse 14? What does that mean? What does Moses’ first miracle indicate about God ( Exodus 4)? Did the later miracle of the Egyptian magicians change the nature of God’s miracle? Was it a duplication? What do the ten plagues teach about God? What sort of specific power was required to hold up the waters of the Red Sea? What do I mean by the Decalogue and where is it found? (Exodus 20.) Who is the source – Who wrote – the Ten Commandments? All of the Scriptures are...

Creation in the Memory of Israel – Joshua to Chronicles

 How correct is it to say that Bible Christianity is a religion of Creation? How correct is it to say that every religion contrary to Christianity are religions of evolution? My primary purpose in these lessons is to prove to you that Creation pervades the scriptures. What does the word “pervade” mean? (Permeate, transfuse, suffuse – to be present throughout.) I want you to see and believe that to reject Creation is to cease to be a Bible Christian. How many of the people of the world in the day of Seth believed that God created the universe? What percentage of the population believed in creation just prior to the Flood? Why? What percentage of the people of the world believe in Creation just after the Flood? How many of the people in Abraham’s day believed in Creation? From just a couple of generations after the flood, the Biblical account of creation was been less and less accepted by the general population of the world. Does that mean that all false religion teaches some form of atheistic evolution? If some heathen religion says that Thor, or Zeus, or George, made the first man and called him Bill, then that is not Biblical Creation, because whether or not it is close to the truth it is not the truth. The fact is that at from the days of Nimrod, the majority of the world’s population has not properly worshiped Jehovah as the Creator of all things. If the Lord isn’t the Creator, what do people usually begin to do with their worship? (Worship the creature.) So the descendants of Shem,...

Creation in the Poetry and Wisdom of Israel – Psalms and Proverbs

 There are many references to creation and the early history of creation in the Book of Psalms. Often those references are somewhat poetical. What does that mean to the Bible interpreter? Because of their numbers, all that we can do this morning is make a very shallow survey. Creation in Psalms. Psalm 8: Verse 1. Let’s say that I wrote a book and saved it to a CD, then you found it. What would you be, if you put your name on that CD as if you were the writer of that book? By what right can Jehovah put his glory above the heavens? What does Genesis 1:1 say? Verse 3. What is the difference between creating something and ordaining something? How was it that God ordained the moon and the stars? Was David a Creationist? Verses 4-5. In addition to saying that God created man, what else about Genesis does this passage teach? What are the “paths of the sea?” It wasn’t until Matthew Maury in the mid-1800s that man began to seriously chart ocean currents and the migrations of fish and whales, but David spoke about them nearly 3,000 years earlier. Psalm 19: Does the moon have a voice? Arcturus? Polaris (the North Star)? How can they declare the glory of God? If God didn’t create them, how could they glorify Him? Psalm 24: From whom did Jehovah steal the earth and all that dwell therein? The earth is the Lord’s because He created it. Man is God’s steward, not His replacement. Psalm 33: How many times a minute does the average person breathe? How many times...

Pre-Exilic Prophecy and Creation – Isaiah 6:1-3

 What are the four general sections of the Old Testament? (Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, and Prophets.) Is there much historical information in the Pentateuch? What period of time does the Historical Section cover? (Crossing of the Jordan to Malachi.) How do these four sections of the Old Testament overlap? (Wisdom and the Prophets come within the Historical time period.) What have we determined about the subject of Creation in the History and Wisdom of Israel? The Prophets are often divided between the Major and Minor Prophets. What is the difference between the two? Another way of looking at the prophets involves looking at them before and after the fall of Judah. This morning, we consider Creation in some of the pre-exilic prophets. Isaiah. What would you say was the general responsibility of the Old Testament prophet? (Bring people back to God.) Which God were they trying to magnify and glorify? Since they were servants of Jehovah, what would you guess those prophets would teach about Creation? Isaiah ministered during the reigns of Jotham, Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah. When, approximately, did David die? (1000 A.D. [1015 A.D.]) According to Usher, Isaiah began to minister about 250 years later – a considerable time later. His ministry had a dramatic change in chapter 6 – what did he see? (Christ and angels). What is the first scripture where angels are called seraphim? Other than angels, arch-angels and demons, what is the only other term used to describe angels? Where do we find the first reference to cherubims? Seraphims and cherubims both have a special personal connection to the Lord. Could there be a...

Creation following the Fall of Jerusalem – Ezekiel 1:26-28

 How many of the books of the Old Testament are generally called the Major Prophets? (Five.) What are they? (Isaiah to Daniel.) Two of the Major Prophets served God prior to the Babylonian captivity, and two were during the captivity. Who served the Lord after the fall of Jerusalem? (Ezekiel and Daniel.) What else characterized the Post-exilic prophets? (The were outside the land; surrounded by heretics.) Describe the background of Daniel. (Royal blood.) Describe the background of Ezekiel. (Priestly lineage.) Ezekiel. Would you say that Ezekiel is a book that is difficult to understand or one of the easier books? What makes it hard to understand and interpret? (Visions and allegories.) What angelic creature is named about two dozen times in this book from chapter 10 on? Last week I incorrectly said that the Bible doesn’t refer to either Cherubim (singular) or to Cherubs. I was mistaken in the last part – there are Cherubs mentioned, but no Cherubim. In order to make the curtains in the Tabernacle, did Moses have the Cherubims descriptions of Ezekiel? Did Solomon have the descriptions of Ezekiel when he supervised the construction of the Temple? Where do we first read of the Cherubims? Does Ezekiel’s reference to Cherubims prove the accuracy of Genesis 3? (No, but it does support it.) From where did Moses’ craftsmen receive their knowledge of the Cherubims? Ezekiel makes reference to a rainbow above the throne of God. Besides the natural affect of the rain and sun, what is the special meaning of a rainbow? Are we surprised that a rainbow might have something to do with the presence...

Creation in the Synoptic Gospels – Matthew 24:34-39

 We have spent the last few weeks examining some of the comments of the Old Testament on Creation. Would you say that the Old Testament strongly supports Creation or is it kind of wishy-washy? Are there any specific Old Testament books that we didn’t directly examine? (Yes, Kings for example.) Does that mean that we avoided them because they are more evolutionary than the rest? What are the four general divisions of the Old Testament? (Law, History, Writings and Prophets.) Which of those four divisions doesn’t teach a literal understanding of Creation? (None of them.) How many books are there in the Bible? (66.) How many books are there in the Old Testament? (39.) What percentage of the Bible is found in the Old Testament? (About 60%.) Can we say that at least 60% of the Bible teaches Divine Creation very strongly? Today we move into the New Testament. There are some professing Christians who care very little about the Old Testament and study it even less. They are of the opinion that the New Testament supercedes the Old Testament. That is a terrible mistake. Does the New Testament supercede (replace) the Old? The New Testament explains, expands and expounds the Old Testament. And, there are many things in the New Testament which make little sense without the Old. Why might we say that the Book of Genesis is the most important book in all the Bible? Would you be surprised to learn that there are more than 200 quotations and allusions to Genesis in the New Testament? It is true. Would you be surprised to learn that they...

John the Creationist – John 20:26-31

 I have entitled this lesson: “John the Creationist.” And I’m thinking of the Apostle John, but this sounds like I’m playing with the words “John the Baptist.” Although I have no doubt that John the Baptist was a Creationist, I have no proof to that effect. All Baptists should be Creationists, because all Baptists should be Bible-believers, but unfortunately that is not always true in these modern days of neo-evangelical “enlightenment.” How many books did the Apostle John pen? From Whom did John get his material for writing those books? Let me show you why I believe that John was a Creationist. The Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is not one of the Synoptic Gospels. Why? (It isn’t a synopsis of the life of Christ.) What is the purpose of the Gospel of John? “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” If John’s purpose was to glorify the name of Christ, would you be surprised if he suggested things about Jesus’ Creatorship? How does the Book of John begin? The specific words “in the beginning” are found 17 times in the Bible. 13 of those references speak of the beginning of certain days, or years, or events of human history. They speak about the beginning of the month, or the beginning of the exodus from Egypt. Was John referring here to the beginning of some event within...

Paul the Creationist – Colossians 1:14-20

 How many books are there in the Bible? (66). How many books are there in the New Testament? (27). I believe that Paul was the penman of 14 of those New Testament books. What other New Testament book, not written by him, is significantly Pauline? (Acts.) Would it be a problem to your faith if Paul was not a Creationist? Paul in the Book of Acts. Paul is called the “Apostle to the Gentiles;” does that mean that he didn’t preach to the Jews? What was his primary message to his own people? (Jesus is our Messiah.) When he preached to the Gentiles, was that the approach that he took? Because the heathen were either idolaters, atheists or pantheists, Paul had to start more elementally. What did the people in Lystra, Asia Minor think of Paul and Barnabas after they healed the cripple man? “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.” How did Paul respond to this idea? (Acts 14:15-17.) What would have happened if instead of this approach the missionaries started talking about the death of the Saviour on the cross? Paul first directed those people to the foundational doctrine that God is our Creator. Then he added that creation is filled with the evidences of God’s existence, power and goodness. How critical is the doctrine of Creation to the preaching of the Gospel? At Athens Paul was confronted with two major Greek philosophies; what were they? The Epicureans were atheists who believed in the random evolutionary origin of...

Creation in the General Epistles – Hebrews 1:1-2

 Some of the books of the New Testament are called the General Epistles. Generally speaking, what are the General Epistles? (Those not written by Paul or John.) So which books make up the General Epistles? (James, Peter and Jude.) Some people include Hebrews in that list; why do they do that? (No proof that Paul wrote Hebrews.) But before we get to those books, let’s return to the Book of Acts. Acts. What providential miracle occurred on the Day of Pentecost? (The sound of the wind.) What nearly creative miracles occurred on the day of Pentecost? (Flames of fire and the languages.) When the Jews heard and saw these things of Whom should they have begun to think? (Creator.) What was Peter’s role in the events of that Pentecost? (Preached.) In what indirect sort of way did Peter refer to Creation in verses Acts 3:20-21. (The world began.) Pagan philosophers believe that matter has always existed – the world has always existed. But Christians believe that the world had a beginning. In relationship to that beginning, when did prophesies of Christ begin? Peter was preaching again in Acts 4 after his arrest for preaching. How important to the gospel is Acts 4:12? When he was released he returned to the brethren at the church, and they prayed. How did they address the Lord in Acts 4:23-25. Was the Lord’s first church a Creationist church? Peter’s Epistles. How well do you suppose that Peter knew the Lord Jesus Christ? Did he look on Christ as a mere man? According to Peter at what point was it ordained that Christ should...

The Doctrine of Creation – Hebrews 11:1-3

 This is our last lesson in this series. It’s not that we won’t be looking at the Doctrine of Creation again before the Lord comes, because we will. And I’m not under the misconception that we haven’t looked at this subject many times before c- we have. Even though it may be expected that as Fundamental Baptists we’re supposed to believe in Creation, that is not the reason that we keep coming back to it. This is an oft repeated subject because it is vitally and critically important to our whole doctrinal foundation. If this doctrine falls, then as we have tried to prove over the last three months, we cannot trust a single page or writer in the Bible. If this doctrine falls, then it cuts a hole in the credibility and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who taught it. If this doctrine falls, the sovereignty of God falls, and when that is gone, we have nothing left. And we aren’t defending this doctrine because it is weak and in great need of being propped up. It is an easily defended doctrine, assuming that the Word of God is believed. That isn’t to say that we don’t have scientific support, but that is not the basis for our belief. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” We keep coming back to this subject, because the hatred of the unbeliever is so great against it, and because the attacks upon it are relentless. It as been proven...