Good Morning Essential Rock Church & Friends,
Today we launch our Monday - Friday daily devotional study of the book of Genesis in our Uncommon Sermon Series. I’ll introduce you to the book today, and chapter one will start tomorrow. Again, we have a host of great faithful people writing to us from God's Word. For the next few weeks Monday through Friday, start your day with God's Word!
The Book of Genesis is an amazing book, and the first book of the Old Testament. I love telling people that Genesis is a book of “beginnings”: Beginning of creation, beginning of human history, beginning of family, beginning of human's fall in sin, beginning of family issues, beginning of judgement, beginning of worship, and the beginning path to salvation.
When I teach Genesis in Bible study, I tell the students that Genesis teaches us two parallel stories:
1.) Creation (God's power and sovereignty)
2.) Salvation (God's pathway to redemption)
When I teach these two key points:
- I draw a train track on the board and tell people one track rail represents God's Creation Story
- I draw the second train rail and tell people this represents God's Salvation Story.
- Both become part of God's historical, poetical, and prophetical instruction to us from within the Bible. It’s His greatest literature that history and theology ever shared, and recorded to teach us truth to help us understand life’s biggest questions.
- I draw the wooden railroad ties between each track rail. I tell students that these wooden ties represent every story within our Bibles that attach the Creation and Salvation story together! (Truth be told, it clearly starts in Genesis, and leads us on a journey throughout the whole Bible.)
Genesis is the foundational start to the journey for the entire Bible. It’s our beginning history and theology that will lead us into the progressive revelation of scriptures towards Jesus, and the unfolding of salvation in the Good News of the New Testament for the New Covenant!
It all starts in “Genesis” which is a Greek word meaning: “Beginning/Source/Origin/Generation”.
Even the original Hebrew title, “Bereshith", means: “In the Beginning”.
This historical beginning was passed down from generation to generation, and inspired by God to Moses, and recorded as Genesis as our creative origin, source, from the beginning. It’s God's holy and divine “Bereshith” for us, and for all generations.
In the coming days you’ll learn:
a.) The Four Events:
b.) The Four People
The source and depth of creation and the development of the nation of Israel will be uncovered. We’ll also be pointed to God's redeeming Son, Jesus, for our ultimate gift of Salvation!
Together, each of us can experience the three fundamental sources of human knowledge: Reason, Experience, and Revelation to learn of God's unlimited power and truth so each of us can answer life's most critical questions:
1.) Who am I?
2.) Where did I come from?
3.) Where am I going?
4.) What is the purpose of my existence?
5.) Where is history going, & taking us?
Which questions can you answer today?
If you can answer some, or all, what part does God's Word of truth play in your knowledge?
Enjoy God's revelation to you in our Genesis study. For without God's revelation, we are limited to finding all the answers from reason and experience only. Using only reason and experience will leave us woefully short on truth and understanding. So enjoy God as the: Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End! Let Genesis become God's Creation and Redemption story to ultimately give you and I this essential truth… “You make all things new again in and through Christ Jesus”!!! Why? For our amazing salvation!!!
Look for your Genesis chapter one devotional tomorrow morning!
In Jesus’ Strong Name,
Pastor John Slotten