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1 Introduction to Genesis 3 January 2010

2 What is Genesis? Meanings: birth creation cause beginning source origin

3 Who wrote Genesis? Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible These have different names: The Torah The Five Books of Moses The Pentateuch (Greek for "five containers," which refers to the scroll cases in which books were being kept.)

4 The Pentateuch 1.Genesis – traditions of the origins of mankind and the Hebrew race 2.Exodus – history of Israels deliverance from Egyptian bondage and their establishment as a nation at Mt. Sinai (when the Law was given) 3.Leviticus – more laws to govern the nation

5 The Pentateuch 4.Numbers – census and genealogy of Israel, spies sent out scout the land, sin at Kadesh Barnea that caused 40 years of wandering 5.Deuteronomy – a series of sermons by Moses shortly before he died and before Israel went into Canaan to take the land

6 When did Moses write the Pentateuch? During Israels 40 years of wandering in the desert Perhaps some time between 1462 and 1422 B.C. ? 1445 and 1405 B.C. ?

7 Pentateuch Time Period From creation (about 3975 B.C., according to the genealogies given.) Until the time of Moses death (about 1422 B.C., but this is only according to one dating theory.)

8 Genesis Outline Gen. 1:1 - 11:9 Beginning of the human race About 3975 – 1967 B.C. About 2000 years? Gen. 11:10 - 50:26 Beginning of the Hebrew race About 1967 – 1606 B.C. About 360 years?

9 Beginning of the Human Race Creation Fall of man First civilizations The flood The tower of Babel Nations scattered

10 Beginning of the Hebrew Race Abram called from Ur and obeys Abram given an unconditional promise Descendants (race) Blessing (for separation from nations) Land (forever) Abram separates from Lot Abram, Hagar and Ishmael (the beginning of Arab – Israeli conflict)

11 Beginning of the Hebrew Race Abraham, Sarah and Isaac Isaac, Rebecca, Esau and Jacob Jacob deceives Isaac and flees for his life Jacob obtains 4 wives and 12 sons Josephs brothers sell him into slavery Joseph interprets dreams in Egypt Joseph saves many from starvation

12 Bible Lands Overview


14 © Mediterranean Egypt Israel Garden of Eden

15 Noahs Ark 1 © Mediterranean Egypt Mount Ararat(Turkey) Noahs Ark Israel(Future)

16 Mediterranean Sea Cyprus Turkey Mount Ararat NASA Photo © Israel Noahs Ark 2

17 A view from space of Snow covered Mt. Ararat and Little Ararat inactive volcanoes located in eastern Turkey. Mount Ararat rises over 3 miles above sea level. Noahs Ark rested somewhere near here. NASA Photo Mt. Ararat © Noahs Ark Mt. Ararat

18 Tower of Babel © Mediterranean Israel(Future) Egypt Tower of Babel

19 Abrahams Journey Abrahams Journeys © Mediterranean Egypt Haran & Ur of the Chaldeans (Iraq) Canaan

20 Egypt Nile Nile Delta Mediterranean Sea Sinai Canaan © Abrahams Journey to Egypt

21 Abraham in Canaan Mediterranean Sea Canaan Sodom Abrahams pastures Lots pastures Hebron

22 Wanderings of Jacob The Wanderings of Jacob Jacob left his Fathers home and went to Haran to flee from Esau and to get a wife. He had the vision of the stairway to heaven. Years later he returned along the same route. Mediterranean Sea Canaan Dead Sea Isaacs Home Hebron

23 Egypt Nile Nile Delta Mediterranean Sea Sinai Canaan © Josephs Journey to Egypt Joseph sold to caravan Potiphar & Pharaoh Josephs Journey to Egypt

24 Josephs Families Journey to Goshen Due to the Famine Fertile Nile Delta Egypt Canaan © Josephs Family to Goshen

25 O.T. Values for Christians In the O.T. we see the mind, will, heart, and desires of the living God of the universe. It still provides a spiritual guide. It reminds us of promises yet to be fulfilled, especially messianic & millennial It is useful for worship & praise

26 O.T. Values for Christians The God of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and David is my God – what he said to them is of value to me It points to the Messiah & is a witness to him and his reason for coming

27 O.T. & N.T. Contrasted The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is made plain in the New. - Augustine of Hippo... The Bible of the Apostolic church was the Old Testament; and... it was the OT that the first Christians turned to for guidance - T. W. Manson

28 O.T saints were saved by faith in Him who was to come in the future. N.T. saints are saved by faith in Him who has come already. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. - Gal. 3:29 NKJV O.T. & N.T. Contrasted

29 The O.T. teaches us about God by showing us how He worked in and through the lives of individuals and nations, and what He expected of His people then. The N.T. tells us about God and what He wants of Christians today. O.T. & N.T. Contrasted

30 O.T. & N.T. Compared Both promise blessings for obedience Both promise curses for disobedience

31 Blessings and curses See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse - the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God … the curse if you disobey. - Deut. 11:26-28 NIV

32 Blessings and curses Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. - Mt. 7:24,25 NIV

33 Blessings and curses But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. - Mt. 7:26,27 NIV

34 Eternal importance of obeying Gods commands Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. -Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 NIV

35 What commands to obey O.T. saints: O.T. commands Timeless moral commands Commands given through special revelation

36 O.T. commands For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished. - Mt. 5:18 This means that 100% of the O.T. law was expected to be obeyed until Jesus accomplished His work on the cross.

37 What commands to obey N.T. saints: N.T. commands Timeless moral commands (mentioned in both the O.T. & N.T) Other revealed commands (unique to the N.T., but given by Jesus and the apostles) Exclude obsolete O.T. commands (those not repeated in the N.T., like circumcision, animal sacrifices, visiting Jerusalem three times each year, not working on Saturdays, etc.)

38 Obsolete O.T. commands When there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. - Heb. 7:12 NIV

39 Benefit of the O.T. today These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us,... So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! - 1 Cor. 10:11,12 NIV

40 Be careful you dont fall Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. - Rom. 11:22 NKJV

41 Bibliography Special thanks goes to the following: for their maps NASA for their Satellite images Bruce Wilkinson & Kenneth Boa for their information in Talk Thru the Bible Walt Henrichsen for his wisdom and insight shared during Bible studies he has led and in books, articles and e-mails he has written Edward Reese for his chronology and dating in The Reese Chronological Bible

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