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The Gospel In Genesis: Creation Part 1

May 12, 2019 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: The Gospel In Genesis

Topic: Biblical Passage: Genesis 1:1–1:28

BEST OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
 BEST OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE “It was a pleasure to burn.”
 BEST OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
 BEST OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE
“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”
 BEST OPENING LINES IN LITERATURE
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
 “Genesis 1:1–31 (The Message)
1-5 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark. God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning— Day One.
 “6–8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
separate water from water!”
God made sky.
He separated the water under sky
from the water above sky. And there it was:
he named sky the Heavens;
It was evening, it was morning— Day Two.
9–10 God spoke: “Separate!
Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!”
And there it was.
God named the land Earth.
He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good.
11–13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
of seed-bearing plants,
Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
And there it was.
Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
all varieties,
And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning— Day Three.
14–15God spoke: “Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven’s sky!
Separate Day from Night.
Mark seasons and days and years,
Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.” And there it was.
16–19 God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day,
The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars.
God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth
And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning— Day Four.
20–23 God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
God created the huge whales,
all the swarm of life in the waters,
And every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good.
God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
It was evening, it was morning— Day Five.
24–25 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
And there it was:
wild animals of every kind,
Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.
26–28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings; he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” Genesis 1:1-28
2 Reasons 
2 Sections 
2 Threads
2 Reasons (this is the best story EVER TOLD)
1. Hope: The wheels have come off the majesty and mystery and power of the story: for THEM and THERE
Exodus 1:13 (ESV)
So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves
perek /peh·rek/] n m. From an unused root meaning to[ פֶּ ֶרךְ
break apart (external wrecking ball)
Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible
Fellowship.
 Exodus 1:14 (ESV)
and made their lives
bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of
work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
“bitter”: Grieved, broken, provoked, and vexed (internal turmoil)
 Exodus 3:7 (ESV)
Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,
“Affliction”: Abject misery...
2. Conviction: There has been some assimilation into the world’s culture: for THEM and THERE and US and HERE
 SUMMARY of the GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD the gospel in Genesis
PURPOSE: I AM the GREAT I AM PROMISE KEEPING GOD. I ALONE have absolute POWER. I alone can and will RESCUE and RESTORE MY PEOPLE from ruin. I alone can and will bless them WITH ABUNDANT LIFE WITH ME forever FOR MY GLORY....
 2 Sections
1. Chapters 1-11 (primeval history)...how things got so jacked up
2. Chapters 12-15 How God’s promise will repair, recover, and restore through the examples of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Joseph
 2 Threads (this is the best story EVER TOLD)
1. We serve a personal God who is relentless in His pursuit of a thriving relationship with His people
Genesis 1:28 (The Message) God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
2. We are made in His image, with a calling on our lives
 Communion Congregation Reading
John1:1–4 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.