Study of Genesis Part 1

Intro to Genesis:

The story of a Royal bloodline and the enemy’s goal to destroy it.

Part 1, Genesis 1:1,2  The earth that once was.

Prepared by Bishop Jeffrey Larson, July 25, 2006.

Genesis Author: Moses
When written:  On the road… Approximately 1447-1407 BC.

Moses wrote this, in fact it is well accepted that Moses wrote the first five books of the bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  But, How could he know what to write?  Two answers are readily available in the Word:  1) family knowledge 2) Divine Knowledge.

What many may not realize is that even though this period (from Adam to Moses) covers approximately 2553 years, only five intermediary links between Adam and Moses were required to verbally pass on these full accounts of creation, the flood, the captivity and the exodus.

Counting both Adam and Moses, only seven people were needed to personally witness these amazing stories first hand.

The longer life spans from creation allowed these testimonies to be passed on verbally by those who lived them.  People like:

  • Methuselah who talked with Adam for 243 years
  • Shem who talked with Methuselah for 98 years
  • Shem did not die until Isaac was 50 years old
  • Levi who talked with his grandfather, Isaac for, 53 years
  • Amram, son of Kohath:
    • Walked and talked with Levi
    • Married Levi’s daughter, Jochebed  (Exodus 6:20, Numbers 26:59)
    • Was the father of Miriam, Aaron and Moses

Doing the math:

  • Isaac was born about 2048 years after creation
  • This correlates to about 2066 BC

(An interesting note is that by some accounts, the midway point between creation and the birth of Christ is very close to the time when Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, his only son Isaac, on the mountain of Moriah, a hill which would later be called Mount Calvary. (to be covered later!))

  • Levi, grandfather of Moses was the son of Jacob, who was the Son of Isaac.
  • Moses was born approximately 1527 BC.

Need Verification?  1 Kings 6:1 states that Solomon began building the Temple in the fourth year of this reign, 480 years after the Exodus.  Most Bible scholars agree that the fourth year of Solomon’s reign was 967 BC, so the date of the Exodus can be calculated: 967+480=1447 BC.

But what about the beginnings, the time before Adam?  Who was there to witness and record?  The answer: the Holy Spirit.

How was this information passed to Moses for him to record?

Exd 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

The words “back parts” (achowr) literally means: backwards, or hereafter in time!  God revealed His glory, His beginnings to Moses!

Additionally, God continues to reveal Himself and clues to the past throughout scripture.

Definitions:

Time – the measurement of the movement of mass.

Dateless past – the “time” before time,  before mass, before creation. Pr. 8:22-23; Jn. 1:1; Acts 15:18; Eph 3:9; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:10; 11:3; 1 Jn. 1:1; Rev. 1:8; 3:14.

Genesis 1, verse 1 is the introduction to the whole Bible and all history.  This is the marked boundary between time and eternity past.

Who is God? Where was God? When was God?  Answer: “I am” (Exodus 3:14)

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.Why? Psalm 102:18.Who (Which person of the Trinity) created it?  John 1:1,2; Col. 1:12-18.Is this one day, at the same time?  No, see Job 38:4-7.  Heaven must have been created first in order that the stars could rejoice at the creation of earth.  Vs. 1 refers to prior acts of God.  The Hebrew word “re’shiyth” רֵאשִׁית means “First, Choice, FirstFruits.(comment by Jeffrey : time…) and vs 2 and on refer to the earth under a flood and judgment, then in a restored 2nd habitable state, as before the curse of vs 2.

 

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

What happened in the time period between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2?

Here are some thoughts to ponder:

  • By the time we see eve in the garden with the serpent, what is the condition of Satan?  Luke 10:18
  • Who is Satan?  What was his Job?  Is he the devil? (rev. 20:10; Math. 25:41) Why is he called Lucipher?  Is Satan an “eternal being”?  Angels ruled other planets!
  • Isaiah 14:12-14; Ez 28:11-17; Col. 1:15-18  (1 Tim. 3:6 is a warning not to be like the devil.) In Eze. 28:16, the Hebrew word “rekullah” is translated “merchandise”, it is more accurately translated “traffic” or  “trade”.  Lucipher ruled kingdoms that had trade. When seen in Eden, this is NOT the Eden of Adam, it was before, because Lucipher was in his perfect state.  This is a pre-adamite Eden.   2 Peter 3: 4-7, (world that once was, created how?)  Rev 12:4. 2 cor 11:3.

Lucipher was cast from heaven back to the ground at the time of his invasion of heaven.  (Eze 28:17; Isa 14:12-14; Lk 10:18) and he will be cast down to the ground again in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week (Rev. 12:7-12).   Then he will be put into the bottomless pit for 1000 years, to be loosed a short season again at the end of that time.  After that, he will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever (Rev. 20:1-10).

Some things to know:

  • “Earth” means “dry land” Gen 1:10.
  • The word “and” is used 153 times in Genesis 1 and 2 to separate the individual, independent, important works of God.
  • Isaiah 45:18 says that God created the earth to be inhabited.
  • The word “was” in Gen. 1:2 is from the verb “to become”, not “to be”.  The earth “became” waste (tohuw) and empty (bohuw).  Tohuw va bohuw is the Hebrew phrase that describes the chaotic condition of the earth after it was cursed and flooded. Psalm 136:6. God stretched out the dry land, not the wet!
  • Water was created to cause the earth to be fruitful, not as a curse. (Job 38:4-30)
  • In Gen 1:2 the water is a curse of judgment.  Jer 4:26.
  • Psalm 104:5-9 God rebuked the waters, not like after Noah’s flood where he commanded them.

Next week:  Part 2, What are the rolls of Angels, fallen angels and demons and man; what’s the difference?