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E-book: on Genesis

iTunes is offering an electronic version of Coming to Grips with Genesis for the special low price of $2.99. This special is good for the month of August only.This collection includes a number of scholarly essays on the book of Genesis from the standpoint of Young Earth Creationism, including ones by my OT seminary professor Dr. Bob McCabe, some Master’s Seminary professors, and the late Henry Morris.

 

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Andy Naselli shares this story from D. A. Carson, The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story; Leader’s Guide   (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010), 33–34:

A young school teacher in Northern Ireland once told me how she taught the substance of these early chapters of Genesis. Fresh out of college, she found herself a job teaching “religious education” (still common in the United Kingdom) to young boys in a rather rough school. She was making no headway at all. She decided to try another approach. Using plaster of Paris, she got them to create their own little creatures (one imagines that some of them were pretty grotesque) and then, over the next days, their own world, complete with a village, animals, a little lake, fences, and so forth. She had the boys make up the “backstory” behind each little creature and begin to weave the accounts together. Eventually she asked them to pool ideas for some rules or laws that they thought they should impose to preserve some order. The boys came up with quite a number, including a prohibition against going too close to the edge of the “world” less they fall off and break, and a prohibition against going into the lake, where of course they would dissolve. These and other “laws” were grouped together to see if they could be boiled down for simplicity. The boys decided that the one law “Do what I tell you” was the most comprehensive.

The next day, the teacher came into class and asked them to imagine that one of the little creatures the boys had created stood up and said to his maker, rather defiantly, “Leave me alone. This is my world, not yours. I’ll do what I want. I certainly do not want you telling me what to do. Get out of here and leave me alone!” How, then, should the boys respond?

There was a moment of stunned silence, and then one of the boys volunteered, “I’d break his bloody legs!”

That is how the teacher introduced Genesis 3. And of course, the degree of culpable betrayal and defiance that we human beings display against the perfectly good, wise, and sovereign Creator is infinitely greater.

For more information on The God Who Is There, see here.

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What are we as Christians to think about all this talk about people wanting to change their gender?  Of people thinking they are really a man in a woman’s body?  Now there is all kinds of talk about raising “gender-free” children.

I preached from Mark 10:1-12 this past Sunday on the issue of marriage and divorce and remarriage.  But I also commented briefly on the issue of gender and how it is part of the God’s design for human beings.  Jesus quotes from Genesis which states,

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ” (Genesis 1:27)

“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. ” (Genesis 5:2)

There was gender and there was gender identity. Jesus teaches that maleness and femaleness was rooted in God’s creative design. Ther was no gender identity crisis.  People weren’t confused about their gender.  Maleness and femaleness were implemented from God!  Scripture is clear; man is the one who is confused today.

This gender confusion is being taken to a new level in some pre-schools. Read about it here. An excerpt

STOCKHOLM – At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys.

From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.

“Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”

The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward.

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The Flood and re-creation

We are in a rich study of the book of Genesis in our Sunday School class and just about ready to study the flood chapters (Genesis 6-8).  So I found this quote interesting to think about.

Writes Gary V. Smith in his article “Structure And Purpose In Genesis 1–11” [JETS 20:4 (1977), 310-11]:

When Genesis 1 and 2 are compared with 8 and 9, one begins to perceive the extent to which the author uses repeated phrases and ideas to build the structural relationships within the units. The following relationships are found:

(a) Since man could not live on the earth when it was covered with water in chaps. 1 and 8, a subsiding of the water and a separation of the land from the water took place, allowing the dry land to appear (1:9–10; 8:1–13).

(b) “Birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” are brought forth to “swarm upon the earth” in 1:20–21, 24–25 and 8:17–19.

(c) God establishes the days and seasons in 1:14–18 and 8:22.

(d) God’s blessing rests upon the animals as he commands them to “be fruitful and multiply on the earth” in both 1:22 and 8:17.

(e) Man is brought forth and he receives the blessing of God: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” in 1:28 and 9:1, 7.

(f) Man is given dominion over the animal kingdom in 1:28 and 9:2.

(g) God provides food for man in 1:29–30 and 9:3 (this latter regulation makes a direct reference back to the previous passage when it includes the statement, “As I have given the green plant”).

(h) In 9:6 the writer quotes from 1:26–27 concerning the image of God in man.

The author repeatedly emphasizes the fact that the world is beginning again with a fresh start. But Noah does not return to the paradise of Adam, for the significant difference is that “the intent of man’s heart is evil” (Gen 8:21).

(HT: Tony)

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Genealogies are exciting!

Luther, who had a word to say about virtually everything in the Bible comments on the genealogy of men in Genesis 5:

“This is the greatest glory of the primitive world, that it had so many good, wise, and holy men at the same time. We must not think that these are ordinary names of plain people; but, next to Christ and John the Baptist, they were the most outstanding heroes this world has ever produced. And on the Last Day we shall behold and admire their grandeur. Likewise, we shall also see their deeds. For then it will be made manifest what Adam, Seth, Methuselah, and the others did; what they endured from the old serpent; how they comforted and maintained themselves by means of the hope of the Seed against the outrages of the world or of the Cainites; how they experienced various kinds of treachery; how much envy, hatred, and contempt they endured on account of the glory of the blessed Seed who would be born from their descendants.

Are you as excited about genealogies as Luther was?  Tomorrow I will have some helpful advice on how to study genealogies and other passages that are full of seemingly “dull and boring” details.

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“Every worldview and metanarrative has a beginning. Without exception, every worldview must give an account of how the cosmos came into being and must answer the question of its meaning. The very existence of the cosmos requires an answer to this question, and this answer determines so much of what follows in the narrative.”

Read Dr. Al Mohler’s article on “The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: Creation”

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That title is pretty much a description of Cain as he departed from the presence of the Lord in Genesis 4 after God cursed him for killing his brother Cain.  He was a man without a country we might say.  He “settled” in the land of “Nod” which means “wandering.”

Cain never repented, never sought God again.  One of the effects of turning one’s back on God is a restlessness and rootlessness.  It was Augustine who said, “Thou has formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.”

Rootlessness and restlessness have never left man.  And it’s definitely a part of our society.  Studies have confirmed repeatedly that ours is a day where people feel uprooted and restless.  Perhaps in part that is due to forgetting and rejecting God.

James Boice has written about this and shares two illustrations:

Perhaps this is why our civilization engages in so much frantic activity―to cover up our lack of roots and consequently our loss of destiny. Years ago the noted English agnostic Thomas Huxley was in Dublin, Ireland, for a speaking engagement, and when it was over he left his hotel in a hurry to catch a train. He jumped into one of the city’s famous horse-drawn taxis and, thinking the doorman at the hotel had told the driver where he was going, simply shouted to the driver to drive fast. The taxi set off at a breakneck pace, but after a few minutes Huxley realized that it was headed away from the station. “Do you know where you’re going?” he shouted to the driver.

“No, your honor,” the driver answered, “but I’m driving fast.”

(From Boice,  Genesis, p. 264).

So is our civilization, with similar confusion. For many of our contemporaries the situation is as Franklin Delano Roosevelt described it in his first inaugural address: “We don’t know where we are going, but we are on our way.

 

 

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