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Revelation 22:20

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The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Intro to Genesis

Numbers in Scripture - God’s Attributes

Lesson 2

Now we’re going to start with Genesis chapter one soon I promise.

I invite you to take your Bible and follow along with me as we study God’s Word. But as you study with us, you may also wish to take notes because it’s the only way to really get involved in Bible study. I trust that you don’t just read your Bible, because you have to learn how to study it, and I think that’s the reason the Lord constructed it the way He did. He did not just lay it out in a 8th grade reading format, but rather all these little tidbits of information are buried sometimes, and you just have to compare Scripture with Scripture in order to dig them out.

I am reminded from Scripture of how the Apostle Paul, while attempting to teach these Jews about the risen Lord during his second missionary journey, was consequently set upon by this same crowd of Jews in Thessalonica, and then almost thrown into jail. Paul and his friend left there and went into the city of Berea which was located nearby. Paul and Silas entered into a synagogue to teach them about Jesus the Christ. “They were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness and “searched the Scriptures” daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore, many of them believed…” Acts 17:11-12.

We need to be like these Bereans of old. We should be searching the Scriptures ourselves, digging deeper into the Word as I like to put it, in order to discover the truth, and then truth once found, must be shared with others.
Every member of the Body of Christ is a steward of the Bible.

1 COR 4:1 – Paul writes, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” A steward is someone who is morally responsible for the careful use of a resource such as the Word of God.
The Bible is “God-Breathed.” The Apostle Paul invented this phrase.

In the Greek it is “Theo-Pneustos.” Theo meaning GOD and Pneustos meaning Breathed. Paul is informing us that ALL Scripture comes from God and this would include both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

The Bible is a collection of many writings written in many forms, by many hands, from many ages; but the author is GOD. Meaning: Men of God were moved on by the Holy Spirit and penned God’s thoughts. (Theo Pneustos).

The Bible is made up of 66 books – 39 in the Old Testament written in the Hebrew language and 27 in the New Testament which is written in the Greek language. The books of the Bible are made up of a collection of books such as: The Law, Poetry, History, and Prophecy.

The Bible covers the Oriental, Babylonian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Persian, Egyptian, and the Roman Empires.

The book of Genesis is believed to be written by Moses. Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch or law. The word Pentateuch means five books.

As we go into this study, please remember that numbers have Spiritual significance and meaning. I just want to review a few of these numbers because we will be encountering them during this Bible Study.

1 = a symbol of unity. Unity being indivisible and not made up of other numbers, is therefore independent of all others, and is the source of all others. So it is with the Deity. All stand in need of Him, and He needs no assistance from any. Hence the first commandment declares “You shall have no other Gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3 (NKJV)

2 = the number two affirms that there is a difference. There is another; while One affirms that there is not another. This difference may be good or evil. Hence the number two takes a two-fold meaning according to the context. Since it is the first number by which we can divide another, and therefore in all its uses we may trace this fundamental idea of division or difference. Where man is concerned this number testifies of his fall, for it more often denotes that difference which implies opposition, enmity, and oppression. Example: When the earth lay in the chaos which had overwhelmed it (Gen 1:2) its condition was universal ruin and darkness. The second of any number of things always bears upon it the stamp of difference, and generally of enmity.
Take the second statement in the Bible. The first is – Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The second statement in the Bible is: “And the earth was (or rather became) without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep.” Here the first statement speaks of perfection and order. The second of ruin and desolation, which came to pass at some time, and in some way, and for some reason which are not revealed.

3 = stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. There are three great divisions completing time – past, present, and future. Three persons in grammar, express and include all the relationships of mankind. Thought, Word, and Deed complete the sum of human capability. Three kingdoms express our ideas of matter – mineral, vegetable, and animal. Three is the number associated with the Godhead. Three times the Seraphim cry, “Holy, Holy, Holy, - one for each of the three persons in the Trinity. (See Isaiah 6:3)

4 = the number four is made up of 3+1 and it denotes, therefore, and marks that which follows the revelation of God in the Trinity, namely, His creative works. God is known by those things which are seen. The number four always has a reference to all that is created. It is the number of material completeness. Hence it is the world number. Four is the number of the elements – earth, air, fire, water. Four are the regions of the earth – north, south, east, and west. Four are the divisions of the day – morning, noon, evening, and night. Four are the seasons of the year – spring, summer, winter, and fall.

5 = five is four plus one. We have then the three persons of the Godhead, and their manifestation in creation. Now we have a further revelation of a People called out from mankind, redeemed, and saved, to walk with God from earth to heaven. Hence redemption follows creation. Man and creation must be redeemed. Thus we have: 1. Father. 2. Son. 3. Spirit. 4. Creation. and 5. Redemption. These are the five great mysteries; therefore the number five is the number of GRACE. If four represents the number of the world, then it represents man’s weakness, and helplessness, and vanity, as we have seen. But four plus one is significant of Divine strength added to and made perfect in that weakness.

6 = Six is either four plus two, i.e., man’s world (4) with man’s enmity to God (2) brought in: or it is five plus one, the grace of God made of none effect by man’s addition to it, or perversion, or corruption of it. In any case, the number six has to do with man as destitute of God, without God, and without Christ the Redeemer.

7 = Spiritual Perfection. In the Hebrew “shevah” means to be full or satisfied, or have enough of. Example: for on the 7th day God rested from the work of creation. It was full and complete, and good and perfect. Nothing could be added to it or taken from it without marring it.

8 = It is the number seven plus one. Hence it is the number associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order. When the whole earth was covered with the flood, it was Noah “the eighth person” (2 Peter 2:5) who stepped out on to a new earth to commence a new order of things. Circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day (Genesis17:12), because it was the foreshadowing of the true circumcision of the heart (Colossians 2:11).

12 = a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple of all that has to do with rule. There were twelve Patriarchs from Seth to Noah and his family and twelve from Shem to Jacob. Israel had twelve sons. When we come into the New Testament we find the same great principle. There are twelve Apostles. The city of Jerusalem had twelve gates. Jesus is but twelve years of age when He appears in public and utters His first-recorded words. (Luke 2:42)
The more I study this book the more God reveals to me. I never fail to learn something new every time I pick it up. Don’t feel badly if you need to read a particular passage six to eight times before you begin to grasp the meaning. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. Knowledge will come from Him, if we do not grow weary of the process. Hang tough. John 14:26 (Jesus reveals this truth) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things I said to you.”
Let’s turn to the book of Genesis.

The word “Genesis” means the beginning; or origin.
Genesis 1:1a "In the beginning God…"
Now there’s where I usually stop. We don’t know when in the beginning was, and I don’t concern myself with whether it’s billions of years or if it’s only thousands of years. I say it really doesn’t make that much difference, but what does make a difference is "WHO" started it all? GOD!

Consequently, God will be our focus in this first verse.
What comes into our minds when we think about God varies between each of us; and it also defines us.

A. Some people think of God in a parental sort of way meaning He exists only to correct us or to punish us whenever we make a mistake.

B. Some people treat God as if He were some kind of heavenly bell-hop who is standing by to answer our every beck and call. C. Then there are some who treat God as if He were a heavenly ATM machine who exists only to fulfill our every demand or request at a moments notice. D. And then there are those who treat God with a great deal of indifference.

They contend that if He exists at all He could not be the least bit interested in them or their activities. E. Then there are those who treat God as if He were one of the “gang.” Let me give you an example of what I mean.

I overheard a fellow worker the other day; she had experienced a positive event in her life, who said, “That man upstairs really took care of me.”
Now listen, this is bringing God down to a level so far beneath Him that it is impossible to measure. It is true the Bible tells us He is a friend of sinners. We know God loves us, etc. But it seems to me that we have a tendency to forget our place in the over all scheme of things.

God is the Creator. We are the created. God is the Potter, and we are the clay…So I think it would be time well spent, if we took the next few minutes to remind ourselves who God really is. In addition, to set the tone for our Bible study, one has to have an understanding of the Creator God. It is His blueprint we are following after all.

God has these certain attributes, or characteristics, by which He has revealed Himself to us, His creation. These attributes are given to us in the Bible. Any deviation from that insight (from God Himself) is a made-up god.

We’re going to look at a few attributes of God, and consequently what I want to wind up the first part of this lesson on is, since He’s that kind of a God, we can be perfectly comfortable in placing all of our faith in what He has said.

People can’t seem to get the idea that if God has said it, we can believe it. This is not a Book of myths or a Book that was put together as the Jews sat around their ancient campfires as some like to put it. But as Peter says in his little epistle, "Holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." And that wasn’t just the Old Testament, but the New Testament as well. The Apostle Paul over and over makes it so clear that everything he wrote was by revelation from the ascended Christ. When the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation, it was all by Holy Spirit inspiration. Every Word of this Book from cover to cover is the Word of God and we can believe it, because it has proven itself over and over again.

God is absolutely Sovereign, and there is no one above Him. He never has to go to someone else for advice or for questioning. He is absolute in His Sovereignty.

We can say that God is Immutable, and the best verse that most of us know concerning that is in the Book of Hebrews where it says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!" He has never changed in the past, He has not changed as of today, and He will never change in the eternity future, because He is immutable!

God is Omnisciencent. Now the only way I can spell that word is put omni and then science together. It’s the same word as science and knowledge. So God is all knowledge, He is Omniscience! There is nothing that God doesn’t know, and He doesn’t have to go looking anything up in a text book. God knows the end from the beginning!

God is Omnipresent. In other words you cannot go anywhere without God being there. David, in the Psalms, writes, "Lo I go to the deepest Hell, God is there, and though I go to the highest Heavens, God is there.
The Grace of God is an attribute. Remember very few people, even believers, understand the Grace of God. Why? Because Grace is an attribute that’s so far above and beyond the human intellect that’s it’s hard for us to comprehend. Grace does not give us license to sin, but rather Grace is that attribute of God that He is capable of absolutely forgiving and cleansing and calling Righteous the vilest sinner that will believe Paul’s Gospel for salvation.

God is Faithful. Everything that God has promised will come to pass. The faithfulness of God guarantees this fact. God does not lie. Everything God says about Himself in this book is the truth. Jesus declared, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6).

Therefore, since God has said it we are to believe it. This is called faith.

Faith is simply “taking God at His word.” To put it another way, “God said it and I believe it.”

One of the absolutes in Scripture is in regard to this action word faith.

In Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: (God) for he that cometh to God must believe…"

That’s why I’m almost screaming at people that today God’s whole requirement for salvation is believe Paul’s Gospel of I Corinthians 15:1-4.

And how do we believe the Gospel? It’s in this area of faith, without which it is impossible to please him. In other words, will God ever fail an individual? Never!

I stood here and watched every one of you come in, and I did not see a single one of you examine the object that you sat down on. Did you? Not a one of you examined the object you chose to sit on to see if it would support you.
Now if we were in an area where the chairs and sofas, etc. were weak and you couldn’t depend on them, this is what you would have to do. You’d have to examine it to make sure you don’t suddenly become embarrassed and fall flat on the floor. Why did you not bother to check the chair that you’re sitting on? You have the utmost faith in it that it’s going hold you. See?

You believed before you sat down that that chair was going to hold you.

Now bring that up into the spiritual realm. God expects the human race to put that same kind faith in what He has said, just as much as you place your faith in these material things that you take for granted.

It’s the very same application, that when God has said something, we can believe it, and when we believe it, God calls that faith, and He is going to reward us with the greatest experience in all of human history, and what’s that? SALVATION!

Over and over I’ll show people Bible verses, and say, "Do you feel this?" "No." "Can you see this?" "No." "How do you know its true then?" "Because the BOOK says so, that’s what God’s Word says." "And when you take God at His Word, what is that?" "FAITH!"

When you go back to Genesis 1:1 where we’ve been studying, and it says,

"In the beginning, God created (called out of nothing) the heaven and earth." Now I can’t prove that, and science still can’t prove it, but I believe it.

We could do an entire Bible study on these attributes of God. We barely scratched the surface on all that God is. With all the attributes of God that the Scriptures have declared and has been proven, how in the world can someone say, "But I can’t believe it.” It isn’t that they can’t believe it, but rather they don’t want to believe it. When people decry the habit of smoking, and say, "Oh if I could only get rid of this habit, but I can’t quit.” I say, "Do you want to quit?" "No, not really," is the answer I get so often. Well if you don’t want to quit, then I guarantee you one thing, you’re not going to quit, because the one has to come before the other.

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