02/12/2019 10:02

Genesis (Study 01)— Introduction

Genesis truly is a book of beginnings. It presents to us the beginnings of the earth and universe; of humankind; and of relationship with God, each other, and the rest of God’s creation. It reveals truths about initial covenants, how image bearers broke relationship with God, and the great embrace...


02/12/2019 10:03

Genesis (Study 02)—In the Beginning (1:1)

Genesis begins with this verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” A first point of interest comes in what God created: the heavens and the earth. In our Christianese, we often say that, when we die, we will go to heaven, imagining heaven as that place or location where...


02/18/2019 11:36

Genesis (Study 03)—Who Is God? (1:1)

While Genesis 1 begins with the presumption of God, to read it intelligently requires that we know something about who this God is. One first thing we should understand about God is that he is infinite, and that too is one of the purposes for beginning the book declaring that God made everything....


02/24/2019 16:02

Genesis (Study 04)—The Great Three-in-One (Gen 1:1)

The Bible reveals that God is Trinity even here in the first chapter of Genesis. The word translated God is plural—Elohim—rather than the singular Eloah (although usually followed by a singular verb). But we don’t by the word alone understand God to be Trinity. After all, Trinity is not simply...


03/04/2019 06:24

Genesis (Study 05)—The Days of Creation (Gen 1:1–2:3)

In the last discussion, when considering natural revelation, I pointed out that God reveals everything about himself to us, his creatures, based on the Romans 1:20 statement that both his divine nature and eternal power are revealed. I equated divine nature with God’s one essence of truth,...


03/17/2019 13:40

Genesis (Study 06)—The Lesson of the Days (Gen 1:1–2:3)

Considering the days of creation, what if God’s intention was not about chronology at all? What if God was intent on teaching a lesson with the creation days instead of simply what was created first or second or fifth? I mean, God made light on day 1 and vegetation on day 3—to what spiritual...


04/01/2019 06:34

Genesis (Study 07)—The Imaging of Imaging (Gen 1:26–28)

We are in a section of our outline of Genesis in which we are discussing the relationships God developed in the beginning. Let’s take a look at our outline so far. Introduction Section 1: The Story of Adam (1:1–11:26) Part 1: Creation (1:1–2:25) I.      The Creation by...


04/08/2019 06:08

Genesis (Study 08)—Creation Relationship #3: God with Humans (Gen 2:4–17)

We have discussed in detail now two major areas of image bearing. The first is the image bearing of structure, in which we humans are one in essence (physicality) and multiple in existence (each person bearing the attributes for the activities of comprehension, concurrence, and communication). This...


09/20/2022 10:41

Genesis (Study 09)—The Formation of Adam (Gen 2:7)

We have moved fully into Genesis 2 in our study. That means we crossed into verse 4, which actually begins what some consider the second (or more detailed) creation account, particularly concentrating on humankind. However, before we continue on, I’d like to point out a possibility for reading...


09/25/2022 06:51

Genesis (Study 10)—The Garden of God's Pleasure (Gen 2:8–17)

In our last discussion, we mentioned the possibility (actually, the probability based on textual clues) that the original created human—the adam of the Hebrew—was not necessarily male but rather a combined whole—a fully representative human embodying both male and female. As was God’s...


09/25/2022 07:17

Genesis (Study 11)—Ezer Helper (Gen 2:18–25)

After warning the human not to eat of the tree, we have a topic change. In verse 18, we learn that God didn’t think it good (or complete) that the human was alone (or one). He determined to provide a complement. To begin the process, God had all the animals file by for the adam to name....


09/25/2022 08:01

Genesis (Study 12)—Ish and Ishah (Gen 2:18–25)

The next PC argument to prove male leadership authority is that the male named the female both before the fall (2:23—“woman”) and after the fall (3:20—“Eve”). The contention is that the action of naming a thing or person demonstrates authority over it. And again, the contention cannot be supported....


09/25/2022 09:25

Genesis (Study 13)—New Testament Submission (Gen 2:18–25 / Eph 5:21–33)

We need to follow the subject of men and women (especially husband and wife) relationship begun in Genesis 2 to its logical outworking through Scripture. That requires leaving the Genesis 2 text (while hanging on to its basis) as we cover especially New Testament passages related to relationships....


09/25/2022 10:07

Genesis (Study 14)—Head Coverings? Really? (Gen 2:18–25 / 1 Corinthians 11:2–16)

We have talked about Paul’s instruction to husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church. We have also discussed Paul’s point in saying (in Eph 5:26) that the husband is not charged with making his wife holy or cleansing her by the Word or atoning for her in any way. Husbands can’t do...


09/28/2022 08:49

Genesis (Study 15)—Super Dynamic Equivalence (Gen 2:18–25 / 1 Corinthians 11:2–16)

To figure out Paul’s position in this passage, let’s jump ahead to his conclusion—verse 16: “But if anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other custom, nor do the churches of God.” Immediately we encounter a problem. It is with the qualifier “other,” used here by the HCSB. This Greek...


09/28/2022 09:35

Genesis (Study 16)—Limiting Worship (Gen 2:18–25 / 1 Corinthians 14:33–40)

As mentioned last time when discussing chapter 11’s head-covering issue, what we know as Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians was actually not his first to them. First Corinthians 5:9 refers to a previous letter from Paul. And it is apparent from Paul’s discussion of things he has heard (1:11;...


09/28/2022 13:20

Genesis (Study 17)—Adornment, Attitude, and Authority in Worship (Gen 2:18–25 / 1 Tim 2)

One other preliminary note to our 1 Timothy 2 passage is important. We must recognize Paul’s point in chapter 1 verses 7 and following. Paul speaks of fruitless teaching by those who “want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.”...


09/29/2022 08:47

Genesis (Study 18)—Hierarchy in the Church (Gen 2:18–25)

Continuing our discussion of 1 Timothy 2, the next two verses (13 and 14) explain Paul’s instruction in verse 12. They read, “For Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.” Let’s first discuss these verses based on the Patriarchal...