Genesis 1:1-4

These notes accompany the sermon entitled “Beginnings” found at: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=718202240154571


Introduction:

“Beginnings” is a series of sermons from the Pentateuch that seeks to provide a foundation for all faith and study by emphasizing the Pentateuch’s teachings concerning the covenants, and the one who eventually fulfills those covenants, Jesus Christ.Matthew 5:17-18; John 1:1-3, 1:14; Luke 24:27; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 1:1-4.

In the Beginning ( בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית)

God is the First Cause. The Prime Mover. Who created God? The question itself is irrelevant to God, because being created and having a beginning are time-bound concepts, and God is above time because He is its creator. He has no beginning and no end. He is self-existent.

God (אֱלֹהִ֑ים)

God – the Almighty, Elohim is His name. The the LORD God (Genesis 2:4-22), or Yahweh Elohim, the covenant-making God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the the maker of heaven and earth.

Created (בָּרָ֣א)

All things were made by Him and for His purposes, so it is in Him that we must find our direction, our purpose, and our destiny.

Applications

Worship your Creator through His creation: Ps. 19:1, 50:6; Romans 1:19-20.

Seek your creator: Romans 11:36-12:2; Isaiah 55:6; Psalm 32:6; Amos 5:4.

Be saved: Matthew 4:16; John 8:12, 12:46; Acts 26:18, 2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Peter 2:9; Acts 2:21.

Meditate on this – “In the beginning, God created.”

For Next Time:

  • Read Genesis chapters 1-2, and Genesis 5:1, 9:6.
  • Read James 3:9.
  • Read Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10.

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