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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Creation of Man I (Gen 1:26-31)
Topic: Book of Genesis

Have you noticed in today’s American world that which sex of human does have the most of house and outside duty? If we look into the business world, we would see that the most of women would sit in the office and work for her family. According to the study of psychology that one of what woman need within marriage is the financial support. As we will see in Genesis 3, the problem of marriage would spread it out.

But, first, we need to look at the duty of man. The word “man” comes from the Hebrew word for Adam or human being. Throughout the first couple chapters of Genesis, we will see several words of man use. Starting verse 26, the human life begins. The first 25 verses in Genesis were that God was preparing for human to have life before He would create one.

In this session, we will discuss the importance of a man and his duty before we changed the first principal of how man should live in this generation. Turn to Genesis 1 and read with me verses 26-31 as we conclude the first chapter in the Bible.

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

As we look into the first part of Genesis 1:26, we see that God was speaking to somebody. He may be speaking with His angels, Holy Spirit, or His Son, Jesus. I suggest Jesus because we read in the books of Gospel and said that He is the same as His Father. In fact, Jesus said in His prayer, “…that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You…” (John 17:21.) In Hebrews 1:6 (quoted from Psalm 97:7), God said to His Son that let all of His angels worship Him. And Paul said in Colossians 1:15-18, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Then God said to His Son that let both of them to make a man or human being in Their image. Now, look into the verse 26 closely. God and His Son first created a man, just like them. It doesn’t say that They created a woman, although we will see that God created a woman after all in the next verse. But, in verse 26, He first created the man on the sixth day of His creation

In the second part of verse 26, God let them to have dominion over every creature on the earth. Wait a moment. How strange that second part of the verse said them and not him. Please don’t misunderstand that God created more than one man. But the second part of this verse may be the summary of what Adam and Eve were doing in Genesis 2.

In fact the next verse says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

If we look back in verse 26, God gave a man some responsibilities while he lives in this earth. This is the first principal of man duty within marriage and business. We misunderstand this over the centuries. God created a woman for a man and not for herself. Nowadays, we see that many women are going out of their house and do outside jobs for families. Or women who charge over the church. Why? There are many men would take care over their houses while their wives do all the hard work during the day. As we see in Genesis 3, a man was not totally wake while his woman decided to listen to the serpent. Since the event occurred in Genesis 3, most of our men would become weaker than women. Men have a lot of emotional stress. If he saw his wife cheats him, he immediately to chance to have emotional stress.

If we, as men, to have successful life, we need to know that God called us to be the head of our families under Him.


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Sunday, August 7, 2005
Two Great Light (Gen. 1:14-19)
Topic: Book of Genesis

Before we would go farther with our study on Genesis, let’s revisit Genesis 1:5 for a moment. Verse 5 is important to understand about the 24-hour period began. Most of us think 12:01 AM is the beginning of the next day. But in Jewish time, the next day begins at 6:01 PM and it ends at 6:00 PM on the next day.

Why?

If we read Genesis 1:5 carefully, it doesn’t say “…morning and the evening were the first day,” but it’s reverse. Also, in Genesis 1:2, there was darkness covered the earth before God created the daytime. This is the important to know if we study on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now we will read that how the day actually began. Let’s read Genesis 1:14-19:

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

In this passage, it explains that how God separated from darkness to light. If we go back to early session, God provided the light since there wasn’t anything to give the earth light. Now on the fourth day of His creation, God created the two great lights to rule the day and night. One of them is the greater light, which is the sun; and another is the lesser light, which we call it moon. Also, He made stars.

God created the sun to rule the daytime. Now, the sun is located on the center of our galaxy. The earth is the third planet away from the solar system or solar energy (sun). Nobody can make it to the sun, because the sun is very hotter than furnace, stove, and regular fire. God created the sun to give earth the light. The energy that we use is from the sun. It has great light source and has a great duty over the earth.

Unfortunately, some people use the sun as god. If we look Catholic Church, we would see the sunshine over the Virgin Mary as she held onto God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This practice was appeared since the ancient Egyptian time.

God created the moon to mark off the seasons (Psalm 104:19a). Throughout the Old Testament, the New Moon appointed the feasts of the Lord that He wanted let them to have (see Numbers 10:10; 28:11-15; 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 31:3; Ezra 3:5) In Paganism, it symbolized the Queen of Heaven (see Jeremiah 7:18; 44:7-19, 25), which the Roman Catholicism version of Virgin Mary as their goddess.

Genesis 1:14 tells us that the moon and sun be for signs, seasons, days, and years. Although we understand the seasons, days, and years, some of us may misunderstand what signs mean. The word sings in Genesis 1 does not only mean the End Time. We must understand that God created the world for His pleasure.

God let sun and moon be the sign for this reason:

1) Weather (Matthew 16:2-3)

2) Testimony to God (Psalm 8; 19; Romans 1:14-20; 3)

3) Divine judgment (Joel 2:30-31; Matthew 24:29)

4) Navigation (Matthew 2:1-2)

After He created all these things that day, God saw that it was good. If He dislikes idea, He wouldn’t create anything on earth. We must realize God created things on Earth for His pleasure and not ours.

Are you ready to be the witness for Jesus Christ? Most today’s scientists are trying to study the light and may not realize where it actually comes from. Unfortunately, we have the answer from God’s Word.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


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Saturday, July 30, 2005
Heaven, Land, and Seas (Gen. 1:6-13)
Topic: Book of Genesis

Have you wonder how many galaxies are outer spaces? There maybe billions of galaxies are outer space that we cannot come up with. Even though we cannot name them all, God knows every galaxy that He ever made. Two of them are the Heaven and Earth. God created the Heaven and Earth.

As we are continuing studying in the Book of Genesis, we already have discussed about the foundation of the universe. In Genesis 1:1-2, we discovered that Jesus was in the beginning of the world. Also, in Genesis 1:3-5, we discovered that God was the resource of light. As we read in the Gospel of John, Jesus declares that He is the light of the world (8:12). If there is no light, we still would be in the darkness. In fact, we wouldn’t be alive because of lightless. Since God is the resource of light, He gave us breathe to live on this planet.

Now, let’s go deeper of earth creation. Read Genesis 1:6-13:

Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.

Beginning verses 6 through 8, we see that God created Heaven in the midst of the waters. The word “firmament” in verse 6 means the portion of God’s creation named “heavens,” that which man saw when he looked up, i.e., the atmospheric and stellar heaven.

In the Bible, there are three layers of heavens. First, God created heaven that is on the atmosphere of the earth, which we are living now. Second heaven is a place for dead people can have rest until their time to go to the eternal home, which was called Paradise. Unfortunately, this Paradise does no longer exist after the resurrection of Jesus. Before the New Testament era, every dead people entered this Heaven for short time until Jesus raised them from the dead and took them into His place. And third heaven is a place that God created for us to stay in until He will take us to the New Earth.

In Genesis 1, God created the Heaven, sky, on Earth, so we can enjoy His creation. Later on Genesis 1, we see that God created something else on the Heaven as a sign of time period. Also, notice, God separated the Heaven from the water, which we can tell that the Earth was fulfilled with water in the beginning of the word. Although we don’t know how God would take on the second day to create Heaven in the midst of the water, God created this beautiful heaven on the Earth for His sake.

On the third day of His creation, God created land and seas on the earth (1:9-10). As we studied on this, we must understand what the formation of earth was like before God brought the rain for forty days and forty nights. Currently, most scientists indicated that this planet has covered with 70 percent of water in this time of period.

If we read Genesis 8-9 on the account of after flood, we read that Noah was having a hard time to find a dried land. With this account, I may believe that the earth was almost covered with land before Genesis 6. Also, we know that the New Earth will cover with 100 percent of land.

God created a land for not only we or other creatures can walk on the earth, but God also can provide us food, trees, and fruits that we can enjoy in our lives. He doesn’t left things out before He created us. If He created us on the third day, how can we eat or live? That’s why Jesus said that He’s going to the Father to prepare a place for us and He will come back to take us with Him (see John 14:1-4).

After He created all these things that day, God saw that it was good. If He dislikes idea, He wouldn’t create anything on earth. We must realize God created things on Earth for His pleasure and not ours.

Are you ready to be the witness for Jesus Christ? Most today’s scientists are trying to study the light and may not realize where it actually comes from. Unfortunately, we have the answer from God’s Word.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


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Saturday, July 23, 2005
Heaven and Earth (Gen. 1:1-5)
Topic: Book of Genesis

Have you wonder how God created the Heaven and Earth? If you wonder how God was able to created living things, the first five verses in Genesis tell us that God spoke His Word to the universe and it formed as the Earth and Heaven. John 1 tells us that God was the Word and the Word became flesh and dwell among us (see John 1:1-3, 14). God’s Word is so powerful that He can create the world.

Before we would go to further discussion, let’s read in today’s text as we go and explore on God’s creation.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness wason the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5)

We already studied Genesis 1:1-2 from the previous section, but I would like to revisit and discuss how these verses can connect to the next three verses. Genesis 1:1-2 is the beginning of how the earth appeared. Before God created the Heaven and Earth, there wasn’t any form of God’s creations, except God’s kingdom for Him. We don’t know what events have taken place before the creation of the universe. Only God know what it took place.

Genesis 1:2 says that there was no form of Earth, except the globe with no creation on it. The earth was totally dark until God created the light—a bright light. Some today’s scientists believe on the Big Bang Theory—a universe explosion from nowhere. But, in Genesis 1 says that God created the Heaven and Earth and not exterritorial from somewhere on the outer space. There was a beginning point of the universe, that is, God began to create the Heaven and Earth. God spoke His Word to create all things that we can enjoy and honor Him as King of kings and Lord of lords.

First thing that God created was light. It would be the sun, but that is in verses 14-19. Here, God was the provider of light (II Corinthians 4:6). This light will also be the eternal source of light. John says in Revelation 22:5 as he had a vision about the New Heaven and New Earth, “There shall be night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Would we be great that we can be in His kingdom? This light is the same as what it’s written in Genesis 1:3.

We might wonder why God created the sun on the fourth day since He is the provider. Although He is the light of the world (John 8:12), God knew one of the days that we would decide to refuse Him as the ultimate light. He said in Isaiah, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways (55:8).” God knows everything before we would ever sin.

On the first day of His creation, God created the morning and evening. God created this day period, because He knows we would need rest during the 24-hour period. Although we don’t know how the time system work on that day, God gave light during the day and lesser light during the night.

As we see in later chapter 1, Adam and Eve were on the Garden of Eden. They might tell the time according to direction of the sun.

As God is the light of the world, He calls us to be in His light and spread to others. He would like us to be the light of the Gospel for the loss. As Jesus says in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Are you ready to be the witness for Jesus Christ? Most today’s scientists are trying to study the light and may not realize where it actually comes from. Unfortunately, we have the answer from God’s Word.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


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Saturday, July 16, 2005
In the Beginning (Genesis 1:1-2)
Topic: Book of Genesis

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Gen 1:1-2)

The first four of words in Genesis 1 are “In the beginning God…” From these simple words, we know that there was somebody at out of the universe, who was the supreme of the universe, God. There was the God before the earth formed. There was nobody else beside Him. That is the one of good things that we cannot be confused about the Person who created the universe.

Unfortunately, most people created themselves their gods and put them as creators. For example: Moslems believe that their religion arrived from Allah. If they believe that Allah began the Islamic faith, where was Allah before the creation of the world? Most religious scholars believe that the Islamic faith came from Ishmael, a descent of Moabites and one of the sons of Abraham. If we look Abraham’s life, we see that God refused him to multiply his descendants from Hagar’s firstborn son, Ishmael, Egyptian slave. We will discuss further on this later on. In the meantime, let’s go to the next discussion question.

Okay, who is God of the universe? Before we would go to this question, we must understand that there is only one God in the Bible. Although there seems to be a strict god in the Old Testament and loving god in the New Testament, there is only one God. For example, the natural father disciplines his child if his child is doing bad thing, but not everyday. Instead, the father gives his child some loves and praises when his child is doing well. This is same method that God is using. So, do not confuse yourself between the Old Testament God and New Testament God, but there is the God in the Bible.

Throughout the Bible, we see God reveals Himself who He is. There are many descriptions to describe who He is. In Genesis 1:1, we recognize God as the Creator. He created everything in the beginning of this world. He is called Himself the Word (John 1:1), Savior (Luke 1:47), Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6), and the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:47), just few.

In Colossians, Paul explains us who God was in the beginning of this world. He says in Colossians 1:15-18, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Does this description of person familiar to us? Of course, we recognize Him as our Lord Jesus Christ. Although His name is kept secret in the Old Testament, we see Jesus’ work on the people of Israel. In Genesis, Jesus appeared to Abraham as Melchizedek, priest of Most High and king of Salem (which it called later as Jerusalem). (See Genesis 14; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:17, 21.)

Jesus was in the world since the Day 1 of creation. He was and is the God of the universe. But there was somebody else with Him. Read verse 2. We see that there was also the Spirit of God. Who is the Spirit of God? In John 14, Jesus gave promise to His disciples that He will send the Holy Spirit, who will help them to carry on His mission. Likewise, we see that God has a Helper in Genesis 1, which we will discuss Him later.

Notice that I didn’t call the Holy Spirit as it. Some preachers may call the Holy Spirit as it. We need to be careful about this. The Holy Sprit is the third person of the Trinity. God is the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Again, the Holy Spirit carries His tasks according to the will of God. We see the Holy Spirit carries our prayer to God and return our request with answers from God (Romans 8:26-27).

How do these two verses reflect to the New Testament church? What is sufficient event that was carried throughout many generations in Genesis 1:1-2? Well, there are several reasons why we need to understand from these two verses. If we do not know the Book of Genesis, we wouldn’t know how our world began in the beginning.

We, as Christians, must hold the true about who created us. If there is no God, there would not be anything created in this planet. We wouldn’t be alive. The church wouldn’t exist for somebody to give honor the Creator. Although Genesis is a book of the Old Covent, it leads to who Jesus is. Again, Apostles John and Paul declare that Jesus was in the beginning of the world.

We also need to understand about the Trinity. God is the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are whole parts of God and each has 100 percent of the being. Jesus declares in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We worship our God, not because the freedom that He gave us, but He created us and gave the freedom to choose to honor Him. In the next section of the study, we will study more further of this section of the study.

Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)

If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


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