In the Beginning God: Week 2, Continued

Week Two (A look back at Genesis 1- Genesis 2:1-3)

Here is the continuation of Monday’s post, as promised.

Day Six: (vv. 24-31)

This is the largest section of Creation on day six. Here we have both animals, insects, and the crowning achievement of God’s Creation: man (see Psalm 8:5). In this section, we see another reference to the Doctrine of God, and the Doctrine of the Trinity, and we are introduced to the Doctrine of Man with the creation of man.

In verse 24, God tells the earth to bring forth the living creatures, and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each within its kind. And we know this happened, because Scripture once again uses, “and it was so.” In verse 25 we are told that the beasts and creeping things of the earth pleased God: “And God saw that it was good.” Every animal kind, and every insect kind was blessed by God.

Next, in verse 26, we read about the creation of man (This is the introduction of the Doctrine of Man).

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 the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

First, man is created in the image (imago dei, Latin) of God. The pronouns “Us” and “Our” are used here, indicating more than one, a plurality. The name of God in Genesis 1 is Elohim. It occurs 32 times in Chapter one. Elohim is the Hebrew word for God. Nathan Stone, in his book, Names of God, says the name Elohim “…contains the idea of creative and governing power, or omnipotence and sovereignty.” (Stone, 26) Elohim is plural in its form and use which explains the use of the plural pronouns, “Us” and “Our.” This is also our first introduction to the Doctrine of the Trinity in Scripture.

Doctrine of the Trinity:

The Trinity is God in three distinct persons, but one God; i.e. three in one. This is not saying three separate gods, but it indicates the tri-unity of God. The Trinity is the biblical view of God. The word, Trinity, is not found in the Bible, but the concept is there. The Trinity is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; three separate, co-existing and eternal persons of the Godhead. God the Father is not God the Son, nor God the Holy Spirit. God the Son (Jesus Christ) is not God the Father, nor is He, God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not God the Father, nor is He, God the Son.

God does not morph from God the Father into God the Son, (Jesus Christ), and then into God the Holy Spirit. That is the false and erroneous belief of Modalism (Oneness Pentecostalism). It is a belief that God exists as one Person revealed across history in different modes or names.

Some may say, “I see how God the Father is in Genesis chapter one, and I can accept that the Holy Spirit was there, as well, but how is God the Son, Jesus, present at Creation?”

To see that Jesus was present at Creation, let’s go to the book of Colossians in the New Testament.

Colossians 1:15-17 states:
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.

This “He” is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We know this is Jesus because Paul references Jesus in v. 13 by writing about the Son of the Father’s love. Reading the above Scripture, we can conclude Christ was present at Creation, and moreover, everything created was “…created through Him and for Him”. (A side note: the reference to Jesus being firstborn over all creation does not mean He was the first born of all Creation. Instead, it refers to His preeminence; His superiority over all things. He is first place above all Creation. It is because of Him that all things exist.)

In Colossae at the time was a growing heresy called Gnosticism which combined bits and pieces of Greek speculation, Jewish legalism, and mysticism from the Orient. It taught that the body was evil, but the spirit was good. These Gnostics also believed Christ could not be human and be God at the same time, since to them the body was evil, which God is not evil. It also taught of a secret knowledge of which only Gnostics could experience to gain salvation. This heresy was threatening the Colossae Church, but it had not been fully embraced by the Colossian church when Paul wrote Colossians. Paul knew the Colossae Christians needed correct teaching on the preeminence of Christ, otherwise they would undermine the person and redemptive work of Christ, bringing forth confusion and the wrong understanding of who Christ is. The American-born movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) teaches Gnosticism. (Please see the link below on the NAR.)

In verses 26 and 28, God gives man (humankind: male and female) dominion (rule) over all living creatures, from the insects on the ground to the birds in the air. Man is to have stewardship over Creation. We are to take care of it, as opposed to abusing it, and we were not created to worship Creation. (We’ll cover more about the stewardship of Creation next week.)

Verse 27 repeats a truth: man was created in the image of God, but then it further defines man as male and female. (We’ll cover more about male and female context next week when we look at an overview on Genesis chapter two.)

Man:  male and female, were blessed by God in verse 28 and are also told to “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.” God furthers informs man of these facts: the plants yield seed and the fruit trees which also yield seed were to be used for food. Every green herb (plant) would also provide nourishment to the beast of the earth, the birds, and to every living creeping thing on the earth. God is Sustainer over the earth, and He put man in a watch-care role over what he was given.

In verse 31, the sixth day of Creation was closed with the statement, “So the evening and the morning were the sixth day,” but in the same verse we note, after the pinnacle of God’s Creation was created, i.e. man, “…God saw everything He had made, and indeed it was very good.” God was well pleased with His creation.

Day Seven: (Gen. 2:1-3)

After the sixth day, Creation was complete (Gen. 2:1).  On the seventh day, also known as the Sabbath day, God rested (v.2). By stating that God took a day to rest, God established a six-day work week with one day set aside for rest. It is a blessed and sanctified day, or a day set apart for God’s special use (v.3). We are to worship Him on the seventh day.

God created our seven-day week, and it is a format that works.

Stalin, dictator of Russia, desired to erase all religious memories in his citizens, and he sought to do it by doing away with a seven-day week. In the book, Genesis: Finding Our Roots, the following account is written:

In Russian language, Sunday is called Resurrection Day, and Stalin didn’t want that reminder every seven days. So he instituted a ten-day week and called the days simply by numbers. It turned out that people couldn’t work nine days with one day of rest. The experiment fell apart, Russians returned to the age-old week of seven days. Other attempts to change the week have also failed, and the week has existed now for almost 6,000 years. (Beechick, 16)

As moral beings, we bear the image of God. From the beginning, God established order, and He expects us to follow His example of work and rest. Could God had created everything on one day? Sure, He could. He’s God. However, by creating everything in the method and order he chose, God established time, laws of nature, and man’s watch-care role over the earth, and most of all, He established His preeminence over it all.


Homework assignment for this week:

Scripture reading: Genesis 2

Suggested Scripture memorization:

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7, NKJV


1.What verse indicates the beginning of humankind?

2.What was man’s first job and his responsibilities?

3. What were God’s instructions pertaining to every tree except for one tree in the Garden?

4. What was the name of the tree they could not eat from?

5.What warning and consequence was given in verse 17?

6.What was not found for man?

7.How did God make woman?

8.The making of woman signifies what aspect of humankind?

9.Who instituted marriage?

10.Why were the man and woman not ashamed of their nakedness?

Retrospective Question(s):

What do you believe was the significance of God creating a tree called the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Did God set up man to fail? Why or Why not?



Notes: (Great resources.)

Gap Theory:
Twenty-four hour days:
*Astronomy: astronomy/
Counting the Stars:
Definition of preeminence:
More on preeminence:
New Apostolic Reformation (NAR):


Stone, Nathan. Names of God. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2010.
Beechick, Ruth. Genesis: Finding Our Roots. Pollock Pines, CA: Arrow Press, 1997.



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In the Beginning God: Week Two

Week Two (A look back at Genesis 1- Genesis 2:3)


Welcome back!

<I’m breaking this week’s study into two separate posts. Today’s post will cover an overview and Creation days 1-5. I will post the conclusion of the study over Genesis 1- Genesis 2:3 tomorrow, Tuesday, covering days 6 and 7. Tuesday’s post will also include the homework assignment for Week Three along with study questions and the Scripture Memory verse.>

So how was it? I’m sure you can agree that Week One’s reading assignment and questions were not difficult.

Let’s look at what you read and at the same time cover the answers to the questions as we look back over each verse.

In this chapter, we are introduced to the first doctrines presented in Scripture:

Doctrine of God
Doctrine of the Trinity (I’ll show you this, I promise, it is there)
Doctrine of Creation
Doctrine of Man

Name of God: Elohim

Right from the start, Genesis 1:1 points out a basic premise in the Doctrine of God (sometimes called Theology Proper). Doctrine of Creation is the overall theme of Genesis Chapter one, from its start in verse one to its conclusion in verse 31.

Genesis 1:1 reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The basic premise of the Doctrine of God is the existence of God. Genesis 1:1 states, without compromise, the reality of the existence of God. From the beginning of Creation’s time, God already existed. Moses had no reason to defend a hopeful assumption about God, because he knew God was, is, and always will be. The Bible does not have to prove God’s existence. The Bible says God exists, therefore He does exist! God is real!

God created the earth out of nothing. Ex nihilo, a Latin term meaning “from nothing,” is used to describe the implied context in which everything was created. In other words, before Creation nothing existed (apart from God’s eternal existence). God did not use anything to make (create and form) the heavens and the earth. In Hebrews 11: 3 we read: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things that were visible.” To be visible would mean identifiable, concrete matter. Hebrews 11:3 can be seen as the commentary of Genesis 1:1. For explanation, the term heavens is defined as the space beyond the earth, i.e. outer space.

In verse 2, we are told the earth was without form and void of anything, after the earth was created darkness was on the deep. In its beginning form, Creation was formless. There were no identifying markers of substance, so to speak, only darkness on the deep. Darkness is not evil here; it is only an absence of light. Some proponents assume between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 is a period of time known as the “Gap Theory” to imply the false claim that the earth is millions of years old. What we are reading in verses 2-31 is a sequence of events, not vast periods of time.

(Please refer to the link below in the Notes section for more info on this topic. I tend to believe the same as the author of the article in the link. I’m not covering the “Gap Theory,” but thought I would provide a link which explains my views on the subject.)

Continuing in verse 2, we read that the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. This is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead. We know that all three persons of the Godhead were present at Creation. We will look at this key doctrine (Doctrine of the Trinity) later in the chapter.

Verses 3-31 speak of six literal days of Creation.

How can I say six literal days?

By looking at other Scriptural references for the Hebrew word for day, yom, used in Genesis 1, the logical conclusion is a literal twenty-four hour day, not periods of time as some interpret it to mean. A biblical Hebrew day begins at approximately 6:00 p.m. in the evening and goes to the next evening at 5:59 p.m., a full 24 hours. In context, the use of the word yom in the first five chapters of Genesis is referencing a full 24 hour day. This conclusion has been the consensus from early church history. Got Questions (see notes below) has a great explanation for the literal twenty-four hour day interpretation of yom.

Here is a break down of each day of Creation:

Day One: Light is created, and light is divided from darkness
Day Two: Heaven is divided from the waters below
Day Three: Dry land is separated from the waters. Vegetation is created.
Day Four: The stars and heavenly bodies (Sun, moon) are created.
Day Five: Marine life and birds created
Day Six: Animals, insects, and human life created.


Day One: (vv. 3-5)

Light is created by God, and He saw that it was good, then He divided the light from darkness. God called light, Day, and He called darkness, Night. God was establishing order from the beginning, which came out of nothingness. God created darkness (see v. 1). Darkness is something, and therefore it was created when He created the heavens and the earth. In verse 3 God creates light. He didn’t create a light source here, just light. We know from John 1:7 that God is light. In the new heaven and earth, there is no sun giving off light, but light will emanate from Christ (Revelation 22:5; see also Rev. 21:23-24) lighting Heaven. Could it not be that the light referred to in verse 3 is the Light of God? I tend to believe so. (See below for a link on the Light in verse 3 of Genesis 1.)

Day one was concluded with the statement: “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” This is our first 24 hour day.


Day Two: (vv. 6-8)

God made the firmament and separated the waters from the waters. The firmament is the expanse of heaven and our atmosphere. It is what we see when we look up; the sky. The separated waters from waters references to when God separated the atmospheric waters from the terrestrial waters on earth. Scripture again uses the phrasing: “And God saw that it was good.” God was, again, pleased with what He had made.

God called the expanse Heaven and Scripture closes day two by declaring: “So the evening and the morning were the second day.”


Day Three: (vv. 9-13)

The first thing we see happening on the third day of Creation is the separation of the waters from the dry land, which God called Earth. He called the waters the Sea. Again, we read the repeated phrasing: “And God saw that it was good.” Next, we read about the creation of grass, the herbs of the field and the fruit trees. Both the herbs of the field and the fruit trees are described as that which yields seed according to its kind. The herbs are the plants, which can only produce its own kind, also the fruit trees are distinguished in this way. There is order in God’s Creation. A pecan tree is not able to produce peaches, just as a bean plant cannot produce potatoes. This was an establishment of a law of God: A Kind can only produce its own kind, not something else entirely. This destroys the theory of evolution. You cannot get something completely different from the original kind. A pecan is a pecan and not a peach.

Perhaps, you noticed how in verse 9 it states the command: “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear” and then it goes on and says, “and it was so.” Don’t you just love that? God spoke, and it was. Creation couldn’t help but to do what was commanded of it. This same command is used when referencing each day’s created order.

Again, the phrasing, “And God saw that it was good” is applied to everything that happened on day three (vv. 10, 12). Then the pattern continues of closing out the creative day with the statement: “So the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Day Four: (vv. 14-19)

Here we have the creation of the Sun, moon, and stars to divide the day from night. I love how God called them lights, not light, like He created on day one. This distinguishes lights, from LIGHT. God is light, but He made concrete objects that could project light to the earth. He created the foliage (grass, plants, and trees) on day three, but waited until day four to create the Sun which provides the means by which the foliage on earth can survive and thrive through the process of photosynthesis.

In verse 16, after God said His “Let there be…” statements in reference to the lights and His declaration of “and it was so” in verses 14-15, it reads: “…God made two greater lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.” God placed the Sun at the exact point in the celestial expanse for Earth’s optimal benefits. If it had been further away, Earth would be cold, and if it was any closer, Earth would be too hot to sustain life. The Sun’s position isn’t a coincidence of the “Big Bang Theory,” but its placement was set by a purposeful God who knew best how to provide for the Earth and her inhabitants.

The moon was set in its position purposefully to reflect the Sun’s light on the dark earth at night. For generations the moon’s phases have influenced the agricultural planting schedule. The moon’s gravitational effect on the earth affects our tides. The moon stabilizes earth’s rotation. Our calendars are built around the phases of the moon. Without God’s placement of the moon in our night sky, our life here on this planet would be greatly different. The stars are beneficial to us, as well. For centuries, they have served as navigational aids and as heralds of coming events (i.e. Star of Bethlehem). God counts the number of stars and calls them all by name (Psalm 147:4), which is amazing considering their possible numbers. (“The total number of stars in the observable universe is estimated to be 1025 <1 followed by 25 zeros>. Nobody knows the actual number.” From Answers in Genesis article notated by *Astronomy.)

Again, as Day four is closed out, everything created on this day is declared as, “it was good.” Along with Day four distinguished as evening and morning in verse 19.


Day Five: (vv. 20-23)

On this day the waters are filled with “an abundance of living creatures” and the sky with birds, both created according to their kinds. Bluegill are bluegill (a type of freshwater fish, also called brim), and not a large mouth bass. Eagles are eagles, and not sparrows.  Again, in this section of verses, we read the repeated phrasing “Let the…”, but we read something new in verse 22. Verse 22 reads: “And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” God commanded what He created on this day to multiply and fill their respective waters and sky. Today, we can enjoy the fruitfulness of these creatures through observing them and as nourishment when and where necessary. And as this day closes, verse 23 states that this day was composed of both evening and morning.


Come back Tuesday for the conclusion of the study over Week One’s Scripture: Genesis 1- Genesis 2:3. Since this was such a long section for discussion, I felt it best to split this post into two sections. You can choose to reread Genesis 1-Genesis 2:3 as a refresher.


Notes: (Great resources.)

Gap Theory:
Twenty-four hour days:
*Astronomy: astronomy/
Counting the Stars:

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Genesis: In the Beginning God Bible Study

I’m so excited you’ve decided to join me in this study through the book of Genesis. Everything we know and believe about Scripture hangs on the first four words written in the book of Genesis:

In the Beginning God.

Those four words state an emphatic truth: In the beginning, God was and is. God’s existence was not an assumption needing to be proved. God was and always has been and will be; forever. Genesis is the foundation of the Bible, both Old and New. It lays the groundwork upon which all truth builds. From the beginning, God’s hand was on Creation, on Mankind, and the plan to save Man from sin’s death grip was set in place before Creation’s story.

In Hebrew (בְּרֵאשִׁית) Bereshith literally means “in the beginning.” In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible we are brought into the Creation account as God forms the earth and the heavenly bodies, and as He creates both man and animals of the land and sea. The origin of sin, the consequences of God’s judgement of sin, and the beautiful promise of redemption through Jesus Christ are all revealed in this book of beginnings. The history of man is unveiled as God reveals Himself to His creation.

In Genesis, God is Creator, Sustainer, Sovereign, Almighty, Holy, Most High, All Sufficient, the Self-Existent One, and much more. Concepts such as the Trinity, salvation, justification by faith, and obedience are laid out before us in the accounts given to us of Earth’s early history. As we study through the book of Genesis, we will study the names of God as they are presented and the Doctrinal truths that are revealed in the Word. Some of the doctrines we will study are: Creation, God, Christology (yes, even in Genesis we will study Christ), Man, Sin, Salvation, and Angelology; just to name a few.

In our study of beginnings, we will make application to our own lives as we read and study the Creation, the Fall, the Flood, the Table of Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the vivid accounts of the *Four Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. (*Some do not include Joseph as a Patriarch, but I’m including him because of the significance of his story to the overall history of the Israelites.) There is much richness of truth in the book of Genesis upon which we can use as the basis for a further study of God’s Word through the Old and New Testaments.

Here is a general breakdown of this 4-part study:

Part 1: Genesis Chapters 1-11 (12 weeks)
Part 2: Genesis Chapters 12- 25:18 (approx. 12 weeks)
Part 3: Genesis Chapters 25:19-36 (approx. 12 weeks)
Part 4: Genesis Chapters 37-50 (approx. 13/14 weeks)

We’ll study Genesis verse by verse, chapter by chapter, with breaks in between each of the four parts. I’ll post weekly studies here on my blog, and I will also post short videos on my Grace Beyond Measure Facebook page ( There will be homework, but nothing like the normal video-driven studies common in most Women’s ministries at church. Those can be quite overwhelming and intimidating. I don’t want you overwhelmed or intimidated. My desire is that you learn not only how to study God’s Word, but that God’s Word will be a treasure to you.

One of the most important things to do when you study Scripture is to know the background of the book you are studying, or studying a portion of. Have you heard that context is key? Knowing the background helps bring the correct meaning and understanding as you study. It’s not about us reading ourselves, or our presuppositions, into the Word of God, but about learning what God desires us to know about Him, and about ourselves.

I introduced the Hebrew meaning of Genesis above, but we can also know the Greek meaning of Genesis. In Greek, Genesis means origin or source. How fitting the meaning is, since Genesis gives us a view into the origin of earth’s beginnings, as well as, the beginnings of everything on and above the earth.

Ultimately, God is the Author of Scripture, the Holy Bible, but He used men to pen His words as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). With every book in the Bible, it’s important to know the author. The accepted author of Genesis is Moses, although he is not directly named in Genesis as the author. There is Scriptural proof of Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament, of which, Genesis is included. Some of the Scriptures which point to Mosaic authorship include: Exodus 17:14, Leviticus 1:1-2, Deuteronomy 1:1, 1 Kings 2:3, Nehemiah 13:1, Malachi 4:4, Matthew 8:4, Mark 12:26, Romans 10:19, 1 Corinthians 9:9, plus more that are not listed. The Early Church Fathers, Josephus the First Century Jewish Historian, and the Jewish Talmud (Jewish civil and ceremonial law) all support the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch.

An amazing fact about the book of Genesis is the issue of time. The time span in Genesis is more than the other 65 books of the Bible combined. Most scholars attribute a span of 2,000 years or more to Genesis Chapters 1-11, and then a period of 286 years to the remainder of the book (Chapters 12-50). This fact struck me. Although, I probably have read about the time span before, I guess with the approach of my fiftieth birthday, and the knowledge, in all likelihood, I’ve lived most of my life already, the time span stood out to me like a beacon. Our life here on earth IS truly like a vapor as it is described in James 4:14 (…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.) Thinking about life as a vapor can put things into perspective. We simply do not have much time here. For me, it makes me think about all the time I’ve wasted on unimportant things, for the important things are what makes this life worthwhile.

Retrospective: What makes your life worthwhile? How will you live for Christ? (I’ll throw in retrospective questions along the way just for serious personal thought. It’s your choice to answer this in your notebook or not.)

As we study the book of Genesis, we will also study about the type of Christs located within the book as we get to each one. The first will be Adam. I’m not saying he is Christ, he is NOT, but there are historical truths that point to spiritual truths which are very important for us to understand as we study Scripture.

Are you ready to begin?

Now that you have background information we can start this journey through the book of Genesis.

Your Homework for this week is:

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1- Genesis 2:3

Suggested Scripture memorization:

“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.” *Genesis 1:1-2

<I use the New King James Version, but if you prefer, you are free to choose another version. I would recommend staying away from The Message, a paraphrase version and The Passion “Bible,” an awful translation from the cultic New Apostolic Reformation.>


1.What was created on each of the six days of Creation? List the day and what was made.

2.What is a repeated phrase in the account of Creation?

3.What pronouns are used in verse 26 about God?

4.What was man to have over Creation?

5.What command did God give to the male and female who were made in His image? See verse 28.

6.What was God’s conclusion about His creation?

7.What did God do on the seventh day?

8.What was God establishing through the six days and the seventh day?

9.What one thing struck you as meaningful in the account of Creation?

10.What one question do you have about the Creation account?



“Genesis Study Notes.” The New Open Bible: Study Edition. (New King James Version.) Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990.

All Scripture quotes are taken from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

About The Message Bible:

About The Passion “Bible”:







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After a Long Hiatus, I’m BACK!

I’m back to my blog after a LONG hiatus. Come join me on Monday, March 12, 2018, as I introduce a new Bible Study on Genesis.

This will be a very simple Bible Study where all you’ll need is your Bible, paper (like a notebook), and a pen or pencil. This will not be a five day out of the week busy question and answer type of study. Each Monday, I’ll post about the assigned Scripture reading, teach the doctrines and names of God within the assigned Scripture, plus any other points that correlate with the assigned Scripture reading. I’ll also give you simple questions to answer in your notebook, and some which may require a little more thought and honesty. You’re welcome to share your thoughts in the comments, but it’s not required. (I do monitor the comments, so please be patient with this homeschool momma, because there will be a delay in their appearance on the blog.)

Occasionally, I will also include a short video on my FB page that goes along with the week’s Scripture study. More than likely, it won’t come out on Mondays, but midweek, either Wednesdays or Thursdays. I’ll also include extras such as resources online and off, sermons I found to be helpful (most likely either: John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, Voddie Baucham, or other biblically-minded pastors).

Part 1 will be from March 12- May 28. On Monday, I’ll introduce the study to you with background information that will be helpful to our study. I’ll assign homework which will include Scripture reading, questions, and a suggested memory verse.

Here are the other dates for the remaining parts of the study: (These are subject to change, but I plan to stick to these dates, if possible.) June will be completely free.

Part 2: Genesis Chapters 12-25:18   July 2- September 17
Part 3: Gen. 25:19- 36   October 1- December 3
Part 4: Gen. 37-50   January 7, 2019- April 8, 2019

If you happen to miss a week or two it won’t be difficult to get caught up.

I’m so excited to have you join me on this exegetical study where we’ll explore God’s Truths as they are found in His Word. A correct understanding of God’s first four words to us, “In the beginning God,” will determine what we think of Him and His Word, plus how we see others.

I hope to “see” you on Monday. (Please invite a friend to join too!)

Only by His grace,

Grace Beyond Measure Ministry FB page

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Teaching Thursday – The Sovereign Lord

God wants us to understand that He alone is Sovereign over all things. Unfortunately, we humans have a very hard time understanding the concept of His Sovereignty.

In the book of Ezekiel, God commissioned Ezekiel to be His mouthpiece to the Israelites at a very sorrowful point in the life of the Hebrew nation. The majority of the nation was in Babylonian captivity, but some remained in Israel and were being ministered to by the prophet Jeremiah. Ezekiel was taken into captivity during the second siege of Jerusalem around 597 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C., in his third and final siege of the city. Daniel, who was very close in age to Ezekiel, was taken captive during the first siege of Jerusalem in 605B.C.

The exiles hoped they would return to Israel, but it was Ezekiel’s task to relay God’s message of judgment. While the information was hard to hear, wrapped within it was a message of hope for Israel’s restoration to the land sometime in the future.
In Ezekiel 11: 16-21(NLT) the Bible reads: “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile. 17I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’”

What can we know today from the message given to the captives?

Let’s look at history. We know Israel was taken into captivity, scripture tells us that fact as do historical documents. Over the centuries since the exile, Israel has indeed been scattered among the nations of the earth. However, the fulfillment of the prophesy in Ezekiel 11:16-21 occurred on May 14, 1948, when Israel became a nation once again. God, as Sovereign Lord, kept His word. He always does.

Israel learned they could worship God anywhere, even in captivity and in lands other than their own. They didn’t have to have their promised land to worship God. God was the Lord of Israel no matter where Israel dwelled. Israel’s problem was they were hard-hearted, stubborn, seeking after their own ways, wanting to worship God according to their prescriptions instead of God’s. God pointed out their idolatry in Ezekiel 13 and 14, and what would be the result, the destruction of Jerusalem (Ez. 14:12 ff). God didn’t punish Israel for the sake of punishment, but to get their attention. He wanted them to see He was indeed Holy, Righteous, and their only Provision. God desired to be their first love, not themselves, other nations, or other gods. God was (and is) the Sovereign Lord over Israel.

Think about this: Don’t we try to worship God after our own way? Kinda like that old adage about both having and eating our cake. In pulling Israel away from what was known, and into the unknown, God wanted Israel to know He was their only Satisfaction. We either serve God, or we don’t. With God there is no pretending. He isn’t fooled. He wants us 100%. God wanted Israel 100%.

But even in the punishment He is provision given through His mercy. There were so many instances where Israel played the harlot. She took what was holy unto God and used those things in idol worship. Israel went after the gods of her neighbors when she had the One true God pursuing and loving her (Ezekiel 16). God remembered His covenant (Ez. 16:60) with Israel. It was an everlasting covenant, and He made it with Himself. Even in Israel’s rebellion, God was committed to His covenant relationship with her.

Let’s take a look at two different Scriptures.

Old Testament: And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. (Gen 17:7, NASB)


New Testament: Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. (Galatians 3:16, ASV)

Do you get that? God established an everlasting covenant with Abraham (who represented Israel, after all he is the Father Abraham). The everlasting covenant wasn’t the Mosaic Law, which Israel clearly couldn’t keep, but the covenant was sealed with the promise of THE Seed, the ONE who is Jesus Christ. God made a covenant with Himself, using His Son, the Christ, the second person of the Trinity. (Yes, I know the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible per se, but the concept of the Trinity is indeed scriptural. Yes, God is three in one, and no, not three gods, but One God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I’ll leave this topic for a future post.) In essence God provided a way (His mercy) for Israel to be saved (grace), and what more He didn’t just provide it for Israel, but all humankind. By ONLY one name under heaven can a man (or woman) be saved; His name is Jesus Christ (see: Acts 4:12). That’s grace imparted to all through His glorious mercy.

And if you look in verse 62 of Ezekiel 16 you will find these words: “And I shall establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the LORD (NKJV).” The people of the exile knew what Ezekiel was referring to here: the Covenant God made with Abraham. God tells them further in verse 63, they would remember all of this and be ashamed, and would have an atonement ( who was Jesus) provided for them.

Ezekiel 37 establishes with a great word picture the rebirth of Israel as a nation. The dry bones will be made flesh and Israel will dwell in the Promised Land once more, and they do today, partially. Many Jews are returning (called aliyah) to their beloved Israel from all nations of the world. What was once desolate, dry, and dead is alive again, and one day Jesus will return and rule the nations from His throne on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

I’ll leave you with these words from Ezekiel 37: 25-28. It is a promise the Sovereign Lord has made, and it will come true, and He will establish Himself in their (Israel’s) midst forever.

25They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’” (NASB)


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Teaching Thursday- Delaying post to next week

Hi Readers,

I had planned on getting the post up for today, but I’m still working on it. Sorry, but sometimes other priorities get placed before my writing time, and this has been one of those weeks for doing just that. I’ll have it ready for next week, along with the Friday FUNday recipe I created. Hope you have a nice Thursday with sun and warmth.


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Wednesday Wisdom – Sovereignty of God

God is in control.

How do I know?

His Word, the Holy Bible tells me, plus He has shown me through life experience.

Here are a few Bible verses to encourage you today.

Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Psalm 135:6 (ESV)

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

He prayed, “O LORD, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! 2 Chronicles 20:6 (NLT)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NASB)

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)

For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
 for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men. Lamentations 3:31-33 (ESV)

He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 (ESV)

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19 (ESV)

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:34-35 (ESV)

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. Ephesians 1:11 (ESV)

In the book of Ezekiel, God, the Sovereign Lord, instructs Ezekiel on how He wants him to address the rebellious people of Israel. Israel was hard-hearted and stubborn (Sounds like us, right?), and as a result were in exile because of it. In instructing Ezekiel to address His people in this way, God wanted this title to be a reminder that He was the One in control and not Israel. God will not be mocked, and because the people chose not to obey and follow after the One true God, they were lifting themselves up in a position above God. If you take a look at the warning Ezekiel was commanded to share with the Israelites you will be taken aback at the harshness of the words (Ezekiel 11: 5-12). God wanted His people to know sin has consequences, and for Israel it would mean their destruction, but oh, the glorious Lord, who is the Sovereign One over all the earth, He always provides an out through restoration of a few.

In Ezekiel 11: 16-21(NLT) the Bible reads:
“Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile. 17 I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’

18 “When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

God restores through His mercy, not because of what we have done but because of Who He is.

“So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation!” Ezekiel 39:25 (ESV)

God is Sovereign over all things, always and forever.


Come by for a visit for tomorrow’s “Teaching Thursday” where I’ll take a deeper look at God’s Sovereignty. We’ll revisit Ezekiel. It’s going to be fun!

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