Genesis-preface

Key to unlock the significance of Genesis is on a few premises that are validated by our Lord Saviour himself.

“(Spirit of truth) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16:14)” Thus the reader has to understand both God, the Father and God the Son has had equal part. Their relation is as the Core Will of the Father being fulfilled by the Son. “I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30).”

The first verse of the Bible is the Core Will as perfect as not wanting an afterthought. In the Book of Revelation (21:1) * we have it as accomplished. Divine Power and Wisdom applies to both. Both books serve as bookends, and events sandwiched in between chronicle man’s destiny.

Lastly heaven and the earth are as one, under the sovereign Will of the Father. What does that signify? Man’s salvation wherever occurs in time and place on the earth has to be validated in God’s Time. It is the Spirit’s office and he achieves it in a manner that gives the Bible its peculiar character: types, symbols, signs, visions, parables and such like are therefore the means employed to establish Truth.

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’

The first verse in the Book of Genesis is from the standpoint of God the Father, His Core Will. Compare this with the new earth and the new heaven mentioned in the last book. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the earth were passed away;…(Re.21:1).” This new earth is not added from outside but signalling God, the Son has accomplished the will of his Father. “Behold I make all things new.” This is the testimony of the Son.

We also see the narrative mode of the Spirit. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV)”. In fullness of time God sent his Son and he accomplished his atoning work. So every believer according time and place on the earth by faith are set in heavenly places (Ep.1:3-14). This mode further underscores the testimony of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…(Re.1:8) .

Ge.1:1 Heaven and earth do not mention any people. On the other end what do we read? In the Book of Revelation where the new earth and the new heaven are mentioned we read of ‘the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride…(Re.21:1-3) The risen Christ in his glory is present there.

The seas the sun and all physical features described in the first chapter of Book Genesis hold no significance since the Glory of God and the Lamb is the light of it (21:23). In the light we are told ‘the nations of them which are saved shall walk.

In this context let us consider the verse from Isaiah “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders …(8:18).” The same verse is repeated in the New Testament (He.2:13-15) It was necessary for the Holy Spirit to reorganize the creation account of God with appropriate signs and symbols; and this narrative mode is validated when we see it from the vantage of God the Son who ‘took not the on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (vs.16)”.

Benny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mode of Inversion in the Book of Genesis

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’

The first verse in the Book of Genesis is from the standpoint of God the Father, His Core Will. Compare this with the new earth and the new heaven mentioned in the last book. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the earth were passed away;…(Re.21:1).”

This does not contradict the first verse. This has to be understood in context of Alpha and Omega aspect of Jesus Christ. We read his testimony: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…(Re.1:8) . The idea behind this is typical of the mode of inversion: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV)”. The Holy Spirit announces that the Will of the Father has been accomplished.

Ge.1:1 Heaven and earth do not mention any people. On the other end what do we read? In the Book of Revelation where the new earth and the new heaven are mentioned we read of ‘the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride…(Re.21:1-3) The risen Christ in his glory is present there.”Behold I make all things new.” This is the testimony of the Son.

The seas the sun and all physical features described in the first chapter of Book Genesis hold no significance since the Glory of God and the Lamb is the light of it (21:23). In the light we are told ‘the nations of them which are saved shall walk.

In this context let us consider the verse from Isaiah “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders …(8:18).” The same verse is repeated in the New Testament (He.2:13-15) It was necessary for the Holy Spirit to reorganize the creation account of God with appropriate signs and symbols; and this narrative mode is validated when we see it from the vantage of God the Son who ‘took not the on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (vs.16)”. We are considering the same opening verse Ge.1:1, where nothing has been altered but is treated from two points of view that is all.

Benny

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Annotated Genesis-Introduction ©

 

 

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Ge.1:1)”.
The opening statement in the Bible is rounded off as perfect as only the Mind of God can achieve. How does it relate to the Bible? Is it merely as with literary classics a great opening line to draw the reader along and nothing else?

All literary works are product of man’s imagination and granting that there is a kernel of truth in all of them the Bible is God document where truth is never in doubt. In one sentence destiny of man is set down in God’s time. The time element is crucial to which I shall come back anon. In the present we shall examine it in the manner the Holy Spirit has reorganized narrative body of the Scripture from God the Father and God the Son. Think of the Core Will as a decree enforceable throughout the heaven and earth. The Sovereign Mind has a point of view as God the Father; so has the Son.

The Scripture tells that the Son is the heir of all things ‘by whom also he made the worlds…(He.1:3)’ The Son is the brightness of the glory of God and upholding all things by the word of his power. Is it not then reasonable to accord a point of view to the Son as well? The Spirit in recognizing such points of view gives the Scripture unique flavour. I shall mention one example: in the first chapter creative acts under each day are mentioned and when man is created the Spirit records thus, ‘male and female created he them (vs.27).’ To borrow a term from cinematography it is a long shot. Juxtapose it with the close up shot of Adam and Eve (Ge.2:21-24) the Spirit annotates for our instruction some vital clues to which we need not go at present. From the many details supplied in the aforementioned passage what reveals to us is the narrative mode adopted by the Spirit and we shall come across again and again in other books as well. Be that as it may the narrative body attributed to the Father and Son respectively are twin pillars to which the opening sentence serves as the keystone.

Two points emerge from the Book of Genesis.

Firstly the heaven and the earth cannot be seen as separate. The Throne and the footstool (Is.66:1) is symbol for his sovereignty. Considering the Scopes trial creationism vs Darwinism had raged on in the Deep South but was that all necessary? Since the Holy Spirit has supplied the creative calendar of God should we not apply greater diligence to get it right? It is God’s Time and it explains the expression ‘in the beginning.’ It is of a different quality than what the Prophet Ezekiel provided. “In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month and so on…(Ez.1:1) or with regards to the birth of Jesus we have this verse, “But when the fullness of the time was come God sent forth his Son…(Ga.4:4)” God’s time can only be what value God deigns to it. Without firmly fixing this any interpretation is bound to err. (Mt.13:32).

However God has provided everything needful for life and godliness. Being wise as to the times is as essential as setting our lives on the many promises of God. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Eccl.3:11-NIV)”. No man shall be able to set a date on the creative calendar and say on such and such day the sun manifested itself as commanded of God. Eternity is God’s Time and it is all we need to live our appointed days on the earth so we may fulfil what He has willed for us.

Secondly the role of the Logos Aspect.

In order to explain the many separations set forth in the Book of Genesis, some background explanation will be helpful. It is in terms of man as the end user. The very eternal nature of the Word makes it the arbiter of human interactions on the earth. The Word is useful as a tool to separate his motives and action. Power and Wisdom that we associate with Godhead must work for him for which the Scripture serves as Manual of Instruction. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (He. 4:12)”.
The heart can be very treacherous at times and who shall pinpoint the sore spot precisely where it needs correction or palliation? Only the Word can achieve thorough cleansing and we read from the many healings of Jesus where the problem lay. Head and heart aspects for man are as potent as glory is intrinsic aspect of God. One deals with divine intent and the other how the glory of God signifies the Word made flesh. It is in this connection the Holy Spirit thought it fit to introduce the story of the Ark of Noah and the animals it carried. The same image as forerunner of the Millennial Reign reinforces the heavenly realities. One informs us of the intent while the Messiah concept is glory that Jesus Christ rightly deserved for achieving it. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (Ps.45:7)”….(Selected)

Benny

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Annotated Genesis:1:3

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Ge.1:3)”

 

In the previous post we had considered the Word as settled forever in the heavens. What is the Word but glory of God given a personality? The Psalmist also refers to it in terms of His creative acts. “The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works (Ps.104:31)”

The Word revealed makes the heaven and earth as one. In the Genesis account the Spirit narrates under the heading of each day,- encrypted as it were to borrow from computer jargon, what Power and Wisdom of God entail. Each day is like the light in darkness laying out a certain space from surrounding darkness and expanding. Thus as the Spirit puts it, God finished His work in six days (Ge.2:1).

How does Power and Wisdom of God work their way through? It is the light of knowledge radiating from the eternal Word. Consider the verse, ‘the lame takes the prey.’ Power by itself is not everything. Wisdom must temper it equally. An animal handicapped in matter of power shall employ wisdom for survival. From whence, say a hyena with their weak legs can survive in a lion country? Consider this verse, “The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God (Ps.104:21).” Similarly God shall provide for hyenas though not as strong as lions. Glory of the Lord on the earth is demonstrated by the riches freely distributed to all. Power and Wisdom add to man so knowledge of the word of God allows him to avail both in correct measure. “In wisdom hast thou made them all. The earth is full of thy riches (104: 24).”

It takes eight minutes for the sun rays to reach the earth. So time is relative and God’s Time and earth time hold different significance: in terms of creatures and from Godhead in the throne his Power and Wisdom operate differently. Our one day is like thousand years so when we murmur at the way the wicked on the earth prosper and the good are at disadvantage we miss the key. His works are perfect. He allows the wicked a chance to repent and His judgment when is passed it is true so they shall have no excuse. His wisdom makes His Power always redound to his glory.

It also explains the Spirit while setting down the Scripture has reconciled time scale accordingly. So we may exercise gifts of God so our wisdom has power to create conditions of peace as well as make our stewardship as giving glory to God.

Benny

 

 

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Annotated Genesis -cont’d

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep-(Ge.1:3).”

In the previous post we discussed the Word having its own personality. Whosoever uses the word rightly and is instructed from it acquires wisdom. ’A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Pr.25:11)’. We read how the congregation in the synagogue of Nazareth marveled ‘at the gracious words which proceeded out of his (Jesus) mouth (Lk.4:22)’. It is the Word and we read that it is forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). It is a sign testifying that the Will of God shall never fail, as God did not permit any of Samuel’s words fall to the ground (1 S.3: 19) Such is the righteousness of God it is a testimony eternally associated with the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God.

We need to understand the Word is settled in heaven. It testifies righteousness and truth (Ps.119:142). What does glory of God mean for His creation? Is it not power and wisdom devolved from the creative act? Of this we have descriptive passages from the Book of Job and the Proverbs. “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand.Pr.30:18 We shall consider one example. The way of an eagle in the sky adds to our understanding similar to those that wait upon the Lord (Is.40:31) Ways of the eagles are drawn from Power and Wisdom of God and when they apply it to live their appointed days it instructs us divine Wisdom and it holds equally true for for all creatures great or small.  Mystery of Providence every creature understands, and we human do in a human way. Is it not foolish therefore to deny their blessings any lower than we enjoy? The Book of Revelation gives us in a vision Four Living Creatures that stand before the Throne, creatures with the face of an eagle is a testimony.

The Word giving a form is devolved from the divine Will in that Power and Wisdom associated with the Lord God is transmuted as it were to accomplish the divine Will. Righteousness of God has become user-friendly where every seed or atom also has acquired truth. ‘But God gives it (seed) a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body (1 Co.15:38-NIV)’. It goes without saying that Glory radiating from the divine Mind gives the earth a form.

“Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven (Ps.85:11-NLT).”

Righteousness from the heavens is for the benefit of man and beasts alike so our concept of God has to be seen outside the Biblical scholarship that is particular in examining significance of words for example elohim in relation to the pantheon of Canaanite gods. It has its value but for our present purpose it is not relied on.

Benny

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Book of Genesis Annotated © Chapter-1:2

“…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Ge.1:2

In the Genesis Account the verse.1 is the Core Will as perfect as not wanting an afterthought. His Power and Wisdom are encapsulated in the creative act. What is His glory? Like the shekinah glory it dwells on the earth. It is a footstool parallel of which we have in the Ark of the Covenant. Think of the earth as the mercy seat.  In the Tabernacle glory resting between the outstretched wings signified as though God himself was bodily present there.

We read that the earth was without form.

Where the first verse indicated Core Will as existing subsequent descriptive passages indicate what glory does. Consider this verse: “The Heavens declares the glory of God (Ps.19:1-3). What is glory of any man but his aura, quintessence of his personality palpable to be considered as a thing apart which is what we find in the Father-Son relationship. If God, the Father is indicated by his divine Will , what is God, the Son but fulfillment of that Will? In this creative Account the Word fills that role. Can there be speech without sound? The Word is the glory. Before we go further we shall discuss the Glory of God as expressed. The Scripture tells that the Son is the heir of all things ‘by whom also he made the worlds…(He.1:3)’

Jesus Christ as the Son is the brightness of the glory of God and upholding all things by the word of his power. Compare this with what the Spirit has contributed to the Creative act of God. By his Spirit He has garnished the heaven. Jb.26:13 Ps.104:30,

(From the above we get an idea of the Trinity. The Power and Wisdom are attributes of the Godhead in which each office of the triune God adds to our understanding and the nature of the earth as well. ) Provision is made for the earth to manifest in laws the glory of God; and power of His favor or wrath we infer from the consequences of drought and fire from heaven in the instances mentioned in the Bible. This serves us for warning. It is essential for our spiritual growth. In this context we shall understand what St Paul writes on the subject. “For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Ro.1:20)

Finally glory emanating from the Father we see in the office of the Spirit. In the image of the Spirit brooding over the face of the waters what do we gather? God the spirit has a personality, is it not? We are told that the Spirit shall not speak of himself (Jn.16:13).*

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God is a Spirit and when Jesus said the Spirit of truth shall glorify him he was speaking of what he was there for. He was there an apostle of God, sent out to complete the mandate of his Father. He was the bodily image of the invisible God. He was fulfillment whereas his Father was identified as the Thought or Core Will.

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Gen.1:2 selected (Annotated Book of Genesis ©)

 

“…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Ge.1:2

In the Genesis Account the Lord Almighty is signified as Thought. This verse includes heaven and the earth. When the Holy Spirit elaborates on it we are told that the earth was without form. Core Will of God is Thought as expressed. Can there be speech without sound? Divine Thought shall not remain silent and it is what the glory of God signifies. We have a commentary of this in the Book of Psalms. “The Heavens declares the glory of God (Ps.19:1-3)..” What is glory of any man but his aura, quintessence of his personality drawn from so many characteristics about him into some new entity? We can have an analogy from our own experience. We sniff certain smells and we can distinguish it from background medley of smells. Already we feel nostalgic because smell of chestnuts roasting over fire or something else and it has a life of its own. Such memory is of the past, nevertheless it is potent. Such glory when given a form we have the Logos concept in its basic form. Glory emanating from the Father we see in the works of the Son. God is a Spirit and when Jesus said the Spirit of truth shall glorify him he was speaking of what he was there for. He was fulfillment or the Image of the invisible God.

In the image of the Spirit brooding over the face of the waters what do we gather? God the spirit has a personality. So has the Word.. We are told that the Spirit shall not speak of himself (Jn.16:13).

Before we go further we shall discuss the Glory of God as expressed. The Scripture tells that the Son is the heir of all things ‘by whom also he made the worlds…(He.1:3)’

The verse informs us a crucial fact of the Trinity. Jesus Christ as the Son is the brightness of the glory of God and upholding all things by the word of his power. Compare this with what the Spirit has contributed to the Creative act of God. By his Spirit He has garnished the heaven. Jb.26:13 Ps.104:30, to which I need come back by and by. The Power and Wisdom are attributes of the Godhead in which each office of the triune God adds to our understanding  so we infer from Core Will as expressed neither the earth nor the heaven was inert or inactive. The Spirit garnished the earth so we see the symbolism associated with various celestial objects. The Will of God expressed in his Commandments for example signifies deeper significance than the words literally indicate. Provision is made for the earth to manifest in laws; and power of divine anger or favor accordingly make us fear taking wrong steps. This is essential for our spiritual growth. In this context we shall understand what St Paul writes on the subject. “For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Ro.1:20)

(To be continued)

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