The Creation of the World
(this lesson put together by R. J. Coover)
Greetings. This is just a little study to see if we TRULY believe the Scriptures. Have your copy of the Word handy. Read Genesis 1:1. Do we believe this? Another question would be, "Do we believe the Psalms?" Read Psalm 24:1-2. If you are still not convinced, read John 1:3. The word "Him" here, is referring to Yahshua. How do we explain that? In Genesis and Psalms, It tells us that Yahweh made the world; in John, It tells us that Yahshua made the world. There is an answer right in the book of John. John 10:30 - "I and My Father are One." Turn back to Genesis. As you will notice, after Yahweh finished creating plants, animals, etc., in Genesis 1:26 It says, "And Yahweh said, 'Let Us make man in Our Image, after Our Likeness:...' " Who was He talking to? I think it is safe to say that He was talking to Yahshua. There our Saviour is, in the Torah.
Do we truly believe the account of creation? Read verses 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31. They speak of "first day", "fifth day", etc. According to the Torah, Yahweh created the world in one literal week.
Let us look at the pattern of things here. Read verses 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31 again. Notice "the evening and the morning" pattern. Scripturally, the new day starts at sundown. Evening comes first.
Speaking of the pattern of things, let us read Genesis 2:1-3. On what day did our Elohim rest? The seventh. Would it have made sense for Him to rest on the first day, before He started His Work, and then to work from Day 2 through Day 7? I do not think so.
Read Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1. Do these verses tell us that Yahshua rose on the first of the week? No. They tell us that his friends came to his grave on the first of the week. It would be logical to conclude that He rose on the Sabbath, and thus was not there when they came around early morning on the first of the week.
Read John 20:19. Were the disciples gathered for a "service"? No. They were gathered together... "for fear of the Jews".
Something interesting to notice is what the days of the week were called. Look at Genesis 1:23 for an example. "And the evening and the morning were Thursday." No! Of course it doesn't say that! Break "Thursday" into two parts. Thurs day. Add an apostrophe. Thur's day. The day of Thur, or Thor, the god of thunder. That is the origin of the the title "Thursday". The other days of the week and many of the months, have similar kinds of names. We would be much better to says "fifth month", "second day", etc. See Luke 24:1 for another example.
No let us talk a bit about the creation of mankind. Notice how the male was made in Genesis 2:7 - out of the dust. Notice how the female was formed in Genesis 2:22 - out of a rib. This world teaches us that men and women are equal. However, we know that this is not true. Yahweh even made them diferent!
Marriage was instituted in the Torah. See Genesis 2:24. Yahshua used the Torah. In Matthew 19:4-5, He refers to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. Marriage is a joining of two people, a "becoming one". Husbands and wives are supposed to be very close. See Genesis 2:23.
Our last verse for today will be Genesis 2:25. Here dwells no sin. The devil has not yet corrupted mankind. Picture it! Two people, a perfect man and woman, dwelling together in a beautiful garden. Paradise. Heavenly. Perfect.
The Creation - by James Weldon Johnson
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