Getting_to_Know_God_Genesis_1_2

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A series of studies on understanding God as He reveals Himself in scripture.

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Genesis 1-2

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Genesis 1:1-9 NIV

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Before there was something, there was Someone.

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God in Three Persons has always existed.

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All things derive their existence from God and in God’s time.

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All things then derive their value and life from God.

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Genesis 1:26-28 NIV

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God created man last with defined purposes.

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God created man last with defined purposes.

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God didn’t need our help and He provided absolutely everything.

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God didn’t need our help and He provided absolutely everything.

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God then enjoyed a perfect intimacy with His creation, especially man.

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Genesis 2:8-9 NIV

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God had one rule (not 10 or 613) but one and expected obedience.

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How hard could that be?

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Genesis is a window through which we see our world and our place in it.

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Genesis was written (revealed) after the Fall, the Exile, the Flood and Egypt.

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A man (Abraham), a tribe and a nation has risen based on personal revelations.

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The nation lingered in slavery having only the words of their keepers and the memory of their experiences.

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Why would God wait so long to reveal His own version of events?

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God chose to first reveal Himself through the things He had done and how He interacted with His people.

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We lost more than our intimacy in the Fall. We lost our ability to know God personally.

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We lost more than our intimacy in the Fall. We lost our ability to know God personally.

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Genesis is the first scripture that sets the principles of all scripture to follow:

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Genesis is the first scripture that sets the principles of all scripture to follow:

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One: Scripture is always a means to a greater end!

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One: Scripture is always a means to a greater end!

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Two: Scripture corrects, reveals and instructs.

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As author, God is doing more than transmitting information.

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God seeks our transformation into being more like Him.

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Genesis is not so much about how the world was created by that it was created and by whom.

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When we consider how amazing this creation is, we have to wonder how amazing is its creator.

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All scripture then reveals something about God’s character and nature.

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Scripture also reveals something about God’s desires since the creator has the right to determine the creation’s outcome.

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Genesis 1:3-25 NIV

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The Genesis account reveals some of the values held by God:

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He values diversity balanced with order and design.

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There is structure and purpose in each step He takes and He always moves in His time.

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Diversity triumphs efficiency in the economy of God. No two things are ever alike.

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Genesis 2:2 NIV

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God seems to prefer a rhythm of work and rest to a grinding work schedule.

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God could have created all things at one time if He desired and He certainly doesn’t need to rest.

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God values proper rests as much as He values good work.

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God made it perfectly clear that He held us in an esteemed value over His creation.

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All human value derives from these innate revelations.

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Central to that value is the equality of genders in the desire of God.

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That same equality is seen in God’s love for community: the harmony of His creation.

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God would create, watch the function of that day and call it ‘good’.

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The harmony of creation/community is horizontal as well as vertical.

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Genesis 1:29 NIV

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From the beginning, God has work for man to accomplish.

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He gives man rule over all creation just as God has rule over all men.

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We have since Eden been stewards of this creation and environmentally responsible.

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God expects us to keep a rhythm of rest and work.

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God expects us to guard community and defend the rights of the disenfranchised.

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God expects us to value the sanctity of life as His and the worth of every life the same.

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By upholding these desires of God, you begin to become like Him and ‘know’ Him.

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Visit a friend. Help a stranger. Take a nap. Grow something. Walk more.

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Follow and know God on a daily basis. Partnership with Him so that His will is known on earth as it is in heaven.

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Pray! That we may know Him better!

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