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The Structure of Genesis (The Covenant & the Cross #23)

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Today's passage of Scripture is John 6:63 which reads: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

Today's quote about the Bible is from John Quincy Adams. He said: "So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."

Our topic for today is titled: "The Structure of Genesis" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

It would seem that when God gave the Israelites their first canon on Mount Sinai, it was designed to answer several questions. One of the key concerns in their minds probably was, What does God now expect from us? God's answer is evidenced by various lifestyle issues set forth in what we call the "Law." But there must have been other questions. Two that readily come to mind are, Why us? and Why is God doing this? Both of these are answered in the book of Genesis. But before they are addressed, a prior issue is dealt with -- one of the key questions about life: Where did it all begin? As we will see, this topic is foundational to all others.

The Bible begins with a basic answer to that question, although it does not give us anywhere near the detail we would like, and even the information we have is debatable. Rather, it records just enough data to demonstrate two key points: (1) the universe in which we live was entirely created by God, and (2) the world in which we live is not the way God created it. To understand these ideas, we need to appreciate how Genesis is organized