Introduction to Genesis


Genesis 1:1

Steve started his series on Genesis, with today devoted to a foundational look at the book. He pointed out that Genesis is history, with most scholars believing Moses relied on some form of written information to put it together, with some details added after he died.

“The Bible doesn’t talk about splitting atoms or viruses,” Steve said. “It’s the history of God. A lot is left out. Most of us are attracted to the least important things. It’s more exciting to speculate. . . . The Bible doesn’t give us all the details because we’re like a bunch of five-year-olds. Genesis gives us the most important detail: God did it.”

We need to anchor our beliefs in Scripture rather than emotion or persuasive arguments, he added. Steve then offered several guidelines when it comes to Genesis:

  • Be wary of today’ popular theories.

Every generation thinks it is the most important of all time, but when you step back and look at history you will discover that isn’t the case.

  • Genesis is true but not exhaustive. It doesn’t give us all the details.
  • It is foundational. Without the first three chapters of Genesis, nothing else in the Bible makes sense.

We need the creation story to understand why humans are of intrinsic value: because we are made in God’s image. It’s why abortion, murder and theft are wrong—because they harm a person made in His image.

  • The main thrust of Genesis is theological.

Theology is the study of God, Steve said, so if you have an opinion about God, you’re theological.

  • Genesis is geo-centric.

The book is centered on the earth. People talk about things we observe and how they look from our perspective. Genesis often gets criticized for not being scientific enough, but it’s written from a human’s viewpoint.

“In order for there to be a beginning, there had to be something before the beginning,” Steve said. “That’s something that’s incomprehensible. There’s a big pushback on the Big Bang theory because (naturalists) don’t like ex-nihilo (meaning something created out of nothing). . . . My question is where did it come from?”

The point of Genesis is to remember that God didn’t create us because He was lonely, Steve said. He made us to reflect His glory and declare His praise. God is also in the business of declaring the end of a thing before the beginning, and has been working toward the end of time from the beginning.