August 24, 2020
One of the key things that Genesis provides Christians is a worldview that is assumed but not necessarily taught by later Scriptures. If we fail to study this book of Genesis, we shortchange ourselves because from the book of Genesis our foundational biblical worldview is formed. The “Webster” dictionary defines a worldview as: “a consistent conception of all existence” or, better, “the comprehensive framework of one’s basic beliefs about things.” It is a foundational view of all of reality that enables us to see individual elements and events in the light of the whole. Basically, a worldview, consists of the knowledge of three entities and their interrelationship: God, the cosmos, and human beings.
Genesis also provides insight into the character of our God. We will discover his sovereignty in creation and his grace in redemption. We will observe in the opening chapters that God by His powerful word, as the King of the universe, creates the earth as his good kingdom.
1. Please read Genesis 1:1-2.3 and note below the key events that happen on
each day of creation.
2. As you have observed this creation account what are the things that Moses
repeats for emphasis? Why do you think these things are emphasized? (Think
in terms of who the original audience was as they received this account)
3. What tools did God use to create the heavens and the earth? (Ps. 33:6-9; Isa. 40:12-26; Hebrews 11: 1-3) As you have read Isa. 40, what did you learn about God’s character and how does this shape your worship?
4. In day one God creates light. How is this light different to the creation of day
4? In what way does John 1:1-3 and Revelation 21:22-22:5 help explain the
light that God is. How do these accounts help in our understanding of Jesus’
words in John 8:12-20 and John 9:1-5? What assurance do these truths give
5. Why do you think Moses in day 4 calls the sun and moon greater and lesser
lights? Why is this important with relation to realigning Israel’s worldview?
How does the whole creation account restore a biblical worldview?
6. Genesis 1:26 outlines the final act of the creation story. Who is involved in the
entire creation? (Gen 1:1-2, 26, John 1:1-5; Col 1:15-17, Heb 1:1-4)
7. What is the role of humanity in God’s good kingdom? How are human beings
different from all other parts of God’s creation?
8. As you reflect on the creation account spend some time in prayer thanking the Lord for his creation. In reflecting on God’s good creation how does this enable us to cast out the fear and anxiety of our current circumstances?