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Wednesday, January 16 2013

Genesis: In The Beginning

The English word "genesis" originated from a Greek root word, pronounced gens, which means to beget. A number of other English words have the same origin, including generate, gender, genealogy and perhaps surprisingly, general (while it today has come to mean not specialized or limited to one class of things, the original meaning of general was of a kind).

The Hebrew name for the Book of Genesis is pronounced bere-sheeth, which means "in the beginning" i.e. the name is from the first word of the Book.


"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:1-31 KJV)

With the six days of the physical Creation completed, the LORD God then Created His one and only, true and Eternal, seventh-day Sabbath (see When Is The LORD's Day?).


"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

The Book of Genesis is actually a series of "in the beginning," with the Creation as a whole, and then a focusing and refining of a Messianic line of humanity in which the LORD God created the family line from which He would be born as the Messiah of all of humanity.

"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens" (Genesis 2:4 KJV)

"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:" (Genesis 5:1-3 KJV)

"6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Genesis 6:9-10 KJV)

"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:" (Genesis 11:10 KJV)

"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot." (Genesis 11:27 KJV)

"25:19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian." (Genesis 25:19-20 KJV)

"37:2 These are the generations of Jacob." (Genesis 37:2 KJV)

The Chapters Of The Book Of Genesis

Chapter 1: Creation

What Does Word of God Mean To You?

The Kingdom Of The LORD God

The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath

Chapter 2: Man In The Garden

The Garden In Eden

Chapter 3: The Fall of Man

How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?

Chapter 4: Cain and Abel

The Sins Of The World's Oldest Profession

Chapter 5: Adam to Noah

The Righteous Line From Adam To Noah

Chapter 6: Preparing For The Flood

The Floods Brought By Christ

How Big Was Noah's Ark?

Chapter 7: The Flood

How Did The Flood Happen?

Chapter 8: The Landing Of The Ark

The Voyage To The New World

Chapter 9: Noah's Vineyard and The Sin of Canaan

The Sin Of Canaan

Chapter 10: The Nations Of Shem, Ham and Japheth

A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning

Chapter 11: The Tower Of Babylon

The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man

Chapter 12: The Call Of Abram

A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan

Chapter 13: Abraham and Lot

The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob

Lot's Choice

Chapter 14: Abraham At War

A Biography Of Abraham: The Battles Of Sodom

Chapter 15: The Promise Of Abraham's Seed

Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates

Chapter 16: Hagar and Ishmael

A Biography Of Abraham: Hagar And Ishmael

Chapter 17: Circumcision


Chapter 18: The Promise To Sarah

The LORD And The Two Angels

A Biography Of Abraham: Sarah

Chapter 19: The Incineration of Sodom and Gomorrah

The Day That Christ Incinerated Sodom

Why Did Lot's Wife Look Back?

Chapter 20: Abraham and Abimelech

She Is My Sister

Chapter 21: The Birth Of Isaac; Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

Ishmael's Kingdom

Chapter 22: The Sacrifice of Isaac

A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac

Chapter 23: The Death Of Sarah

Sarah's Rest

Chapter 24: The Marriage Of Isaac and Rebekah

Who Chose Rebekah?

Chapter 25: The Birth Of Jacob and Esau

A Biography Of Jacob: The Second Twin

Chapter 26: Isaac's Wells

The Wells Of Beersheba

Chapter 27: The Blessing Of Jacob

A Biography Of Jacob: The Blessing

Chapter 28: Stairway To Heaven

A Biography Of Jacob: Stairway To Heaven

Chapter 29: Leah and Rachel

The Syrian Marriage Wells

Chapter 30: The Children of Jacob

A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria

Chapter 31: The Parting Of Jacob and Laban

A Biography Of Jacob: Speckled And Spotted"

A Biography Of Jacob: The Flight To Canaan

Chapter 32: The Origin Of Israel

A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel

Chapter 33: Jacob and Esau Make Peace

A Biography Of Jacob: Peace With Esau

Chapter 34: Dinah and Shechem

Dinah Of Israel

Chapter 35: Bethel

The God Of Bethel

Chapter 36: Esau's Kingdom

The Land of Seir

Chapter 37: Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours

A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors

Chapter 38: The First Jews

Who Were The First Jews?

Chapter 39: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

Was Her Name Zuleikha?

Chapter 40: The Pharaoh's Butler and Baker

Pharaoh's Butler and Baker

Chapter 41: Joseph, Prime Minister of Egypt

Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt

Chapter 42: The Famine In Canaan

Why Did They Go To Goshen?

Chapter 43: Joseph's Brothers

Are Levites 'Jews'?

Chapter 44: Benjamin and Joseph

Benjamin's Journey To Egypt

Chapter 45: Joseph Makes Himself Known To His Brothers

The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace

Chapter 46: Jacob Goes To Egypt

A Biography Of Jacob: Israel In Egypt

Chapter 47: The Israelites Settle In Egypt

The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob

Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates

Chapter 48: Ephraim and Manasseh

Jacob's Blessing Of Ephraim And Manasseh

Chapter 49: Jacob's Blessing Of The Israelite Patriarchs

A Biography Of Jacob: Blessings And Prophecies

Chapter 50: Jacob's Funeral

A Biography Of Jacob: Homeward Bound

Fact Finder: What is the connection between Eve, at the beginning of the Bible, and the Church of God, at the end?
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This Day In History, January 16

27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Cleopatra Connection), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).

1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.

1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").

1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.

1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.

1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.

1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."

1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.

1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.

1794: Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, died (see The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.

1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).

1945: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.

1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.

1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.

1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.

1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.

1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).

1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.

2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.



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