By R. Kent Hughes

ISBN-10: 1581346298

ISBN-13: 9781581346299

The ebook of Genesis includes one of the most attractive and famous tales within the Bible: the backyard, the flood, the tower of Babel, and the lives of the patriarchs. yet those are greater than simply solid tales. They lay the foundation for God's dating with humanity and for his plan for our salvation, making Genesis foundational to knowing every little thing else that occurs within the Bible. Genesis unearths a lot approximately human nature and the character of God. From the activities of the 1st guy and girl, we see the place our rebellious, sinful nature originates. and during the full publication we see the hand of a sovereign God who's loving and merciful, yet additionally simply and holy. again and again in Genesis, God showers his grace upon unfit humanity, giving us our first tastes of God's enduring faithfulness that shines in the course of the whole Bible. R. Kent Hughes, revered pastor and writer of many different commentaries during this sequence, takes readers again to the start of the Bible and strikes via Genesis with cautious exegesis. He explores the peerlessly crafted constitution of the booklet in addition to the weighty topics it comprises. if you happen to pontificate, educate, and examine God's note, this awfully designated paintings will demonstrate a lot approximately the beginnings of God's nice tale.

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There is no sea god, only the seas that God controls, as he likewise controls the earth and its harvest. The earth is now ready for animate, mobile life. The fixed forms are in place. God has sublimely ordered the chaos by his word. This is the history of the world’s first three days. CHRIST AND CREATION Christ is the light. ” And he would continue by saying, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). It was an audacious claim because as Jesus spoke these words he was standing in the temple treasury by the massive extinguished torches that had burned that very night in the ceremony of the Illumination of the Temple, which celebrated the Shekinah glory that led Israel for forty years in the wilderness.

By keeping the Sabbath, God’s people entered into the seven-day rhythm of work and joyful rest. The seventh day pointed the Hebrew worshiper to a day of rejoicing over the created work of God. ”7 The Sabbath implicitly instructed all humanity that there is more to life than work. It afforded God’s people the time to hear and meditate on God’s Word, to contemplate eternal things, and to pray. Isaiah sang of it: If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

God did not need a breather. ”4 God simply stopped GOD RESTS / GENESIS 2:1-3 43 his creating activity. In fact, though God rested (ceased his creating activity), he still worked. Jesus said exactly that when he healed a crippled man on the Sabbath: “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17). God rested from creating but works in sustaining the world by his power, governing it by his providence, and insuring the propagation of its creatures. In fact, if he stopped working, everything would dissolve into nothing.

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