These notes accompany the sermon entitled “Beginnings” found at: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=718202240154571
“Beginnings” is a series of sermons from the Pentateuch that seeks to provide a foundation for all faith and study by emphasizing the Pentateuch’s teachings concerning the covenants, and the one who eventually fulfills those covenants, Jesus Christ.Matthew 5:17-18; John 1:1-3, 1:14; Luke 24:27; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 1:1-4.
In the Beginning ( בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית)
God is the First Cause. The Prime Mover. Who created God? The question itself is irrelevant to God, because being created and having a beginning are time-bound concepts, and God is above time because He is its creator. He has no beginning and no end. He is self-existent.
God – the Almighty, Elohim is His name. The the LORD God (Genesis 2:4-22), or Yahweh Elohim, the covenant-making God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the the maker of heaven and earth.
All things were made by Him and for His purposes, so it is in Him that we must find our direction, our purpose, and our destiny.
Meditate on this – “In the beginning, God created.”
For Next Time:
- Read Genesis chapters 1-2, and Genesis 5:1, 9:6.
- Read James 3:9.
- Read Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10.