Generations in Genesis

Generations in Genesis

Genesis 5: 1a
“This is the book of the generations of Adam.”

One of the problems some people have with the book of Genesis is about its authorship. The fact that Genesis is attributed to Moses is well known. Nor is it mere tradition. Jesus himself referred to the first five books of the Bible as written by Moses. However, all the events contained in Genesis predate Moses, in some cases by more than a thousand years.

Many explanations have been given to reconcile this problem. Some have suggested that the entire book could have been given to Moses by direct revelation from God. Now God is sovereign and certainly could have given Genesis by this method. However, most scholars prefer the idea that Genesis is structured in units, called toledots, and that Moses was able to edit them into the final inspired document.

The Hebrew word toledot is found in phrases like Genesis 5: 1. “This is the book of the generations of Adam”, where the word “generations” is used to translate the Hebrew toledot . This phrase is used to separate what are likely to be the original family documents. The sentence is likely to feature the section compiled by the named person, although I should mention that some think that the sentence actually concludes or closes the section compiled by the person named. Personally, I think the idea of ​​the toledot as a presentation is more likely, especially when one looks at the toledot of Ishmael in Genesis 25. Either way, toledot’s model perfectly explains how Genesis can be both inspired, contemporary, and part of the books of Moses.

Prayer: We declare and acknowledge that your word, in the Bible, is true, from beginning to end. Thank you for the way you have preserved and given us your word today. Amen.

Ref: Sarfati, J. (2015), The Genesis story , (Powder Springs, GA: CMI), pp17-19.

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Generations in Genesis

Generations in Genesis

Genesis 5: 1a
“This is the book of the generations of Adam.”

One of the problems some people have with the book of Genesis is about its authorship. The fact that Genesis is attributed to Moses is well known. Nor is it mere tradition. Jesus himself referred to the first five books of the Bible as written by Moses. However, all the events contained in Genesis predate Moses, in some cases by more than a thousand years.

Many explanations have been given to reconcile this problem. Some have suggested that the entire book could have been given to Moses by direct revelation from God. Now God is sovereign and certainly could have given Genesis by this method. However, most scholars prefer the idea that Genesis is structured in units, called toledots, and that Moses was able to edit them into the final inspired document.

The Hebrew word toledot is found in phrases like Genesis 5: 1. “This is the book of the generations of Adam”, where the word “generations” is used to translate the Hebrew toledot . This phrase is used to separate what are likely to be the original family documents. The sentence is likely to feature the section compiled by the named person, although I should mention that some think that the sentence actually concludes or closes the section compiled by the person named. Personally, I think the idea of ​​the toledot as a presentation is more likely, especially when one looks at the toledot of Ishmael in Genesis 25. Either way, toledot’s model perfectly explains how Genesis can be both inspired, contemporary, and part of the books of Moses.

Prayer: We declare and acknowledge that your word, in the Bible, is true, from beginning to end. Thank you for the way you have preserved and given us your word today. Amen.

Ref: Sarfati, J. (2015), The Genesis story , (Powder Springs, GA: CMI), pp17-19.

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How You Can Connect with God Right Now – Powerpoint – December 11

How You Can Connect with God Right Now

December 11

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

Luke 2:8-9

The shepherds were out in the fields tending to their flocks. These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families, and were essentially nomadic as they followed their flocks around day and night. It was a lonely, poor life… a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.

But when Jesus was born, the heavens opened wide and the sky was filled with angels singing with voices beyond imagination. This most beautiful of songs heard by the lowliest of men and accompanied by the sight of angels filling the sky had to be indescribable.

As we look in the Bible at places where God touches Earth – where heavenly beings come and make direct contact with people – we find that it very often happens in extremely humble circumstances. This becomes even clearer as we look at the story of Christmas.

No matter where you are in life, how you live, or what you have, God can meet you right there. Don’t think you have to clean yourself up first in order to connect with God. He’s available to you right now. Don’t wait to meet Him!

GOD CAN MEET YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE TODAY. BE OPEN TO HIS PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!



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I Kiss Better Than I Cook – I Do Every Day – December 11, 2020

I Kiss Better Than I Cook
By Sabrina McDonald

I have a sign in my kitchen: “I kiss better than I cook.” It’s true. I just don’t have the drive to cook, a trait that drives my Pampered Chef-selling friends crazy. (Getting giddy over cheese graters and flower-shaped cookie cutters is not my cup of tea.)

But I’ve always heard the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So even though I much prefer kissing, I certainly wanted to win my husband’s heart. Being the good wife I was, I cooked.

My first stab at my wifely cooking duty was jambalaya. I bought a box of pre-seasoned rice and cut up some sausage. When I set it before my husband, he joked, “Oh, look! Cajun Helper.” Comparing my cooking to Hamburger Helper wasn’t helping him any.

Next dinner, I switched to a meal made from scratch. Looking for accolades, I asked him how he liked it, “It was good, sweetheart.”

Hmmm … lackluster, I thought, but I’ll take it.

Then he followed up with, “I would have cut out about half the onions.”

By the time the holidays rolled around, my desire to cook had dwindled to “Here, have a hot dog.” I decided to leave the cooking to everyone else, including my husband. If he wanted his Aunt Argie’s cornbread and greens, he was going to have to make it … and he did.

He also made from scratch chicken and dumplings, bacon and green beans, and smoked meats. Everyone loved it. My husband was a fantastic cook, and I didn’t even know it!

Turns out, the way to this man’s heart isn’t through his stomach; it’s through my stomach and into his ears. He loves when his wife enjoys his cooking.

I was putting pressure on myself to be something my husband didn’t need. What he needed was for me to appreciate and value his gifts rather than try to compete with them.

Sometimes preconceived ideas about marriage can get in the way of our relationships. What are some ways you can accommodate your spouse to let their natural gifts shine?

Listen to one pastor explain the real meaning of being the head and the helper.

The good stuff: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

Action points: What are your spouse’s hidden gifts? Are there some changes you could make in order to take advantage of your spouse’s God-given gifts? Are you forcing yourself or your spouse into a stereotype that actually gets in the way of your relationship?

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