3ABN Sabbath School Panel

Creation: Genesis As Foundation—Part 2

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Program Code: SSP200022S

00:01 Last week on 3ABN Sabbath School Panel,
00:02 we took on a study,
00:04 a very interesting study entitled
00:05 Creation: Genesis as Foundation, Part 1.
00:08 And, of course, there's got to be a Part 2
00:10 and that's exactly what we're gonna be studying
00:12 this week in our overall study
00:13 entitled How to Interpret Scripture.
00:16 We're gonna be taking on study number 9
00:18 entitled Creation: Genesis as Foundation, Part 2.
00:23 And in the case that you may not have
00:25 a copy of this lesson,
00:26 you can still get one if you go to absg.Adventist.org
00:32 and there you can access a copy of the study for free.
00:35 Until then we want you to go grab yourself,
00:37 your family members, your friends, your enemies,
00:39 anyone that you can gather them around,
00:41 and let's go study the Bible together
00:43 in this exciting Bible study adventure.
01:20 Hello and welcome back to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel.
01:23 Again, we are always so happy that you are joining us.
01:26 We know that you're taking time out of your busy day,
01:28 your busy week to study with us here
01:30 and we're so grateful for that.
01:32 And you know what we're continuing
01:33 through this series of studies
01:35 because we're over halfway through,
01:36 we're on lesson number 9,
01:38 just a few left
01:39 and last week we talked about Genesis as Foundation,
01:43 Part 1 and this week lesson number 9,
01:46 Creation: Genesis as Foundation, Part 2.
01:50 So I'm excited to study this. I don't know about you guys.
01:52 We have some very interesting topics
01:53 today as well.
01:55 But before we go any further,
01:56 I wanna go ahead and introduce the panel
01:58 in case you're watching for the first time.
02:00 We have Miss Jill Morikone,
02:01 and it's always a blessing
02:02 and an honor to have you on here.
02:04 Thank you so much, Pastor Ryan, joy to study God's Word.
02:06 Praise the Lord.
02:07 We have Pastor Lomacang to her left.
02:09 How are you, Brother? I'm doing well.
02:11 We've enjoyed the topic of creation.
02:13 And we're praying that God can give us wisdom
02:16 to make this one very clear.
02:17 Praise the Lord.
02:19 And we have Pastor John Dinzey,
02:20 General Manager of 3ABN Latino.
02:22 It's a blessing to have you here, Brother.
02:24 It's again, a blessing to be here.
02:25 And God is good.
02:27 Amen. Praise the Lord.
02:28 And, my good friend, my brother from another mother,
02:33 Pastor Kenny Shelton.
02:34 I love your wisdom and your knowledge, Brother,
02:35 it's a blessing to have you on everything.
02:37 It is a blessing to be here and share the Word of God.
02:39 Thank you. Praise the Lord.
02:40 Amen.
02:42 You know, when I was studying for this particular lesson,
02:45 it caught me off guard.
02:47 I'm gonna introduce what that is.
02:49 And if you have a copy of this lesson,
02:50 then you know exactly what I'm talking about.
02:52 And I kind of see now exactly
02:55 where the author was going with this
02:56 because we're talking about
02:57 How to Interpret Scripture, right?
03:00 And so I can see that
03:01 as we take on some of these more difficult
03:03 and sometimes strange topics like why are we studying this?
03:07 There is a purpose.
03:08 Sometimes you're gonna have questions,
03:10 people are gonna challenge you with things that,
03:11 you know, you have to be able to give an answer
03:13 for the Bible tells us to be able to,
03:15 you know, be ready to give an account
03:17 for the things that we are challenged about
03:19 and be able to stand on God's truth
03:21 and allow the Word of God to speak for itself.
03:24 Our memory text, of course, comes from Psalm 19:1,
03:28 and I'm gonna read that
03:29 and then we're going to have a prayer,
03:30 but notice what it says here, Psalm 19:1,
03:33 this comes from the New King James Version, it says,
03:35 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
03:38 and the firmament shows His handiwork."
03:41 And on that note, Pastor Lomacang,
03:43 would you like to have this prayer for us?
03:44 Loving Father in heaven, thank You for the opportunity.
03:47 You have reveal to us
03:48 the truth of Your unerring word.
03:51 Give us wisdom now to handle it for Your glory and honor,
03:54 we pray in Christ's name.
03:56 Amen. Amen.
03:58 Praise the Lord.
04:00 In the study on Sabbath Afternoon,
04:03 there was some interesting statistics
04:06 and information given there
04:08 that I would like to read at this time
04:09 to set us up for Sunday's lesson
04:11 which is quite interestingly entitled,
04:13 A Flat Earth?
04:15 Question mark. A Flat Earth?
04:18 Notice what Sabbath Afternoon says,
04:20 "Many great thinkers were inspired by Scripture
04:23 to explore God's created world.
04:27 As a result, modern science was born.
04:29 Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, John Ray, Robert Boyle,
04:34 and other early great scientists
04:36 believe that their work revealed
04:37 even more about the handiwork of God's creation.
04:41 After the French Revolution, however,
04:44 19th century science
04:46 began to move from a theistic worldview
04:49 to one based on naturalism and materialism,
04:52 often with no place at all for the supernatural.
04:55 These philosophical ideas were popularized
04:58 by Charles Darwin
05:00 On the Origin of Species,"
05:01 of course, the book that he wrote.
05:03 "Since that time,
05:04 science has increasingly distanced itself
05:07 from its biblical foundation,
05:08 resulting in a radical reinterpretation
05:12 of the Genesis story."
05:13 Which is what we talked about essentially last week.
05:16 We're gonna continue that theme this week.
05:18 "Does the Bible teach and an antiquated,
05:21 unscientific view of cosmology?
05:24 Was the biblical account simply borrowed
05:27 from the surrounding pagan nations?"
05:30 And there are some people that say that,
05:31 of course, you know, the stories of Gilgamesh
05:33 and all the other different writings
05:35 that are out there, they say,
05:36 "Oh, you know, the Bible had to have come after that."
05:38 Well, that's what the author's asking here.
05:40 "Was the Bible culturally conditioned
05:43 by its place and time,
05:45 or does it inspired nature elevate us
05:48 to view of origins
05:51 that is complete in its divine framework?"
05:54 And so we're gonna continue through this study and again,
05:56 Sunday's lesson, A Flat Earth?
05:59 You know, I have over the years, you know,
06:02 traveling in evangelism,
06:04 doing many different Bible studies
06:05 in many different churches,
06:06 you run across people who they're confident,
06:09 and they're passionate about,
06:10 that they believe,
06:12 according to their personal research,
06:14 that the earth is flat,
06:16 and they believe that it is foundation in Scripture.
06:18 Now you and I, who might have a more a different,
06:22 probably more popular view that the world is round,
06:26 rather than flat.
06:27 We think of that and going, how could you get that, right?
06:30 From Scripture, but nonetheless,
06:31 let's look at a couple of examples
06:32 in Scripture.
06:34 We're gonna go to the Book of Revelation.
06:35 These are texts
06:37 in which someone might go to and say,
06:38 "Wait a second, if the Bible words it this way,
06:42 then there must be indeed a flat earth."
06:44 So Revelation Chapter 7, we're gonna begin there.
06:47 Revelation 7:1,
06:50 notice what the Bible says,
06:52 it says, "After these things I saw four angels
06:54 standing on the four corners of the earth,
06:57 holding the four winds of the earth,
06:59 that the wind should not blow on the earth,
07:01 or on the sea, or any tree."
07:04 So again, the four corners of the earth.
07:06 Now skip over to Revelation 20.
07:08 We're gonna look at verses 7 and 8
07:10 from Revelation Chapter 20.
07:11 So these are some biblical examples
07:13 of where someone might say,
07:14 "Wait a second,
07:15 is the earth flat
07:17 or do we live on a flat earth, right?"
07:18 Revelation 20:7-8
07:21 speaking of that period of 1,000 years
07:23 or after the 1,000 years it says,
07:24 "Now when the thousand years have expired,
07:27 Satan will be released from his prison
07:29 and will go out to deceive the nations which are,"
07:31 notice again,
07:33 "in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog,
07:35 to gather them together to battle,
07:37 whose number is as the sand of the sea."
07:40 Four corners, the four corners of the earth.
07:43 Well, if the earth is round,
07:45 and why does it have four corners, right?
07:46 I think a common explanation of this is, first of all,
07:49 we have to recognize
07:50 that the Book of Revelation
07:52 is a very, very highly symbolic book.
07:54 There's lots and lots of figurative
07:56 and symbolic language
07:57 flooded throughout this book
07:59 from Revelation 1 to Revelation 22.
08:02 And so John is simply using the term four corners
08:05 to communicate the four compass points
08:08 of the circular earth.
08:09 And we're gonna show biblical proof
08:11 as to how we know that in just a moment,
08:13 he is using symbolic and figurative language.
08:16 It's kind of like, you know, we might say, you know,
08:18 the sun sets in the west, right?
08:21 That's figurative language.
08:23 And we know that the sun is not literally setting
08:25 or sitting in the west, right?
08:26 And so in the same thing, the sun is rising in the east,
08:29 wrote rose in the east, you know,
08:31 it's a figurative language that we use to describe
08:34 the events around us in particular to the sun
08:37 to insist on a literal interpretation of this.
08:40 If we were to read these texts literally and say, okay,
08:42 this earth has to be flat because of these four corners.
08:45 To insist on a literal interpretation
08:46 of the text would be irresponsible
08:49 and I say this respectfully,
08:51 somewhat unintelligent
08:52 because of the scientific proof that we have today.
08:55 And it would be taking the passage completely
08:58 out of context.
08:59 Now, just to further establish this point,
09:02 we know that not only does Bible prophecy
09:04 often use this figurative language
09:06 or the symbolic language,
09:08 but we also see even Jesus in His teachings
09:10 and His parables and His discourses
09:12 often used this figurative language,
09:14 symbolic language to communicate a moral point.
09:16 For instance, Matthew 15:19
09:19 would be a prime example of this.
09:21 So again, Matthew 15:19, says, and this is Jesus speaking,
09:25 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
09:31 adulteries, fornications, thefts,
09:34 false witnesses or false witness,
09:36 and blasphemies."
09:38 So again, if we were to take this text literal,
09:39 okay, you know, we would have to assume
09:42 that Jesus is talking about that,
09:43 you know, cardiac pump
09:45 in our chest, that something,
09:46 all these things are coming out of,
09:47 and of course, we read that
09:49 and it's somewhat silly to even think
09:50 that that's the case, right?
09:51 Because we know that He's using
09:53 a figurative speech to communicate a moral point.
09:56 Now I said earlier
09:57 that we would look at biblical proof
09:58 as to where we get the concept of living on a round earth
10:03 because we know that the earth is not flat,
10:05 the Bible tells us that it's not flat.
10:07 Let's go to Job Chapter 26.
10:09 Job Chapter 26.
10:11 And we're gonna be looking at verses 7-10.
10:16 Job 26:7-10.
10:19 Somebody have that wanna read it for us?
10:21 Job 26:7-10.
10:24 "He stretches out the north over empty space,
10:26 He hangs the earth on nothing.
10:28 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
10:30 yet the clouds are not broken under it.
10:33 He covers the face of His throne,
10:35 and spreads His cloud over it.
10:37 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
10:41 at the boundary of light and darkness."
10:43 Okay, so right there we have a clear indication that,
10:46 you know, this earth is circular.
10:48 And you'll notice that these are not prophetic
10:50 or figurative words.
10:52 These are not symbolic words.
10:53 This is a clear description from Job,
10:55 obviously under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
10:58 recounting the creative works of Jesus at the beginning.
11:01 Of course, we're talking about Creation with Genesis
11:03 as the foundation.
11:05 When we read that Genesis creative account,
11:07 we can accept it by faith.
11:08 Even though we weren't there,
11:09 we know that it was true, right?
11:11 Let's go to Isaiah 40:21-22.
11:16 Isaiah 40:21-22.
11:19 And if we have someone that could read that as well?
11:22 Okay.
11:24 Here it is, 21 and 22.
11:26 Twenty one and twenty two.
11:28 "Have you not known?
11:30 Have you not heard?
11:32 Has it not been told you from the beginning?
11:35 Have you not understood
11:37 from the foundation of the earth?
11:39 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth."
11:42 There it is. Right.
11:43 "And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
11:46 who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
11:49 and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in."
11:53 Okay, so again, again, this is Isaiah
11:55 now the prophet who is clearly communicating,
11:57 not from a figurative speech,
11:59 not from a symbolic language,
12:01 but he's simply recounting the creative works of Jesus
12:05 from the beginning of creation.
12:06 And so we see right there, verse 22,
12:08 is that He who sits above the circle of the earth,
12:11 and so, you know,
12:12 it almost would seem and I say this respectfully,
12:16 and I think anybody who knows me
12:17 would understand that.
12:18 It almost seems silly to even have to talk about this
12:21 because again, of all of the multiple evidences
12:23 that we have today that we live on a round,
12:26 circular planet, but again,
12:28 there may be someone watching right now
12:30 that says, "You know what, I'm convinced
12:31 that this earth is flat."
12:33 And we wanna show you from a biblical perspective
12:35 that God did indeed create this earth as a round sphere
12:39 or a circular round object.
12:42 And so additionally, in the closing moments,
12:43 I have considered
12:45 just some of the scientific evidence,
12:46 some of the common sense reasoning
12:48 that we can just say, "Okay,
12:49 we have to be on a round earth."
12:51 For instance, if you go to a harbor,
12:52 and you look and you watch a ship,
12:54 I don't know if you've ever seen this before.
12:55 I've been to many different oceans.
12:57 And if you watch a ship sail out across the ocean,
13:00 You will know that the earth has to be some type of shape
13:02 other than a flat because you'll start to see,
13:05 the ship doesn't just go out of thin air
13:07 it literally it's like almost like it's sinking in the water,
13:10 you start to see it go down, down.
13:11 That's because it's going over the horizon,
13:13 I think of a lunar eclipse.
13:16 A lunar eclipse is probably one of the clearest indications
13:19 that we live on a round planet
13:21 because when a lunar eclipse happens,
13:24 you know, you don't see a flat straight line
13:27 that goes through that moon, right?
13:29 You know, it's because the earth
13:31 is between the sun and the moon,
13:32 so you would have to see the shape of the earth, right?
13:34 It's a circular or round shape
13:36 when you consider a lunar eclipse.
13:38 I consider the time zones and, Pastor,
13:41 we were talking about this earlier, he said,
13:42 "You know, get on a plane." And he's absolutely right.
13:44 If you've ever been 35,000 to 37,000 feet
13:48 in the air on an airplane,
13:49 just cross over a few time zones
13:51 and you can simply when you get that high,
13:53 you will see the curvature of the planet
13:56 and you can clearly see
13:57 that we are living on a round circular planet.
14:00 In the time zones, again, I mentioned,
14:01 the time zones are a clear indication
14:03 because again,
14:04 my mom called me last year when I was in
14:06 or in previous year when I was in Australia.
14:09 It was like 2 o'clock in the morning
14:10 where I was and it was,
14:12 you know, I don't know, several hours in the afternoon.
14:14 How can that be
14:15 if we're living on a flat earth, right?
14:17 So the point is, we can trust the science evidence
14:21 that proves that and we can trust the Bible,
14:23 most of all to know that God got it right
14:25 the first time.
14:27 Amen.
14:28 Thank you so much for that study, Pastor Ryan.
14:30 And, you know, we think flat earth
14:32 the Word of God says round earth,
14:33 but there are so many winds of doctrine blowing.
14:36 There are so many theories out there
14:39 that we need to go back to a thus saith the Lord.
14:42 Thank you for that biblical proof.
14:43 On Monday's lesson, we look at Creation
14:46 in Ancient Literature, and we see today,
14:49 an attack on the Genesis account.
14:52 By that I mean an attack
14:53 on the biblical story of creation
14:56 recorded in the Book of Genesis.
14:59 This is a quote from the lesson,
15:00 we'll start here, it says,
15:01 "Archaeologists have discovered texts
15:04 from ancient Egypt and the Near East
15:07 that contain early histories of the Creation and the Flood."
15:13 So the question arises instantly
15:15 you think, well, that's not an issue.
15:16 There's no big deal with that, but the question comes in,
15:19 was the Genesis account of creation
15:22 borrowed from these pagan sources?
15:25 Is it somehow dependent on them?
15:28 Or is it completely separate and thereby inspired?
15:31 So that's what we're gonna take a look at.
15:33 We're gonna take a look at this discovery
15:35 that archaeologists have made and we will see that in fact,
15:38 they are vastly different,
15:40 and that the creation account in Genesis
15:43 was inspired by God Himself.
15:45 So Atra-Hasis
15:47 is the title of an 18th-century BC
15:52 Akkadian epic,
15:53 recorded in various versions on clay tablets.
15:56 There were three clay tablets that they discovered.
15:58 They're currently cuneiform tablets.
16:00 They're currently now residing in the British Museum.
16:05 Atra- asis was the protagonists of this story.
16:09 And it was written in an extinct East Semitic language
16:12 that was spoken in the ancient world
16:14 that is extinct
16:15 and it's not even used anymore today.
16:17 There were these three tablets.
16:19 The oldest known copy
16:20 can be dated to the reign of Hammurabi's great grandson,
16:24 that would be 1646 to 1626 BC.
16:28 Interesting.
16:29 So there's stories on these three tablets.
16:31 We're gonna look at them briefly so we can see
16:33 the disparity between them and the account in Genesis.
16:37 Tablet I contained the creation myth.
16:41 The Sumerian gods,
16:43 we know they had polytheistic religion
16:44 they had made, they believed in many gods.
16:47 They had three gods, I can't pronounce them,
16:50 but we're just gonna call them Anu, Enlil, and Enki.
16:54 And I'm sure that's not right.
16:56 Anu ruled the sky or so they taught.
17:00 Enlil ruled the earth or so they taught.
17:03 And Enki ruled the fresh water sea.
17:08 Enlil assigned junior divine or junior gods or lesser gods
17:14 to do farm labor
17:16 and maintain the rivers and canals.
17:18 Now this is how the pagan story goes.
17:21 After 40 years,
17:22 these lesser gods rebelled and they said,
17:24 "We're done with work.
17:25 We don't wanna do strenuous labor anymore."
17:28 Instead of punishing them,
17:30 the gods suggested that humans be created to do the work.
17:36 So as the story goes,
17:38 the Mother Goddess
17:39 is assigned the task of creating humans
17:42 by shaping clay figurines,
17:45 mixed with the flesh and blood of a God that they killed.
17:50 All of the gods then spit on the clay
17:53 and after 10 months,
17:55 especially made womb breaks open
17:58 and the humans are born.
18:01 You know, when I read that exactly right,
18:02 and you started to laugh.
18:03 When I read that you think, "Really?"
18:07 So Tablet II contains legends about overpopulation of humans,
18:11 about famine and drought,
18:12 and then a decision that they're going to,
18:15 these gods are going to cause a flood to destroy mankind.
18:19 And Tablet III contains their version of the flood.
18:24 Now the lesson actually quoted from the Atra- asis Epic,
18:29 and this is what it said, "When the gods instead of man,
18:33 did the work, bore the load, the gods' load was too great,
18:37 the work too hard, the trouble too much.
18:40 Let the womb-goddess create offspring,
18:43 and let men bear the load of the gods!
18:47 Geshtu-e, a god who had intelligence,
18:50 they slaughtered in their assembly.
18:52 Nintu mixed clay with his flesh and blood."
18:55 Now that's just not even very pleasant to read.
18:58 So, but if you look at the only similarity I see
19:01 in this account to the creation account
19:03 is that they had clay.
19:05 That's the only similarity I see instead.
19:08 And the first humans obviously
19:10 were made from the dust of the ground
19:13 and they said clay mixed with some other things
19:15 which we won't discuss,
19:16 but there are vast differences in these two accounts.
19:20 And let's look at them.
19:21 The first is, I want to look at God's purpose in creation.
19:26 In Genesis, the biblical account,
19:29 we say that God created the world
19:31 and everything in it for humans, for us to enjoy.
19:35 Humanity was the culmination of His creative work.
19:40 He created light and darkness and plants and animals,
19:43 but humans, man and woman
19:46 was the culmination of that creative work.
19:50 God created the world to show His goodness and His glory.
19:54 We see that in Psalm 19:1,
19:56 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
19:58 and the firmament shows fourth His handiwork."
20:02 We see that also in Psalm 50:6, that Psalm 50:6,
20:08 "Let the heavens declare His righteousness,
20:11 for God Himself is Judge."
20:14 We also see that in Psalm 89:5,
20:17 that Psalm 89:5,
20:20 "And the heavens will praise Your wonders,
20:22 O Lord."
20:24 God wanted us to be His children
20:27 and we are made in His image.
20:29 We studied that in a previous lesson,
20:31 Genesis 1:26.
20:33 He considers us His children
20:34 and we are made in the divine image,
20:36 the image of God.
20:38 1 John 3:1. I love this scripture.
20:42 1 John 3:1,
20:44 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,
20:47 that we should be called the children of God!"
20:50 You see in this pagan epic Atra- asis,
20:53 humans were created so the gods could rest.
20:56 Man worked for the gods so that they could rest.
20:58 That's the opposite of the God that we serve.
21:02 Our God has self-sacrificing love.
21:05 And He created us because He loves us
21:08 and wants us to be His children.
21:11 By contrast in Genesis,
21:14 we see that God rested with His creation.
21:18 See in this pagan mythology story,
21:20 the lesser they created humans so that they could rest.
21:24 No, God did all this work,
21:27 and then He allowed us to rest with Him on the Sabbath.
21:30 Genesis 2:1-3,
21:32 "Thus the heavens and the earth,
21:34 and all the host of them, were finished.
21:37 And on the seventh day God ended His work
21:39 which He had done,
21:41 and He rested on the seventh day."
21:43 And He blessed and sanctified and hallowed it.
21:47 So the first difference is God's purpose in creation.
21:49 The second difference is God's desire to communicate
21:53 with His creation.
21:55 We see in Genesis that God wanted to communicate
21:57 with His children.
21:59 He wanted to have
22:00 a relationship with His children.
22:02 Genesis 3:8, once sin entered,
22:06 that brought division between God and humanity.
22:10 Remember Genesis 3:8,
22:12 Adam and Eve actually hid from God.
22:14 "They heard the sound of the Lord God
22:16 walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
22:19 Adam and his wife hid themselves
22:21 from the presence of the Lord God
22:22 among the trees of the garden."
22:24 But before sin,
22:25 they had open communion with God.
22:29 By contrast, in this pagan mythology,
22:32 there is no mention of a garden created for humans.
22:35 There is no mention or of the desire for the gods
22:39 to communicate with humans or be in fellowship with them.
22:42 Difference number three,
22:44 is God's desire to create man and woman.
22:47 In Genesis we see God
22:49 physically forming Adam and Eve,
22:52 Adam from the dust of the ground,
22:54 and breathing into Adam's nostril
22:57 God breathed into Adam's nostrils
22:58 the breath of life.
23:00 And Adam became what?
23:01 A living soul.
23:03 We see God causing Adam to go to sleep
23:06 so that then He could create Eve
23:08 from a rib from Adam's side.
23:10 By contrast, in this pagan mythology,
23:14 we see instead,
23:15 a God being killed
23:17 so that they can somehow mix his blood
23:19 with this clay
23:20 that is vastly different
23:22 from the biblical creation account.
23:25 Finally, number four,
23:27 difference we see God's desire
23:29 is to love His creation and to have a world of peace.
23:32 In Genesis, we see His love
23:34 first in creating humankind later after they sin.
23:38 We see God's desire to reconcile them to Himself
23:42 by the promise of sending His Son, Jesus.
23:46 In this pagan mythology,
23:49 there's only conflict and violence.
23:51 In the creation of humans, there's conflict and violence,
23:54 and definitely the gods
23:55 weren't willing to die for the humans.
23:57 So what a difference in that.
24:00 And from there, we can see that Moses did not borrow
24:03 from these pagan stories
24:04 when he wrote the Book of Genesis.
24:07 By contrast,
24:08 all scripture including
24:10 the Genesis account of creation,
24:12 is given by inspiration of God
24:15 and I'm so grateful that it is.
24:17 Praise the Lord.
24:18 You know, as I'm listening to this study,
24:20 my study, your study,
24:21 and I know this is gonna continue on.
24:23 The devil is attacking this.
24:25 He's attacking God's creative work,
24:26 His creative power,
24:28 and just think about it if it's good enough
24:31 to get the devil's time,
24:33 you know, to take his time and efforts
24:34 to try to skew the truth of God's Word
24:36 in relation to creation, then you know what?
24:39 Praise God for the Bible account
24:40 that we have
24:42 because we know God always gets it right
24:43 the first time.
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25:25 Welcome back to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel.
25:28 We're gonna kick it over to Pastor John Lomacang
25:30 for Tuesday's lesson.
25:31 Genesis versus Paganism.
25:33 Thank you, Jill, for doing the job
25:36 on a topic that was introduced to me
25:37 for the first time today.
25:39 And what an amazing thing,
25:41 you know, the writers of this lesson
25:42 have done an extremely good job
25:44 thinking outside the box
25:46 of issues that are very confrontational
25:49 that we would have to address from a Christian perspective
25:53 and we were doing our part to try to eliminate the things
25:56 that are controversial.
25:58 Genesis versus Paganism,
25:59 the question is and we read Genesis 1:14-19.
26:03 Let's do that very quickly
26:05 because this talks about stars in greater light, lesser light.
26:08 Let's see what the Bible says about Genesis versus Paganism
26:12 because in paganism,
26:14 it seems as though they give different purposes
26:17 for the illuminated bodies above the earth,
26:20 but here's what the Genesis account
26:21 is all about.
26:23 What scripture you're reading? Verse 14, Genesis 1:14.
26:25 Okay, got you.
26:26 "Then God said, 'Let there be lights
26:28 in the firmament of the heavens
26:30 to divide the day from the night,
26:32 and let them be for," what?
26:33 Signs.
26:34 "Signs and seasons, and for days and years,
26:38 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens
26:41 to give light on the earth,' and it was so.
26:44 Then God made two great lights,
26:46 the greater light to rule the day,
26:49 and the lesser light to rule the night.
26:51 He made the stars also.
26:54 God set them in the firmament of the heavens
26:56 to give light on the earth,
26:58 and to rule over the day and over the night,
27:01 and to divide the light from the darkness.
27:03 And God saw that it was good.
27:05 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day."
27:10 Let's think about that the lesser light,
27:13 the greater light, the moon the lesser light,
27:15 the sun the greater light, the signs,
27:18 the seasons, the days, the years,
27:21 God established all these illuminated bodies
27:24 to establish a cadence.
27:26 And the heavens have been
27:27 so beautifully orchestrated by God,
27:29 you know, I have a program
27:31 that it's about looking into the heavens,
27:33 I'm an amateur, amateur, amateur astronomer.
27:37 So amateur, I don't have a telescope.
27:40 I do it all on my iPad.
27:42 Well, that's an affliction, but when you think about it,
27:46 we can program literally by telescopes,
27:48 my wife and I intend to do that.
27:50 Well, we can program in coordinates,
27:53 and it will point to stars
27:55 and bodies that have never moved.
27:58 How does that happen?
28:00 Coincidentally? No, providentially.
28:02 What I wanna do with you on my remaining time
28:04 is share with you from the perspective of people
28:07 that are not necessarily Christians
28:10 as to how they know
28:11 that the creation of the earth and the world
28:14 is the part of the divine designer.
28:17 Let's begin reasons to believe
28:19 in the existence of God and His Word,
28:21 and the complexity of creation.
28:24 The complexity of our planet,
28:25 I'm reading and you just follow
28:27 is connected to a deliberate designer,
28:30 who not only created the universe,
28:33 but also sustains it.
28:35 Let's talk about the size of the earth and by the way,
28:37 the earth is not round, it's spherical or ellipsoidal.
28:42 It's spherical, rather than just round.
28:46 The earth, and its perfect size.
28:48 According to one scientist,
28:50 the earth size and corresponding gravity
28:53 holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen
28:57 and oxygen gases only extending about 50 miles
29:02 above the earth's surface.
29:04 Let's see if that's coincidental.
29:05 Let's see what they said.
29:06 If earth was smaller like the planet Mercury,
29:09 an atmosphere would be impossible.
29:11 If earth were larger like Jupiter,
29:13 its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen.
29:17 Earth is the only known planet
29:19 equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases
29:23 to sustain plant, animal, and human life.
29:27 And the question is, where did it come from?
29:28 In the beginning, God, come on, can we say amen?
29:30 Amen. Amen.
29:32 What about water? Water and its necessity.
29:34 Water is colorless, odorless, and without taste,
29:37 and yet no living thing can survive without it.
29:40 Plants, animals, human beings, consist mostly of water.
29:44 About two thirds of the human body is water,
29:48 who designed that?
29:49 God. Only God.
29:50 Water is a temperature regulator.
29:53 Water is a universal solvent.
29:56 Water is also chemically neutral
29:59 without affecting the makeup of the substances it carry.
30:02 Water enables food, medicine,
30:06 and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.
30:09 Who else can create that, but God?
30:12 Water has a unique surface tension.
30:14 Water in plants can therefore flow
30:17 upward against gravity.
30:20 Who can do that, but God?
30:21 Bringing life giving water
30:23 and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.
30:27 If you go to the Avenue of the Giants in California,
30:29 they say the amount of water
30:31 that those trees absorb in one day,
30:33 God put that water in the atmosphere.
30:37 Who else can do that but God?
30:38 Also water is transformative.
30:41 Ninety-seven percent of the earth's water
30:43 is in the oceans,
30:45 but on our earth there is a system designed
30:48 which removes salt from the water,
30:50 and then distributes that water
30:52 throughout the globe.
30:54 Evaporation takes the ocean waters
30:56 leaving the salt
30:58 and forms clouds
30:59 which are easily moved by the wind
31:01 to disperse water over the land for vegetation,
31:04 animals and people.
31:05 Who can design
31:06 such a complex system of sustenance?
31:08 God.
31:09 Now let's think about the human brain.
31:11 The human brain simultaneously processes
31:14 an amazing amount of information,
31:16 "The human brain processes
31:18 more than a million messages a second,
31:20 your brain waves the importance of all its data,
31:24 filtering out the relatively unimportant."
31:27 So 10 years from now, you might say,
31:29 "I remember seeing that."
31:30 And you just saw it as you were driving by
31:32 on a sign somewhere.
31:33 That's how amazing the brain is.
31:35 What about the human eye?
31:37 The human eye distinguishes 7 million colors.
31:42 It has automatic focusing, camera people,
31:45 and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages
31:49 simultaneously.
31:51 Who can do that, but God?
31:53 Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow said these words,
31:56 "The seed of everything
31:58 that has happened in the universe
32:00 was planted in that first instant,
32:02 every star, every planet
32:04 and every living creature in the universe
32:06 came into being as a result of events
32:09 that were set in motion
32:10 in the moments of the cosmic explosion."
32:14 Bang! God said it and it happened.
32:16 Okay.
32:17 "The universe flashed into being.
32:20 And an Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow says,
32:23 "And we cannot find out what caused that to happen."
32:27 In the beginning God, come on...
32:29 That's right.
32:30 The universe operates by uniform laws of nature,
32:33 he continues, "It is atomically accurate.
32:38 The greatest scientists have been struck
32:41 by how strange this is.
32:43 There is no logical necessity for a universe
32:46 that obeys rules,
32:47 let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics."
32:51 Astrophysicists says, "How?"
32:53 In the beginning, come on God.
32:56 Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner said,
32:59 "For quantum electrodynamics
33:02 he said why nature is mathematical
33:05 is a mystery.
33:07 The fact that there are rules at all
33:09 is a kind of miracle."
33:11 In the beginning, God.
33:13 Let's look at one other thing, the DNA code.
33:16 How God puts in the DNA code all the information necessary.
33:20 So pagans have no answer for any of these,
33:25 what they might call anomalies
33:27 which we call simply divine designs.
33:30 All instruction and teaching and all training
33:33 comes with intent.
33:35 Someone who writes an instruction manual
33:37 does so with purpose.
33:38 In every cell of our bodies, there is existing,
33:41 a very detailed instruction book,
33:44 much like a miniature computer program,
33:47 and get this in every single cell
33:50 there is a miniature computer program.
33:53 Finally, let me give you the most powerful testament
33:56 about how God's creation is not an accident.
34:00 A former atheist by the name of Marilyn Adamson,
34:03 she said,
34:05 "I found it difficult to refute
34:06 the continuously answered prayers
34:09 and quality of life of a close friend.
34:11 In challenging the beliefs of her friend,
34:13 Marilyn was amazed to learn the wealth
34:16 of objective evidence
34:17 pointing to the existence of God.
34:22 After about a year of persistent questioning,
34:24 she responded to God's offer to come into her life
34:28 and has found faith in Him to be constantly substantiated
34:33 and greatly rewarding."
34:34 A former atheist now believes in God,
34:37 but here's what she said.
34:38 "I was an atheist at one time.
34:41 And like many atheists,
34:42 the issue of people believing in God
34:44 bothered me greatly.
34:45 What is it about atheists
34:48 that we would spend so much time,
34:51 attention, and energy refuting something
34:54 that we don't believe even exists?"
34:58 Here's the answer. The Bible makes it very Clear.
35:00 Job 38:4-5.
35:03 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
35:07 Tell Me, if you have understanding.
35:09 Who determined its measurements?
35:11 Surely you know!
35:13 Or who stretched the line upon it?"
35:16 Friends, no coincidence.
35:18 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
35:21 the firmament shows His handiwork.
35:23 Day unto day utters speech,
35:25 and night unto night reveals knowledge.
35:27 There is no speech nor language
35:29 where their voice is not heard."
35:31 Psalm 19:1-3.
35:33 Pastor Dinzey.
35:34 Nice. Amen.
35:36 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
35:37 Praise God.
35:39 The scriptures are a sure foundation.
35:41 Praise God for that.
35:42 Well, my part is Creation and Time.
35:45 And as we continue in this study,
35:48 I have the part where some people
35:50 they begin to study the Bible they get to the genealogies.
35:52 They say, "Oh, no, the genealogies."
35:55 But the genealogies are there for a purpose
35:58 and they establish time.
36:01 And so let's go through the suggested scriptures
36:05 that are here in the lesson.
36:07 They pointed out to Genesis Chapter 5.
36:10 And in Genesis Chapter 5,
36:13 we really can't read the whole thing
36:15 because of lack of time.
36:16 I'm gonna read a few verses to establish something,
36:19 and then I'm gonna have to skip some verses
36:22 because of lack of time,
36:23 but to establish the genealogy of time
36:26 that it's brought out here.
36:28 In Genesis 5:1, we began verse 1,
36:33 "This is the book of the genealogy of Adam.
36:36 In the day that God created man,
36:38 He made him in the likeness of God.
36:40 He created them male and female,
36:42 and blessed them and called them
36:44 Mankind in the day they were created.
36:46 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years,
36:49 and begot a son in his likeness,
36:51 after his image, and named him Seth."
36:54 Notice where it picks up.
36:55 He doesn't mention Cain and Abel.
36:58 "After he begot Seth,
36:59 the days of Adam were eight hundred years,
37:01 and he had sons and daughters.
37:03 So all the days that Adam lived
37:06 were nine hundred and thirty years,
37:07 and he died.
37:09 Seth lived one hundred and five years,
37:11 and begot Enosh.
37:13 After he begot Enosh,
37:14 Seth lived eight hundred and seven years,
37:17 and he had sons and daughters."
37:19 Okay. It continues.
37:22 I'm gonna now go to verse 28
37:25 because it brings you
37:26 to the end of the genealogy time here.
37:29 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years,
37:32 and had a son.
37:34 And he called his name Noah, saying,
37:35 'This one will comfort us concerning our work
37:38 and the toil of our hands,
37:40 because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.'
37:44 After he begot Noah,
37:45 Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years,
37:48 and had sons and daughters.
37:50 So all the days of Lamech
37:51 were seven hundred and seventy-seven years,
37:54 and he died.
37:55 And no was five hundred years old,
37:58 and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth."
38:03 And I like to focus on Shem at this moment
38:06 because we're gonna pick up with him later on.
38:08 So we have here, a description, a genealogy,
38:12 and years and the years of so and so lives,
38:17 and so many years and so many years
38:18 and begot sons and daughters.
38:19 This establishes beginning points
38:22 where you can calculate and some have done so,
38:25 some of you may remember the astrochronology..
38:28 And they account for about 4,000 years
38:32 the first part
38:34 and so when you look at these genealogies,
38:38 you have a record of time that helps us understand
38:41 that this world is not
38:43 hundreds of thousands of years old.
38:46 It is but a few thousand years old,
38:48 and it's more close to,
38:51 we lived around 6,000 years, not us lived,
38:54 but mankind has lived, human, the word now is humankind.
38:58 You probably saw that introduced
39:00 a few years ago.
39:02 But anyway,
39:03 let's continue in Genesis Chapter 11.
39:05 In Genesis Chapter 11,
39:07 there's another genealogy and there's a reason
39:09 why we're going through this.
39:11 In Genesis 11:1-9, 10,
39:14 talk to you about the Tower of Babel
39:16 and their attempt
39:17 to build a tower to escape another flood.
39:21 Not believing what God has said
39:22 that He will not destroy the earth with a flood again.
39:26 Let's begin in Genesis 11:10,
39:29 "This is the genealogy of Shem."
39:33 Noah's son.
39:34 "Shem was one hundred years old
39:36 and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
39:40 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years,
39:44 and begot sons and daughters.
39:45 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years,
39:47 and begot Salah.
39:49 After he begot Salah,
39:50 Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years,
39:53 and begot sons and daughters.
39:55 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
39:58 After he begot Eber,
39:59 Salah lived four hundred and three years,
40:01 and begot sons and daughters."
40:02 And you can continue reading,
40:04 establishing a chronology
40:07 of people that lived so many years and continues.
40:10 So you can calculate these years.
40:12 I think even Doug Batchelor has done this,
40:14 at one point, he said.
40:16 Let's move now to verse 26
40:21 to pick up another person that is well-known.
40:24 "Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor,
40:29 and Haran.
40:30 This is the genealogy of Terah.
40:32 Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
40:35 Haran begot Lot."
40:37 So Abram, is the person well-known.
40:40 And so when you get to Matthew Chapter 10,
40:42 you see that it picks up from Abram,
40:44 and talking to you about the genealogy of Jesus.
40:49 "There's one element
40:50 that makes these genealogies unique
40:52 in the Bible," the lesson brings out,
40:54 "they contain the element of time,
40:57 causing some scholars to correctly call them
40:59 'chronogenealogies.'
41:01 They contain an interlocking mechanism
41:04 of descent information coupled with spans of time,
41:08 so that 'when Person 1 had lived x years,
41:11 he fathered Person 2.
41:12 And Person 1,
41:14 after he begot Person 2 lived y years,
41:16 and he fathered other sons and daughters.'
41:19 And so Genesis 5 adds the formula phrase,
41:22 'And all the days of Person 1 were z years.'"
41:26 This is an interlocking system
41:29 that makes helps us understand the chronology of time.
41:35 If you want a more complete genealogy of people,
41:40 then other than you see in Genesis Chapter 5
41:42 and Genesis Chapter 11,
41:44 you can go to 1 Chronicles 1:1 and onward.
41:50 The problem is that some people over the last few decades
41:54 have tried to look at Genesis Chapter 5
41:57 and Genesis Chapter 11, and said,
41:59 "Oh no, there must be longer periods of time here."
42:02 And even in creation, some people have said,
42:05 "Actually, I have a book in a box now,
42:07 not in my library."
42:09 It's in a box,
42:10 where some Christian group
42:12 trying to adapt to the scientific discoveries
42:16 or the so called scientific knowledge
42:17 at that time,
42:19 they came to the conclusion in error
42:22 that each day of creation was 7,000 years long.
42:29 Of course, what happens when you have the evening,
42:32 you have 3,500 years of darkness,
42:37 and then you have 3,500 years of light.
42:41 Animals and plants cannot survive
42:43 under those conditions.
42:44 So these are people trying to adapt
42:46 to science a great mistake.
42:49 You don't adapt the,
42:51 your understanding of the Bible,
42:52 but what science says,
42:54 science has to adapt to what the Bible says
42:56 because here is your true knowledge and wisdom.
43:00 I'd like to bring this quote to you
43:03 from Patriarchs and Prophets, page 113.
43:06 If you have not read this book, I encourage you to read it.
43:08 Notice, "Those who leave the Word of God,
43:11 and seek to account for His created works
43:14 upon scientific principles,
43:16 are drifting without a chart or compass
43:19 upon an unknown ocean.
43:21 The greatest minds,
43:23 if not guided by the Word of God
43:24 in their research,
43:26 become bewildered in their attempts
43:28 to trace the relations of science and Revelation.
43:32 Because the Creator and His works
43:34 are so far beyond their comprehension
43:37 that they are unable to explain them by natural laws,
43:40 they regard Bible history as unreliable, "
43:43 a great mistake.
43:45 "Those who doubt the reliability of the records
43:48 of the Old and New Testaments,
43:49 will be led to go a step further,
43:52 and doubt the existence of God,
43:55 and then having lost their anchor,
43:57 they are left to beat
43:58 about upon the rocks of infidelity."
44:01 Great mistake.
44:03 So I encourage you to consider the Bible record
44:06 as a reliable record of history
44:09 that helps us understand that this world has not existed
44:12 for millions and millions of years.
44:15 In fact, I even heard one individual in a lecture say
44:19 that makes sense to me.
44:20 He says, "The amount of people upon the earth
44:24 accounts for a few thousand years."
44:27 Not hundreds of thousands of millions of years,
44:29 the amount the population,
44:31 he says, even taking into account wars,
44:35 and these diseases, they wiped out
44:37 hundreds and thousands,
44:38 the amount of people
44:40 account for a few thousand years
44:42 of the earth and people existing upon it.
44:45 And actually, he had a picture he says,
44:48 if we were to take
44:50 some of these thousands and thousands
44:52 or hundreds of thousands of years,
44:53 I mean, you'd be standing next to people you can even,
44:56 you can even lay down
44:58 because there's one commandment people
45:00 have obeyed
45:01 and that's the ones be fruitful and multiply.
45:05 And so, the amount of people today
45:07 accounts for a few thousand years
45:10 of the earth existing upon the earth.
45:14 I wish I had more time to talk to you
45:15 about the genealogy of Jesus,
45:16 if you wanna look at the genealogy of Jesus
45:18 in Luke Chapter 3 is very interesting.
45:21 It starts from Joseph being the Father of Jesus
45:26 through Mary and Joseph, through the Holy Spirit,
45:29 but it goes backwards and it says,
45:31 and Adam, the Son of God, powerful.
45:37 So the Bible is reliable. Amen.
45:40 Praise the Lord. All right, good job.
45:41 Heavy difficult subject, isn't it?
45:43 But you made it plain, it was good.
45:45 Thank you so very much. I have Thursday's lesson.
45:48 And it's called Creation in Scripture.
45:50 And if you have your lesson book,
45:52 and you look down through there,
45:53 it starts out and just starts
45:55 giving you a bunch of passages of Scripture.
45:56 So we're gonna follow that plan
45:58 and look at the lot of the passage
45:59 of scripture, look up.
46:00 And it starts with the earlier question.
46:02 Notice, says,
46:04 "Read the following scriptural passages
46:06 and write down how each of these writers
46:08 referred note to Genesis 1-11."
46:16 And so again, Creation in Scripture,
46:17 I think it just follows everything
46:19 that we've been studying since the beginning,
46:21 at least, lesson number one,
46:23 you know, New Testament writers built
46:25 on a foundational, the nature of Genesis.
46:28 So we realized,
46:29 we have been building, we've been gonna,
46:31 everything went back, we've all, I think,
46:32 referred back to Genesis Chapter 1.
46:35 In the beginning, God,
46:37 and that's exactly the way that it should be,
46:40 at least in my opinion,
46:41 goes right back to God in the beginning.
46:43 Now to show the modern reader
46:45 the significance of the literal event.
46:48 Paul in Romans Chapter 5,
46:50 he makes a link from Adam to Jesus.
46:53 So we're linking up here a little bit
46:55 before we read those passages.
46:56 And notice there are at least six times he does this.
46:59 There must be some significance to that.
47:01 Romans 5:12, 14-19.
47:05 Romans 5:12, 14-19 just jot them down,
47:08 we're not gonna read them all.
47:09 It simply says,
47:11 Paul assures the literal existence of man.
47:13 So in these passages,
47:15 there's a surety based upon the Word of God.
47:18 But if you notice this,
47:19 but if the evolution theory is believed,
47:23 how things that means how things began,
47:24 the literal reading of the text is compromised.
47:28 So we have to go right back and read it the way
47:30 God put it in His Word.
47:32 Notice the link, if you will, between Adam,
47:35 and between Jesus.
47:37 Let's read just a couple of passages.
47:38 I think this verse had been read,
47:40 I don't know how many times since we began the lessons,
47:42 but I don't think it hurts to read it again,
47:44 if it's all right.
47:45 In Romans 5:12.
47:48 Romans 5:12, the Bible says, "Wherefore, as by," what?
47:53 "One man sin entered into the world, "
47:56 and we'll skip down the bottom,
47:57 "and by death," what?
47:59 "And death by sin."
48:01 Romans 5:14 says,
48:03 "After the similitude of Adam's transgression,
48:06 who is in the figure of him that was to come."
48:10 Romans 5:15.
48:13 "If through the offense of one many be dead,"
48:16 notice this, "but the gift of grace,
48:19 which is by one man, Jesus Christ,
48:22 hath abounded unto many."
48:24 That's just a powerful kind of condensing it down,
48:26 but that's just powerful scripture
48:29 that God would have us to feed on.
48:31 We need to be feeding
48:32 on these positive powerful passages of Scripture
48:35 that gives us hope in a world
48:37 that is all messed up, all torn up.
48:41 And God has delegated people, He's chosen people to what?
48:46 Give a special message to this world
48:49 to give hope and give encouragement
48:50 to His coming and I like it
48:52 because it's mentioned in Revelation 14,
48:54 three angels' message.
48:55 So just remember,
48:57 as we're talking about that the New Testament writers
48:59 we know inspired by the Holy Spirit
49:01 of the Living God,
49:03 that just helps to make it clear,
49:04 then just settle your mind.
49:05 The Scriptures are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
49:08 And they have to be right.
49:10 The Holy Spirit doesn't say one thing
49:11 in the Old Testament
49:13 and another thing in the New Testament,
49:14 they all harmonize
49:16 because one spirit is doing the leading
49:17 and the impressing.
49:18 So we have the creation account
49:20 which is the part of this lesson here
49:22 is reliable.
49:23 And if you look at it,
49:25 I think it was you did pastor mentioned
49:26 that the proof is overwhelming.
49:28 Proof is overwhelming,
49:29 just like a few things that you were able to mention
49:31 about the world of things in order where it's water,
49:33 whatever it is, it's just overwhelming.
49:35 The proof is, I'm just wondering
49:37 why we just don't by the grace of God
49:38 except that settle down into say, amen, this is good.
49:40 Amen. It's a good.
49:42 God's way.
49:43 God's way is the best way, is it not?
49:45 So these Bible texts, I'm gonna state
49:46 how each of the writers went back.
49:49 So now remember if these writers went back
49:51 to Genesis 1-11,
49:53 so on through there
49:54 and used it for reliable history,
49:57 if they use it for reliable history,
49:59 why shouldn't we?
50:00 I think we should, don't you?
50:02 First one is Matthew 19.
50:03 We'll go through
50:04 as many as we can get through here.
50:06 Matthew 19:4-5.
50:08 I like it against what the Bible said.
50:10 "Jesus refers to the writing of" who?
50:12 "Of Moses,
50:14 and the creation of male and female."
50:17 Paul refers to what?
50:19 The creation to make a theological point
50:22 in Acts 17:24.
50:24 So instead of reading at all,
50:26 we've got to condense it down as quickly as we can.
50:29 Notice Mark 10:6-9,
50:32 it's giving an account of marriage here,
50:34 where it says,
50:36 "From the beginning of creation God made them," what?
50:40 "Male and female." So we're just using what?
50:42 Scripture as proof, right?
50:44 We're just going back to Scripture.
50:46 Luke 11:50-51.
50:50 Jesus is pronouncing some woes.
50:53 And I would assume with Jesus of pronouncing some woes,
50:55 we need to listen to those, don't you think?
50:57 Some woes, and He does it on whom?
50:59 He does it on the Scribes and the Pharisees.
51:02 Now notice this.
51:03 May I say they were up to no good again.
51:04 Notice, it said, "The blood of all the prophets,
51:07 which was shed
51:08 from the foundation of the world,
51:10 may be required of this generation."
51:13 Notice.
51:14 "From the blood of Abel into the blood of Zacharias
51:18 which persuaded them,"
51:19 notice this, I think, yeah,
51:22 "perish between the altar and the temple."
51:26 So Jesus pronouncing these woes,
51:28 but notice what they're doing?
51:29 They're referring back to Genesis
51:31 In the beginning,
51:33 God so to me that safe, but these men, these writers,
51:36 these inspired writers by the Holy Spirit of God,
51:39 they're taking these from the beginning,
51:40 and they're putting them
51:41 in a New Testament even settings.
51:43 And so we can draw from those things
51:45 that simply give proof
51:47 of certainly the reliability historical perspective here.
51:50 John 1:1-3,
51:52 how many times have we been through that?
51:54 Yes. You know what?
51:55 It's still, if you're like I am it just does not get old.
51:58 Never. This never gets old.
51:59 There's always something that we can learn from somebody
52:02 brings out from it
52:03 or Holy Spirit inspires you with
52:05 and we just did
52:06 and it just in the beginning was what?
52:08 Word. Beginning was the word.
52:09 When we go through all that,
52:10 but in the beginning was the word
52:12 the same was in the beginning with God's
52:14 we know the true.
52:15 All things were made by Him, in Him was life.
52:18 Well, praise God for that.
52:20 There is no life then without Him.
52:23 Like you're talking about there's no life
52:24 without the water,
52:25 there's no life without the oxygen,
52:27 you know, the right mixture and so on so forth,
52:29 that God put there for us.
52:30 Praise God for that. Going to Acts 14:15.
52:34 Acts 14:15.
52:35 We have Paul and Barnabas preaching.
52:37 Now the reason I'm leaving through them
52:39 not reading them all
52:40 because how can we get through how many was it 13 or a lot?
52:43 That was it as good, that one question.
52:44 So here's all these passages to go through.
52:46 We might read one or two or three.
52:48 So this is where your Lesson Study Guide
52:49 comes in.
52:51 Be sure and get you one if you haven't
52:52 that way you can go and read them for yourself.
52:54 Acts 14:15 Paul and Barnabas preaching said,
52:57 "Ye should turn from these," what?
52:59 "These vanities unto the living God,"
53:02 who, the living God who did what?
53:04 "Who made heaven and earth."
53:05 And that's Acts 14:15,
53:07 "Which made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
53:09 and all things that are therein."
53:11 Paul going right back to the beginning.
53:13 Paul going right back to
53:14 and talking again to brings us to, what?
53:16 Our message that it was people are to give to the world
53:18 into three angels' message,
53:20 encouraging people to go back to the beginning.
53:23 You know why?
53:24 Because we've left the beginning.
53:26 We've left, we forgot who God is?
53:28 We forgot that He's our Creator,
53:29 and we're giving that call to come back.
53:31 Romans 1:10.
53:33 Very familiar, I'm sure to you,
53:34 Paul showing the Gentiles there's no excuse
53:37 for their unrighteous acts.
53:39 For they're doing wrong.
53:41 Paul says there's really no excuse.
53:42 For he says,
53:43 "For the invisible things of him
53:45 from the creation of the world are," what?
53:48 "Are clearly seen." Where does Paul do?
53:50 He goes back to their creation of the world.
53:52 He said, being understood by the things that are, what?
53:56 That are made even his eternal power
53:59 and Godhead
54:00 so that they are without excuse.
54:03 And, you know, I've often said,
54:04 we may do something wrong,
54:05 we may make a wrong choice or wrong decision,
54:08 but, you know, over the years I've tried by the grace of God
54:10 is not to make excuse where I've fallen short
54:12 and did something is wrong.
54:13 It's not to make an excuse for it, right?
54:15 We blame ourselves and say,
54:17 God give me grace and strength to gain that victory.
54:20 In 2 Corinthians 4:6.
54:22 2 Corinthians 4:6, Paul warns us not to preach,
54:27 notice, not to preach ourselves.
54:29 And I'm gonna jump right to verse 5 where it says,
54:31 "But preach the one
54:33 who commanded the light to do, " what?
54:35 "To shine out of darkness."
54:38 Where does that take us once again?
54:40 Proof history, we go back to the very beginning
54:42 in creation there.
54:43 2 Corinthians 4:6. Ephesians 3:9.
54:47 Ephesians 3:9, we're getting to the end,
54:49 notice,
54:51 Paul warning the church to experience
54:53 the principalities and powers of heaven.
54:56 We need to experience that today.
54:58 We need to understand there's power
54:59 in the Word of God.
55:00 There's power when we study,
55:02 there's power when we come together,
55:03 there's power when we pray together,
55:05 there's power when we studied together
55:07 of God's Word,
55:08 and notice what he said, he goes back and he says,
55:10 "To make all men to see what is the fellowship
55:12 of the mystery,"
55:14 notice,
55:15 "which from the beginning of the world
55:17 hath been hid in God,
55:18 who created all things by Jesus Christ."
55:21 I think the Bible
55:23 is reliable source of history, don't you?
55:25 We can go right back.
55:26 And it certainly tells us
55:27 the powers and principalities of heaven.
55:29 And you know, to me, I just wanna tell you quickly,
55:31 I believe that tells that Jesus is coming.
55:32 I think it tells us
55:34 how we can be ready for that coming.
55:35 We've missed heaven.
55:37 We've missed our purpose for being here.
55:38 God bless each one.
55:40 And we thank you for tuning in today.
55:41 It's a lesson I've enjoyed it. Amen.
55:43 That's a lot of stuff to take, we can all breathe now.
55:46 Yeah, there you go. Take a breath.
55:48 Man, that's a lot of information.
55:49 Just hearing brother John go through those genealogies.
55:52 I'm over here just like, "Man, this is so,
55:54 it's lot of information."
55:56 But we have just a couple of minutes left.
55:58 Let's go back through and allow you guys
56:00 to give a final comment.
56:01 On Monday we looked at Creation
56:03 in Ancient Literature
56:04 and really we looked at
56:05 did the creation account come first
56:07 or did this pagan mythology came first?
56:09 And I am so grateful that the Word of God was first.
56:13 That God pre-existed from eternity.
56:16 And that when God says it, we can believe it,
56:19 and that can settle it for us.
56:21 Paganism versus Creation.
56:23 What an anomaly, what an odd thought, paganism,
56:27 something that came along a long-time
56:29 after versus creation that pre-existed all of sin.
56:34 Isaiah 45:12 says,
56:36 "I have made the earth, and created man on it.
56:39 I, My hands stretched out the heavens,
56:43 and all their host I have commanded."
56:46 That settles it for me.
56:47 Amen. Amen.
56:49 I like to read from Patriarchs and Prophets,
56:51 116 because it gives you a balance here.
56:54 It says, "The works of creation
56:56 testify of God's power and greatness.
56:59 'The heavens declare the glory of God,
57:02 and the firmament shows His handiwork'"
57:04 Psalm 19:1.
57:05 "Those who take the written word
57:07 as their counselor will find in science
57:09 an aid to understand God.
57:12 The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world
57:14 are clearly seen,
57:16 being understood by the things that are made,
57:18 even His eternal power and Godhead.'"
57:20 Romans 1:20.
57:21 So using the Bible as a guide,
57:24 science can help us understand more about God.
57:27 Amen. Amen.
57:28 Quick thought here on Spiritual Gifts,
57:30 book 3 says this,
57:31 "When men leave the Word of God
57:32 in regard to the history of creation,
57:34 seek to account for God's creative works
57:37 upon natural principles,
57:39 they are upon a boundless ocean of uncertainty."
57:42 Amen. Praise the Lord.
57:43 Hey, you walk
57:45 through the front door of the Bible,
57:46 God's creating, you know,
57:48 through the back door of the Bible,
57:50 God is recreating.
57:51 I can't wait for that second time around
57:53 'cause we'll get to see everything done
57:55 and performed by God at that point.
57:57 We are so thankful as always that you have joined us here
58:00 in 3ABN Sabbath School Panel.
58:01 And, of course, we hope that you join us next week
58:04 for another exciting study,
58:06 but until then, may God bless you abundantly.
58:08 Have a good day.


Revised 2020-05-29