God of creation jen wilkin

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Genesis: In the Beginning, a Study of Genesis 1-11 by Jen Wilkin

This winter, I attended a weekly weekday morning Bible study with ladies from my church. It covered God of Creation, a study by Jen Wilkin of Genesis 1-11.

I really enjoyed this study. It was the first one I had done by this author, and I liked her approach. Each week, we had homework in the book over a section of scripture. Then, at the study we had some time to discuss the homework questions in small groups before watching Wilkin in a video presentation over the week’s lesson. It was a format that worked well.

There is some disagreement in Christian circles today over various Genesis questions: is the earth millions of years old, or only a few thousand? Did people and dinosaurs coexist? Did Noah’s flood cover the entire globe? Wilkin steers clear of these questions; something I honestly appreciated. I wanted a study that focused on other aspects of the text, and that’s what I got. As she mentioned, God doesn’t always tell us the “how” of something or give specific details, but He has given us all the information we need to have.

Some things that I made note of in the study —

* Moses wrote Genesis, probably around 1400-1600 BC, with his intended audience being the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness.
* The Bible is a book ABOUT GOD. From Genesis 1:1, we are reminded not to focus on ourselves or on creation, but about God.
* “It is best not to shout where God only whispers” — I like this quote when hearing disagreements over various aspects of creation.
* God’s purpose in creation was to declare His glory.
* Woman was created as a “helper,” which translates as an “indispensable ally.”
* After the flood, we think of the “bow” in the sky being a rainbow. But the Hebrew meaning of this word is the bow you use to shoot an arrow. I forget the significance of this, but found this, which is interesting: https://mattsbibleblog.wordpress.com/...
* Genesis 9:18-27, when Noah’s three sons come upon him after a night of drinking, has a narrative similar to that of the fall in Eden, and is a type of “second fall.”
* Sanctification is “an ever-shrinking hypocrisy.”
* There was an interesting discussion of why Abel’s offering was accepted but Cain’s was not. One insight was that Abel offered the “firstfruits” of his gardening, while Cain’s offering did not appear to be the “firstfruits”/best of his. There also appears to be an issue with Cain’s attitude (for “Cain and his offering” God had no regard).
* In the genealogy listed after the fall, every person mentioned ends with “and he died” — like a bell tolling, showing that death indeed entered creation after Adam and Eve’s disobedience.

I recommend this Bible study and the accompanying videos. Very insightful and interesting.
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We all face difficulties in life. The death of a loved one, financial problems, divorce, health issues, job loss. In the midst of these difficult seasons of life there is hope. The key helps in this Bible include over guided notes following seven Life Restoration Principles via the easy-to-remember R. Available in brown LeatherTouch Bible cover and paperback similar to a leather like Bible. Edited by Stephen Arterburn, author of other recovery Bibles.

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