Genesis 1 (Part 1) Creation

The Route 66 Series

Route 1 – Genesis

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(A Brief Forward – I am trying something new and original. I am going to pick up The Original Five characters of my Gatherers series, put them in a new story where they are studying the Bible together and go from there. These characters will read and study the Book together. Through this, maybe we can learn something new and exciting from God’s Word.

The five characters involved will be Darren T. Fuller, William Fronk, Albert Barrington, Staci Cohen and Michael Lenox. These studies would most likely take place in the middle of the Tribulation when Lenox has finally come to repentance. This is, of course, separate from the series so if you are reading the series, do not expect these to actually go with it. If it happens to, that is great. At the moment, I do not as yet have episodes for the middle of the Tribulation so by the time we get there, we could discover that they don’t match with this series.

This series is for Bible Study, but in a unique and new way.

I hope you enjoy it.

Convict – October 30, 2006)

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Genesis 1

1 – The Beginning: Creation of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1 – 2) 

 The shelter was the only place they could get together in the midst of tribulation to do what they had desired to do since they had become Christ-Followers. It is what anyone should desire to do once they have given their lives to Christ. A person who becomes a new creature in Christ wants to not only follow Him, but they want to know Him, too. And there was really only one way to do that.

Study His Word.

Staci Cohen wanted to know the Word inside and out. She was excited that she was going to be able to study the Bible together with her brothers in Christ. What made this time so exciting was that there was a new believer who would also be with them. Albert Barrington, William Fronk, Darren Fuller, and herself had been praying desperately for almost four years for this man to come to Christ.

And Michael Lenox finally came to Him.

Now they were sitting together in a hidden shelter at a table. A coffee pot was on a counter and the aroma of fresh coffee filled the room. They sat together, eager to begin their journey on Route 66.

Lenox was more eager than the others. Not just because he was a new believer, but also because he actually enjoyed living life on the edge. It meant more to him in studying the Word while knowing that at any second, the doors could be kicked open and Salvadori’s so-called Gestapo forces could take them away. Let them, he thought to himself. To die for Christ is nothing but a victory for Him.

Fuller sat at the head of the table. He had his Bible before him and he put on his reading glasses as the others waited.

Finally, he said, “It does my heart good to see you here. Especially you, Michael, because we’ve been praying for you for a long time.”

Fronk did what can only be called a happy dance while sitting at the table. “Wahoo!” he exclaimed happily. “That old pitch-fork dude ain’t a happy camper now that you’ve joined the Lord’s Army, brother!”

“Amen to that,” Barrington replied, clapping his friend Lenox on the shoulder.

Staci couldn’t contain her own joy. She was simply all smiles. “I’m just so happy you’re with us.”

The joy was infectious.

Lenox was usually never known to smile very often.  But he was smiling now.  “I don’t know why I was so stubborn,” he finally said.  “I fought so hard to keep from the faith because I wanted to hang onto my own anger.  Now that I’m free…now that my eyes are open…It’s just amazing.”  He shook his head in awe.  “You know, I just have to wonder if that is what Jesus meant when He said, “‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34)  Don’t you ever wonder why He said that?  Is it because we are so blind that all we do is fumble along in the dark and fall for anything that comes our way?”

Fuller patted the open pages of the Bible in front of him.  “That’s why we need this Book.  It’s a light that shows us the path we must walk.  I’m glad we can walk it together.”  He cleared his throat.  “Why don’t we pray before we start?  I know none of us in this room are great scholars.  All we have is His Word before us.  We don’t have any spectacular teaching tools…We don’t have any graphs.  Or outlines.  We don’t have anyone qualified to teach us like Charles Spurgeon, or J. Vernon McGee…We don’t have a Dr. Wilmington.  There’s just us and His Word, the Bible.  My idea in coming together is to simply read His Word from the very beginning to the very end.  And as we read, we could share our thoughts.  We could help each other to understand God’s truth as we allow the Spirit to lead us into all understanding.  Yet before we begin, we should pray.”

They bowed their heads.  Staci reached out to Lenox and he took her hand.  Then, they all closed their eyes and Fuller prayed.

“Father, I’m just going to say a simple prayer.  Help us see Your truths today as we study from Your Word.  We thank You so much for Your Word and what it means to us.  We thank You for Your Son, who died for us.  We ask now for Your blessings as we study together.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray.  Amen.”

“Amen!” Fronk hollered.

Barrington grinned.  “Amen.”

Lenox and Staci exchanged smiles as they said together, “Amen.”

Fuller picked up his Bible and said, “I’ll start.  I believe what we read comes in sections so I’ll read first and then…well, I guess we’ll just take it from there.  I’ll start with Genesis 1:1 and 2, and, William, you can read about the first day of creation.”  He read out loud.  “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’

“That’s really quite simple, isn’t it?” Barrington inquired.  “Seems to me you don’t have to be a scholar to understand those two simple verses.  God said He did it, that’s it.”

“The only way you can take it by faith,” Staci replied.  “Nicole used to study in these groups and always came back with notes on what Historians said or found.  I could never understand anything they were trying to tell her.  History might be good for some, but it’s hard to follow because you weren’t really there.  So how could you really know if that’s how it happened or not?  If you read the Bible, you have to take it by faith.  It’s God’s Word and we know He wouldn’t lie to us.”

“Of course, He wouldn’t!” Fronk exclaimed.

Fuller nodded thoughtfully.  “Okay.  We know God isn’t a liar.  We believe His Word to be true.  It says He created the universe.  At least, He created the heavens and the earth and we’ll see that He created everything else that followed.  He puts more detail into His creation.  We’re a part of that detail.  There’s some verses here in my Bible, which go right along with Genesis 1:1 and I think they only add to it.  These verses are just further proof of what God did.  I think we should read them and by doing so, we’ll be able to see more clearly about creation.”  He took a pen and began writing the verses down on a piece of paper.  As he did, he said them out loud so the others could also write them down.

Many of the verses were from the Book of Psalms.

Altogether, there were a total of eighteen verses, which went right along with Genesis 1:1.

“I’ll just go ahead and read the first four verses,” Fuller said when he was through writing then down.  He read, “‘When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?’ (Psalm 8:3 & 4) ‘By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.’ (Psalm 33:6) ‘The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.  The north and the south thou hast created them; Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.’ (Psalm 89:11 & 12).”

Staci couldn’t help it.  She hesitantly raised her hand as if they were in a classroom.

Fuller smiled.  “Yes, Staci?”

“Who are Tabor and Hermon?” she asked.

All at once, everyone began to flip through the pages of their Bible, looking into the footnotes and also trying to find the answer through the Bible Concordance.  Upon their search, however, they could not find any further reference on Tabor and Hermon.

“I’m sorry, Staci,” Fuller replied as he shook his head.  “It seems that we’ll have to make a note of unanswered questions so that we can look into them later.”

“Oh.”  She pursed her lips in thought.  “Well, maybe it wasn’t a very good question anyway.  I mean, it’s not like Tabor and Hermon have anything to do with creation, right?”  She shook her head.  “I’m…I’m sorry I asked a dumb question like that.  I didn’t mean to get us off track.”

Lenox shook his head.  “When it comes to the Bible, Staci, I don’t think any question is a dumb question to ask.  We may have been reading verses, which deal with the Creation account, but we’re also learning about the author of the Bible.  Who He is and how we can come to know Him.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Barrington nodded in agreement.  “It’s like what Darren just read from Psalms.  ‘What is man, that thou are mindful of him?’  Seems to me that God thinks highly of us enough to not only send His Son to die on the cross for us, but He also thought of us enough to write a Book about Himself…just for us.  I mean, it’s like a personal letter.  He wants to tell us who He is and why He is.”  He held up his Bible.  “And here it is.”

Fronk held his Bible up high over his head.  “Ooh!  Ooooh!  Look!  I have a letter, too!”

Staci grinned and shook her head at Fronk.

“What’s the next verse you have?” Barrington asked Fuller.

Fuller flipped through the pages of the Book of Psalms until he found the verse written in his notes.  “‘ Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy hands.’ (Psalm 102:25)”  He looked at the others.  “Well, there certainly is no doubt in my mind who the Creator is and just how vast His Creation is.  And man is just a small part of that.  How can something so big even be comprehended?  This is just a tip of the iceberg.  It probably would take us a thousand years to break through a small fragment of it just in our own attempts to understand it.  That’s how big it is.”

“We could use high-grade explosives,” Fronk pointed out.  “We could melt the tip of the iceberg.”

“Just read the next four verses, Crazy Man.”

“Alllllllllrighty then!”  Fronk turned to his Bible, flipping through its pages until he came to the verse he was to read.  He waved his arms in the air before him as if he were a great conductor getting ready to out perform Beethoven.  Then, he cleared his throat dramatically.  Finally, he read in a deep, narrative voice, “‘ To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth forever.’ (Psalm 136:5)  Yes, it truly does, for I may be a crazy man and a clown at heart, I know He has shown me much mercy.  Now then, let us continue with another great truth about God.  ‘Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth forever…’ (Psalm 146:6)  And didn’t we all agree that God is not a liar?  Here is proof of that, even though we already knew it.  He is a keeper of truth.  Ah, but now we move from the Book of Psalms…”  He looked up from his Bible.  “Weren’t we studying Genesis?”  He shrugged.  “Anyway…we go from Psalms to Isaiah.  ‘Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.’ (Isaiah 44:24)  After all, God doesn’t require our help at all!  For, according to Jeremiah, ‘He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.’ (Jeremiah 10:12)  So our God is pretty big if He can do all of that.”  He let out a loud yell as he raised his fist in honor to the Lord.

Fuller shook his head, but he couldn’t help chuckling at Fronk’s enthusiasm.  “What have you got, Al?”

Barrington began by saying, “Also according to Jeremiah, ‘He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.’ (Jeremiah 51:15)”

Fronk frowned at him.  “Hey, that was the verse I just read!”

“Actually, it wasn’t.  Yours ended with God stretching out the heavens by his discretion.  Mine ended with stretching out the heaven, no plural, by His understanding.  That’s very cool.  God used discretion and understanding when He created everything.  To me, when I read this verse from Zechariah, it seems that God gets a little more personal.  Particularly with Israel.  Listen to this, ‘The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.’ (Zechariah 12:1)  Sounds like God is burdened for Israel.  Like He loves Israel so much, His heart goes out toward them.  I mean, come on.  This is heavy.  We’re talking about the Creation account and by doing so, we see how much God loves Israel.  We can even see how His love not only reaches out to Israel but to all men.”

Lenox nodded.  “It boggles the mind how so much can be learned from one verse.”

“But that’s the awesome thing about studying God’s Word.”  Barrington looked at the next verse he was about to read.  “Ooh.  We’re getting into the New Testament now.”

Fronk tried not to grin.  “Say, didn’t we get together to study Genesis?”  He winked.

“Every one of these verses just backs up what Genesis 1:1 says,” Fuller commented.  “I’m sure we could even discover that there are more verses to back up those verses and so on.  What New Testament verse do you have, Al?  From John?”  He looked down at the verses he had written earlier.

Barrington had turned into the New Testament.  He nodded.  “Yep.  The first two verses of the Book of John begin with ‘In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.’ (John 1:1 & 2)  I’ve heard it said that these two verses and Genesis 1:2 prove that there is a Trinity.”

“How?” Staci asked.

“It is said that the Son of God is called the Word.  And the Word is at the beginning, so He was there when Creation began.  God was also there because ‘In the beginning, God created…’  And Darren’s already read the second verse.  ‘The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’  That’s the Trinity in Creation.”

She thought about it.  “Wait…doesn’t the Bible tell us that man was created in His image?”

Fuller nodded.  “I believe we’re going to come to that verse soon.”

“Well…let’s think about this for a moment.  We have three parts as well, don’t we?  Body, mind/soul and spirit.  The same as God if you think about it.  All three parts of us are separate, but they have to function in unity for us to live.  The Holy Spirit to our Inner Man or spirit, God the Father to our mind, which is our will and our emotions and…and Jesus, the Man, to our flesh.  Our body.  Also, it seems as though the Father is the ‘decision maker’ or the Higher-up of the three, if you know what I mean.”  She looked at each one around the table with her.  “Isn’t our minds also the same?  That is where the enemy battles with us and where we decide whether to sin or not.  Also, Jesus being the counterpart of the flesh was the one that was sent to atone for our sins…as sin came in the physical world and even when we are saved, when we are redeemed, the flesh still experiences death.”  She stopped.  Then, she pursed her lips.  “Any of that make sense to you?”

“It certainly is a lot to consider!” Fronk exclaimed, his eyes wide.  “Slow it down, sister!  I’m trying to take it all in!”

Fuller smiled.  “Well, Staci, I think I can get the most of what you mean.  I believe you’ve just answered your own question.”

Barrington flipped the pages of his Bible.  “Darren, this verse you gave us from Acts…”

“What about it?” Fuller inquired.

“I’m gonna pick up the two verses from the one you gave us.  I thin it’s important in our study to see this in one complete passage.  It seems to me that from this passage in Acts, there are men who are getting ready to perform some kind of sacrifice, but it isn’t to God.  Or maybe it is.  I guess this is just another thing we’ll need to look into later.  But anyway, the apostles begin to tell these men of their sin and they start out by telling them of the God of Creation.  It says, ‘Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things?  We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.’ (Acts 14:13 – 15)”  Barrington looked up.  “I really like that.  These men were using the Creation account as a tool for witnessing.”

Fuller reached for his coffee mug.  “Maybe this priest of Jupiter was intending the sacrifice to God, but he didn’t know that the sacrifice was already provided through God’s Son and he didn’t have to do it any more.”  He nodded thoughtfully.  “You’re right, though.  Once again, there’s another topic of interest we’ve uncovered for further study.  With prayer, we’ll get to it later.”

Barrington held up a hand.  “Hold on now…Wait.  We shouldn’t get this wrong.  If you go up a few more verses, the word ‘gods‘ is with a small ‘g‘.  I don’t believe this priest of Jupiter was sacrificing to God, but to false gods.  This must be why the apostles were so upset.  They apparently wanted this to stop and they wanted to show that there is only one way to the Father and that is through the Son.”

“Wow…That could have been a blunder,” Fuller said as he looked at the verses Barrington was referring to.  “Thank you, Al, for pointing that out.”

Fronk waved a pen at him.  “I’ll keep track of the questions we run into.  Even this one, ’cause it would be interesting to find out more detail on what went on here.”

“Good.  Michael, what verses do you have?”

Lenox turned to his Bible and flipped its pages to the first verse he intended to look up.  He looked up the other two verses as well and placed markers to keep their spots, making it easier for him to return to them when he needed to.  He said, “These three verses obviously continue the theme of God as our Creator.  I’ll read them all.  ‘God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is the Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands…’ I’m also going to read the next verse because it goes on…‘Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.’ (Acts 17:24 & 25)  ‘For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.’ (Colossians 1:16 & 17)  ‘And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.’ (Hebrews 1:10)”  He sat back and shook his head.  “That’s just amazing.  So amazing.”

Barrington laughed.  “Coming from you, that says a lot.”

“I know.  I know.  Just a short time ago, I wouldn’t have given any of this a thought and I would have frowned at you because you did.  Now…all I can do is shake my head in wonder.  Amazing is the only word I can use that describes what I’m feeling.  God’s Creation is just so amazing.”

“So is His grace,” Staci pointed out.

Lenox nodded in agreement.  “Yes, it is.”  He turned to face her.  “Read your verses to us.”

“Okay…”  She looked to where her finger was poised in her Bible.  “The first verse I’m reading is this…‘Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.’ (Hebrews 11:3)”  She looked up.  “Weren’t we talking about faith before?”

Fuller nodded.  “You brought it up.  And we agreed.”

“It has to be taken by faith.  God wants us to have faith,” Barrington replied.  “When we place our faith in Him, we’re telling Him that we trust Him to do what He says He’ll do.  It’s like coming to Him as a child because children are so trusting.  We have to be just as trusting as a child and when we do that, we know God will stand by His Word.  We know He’ll bring us to Him.”

Staci hesitated.  “David would have been seven this year.”  David Cohen was her son who was raptured when he was three.  She smiled thoughtfully as her eyes blurred with tears.  “I know what that means, Albert.  What you’re saying.  All of those children went to Him when they were raptured out from this earth.  All of His promises have so far come true and I long for the day when another promise of His comes true.  That day when I will see my son again.  And not only my son…but I’ll see Jesus.  We’ll all see Him.  How amazing is that?”

Fronk slapped his hands together.  “Goody!  The new word for today is ‘amazing’.”  Imitating Mr. Rogers, he said, “Hello, neighbor.  Would you like to be my neighbor?  Wonderful.  Because today we learned a new word and I want you to share it with your neighbor.  That word is ‘amazing’.  Can you say it with me?”

“William,” Fuller began, “Some people really do need to stay in their box.”

“What are you trying to say, Skipper?”

He shook his head.  “Staci, before he gets real crazy on us, continue with your verses.”

Staci nodded.  “Okay.  Ooh…They’re verses from Revelation.”

“That’s like the prize from a CrackerJack box!” Fronk exclaimed.

“William,” Fuller said, looking at him from across the table.

“Well, it is!  Don’t you remember being so excited when you had your first CrackerJack box?  You just had to know what the prize was, didn’t you?  Well, didn’t you?!”  Fronk thumped his chest.  “Well, I just had to know.  I ripped open into that box and I dumped all of its contents onto the tabletop.  I didn’t care about the caramelized popcorn and nuts.  I just wanted the prize!  And I didn’t want to have to wait for it.”  He pointed at Staci.  “That’s how excited I get with the Book of Revelation.  It’s the prize, Doc!  The prize!  And you got the prize!”

Staci smiled.  “Yeah, I got the prize.”  She suddenly looked stern.  “Can I read it now?”

Fronk immediately picked up his Bible and looked as if he hadn’t said a word.

Barrington shook his head, but he couldn’t keep the grin he felt off his face.

Staci said, “Now I read from Revelation.  And as I read this verse, I’m reading it with all my heart, my soul, my mind, because I know it to be true.  ‘Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.’ (Revelation 4:11)  Amen and amen!  Thank You, Jesus.  In the next verse I’m reading, there’s an angel who swears ‘by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein.’ (Revelation 10:6)  Doesn’t it just make you want to shout a loud halleluiah?  We’re so privileged to know this!  The God of all Creation created us for Himself.  He created us for His pleasure.  We’re special to Him.  I wish I had known this earlier in my life.  But now I give thanks to Him for saving my and for allowing me to be here with all of you as we study His Word.”  She smiled.  “I feel like this is only the beginning.  We haven’t really even started, have we?”

Fuller shook his head.  “No.  We’ve barely begun.  I feel the same way you do about getting into this Book.  I also want to shout a loud halleluiah.”  He held it up.  “But I’m talking about really getting into it.  Read it.  Study it.  Discuss it.  You just can’t get enough.  There’s always something to learn.  There’s always something new.”  He paused.  “God created the heavens and the earth and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  He is the incomparable God because no one can compare!  ‘Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counselor hath taught him?  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?’ (Isaiah 40:13 & 14)  No one.”

“That is correct, my brother,” replied a voice from across the room.

All eyes turned toward the source of the voice and the study group were surprised to find that they had company.

Three others had entered the shelter.  Marc Shiva, Erin Greye, and David King, who used to be Darwyn Musad.

It was David King whom had spoken.  He grinned at the look of surprise on Fuller’s face.  “How could you possibly start a Bible Study without me?  You know I love to teach!”

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