The past three days since the big creation/evolution debate I have read a chapter of Genesis a day and scribbled down some of the foundational teachings that we get from Genesis. Many of these teachings our foundational to a Christian worldview and I would even say Western society. Here are some important things we learn from Genesis 1-3:
Genesis 1:1 – We see the answer to our origins. We see that the rules of science, logic, and math (etc.) are possible because we have an intelligent being (the LORD) that sustains the cosmos.
Genesis 1:24-25 – We see where the different “kinds” of animals come from. In retrospect, from our position now, we can see how God is saying He created each “kind” of animal with enough genetic makeup to produce different types within that kind. However, it also seems, contra evolution, that they stay within their kind. It would also seems to make sense that each different “kind” of animal would have a similar genetic trademark, i.e. share a lot of the same genes, because, after all, they were made by the same Maker so it would seem to makes sense that He would leave the same mark of intelligence (and it is a mark of intelligence; a complex book, i.e. genetic code). So, we would expect lots of changes within a “kind” and even similarities between the different “kinds” but no overstepping their kind.
Genesis 1:26-27 – We see humans have worth and should not be disregarded. From here we also see that humans have great potential. We also see grounds for morals. This, of course, is something very important philosophically and morally for atheistic evolutionists to contend with.
Genesis 1:28-30 (cf. 2:15) – We see a call to stewardship and industry. Something that has always been vital for survival and compassion.
Genesis 1:31 – We see creation was originally meant to be and designed to be “very good” (we see “good” seven times in the first chapter; vv. 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31) until sin distorted it.
Genesis 2:7 – We see an explanation of human intelligence or you could say consciousness or the soul.
Genesis 2:17 – We see the innate penal system that is rightly built into the world. We also see from this verse that we are from the beginning, and before the fall, revelation receivers. We need guidance now and we needed it then and we will get it somewhere; whether ultimately from God or the serpent of old.
Genesis 2:24-25 – Origin of marriage and one of the reasons for monogamy.
Genesis 3:1a – Origin of evil. That is not to say the question is explained…
Genesis 3:1b-5 – Satan deceives by spinning revelation and by implanting bad hermeneutics.
Genesis 3:7 – Origin of clothes (I know a lot of you are happy to finally know why we wear all this pesky stuff!).
Genesis 3:8 – We see God is immanent from the beginning. He is not like some distant cosmic watchmaker as deists believe.
Genesis 3:10 – We see the first appearance of psychological guilt. And we also see the first hint of the separation from God that sin causes.
Genesis 3:12-23 – We see the first signs of the imminent deterioration to come in blame shifting.
Genesis 3:15 – This verse is huge! One of my favorite in all of Scripture. I could say a lot but I’ll just say that this is the first promise of Jesus Christ the great fixer and rescuer.
Genesis 3:16-19 – Here we see why everything is no longer “very good” but instead cursed. Sin then and sin now has devastating consequences.
Genesis 3:20 – We see the first hint that Adam picked up on and believed God’s promise in verse 15 by naming his wife Eve (sounded like “life giver” in Hebrew) instead of death giver (cf. 4:1; it seems like Eve actually thinks that Cain is the offspring of v. 15 but she was proved to be wrong).
Genesis 3:21 – We see God covers Adam and Eve’s guilt by a death of an animal communicating again the ramifications of sin and looking to the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29) and will ultimately fix all things (Rev. 21:1-5).
Genesis 3:22-24 – Here we see the most devastating ramification of sin—separation from God. We were kicked out of Eden—heaven on earth—because of our unclean state. Yet, in God’s plan, this kept us from eating from the tree of life and perpetually staying in our degenerate state forever. Instead, God had plans of restoring all things, even surpassing the formal splendor of the Garden, and bringing us into closer fellowship through the Promised One, Christ.