In The Beginning
I have challenged myself to read the Bible through this year. I will not make it all the way through because I keep stopping to research and ponder. It is not enough to just read, one must think about what is written and why it is written.
So where to begin? Begin in the beginning, of course. In the New Testament Jesus says Moses wrote the books of Law. (John 1:17, John 7:19). The Books of Law are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. So we accept these books as truth because they are God inspired. God told Moses what to write. They are history, instruction and a guide to how to live. The Books of Law were given to the Jewish people. They are included in modern Christian Bibles as well. The Book of Exodus contains the Ten Commandments. These rules are the basis for the law in our country and in other countries today.
We do not understand the rituals and rules God gave the Jews. They were given as a way for people to worship and follow God. Evangelical Christians today follow the New Testament way to worship. Jesus’ teaches us to accept Him, learn about Him and follow his teaching. Jesus spoke about the Ten Commandments and added to them.
Written when people believed in many gods, Moses wrote about one supreme God. An all-powerful God who created the earth and everything in it. This all powerful God created man and then he created a woman to be a companion to man.
We cannot explain the existence of God. He is without beginning and without end. He was when time began and continues forever. The Holy Spirit was with Him. Job 33:4 says “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty give me life.” Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” John 10:30.
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit form the Trinity. They were there when the “earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep.” Genesis 1:2. Therefore, the stage is set for God’s creation.