GENESIS: THE TEMPLATE OF TRUTH
The Seeds from Which Spring the Harvest of the Entire Bible
By Pastor Dan Gayman
Open your Bible to the book of Genesis. In this marvelously inspired Word revealed from God our Father to His servant Moses some fifteen centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, you have the Book of Origins. In fact, the word Genesis means origins. Genesis details the origins of the cosmos, our planet Earth, the beginning of life and of death and of plants, animals, fowl, and fish—as well as all the distinctive and separate races, not to mention the first man, Adam, and his wife Eve. Add to that the Tree of Life, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the fall of Adam and his posterity, and the origin of sin, and we have provided for us such a comprehensive book that mankind could hardly ever plumb the depths of it.
Additionally and so important for us because it provides the box top picture of the giant puzzle that is the Bible, Genesis addresses the origin of the enmity between the two seeds—the seed of Lucifer and the seed of the woman. Genesis also tells us about the first murder, which was the first blood ever shed, the origins of Israel, Ishmael, and the Arabs, the origin of language, the classification of animals, the seven-day week, the holy Trinity, and continues in an endless parade of all that God’s magnificent creation encompasses. Consider this challenge: can you think of anything that does not somehow, somewhere have its origin in the Genesis record?
The chronology of time begins in Genesis with the creation of Adam. Measurable time begins with Adam around the year 4,000 B.C. The timeline of Genesis runs approximately 2,500 years, which does not allow for long geological ages to occur. The Genesis record is a succinct story of the origin of the universe and of life—all in a relatively short time. This book of origins does not allow for millions of years to pass and corroborate some type of progressive creation process. All the miraculous events in Genesis occurred in a relatively short period. The earth is young. Thus, nix any theories of evolution, for they have no part of the book of Genesis and Jehovah’s creation.
Furthermore, God chose Moses, a man in the direct line of Adam, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Levi, and Amram (Moses’ father) to pen this divine revelation. Genesis is a literal account of history and of creation. It is not an allegory or mythical, but a literal record of absolute events at the beginning of earth’s history. The only living witness to these events is God. What is the evidence of this literal creation? Consider that you can look around and see the evidence everywhere: you see it in the life of plants, trees, and flowers; animals and people; the sun, moon, and stars; mountains and oceans, etc…
For centuries, theologians interpreted the Book of Genesis as the literal and historical account of creation. When the Age of Rationalism (or Enlightenment, as it is sometimes called) arrived during the 17th Century, European Bible scholars began to apply the scientific method to biblical interpretation. Then, human reason challenged God and Scripture. The Bible did not always fit into the model of man’s scientific method. This led to a denial of any literal interpretation of Scripture as well as the inspiration of the Bible. In time, humanists began to deny the literal account of creation in Genesis, as well as other portions of the Bible. This marked a major assault on the Bible that has continued to the present day. However, atheists, skeptics, and agnostics who rail against the divine inspiration and providential inspiration of the Bible will never discourage believers, for they know that the Bible is absolute truth and has been vindicated repeatedly through the ages. Indeed, Jesus Christ Himself in Mark 10 and Matthew 19 quotes from the Genesis record, thus confirming the Genesis account of creation and the institution of marriage.
In John 5:45-47, talking to unbelieving Jews, Jesus said this: “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” In Matthew 24 Jesus confirms the life of Noah and the earth-shattering event of the Genesis Flood. In Luke 17, Jesus confirms both the Genesis Flood and the account of Lot and the destruction of Sodom.
Believers can read Genesis, knowing assuredly that they are reading absolute, literal truth. God created all things in six twenty-four-hour solar days, just as He declares in Exodus 20:11 and 31:17. Nehemiah 9:6 describes the marvelous creation thusly: “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.” Jeremiah added these inspired words: “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).
Genesis is the oldest recorded history in the world. It provides the foundation for the studies of science, geology, astronomy, anthropology, paleontology, agronomy, horticulture, husbandry, genetics, marriage, children, family, government, capital punishment, and law and further provides the first initial insight into love and courtship. It addresses practically every aspect of life, including death. Genesis is the first book about numbers, mathematics, and selective breeding. It lays out the foundation for the most ancient nations and cultures known in history. Genesis is a book of prophecy and makes some remarkable long-term predictions. Genesis proves valuable, useful, and meaningful to the most common of men and at the same time challenges the most gifted minds God ever created.
But above all, Genesis is a book of theology. This divine record establishes the basis for Epistemology, the proper theory of knowledge. Genesis establishes God as the first point of reference for truth. Of course the study of Bibliology begins in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. As for the study of Cosmology, its origins absolutely are in the book of Genesis, which sets the entire panorama of the creation of the universe and everything therein. The seed for the Being of God, the tri-unity of the one, true, ever-living, self-existing, uncreated God existing in one essence, substance, power, and eternity. We know Him as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit found in Genesis. Angelology, the study of angels and the spirit world, is rooted in Genesis, as is Anthropology, the origin and study of Adam man. Then, sin entered the world and the race of Adam, which is the foundation for the study of Harmartiology. Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between uncreated God and created man, is found in the study of Christology. The pre-existent Christ first appears in the marvelous record of Genesis. The person and work of the Holy Spirit, called the study of Pneumatology, is introduced in Genesis when “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).
The study of salvation, known as Soteriology, begins in Genesis, which is also the foundation for Ecclesiology, or the study of the church, blood atonement for sin, sacraments, and worship. The concept of the Kingdom of God, the divine Theocracy, originates in Genesis, beginning with Abraham, the tiny mustard seed of the kingdom that will reach full maturity in the restoration of Paradise and the glorious Kingdom of God at Christ’s Second Coming. Finally, the study of Eschatology, or Doctrine of Last Things, begins in Genesis. All that is lost in the beginning is found at the end for those who through grace by faith make peace with God through Jesus Christ.
You see, Genesis is the seed out of which the entire biblical record germinates. To understand Genesis, think of this book as the seed from which the remainder of the Bible develops. After Genesis, the remainder of the Bible represents the growth and development of scriptural truth until it reaches its full harvest in the book of Revelation. The end of all things is encapsulated in the beginning, or the seed from which all else is generated.
Consider these words found in Isaiah 46:9-10: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Did you catch that? God tells us that He has declared the end from the beginning. The beginning is Genesis, while the end is the Apocalypse.
Better understanding of how God encoded the entire Bible in the Genesis seed and how the remainder of the Bible is simply the growth and development of this seed into full maturity and harvest at the consummation of earth’s history may be found by carefully examining the seed that has produced earth’s oldest living form of life: the Giant Sequoia or Redwood trees. Giant Sequoias are the world’s single largest trees as well as largest living thing by volume. Giant Sequoias grow to an average height of 164 to 279 feet and from 20 to 26 feet in diameter. Record trees have been measured 311 feet high and up to 27 feet in diameter at chest height. Based on ring count, the oldest known Giant Sequoia is 3,500 years old. Many of the largest sequoia trees are named after Presidents and other famous people. General Sherman is 274 feet high, with a diameter of 32.7 feet. A vehicle can easily pass through the trunk of one of the Giant Sequoia trees. In fact, a restaurant has been built inside the trunk of one tree and a log house erected within the trunk of another. Understand if you can the enormity of these giant Redwoods and the enormous panorama that our sovereign God encoded within the biblical seed called the book of Genesis. All the marvelous truth that emerges in the pages of God’s Word is encoded in Genesis.
The seed cones from the Giant Sequoias are from 1.6 to 2.8 inches long, with each cone giving an average of 230 seeds per cone. The tiny seed of the great Sequoia is dark brown and is 4-5 millimeters, or 0.16 to 0.20 inches long—a tiny little seed. Think of it this way: encoded into this tiny little seed is the earth’s largest and oldest living thing. Encoded within one tiny little seed is the template for every detail and characteristic of the largest living thing on earth. Everything that a Giant Sequoia tree will ever become is encoded within this seed. Likewise, every story in Genesis is a prophecy
preview of some greater event associated with a future time. Genesis is the greatest book of prophecy, for all prophecy is rooted in Genesis. ********
Jesus Himself uses events in Genesis to describe how future events will unfold. He does this with the Genesis Flood and with the destruction of the city of Sodom. The Garden of Eden and the perfection of Adam and Eve before the fall provide a preview of the coming day when everything will be restored as it was in the beginning.
The last two chapters of Revelation describe in detail how at the restoration of Christ’s Kingdom on earth, we shall regain everything lost in our fall into sin. Genesis is the book of the beginning, while the Apocalypse is the book of the end. Genesis records the beginning of sin, while Revelation records the full development and end of sin. In Genesis 3: 14 and 17, the earth is cursed; but in Revelation 22:3, there is no more curse. Death entered the world in Genesis 3:19, but death ends in the Apocalypse (Rev. 21:4). Man is driven from Eden in Genesis 3:24, but restored to Eden in Revelation 22. In Genesis 3:24, Cherubims guard the Tree of Life with flaming swords. However, in Revelation 22:14, God’s children eat again from the Tree of Life.
Sorrow and suffering enter the world in Genesis 3:17 but cease in Revelation 21:4. The marriage of the first Adam is recorded in Genesis 2:18-23. The marriage of the last Adam is recorded in Revelation 19:7-9. Satan seized Adam’s dominion of the earth in Genesis 3:24; however, Adam man’s dominion is restored in Revelation 22. Genesis 3:15 pronounces Satan’s doom, and Revelation 20:1-3 and 10 executes this doom and restores Adam’s dominion.
You see, the beginning of the end is rooted in Genesis. A careful examination of the books of Genesis and Revelation demonstrates how completely the end is rooted in the beginning. To understand the end, you must clearly understand the beginning.
Genesis 3:15 records the promise of a Redeemer to come from the seed of the woman. Luke 1:26-38 records this promise fulfilled in the Virgin Mary and the birth of Jesus Christ. In Genesis 4:1, we have the first manifestation of the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman in the fraternal twins, Cain and Abel. Genesis 4:25 confirms Abel to be of the woman’s seed, while these passages identify Cain as the seed of Satan: I John 3:11-12; Matthew 13:37-39; 23:33-35. Genesis 4:8 records the enmity between the two seeds of Genesis 3:15, when Cain murdered Abel. In John 8:44, Jesus identified literal blood descendants of Cain, calling them murderers and asserting that Satan was their father.
In Genesis 3:21, God used the skin of slain animals to provide clothing to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness. This was the first blood shed for a covering for sin. Revelation 3:8 and 19:8 confirm that the redeemed children of God are covered with white raiment, which is the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 4:4 affirms Abel’s blood offering from the firstling of the flock for sin and condemns the offering of Cain coming from a cursed earth, Genesis 4:5. Genesis chapters six through nine record the earth’s baptism in water by complete immersion in the most destructive event ever to occur. II Peter 3 builds on the story of the Genesis Flood, foretelling the baptism by fire than will engulf the entire and melt everything in the most intense heat ever to occur.
Genesis 11 records the building of the tower of Babel and of God’s judgment upon that tower, scattering the children of Adam throughout the face of the earth and at the same time confounding their languages. Zephaniah 3:9 promises a day when our Almighty God will return a pure language to His people. Genesis 11:10-30 records the highway of seed through which the Messiah Jesus Christ was to come; the genealogy of both Matthew 1 and Luke 3 complete this Messianic lineage of Jesus, confirming the promise latent in Genesis 3:15. Genesis 12:1 establishes the unconditional Abrahamic covenant of promise for the heirs of salvation, while the New Testament is the confirmation of that covenant in the Crucifixion, bodily Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 14 records the vast armies arrayed against Abraham and Lot and is the precursor of the armies being raised by the antichrist beast of Revelation 13. Genesis 16 records the birth of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. What is the 21st Century now focused on but the descendants of Ishmael, described in Genesis 16:12 as a wild man, with his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him.
The growth and expansion of Islam in the lands of Isaac-Israel are rooted in the prophetic pronouncements which our sovereign God declared in Genesis. Genesis 21 is further confirmation of the age-lasting tension that would grow between Ishmael and Isaac. This has become one of the most eventful news stories of the 21st Century, and it is rooted deep in the narrative of Genesis. The conflict between Isaac and Ishmael will culminate when the sixth angel sounds his trumpet, and an Islamic army of two hundred thousand thousand armed warriors begin to slay one third of the earth’s inhabitants.
Genesis 19 provides the backdrop for the destruction of the ancient sin city of Sodom precipitated by the sin of homosexuality. Jesus Christ cites this historical event as something that would be magnified at the consummation of history (Luke 17:28-32). Genesis 22, one of the most dramatic and moving events in history, is the account of Abraham taking his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to be offered as a burnt offering. This is a prophetic preview of God our Father offering up His only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, on this same mountain, Mount Moriah, which we now call Mount Calvary.
In Genesis 24, God took sixty-seven verses, one of the longest chapters in the Bible, to chronicle the romance between Isaac and Rebekah: this chapter addresses their marriage and God’s marvelous plan to use this couple to bring forth the seed stock for the people chosen to be heirs of salvation before the world began. This romance is a prototype of the marvelous manner in which Jehovah God, a part typified by Isaac, wooed His own bride, Israel, as seen in the life of Rebekah.
Genesis 25 records the births of Esau and Jacob and the growing tension between these twin sons. Esau then sells his birthright, and in an effort to gain the patriarchal blessing as well, Rebekah and her favored son, Jacob, form a plot to deceive Isaac, now old and blind. What does Isaac do? He is tricked into giving the patriarchal blessing to Jacob instead of Esau, the firstborn. The promise he makes to Esau in the aftermath of this scheme is now playing out on the stage of world history as the yoke of Jacob/Israel is lifted from the neck of Esau: Esau/Edom, now in control of the largest banking cartels in the world, has Jacob in a stranglehold of burgeoning debt and financial enslavement. Do you see it? The major players on the stage of modern history are rooted in the events recorded in Genesis.
Genesis 28 is one of the most intriguing chapters in Genesis. Jacob was on his way to Padam-aram in search of a wife from his own ethnic family. As he lay sleeping, he dreamt of a ladder set up on the earth, reaching all the way to heaven, with angels of God ascending and descending the ladder. This ladder is a prophecy of Jesus Christ, coming as God in human form as the only Mediator between God and man. The top of the ladder represents the divinity of Jesus, while the bottom of the ladder is symbolic of His Adamic human nature.
Genesis chapter 32 records an event in the life of Jacob that is currently reaching its culmination in geo-political events. In this narrative, Jacob had been separated for some twenty years from his brother Esau, fearing for his life because of his and his mother’s deception. Jacob returned to his homeland with his four wives, sons, and daughters, fearing reprisal from his brother Esau, who commands his own large family and army.
Jacob fearfully crossed over the brook Jabbok and wrestled with an angel throughout the night. Jacob refused to let the angel go and physically restrained the angel until the angel blessed him. Tenacious Jacob was rewarded with a name change that marked an indelible point in history. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, meaning prince or people ruling by the power of God. Thus, Jacob became the first Israelite in history.
This crossing of the river ford Jabbok and Jacob’s fear of Esau and his overwhelming power typifies the 21st Century struggle often referred to as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, a phrase appearing in Jeremiah 30:7. This phrase was used to describe the world powers, primarily that of Ishmael and Esau, arrayed against the genetic Israelites descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and identified today as the Anglo, Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, and kindred peoples of the earth. The drama now playing out on the stage of the 21st Century is prefigured in Genesis in the lives of Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and Esau.
Genesis chapters 37 through the remainder of the book tell the story of Joseph. The detail given to his life is an immediate signal of his importance in understanding the unfolding history of God’s people. The analogies between Joseph and Jesus could not result from chance. Joseph provides a prophetic fore-view of the life of Jesus, God’s Son. Both Joseph and Jesus were the focus of their father’s love and were hated by their brethren. Both Joseph and Jesus made claims that their brothers rejected.
Joseph entertained visions of personal power and influence, while miracles and wonders followed Jesus as He ministered to an unbelieving generation. Both Joseph and Jesus were targets. Joseph became a tremendous blessing to his family, saving them from starvation in Egypt. And of course Jesus saved His sheep people from their sin. Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver, Jesus for thirty. In the end, Joseph was fully reconciled with his brothers, as we shall be when we, the redeemed children of God, are reconciled with Jesus Christ in the Theocratic Kingdom of God.
Every story of Genesis is a prophecy of future history. More often than not, the localized events in Genesis portend some greater event in the future. Encoded within Genesis is the development of the Bible. The seeds planted in Genesis come to full maturity and harvest in the New Testament and the final installments of the prophetic Word. In part two of this lesson, we shall endeavor to take one example and demonstrate that Genesis is the encoded template for the entire Bible. Read Genesis. Enjoy the box-top picture of the Bible.