Genesis is not only the first book of the Bible. It is also the fundamental book of the Bible. Those who have wanted to undermine the credibility of the Christian faith have understood this, and therefore there has been a concerted attack for quite some time now on this fundamental book of the Bible. This is done by either reinterpreting it, or by ridiculing it. People have called Genesis poetry and myth, and by such description have reduced it to the level of Grimm’s fairy tales. Professor E.J. Young, OT professor at Westminster Theological Seminary (1936-1968) says that “ if you accept such beliefs , you are abandoning the Christian faith .” Prof. Young says : “ Genesis is not poetry. There are poetical accounts of creation in the Bible- Psalm 104 and certain chapters in Job… Hebrew poetry has certain characteristics, and they are not found in the first chapter of Genesis.”
Our departure point is that Genesis is a factual and true account of the origin of creation. Our thesis is that ultimately all Christian doctrine is founded upon the events of the first 11 chapters of the Bible. Ken Ham has rightly said that Genesis is not only the basis of the gospel, but it gives the basis for the fabric of our entire society. Genesis Chapters 1 -11 in particular establish those fundamental doctrines that undergird our society, and which if ignored, will due to the wrath of God lead to the eventual collapse of our society.
It is also clear that the devil is hard at work to undermine every single one of these doctrines which form the foundations or pillars of our society.
Today I want to begin with a brief overview of Genesis 1-11. I want you to be persuaded as to the importance of our thesis, so that you will work hard at living out and defending the truths which are found here.
Chapters 1 &2 :
“In the beginning God  created…”: . The Word is who is Christ is here shown to be the Agent of creation, so that we understand that the God who in the beginning created the heavens and the earth is the same as the Lord Jesus Christ. God is introduced to us in the first sentence of the Bible. He is introduced as the Prime Mover and Originator of all there is. The gospel of John makes a vital connection in this regard: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made”
What is also significant is that the Name of God in Genesis 1 is not the customary covenantal name of God, “Yahweh”, by which He made Himself known to Moses, but here it is the Name “Elohim”. The name indicates a plural form of God. Although the Bible affirms that God is one absolute Being , the name of God Elohim indicates that God is much more profound than we imagine. The New Testament really helps us here when John teaches us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator, is co-existent , co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father.
In addition , the Holy Spirit of God is mentioned in Genesis 1:2 .
“In the beginning God created”: . This is an important point, because we are contending with the man- made doctrine of evolution which not only attempts to eliminate the doctrine of the Creator, but also the doctrine of creation, maintaining that this universe and the earth came about by chance.
And God said, “Let there be…” (1:3) According to Genesis all creation is spoken into existence by God - there is no thought, idea or concept of evolution here. . That simple phrase “and God said, “ Let there be…” destroys any notion and theory that the universe is self-existent or that it has evolved by chance.
“So God created man in His own image“ (1:27):  is destroyed in the womb, the image of God in man is assaulted. Dr. Francis Schaeffer a leading Christian thinker of the 20th century said in this regard: ”If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity.” . Genesis asserts that man was created directly by God. Genesis thus contradicts the theory of evolution which maintains that mankind has evolved from the apes. Genesis also asserts that mankind is the only of God’s creatures to bear God’s image. This gives unique value and significance to human beings. One might for instance legitimately address the issue of abortion on the basis of this text. Every time a child
“Male and female he created them” (1:27): . Men and women are created by God as equal in essence and yet different and complementary in function. This doctrine today is challenged by those who hold to an ‘egalitarian’ position i.e. that there is no functional difference between men and women.
“God blessed them and said … rule over… every living creature “ (1:28 ; 2:15): God appoints the man to be steward or caretaker of His earthly creation. . Man is called by God to care for and not destroy the earth, and to use and administer resources wisely. Christians on this basis should be better and wiser stewards of the earth than Greenpeace activists who care more for whales and lions than for human babies.
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden… but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…“ (2:16,17). In the midst of a garden of Eden there exists a mysterious, forbidden tree. Man is commanded not to eat of it, lest he in his state of innocence should receive the knowledge of good and evil.
. Adam could freely choose to eat or not to eat. Here it must be emphasized that man was not created as a robot. God made man in His image. He is a free God. He made man to freely obey His God. He made man with a capacity to choose.
However, there is also which comes as a result of the fall in Genesis 3. We no longer share in the pure free will such as Adam and Eve enjoyed in their unfallen state. Our wills are now tainted by sin, and we like to do what the sinful nature desires. Our wills are now inclined towards sin.
“He made a woman and brought her to the man… “ (2:22-25). . The permanence of marriage is affirmed. So called ‘homosexual marriage’ is hereby excluded. God made Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve. – the relationship between one man and one woman is defined. They are “one flesh” – an exclusive , permanent and God-sealed covenant … “what God has joined together let no man separate”
Man is created first and then the woman. Gender wars would not exist if mankind obeyed God in this regard. God designed man to be the leader of the marriage team.
CHAPTER 3 :
“Now the serpent was more crafty… He said to the woman (3:1): He challenges the decrees of God: ”You shall not surely die“ ( cf. 2:17 à 3:4) The subversive tactic of the devil in approaching the weaker partner is demonstrated here.
“Then the eyes of both were opened…. (3:7) thereby gaining the knowledge of good and evil , and paradise is lost. . The first response is shame. The outward sign of their desire to hide from God is that they feel naked – exposed, defiled. (Here is the real reason why we wear clothes!) We also note that they hide , because they are too proud to confess their sin.
3: 14 – 19 : The consequence of this one act of sin has horrific implications. This original sin affects the entire offspring of Adam and Eve. Man is cast out of God’s presence . . The results of the fall are established. Satan is cursed and his certain destruction is announced (Gen 3: 14- 15). Woman is cursed: evidences are painful labour in child birth; her desire to dominate her husband; her husband ruling sternly over her. Man is cursed: his work and livelihood are a painful exercise ; man dies. . In the midst of this sad state of events however the seed of the Gospel is sown in Genesis 3:15 . A Redeemer of mankind and the destroyer of Satan will come. Satan strikes his heel on the cross, but the wound is not ultimately fatal, but the Saviour will deliver a deathblow to Satan’s head
“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skin and He clothed them…” (3: 21)
CHAPTER 4 :
This is exemplified in the strife between brother Cain and Abel. The cause (sin - 4:6) and the outworking (effect): Unrighteousness, anger, jealousy, murder, as a result of which Cain kills his brother Abel.
The mark upon Cain (4:15) : . However, that love is not as particular and of the same quality as that for SETH ( 4:25 lit. the appointed or granted ) who shall become the bloodline for the promised SEED – the Messiah and His chosen people. .
Chapter 5 :
Chapters 6 - 9 :
6:5 & 7:21 contains the
The Flood is an illustration of
The story of Noah represents
The Noahic Covenant - another reminder of the As with Adam, God bestowed undeserved blessings on Noah and the world.
Ch 9 – 11
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION :
· Genesis 1 – 11 has a profound effect on our worldview. Genesis explains our origins: Where we have come from; what went wrong; God‘s Grace and His wrath; man’s need for salvation and redemption.
· The New Testament builds upon these foundations. Jesus makes frequent mention of these original doctrines. The apostle Paul establishes the doctrine of man’s sin and the fall from this text.
· We must build on these foundations. Every step away and every reversal from the truths contained in Genesis shall lead to the undoing of our society.
· God calls you today to stand firm on these truths and to speak the truth in love to your society.
 E.J. Young: In The Beginning , p. 18 , Banner of Truth .
 Andy McIntosh : Genesis for today , p.12 ( Day One Publications)
 Romans 1:18ff
 Hebr. Elohim
 John 1:1-3
 Translated as LORD in the ESV . The first mention of YAHWEH is found in Genesis 2:5
 The “im” ending in the Hebrew indicates the plural ( so also the Cherubim and Seraphim)
 Hebr. Elohim Ruach
 Hebr. “yeled” – the root name for the child in the womb and the child that is born is the same
 Andy McIntosh : Genesis for Today , p.27, Day One Publications
 Mark 10:9