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How the Book of Genesis is the Doctrinal Elephant in the Room

February 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Radio Program Hour 1, Radio Show

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Guest:  Paul Taylor, author, No Time for Itching Ears

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Timothy 4:3).

This past Sunday was “Darwin Day”.  Whereas Christians celebrate the birth of their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on December 25th, secularists and humanists celebrate their own hero-god Charles Darwin on his birth date, February 12th.

There is no doubt that the Bible-rejecting evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin have had immeasurable impact on the world, but they have also influenced the church and Christians as well.  Many professing Christians think that it’s incompatible with “what we now know in modern science” to believe in a more literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis that, for instance, the earth is thousands of years old rather than billions.

Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Paul Taylor, the director of ministry development for Creation Today.  He has written a book entitled “No Time for Itching Ears” which makes the point that the Book of Genesis is not only important for understanding origins, but is the basis for the most important biblical doctrines, such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, sin and salvation, and the inerrancy of Scripture, which if compromised, leads to all manner of false teaching, confusion, and division.

For a recent example of unsound doctrine on the Trinity which caused confusion and division, read:
James MacDonald, TD Jakes, and the Elephant in the Room (Tim Challies)
The Elephant in the Room (Voddie Baucham)

The Day of Noah

September 19, 2010 by  
Filed under SLJ Weekly Message, The Latest from Our Blog

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE DAY OF NOAH
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson described the wickedness of the world in which Noah was called to build the ark.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 6:1-8

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Transcript Excerpt:

Just by way of review, remember that in the fourth Chapter of the Book of Genesis, Moses has recounted the struggle between Cain and Abel, the murder of Abel, and then he discussed briefly the Cainatic civilization.  At the conclusion of the Chapter, he mentioned the birth of Seth and the fact that men then began to call on the name of the Lord.  In the 5th Chapter, he discussed this long line of men from the line of Seth, later a little bit of stress upon Enoch and Noah.

Now in Chapter 6, we come to the description of the days they just preceded the flood.

“Now it came about when men began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them that the sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful.  And they took wives for themselves whomever they chose.  Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not strive with man for ever, because he also was flesh, nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’

…. you can read the full transcript here.

Grim Reaper and Rapture of Enoch

September 12, 2010 by  
Filed under SLJ Weekly Message, The Latest from Our Blog

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

GRIM REAPER AND RAPTURE OF ENOCH
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson comments on the genealogy of Adam. The life of Enoch is also exposited.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 5:1-32

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Transcript Excerpt:

The subject for this morning in the exposition of book of Genesis is “The Reign of the Grim Reaper and Rapture of Enoch.”

There are a number of different ways to describe the contents of Genesis chapter 5.  It concentrates on the history of Adam’s other issue.  We have just seen some concentration upon the issue of Adam through Cain.  But, here we have concentration upon the issue of Adam through Seth, it has been called the history of Adam and it has been called by some the family of Seth.  What Genesis chapter 5 seems to be is the history of Adam through Seth.  It might be called biblical boot hill and Enoch’s blast-off, but that would be characteristic of the puffery of the 20th Century to call it that.  So, we won’t do that.

Derek Kidner who has written a very helpful little book on Genesis in the Tyndale series has suggested that Genesis chapter 5 serves three purposes in the book of Genesis.  In the first place by mentioning all of the names of the genealogy it accents the value of the individual, this is just an indication of the fact that the individuals of human history are known and are remembered by God.  And particularly of those that have stood in the line of faithful.  And second Mr. Kidner has said it is valuable for us because it tells us how we come from Seth whose name means “appointed to Noah the deliverer”    giving us the chronological pathway from Seth down to Noah.  Of whom there shall be a great deal of information given.  And then Mr. Kidner says third, that it demonstrates the rain of death.  We have this constant referring that occurs eight times and he died, and he died, and he died.  And it tells us also of the possibility of the defeat of death and the experience of Enoch because Enoch was not, for God took him.

…. you can read the full transcript here.

The Way of Cain

September 5, 2010 by  
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S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE WAY OF CAIN
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the Scripture passage that details the judgment of Cain and the godless society formed by his offspring.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 4:9-26

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Transcript Excerpt:

Will you turn with me now to Genesis Chapter 4 and I want to read for our Scripture reading, Genesis 4:9 through 26.  The context, I hope you remember,is the offering of Cain and Abel and then the murder of Abel by Cain that followed.  In the 9th verse, we read,

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is, Abel, your brother?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know.  Am I my brother’s keeper?” And he said, ‘What have you done?  The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.  And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.  When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you.  You shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.’  And Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is too great to bear.  Behold Thou has driven me this day from the face of the ground and from Thy face I shall be hidden and I shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth and it will come about that whoever finds me will kill me.’  So the Lord said to him, ‘Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.’  And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, lest anyone finding him should slay him.”

That expression appointed a sign for, according to The New American Standard Bible, is a difficult expression.  It might mean set the mark upon him so that there was a physical mark upon Cain that distinguished him as being set apart by God for protection.  It has been suggested that it also might refer to some particular sign that God performed in token of the fact that he was standing behind this word with respect to Cain, something like a miracle, some supernatural type of sign.  It’s difficult to now exactly what is meant by the expression, but at least the general import of it is quite clear.  Verse 16 we read,

…. you can read the full transcript here.

The Voice Of God’s First Prophet

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE VOICE OF GOD’S FIRST PROPHET
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the sacrifices of Cain and Abel.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 4:1-8

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Transcript Excerpt:

The subject for the exposition of the word of God today is “The Voice of God’s First Prophet to Our Dying World.”  The Lord Jesus said that Abel was a prophet.  The author of the apostle to the Hebrews said that, though Abel was dead, he was still speaking to men.  He said, by faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

One thing our age certainly needs is a speaking prophet, a contemporary voice from God.  So it should be of great interest to us to know what Abel, the first prophet is still trying to say to us.  To answer the question we must of course consider the story in the Book of Genesis found in Chapter 4.  We have studied the creation of the heavens and the earth and the creation of man.  We have considered the probation of man and then we have seen the tragic account of Man’s Fall in Chapter 3.

…. you can read the full transcript here.

Paradise Lost, but Regainable!

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

PARADISE LOST, BUT REGAINABLE!
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the temptation of woman and man and their disobedience to God’s word.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:20-24

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Transcript Excerpt:

We are studying through Genesis Chapter 3 and in our last scripture reading, we read through verse 19 but I’m going back again for the scripture reading this morning and beginning at verse 16, I’m reading through the end of Chapter 3.  So, will you open your Bibles to Genesis Chapter 3 and verse 16 and listen now as I read.

“To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’  Then to Adam he said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground because your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.  Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’  Now the man called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all the living.”

…. you can read the full transcript here.

Sting of Death, Seed of Woman

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

STING OF DEATH, SEED OF WOMAN
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the temptation of woman and man and their disobedience to God’s word.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:8-19

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Transcript Excerpt:

Will you turn with me to Genesis Chapter 3 and listen as I read versus 8 through 19 for our Scripture reading.  Moses has recounted the probation and he has also now taken us through the fall of man and we read in verse 8 following the opening of the eyes of Adam and Eve and the fact that they now knew that they were naked and had sewed fig leaves together to make themselves coverings.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’  And he said ‘I heard the voice of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’  And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’  And the man said, ‘The women whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’  Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’  And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’  And the Lord God said to the serpent, (you’ll notice he does not ask him any questions) ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle and more than every beast of the field.  On your belly shall you go and dust shall you eat all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.’”

…. you can read the full transcript here.

The Fall of Man

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE FALL OF MAN
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson exposits the temptation of woman and man and their disobedience to God’s word.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:1-8

Click here to listen: The Fall of Man

Transcript Excerpt:

We are studying in the Book of Genesis in this morning session and we are turning today to the third Chapter, which is the chapter on The Fall of Man.  And I’m asking if you will, to turn to that passage and listen as I read Versus 1 through 8 of Genesis Chapter 3.

Now the story of the creation has been given.  God has created the universe, this earth, the man and the woman, and he has also put man under probation, those accounts given as in the first two Chapters.  We resume with the first Verse of the third Chapter and Moses writes,

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed, has God said you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.  And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be open, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

…. you can read the full transcript here.

The First Divine Institution

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE FIRST DIVINE INSTITUTION
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on the first union between man and woman.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 2:18-25

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Transcript Excerpt:

The subject for the message this morning, the last of the message is on Genesis chapter 2 is the first divine institution.  There is hardly anything that has brought forth the mountains of advice that the ancient institution of marriage has.  Some of the counsel of the ancients and the wise includes marriage, to tell the truth is an evil, but a necessary evil.  Shelley has added, “A system could not well have been devised more studiously hostile to human happiness than marriage.”  There is an anonymous nursery rhyme, which you may have heard “Needles and pins, Needles and pins.  When a man marries, his troubles begin.”  Here is to matrimony, a German scholar has said, “The high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.”  And then Punches almanac’s advice to those about to marry, “Don’t.”  If you are looking for a modern word, marriage is like a midnight phone call, you get a ring, then you wake up.

…. you can read the full transcript here.

Man and the Cultural Mandate

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

MAN AND THE CULTURAL MANDATE
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson teaches on God’s command that man subdue the earth. Dr. Johnson also explains the origin of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:20 – 2:3

Click here to listen: Man and the Cultural Mandate

Transcript Excerpt:

Our subject for this morning in the continuation of our series of studies in the book of Genesis is “Man and the Cultural Mandate.” A sudden transformation of the majestic creation narrative takes place at the point to which we have come in our studies.  I am sure that in the reading of the word of God, you have noticed the impressive, almost ponderous phrases and clauses that have characterized the first part of the first chapter: “And God said, let there be, God created, God made.”  An almost monotonous order has been maintained.  God said, God created, God saw, and there was evening and there was morning, the second day or the third day.

But now something very different, something very startling, something rather strange takes place.  Instead of “And God said, God created,” now the infinite and eternal God changes his course and engages in dialogue.  And it is a dialogue within himself.  It is not a monologue, it is a soliloquy.  “Let us make man,” he says “in our image according to our likeness”.  So it is clear that at this point the creation account reaches higher ground… you can read the full transcript here.

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