Using Genesis As A Witnessing Resource
The Bible is a book of redemption. Although it is a book; it is more than a book. Although it contains stories; they are more than stories. Although it contains words; they are more than words. The Bible is alive! God’s Word tells us that the prophecies “came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:31). God’s Word is a fire that can melt the coldest of hearts (Jeremiah 20:9). It is a hammer that can break the hardest of hearts into pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). Furthermore, God promises that His word will never return void (Isaiah 55:11) and“the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).” His Word can be trusted completely!
I’m reminded of the story of a man traveling who came upon a frozen lake. With great trepidation and caution, he began to slowly put his weight on the ice, listening for crackles. His lack of trust in the integrity of the ice forced him to lay his body on the ice to distribute his weight even more. He then began to tap the ice with a long stick and after an hour of moving only a few feet, the exhausted and frustrated traveler quickly become weary. Suddenly, he heard singing and laughing coming towards him on the ice. To his dismay, he turned around and saw a huge coal sled being pulled by eight Clydesdale horses. That ice was solid through and through all the way to the bottom of the lake! The man felt so foolish, so embarrassed. So it is with the Word of God; it is solid through and through, can be trusted, and God wants us to trust Him and not be afraid to put His Word to the test.
Is there anything higher than God and His holy Name? The Bible declares that there is. Psalm 138:2 declares “thou hast magnified thy word above all thy Name.” God’s actually has elevated His Word higher than His holy Name. How can that be? It’s very simple, if a person’s word can’t be trusted, he can’t be trusted. On the same token, if God’s Word can’t be trusted, God can’t be trusted. But God can be trusted (Titus 1:2) and His Word can be trusted and is inerrant (meaning it is completely without error). If the Bible contained just one error, it would cease to be a reliable and valid source and therefore couldn’t be trusted. But, it can be trusted! The Bible does not contain the word of God; it is the word of God! Skeptics though the ages have tried to destroy it; disprove it; detract from it, distort it; and even disdained it; yet, the Bible lives on. The anvil patiently takes the blows of the hammer, so the Word of God has patiently taken the blows from infidels throughout the ages. This best selling book of all ages lives on and will continue to live on. It is shallow enough that a child can wade in, and deep enough where you’ll never hit the bottom.
The Old Testament prophets yearned with great anticipation for the coming Messiah. The New Testament declares His arrival. God allowed the Roman Empire to reign at the time of Christ which allowed roads to be built to the known world. He allowed Hellenism to sweep the Roman Empire which brought the extremely precise Greek language for the New Testament to be written. The stage of human history was now set and “when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son…” (Galatians 4:4).
The late great preacher Adrian Rogers once said, “No matter where you cut the Bible, it bleeds the blood of Jesus.” There is a scarlet thread that runs through all 66 books of the Bible pointing to God’s unending redemptive plan of love to mankind through His Son Jesus Christ. No matter what book of the Bible you choose, there is a redemption song that sings out from the heart of God to all who will listen.
Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s dive into the riches of God’s Word and find some of the treasures of His redemptive plan in each book of the Bible. It is possible to use any book of the Bible to lead another person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Although being far from exhaustive, we will attempt to glimpse at just a few of the verses from each book based on this reality.
In Genesis, the Book of Beginnings, we see the fall of mankind and the entrance of sin into the world through Adam and Eve.
Salvation is needed:
Genesis 2:1;But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam and Eve deliberately and volitionally chose to disobey God. As soon as they did, sin and death entered into the world. Think about it, if just one sin entered into the world through Adam and Eve and separated them from God; if just one sin cast the highest angel in heaven out from the presence of God, guess how many sins it took for you and I to commit to be separated from a holy God? One! This shows how infinitely holy God is. God is not “the man upstairs!” The Bible declares God as thrice holy, infinitely holy, and that He cannot even look upon sin, much less let it into His holy Presence.
6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Man has fallen and the disease of sin spreads quickly! One sin entered into the world, and it spread like wildfire. If God let one sin into heaven, can you imagine what heaven would be like?
8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
The fall has occurred, sin has entered the world, sin has spread, man has become decadent and wicked in his thoughts and actions-Salvation is needed!
Salvation has been provided:
3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
This is the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible referring to the coming Messiah Jesus
22:8, And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Another beautiful picture of the Lamb of God which is coming to take away the sins of the world.
22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Notice it says seed (singular), not seeds (plural). Seed referring to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.
26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Salvation must be accepted:
15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.