Genesis 1 20-31

This teaching is our fourth session in our verse-by-verse study of the Book of Genesis by pastor Barry – given as part of our family service on 5th February 2017.

In this study we look at the fifth and sixth day of creation, and we now find the beginning of self-replicating conscious life. This is the first time the word ‘life’ (Hebrew: ‘khah’-ee) appears in the Bible. God makes a clear distinction between non-conscious plants and vegetation, and that which has a distinct self-awareness (specifically here marine life and birds). The Biblical definition for that which is living is that which has blood. “The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). The number 5 in the Bible speaks of ‘grace’, and it is no coincidence that we see a connection between the 5th day, life and blood. If it were not for God’s grace being shown by the blood of His Son, none of us could have true life.

We also look at the abundance of life that God creates in the waters and the air, clearly the result of design by an incredible mind and not the result of chance mutations over millions of years! Evolution is non-science and cannot offer a viable mechanism for the diversity of life, let alone the complexity of life we see around us. The Apostle Paul says that the evidence of God’s creation is so obvious that those who reject God as Creator are without excuse! (Romans 1:20).

We then conclude by looking at the pinnacle of God’s creation – man, who is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’!

You can listen to the audio on this web page, or save it for later listening.  We have also made available all of the Powerpoint slides (in PDF format) used by pastor Barry during this study.

For further study, study notes are uploaded each week as part of the Pastor’s Blog section of this web-site entitled ‘The Beginning of Life – Day 5 & 6’

We hope and pray this study will bless you and encourage you to undertake your own personal study and adventure in God’s Word!


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