Everyone loves a good Origin Story. Genesis 1-2 introduces us to the God who would come in person to restore what he first created: It points to Jesus. In today’s message we read the Torah with a Jesus Lens. Listen as Paul Kiss unpacks John 5:39-40;
Luke 24:25-27; Genesis 1-11 as we discover that the Torah (Hebrew Bible) all points to Jesus.
Origins and Jesus
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 6, 2019
1. Reading the Torah with a Jesus Lens
● Luke 24:25-27: Jesus explained from the Hebrew Bible that it all pointed to him.
● John 5:39-40: Jesus emphatically stated that Scripture led to eternal life because it leads people to him.
● How do Genesis 1-2 and the account of creation help us to discover Jesus?
2. Origins can point us to Jesus
● Genesis 1-2 is not a science text. It’s a story of identity for God’s people.
The purpose of a creation narrative was not to satisfy the curiosity about the origin of the world; cosmogonies were concerned with the origin of a people. The story of creation was important, not for what it might declare about the past, but for what it stated about the present. — Elmer Martens God’s Design, 279
● Genesis 1-2 should be read with Genesis 3-11 as a prologue to the rest of the Old Testament (OT).
3. A helpful way of reading OT Narrative
(Fee and Stuart, How To Read the Bible For All It’s Worth)
3 levels of reading – all pointing to Jesus:
1. Meta-Narrative: God’s Redemptive Plan
2. Israel: God’s Covenant People
3. Lineage: Personal Stories of God’s Plan
1. Think of reading the Bible. What positive or negative ideas come to mind? Why?
2. Genesis 1-2 (1-11 actually) is a prologue to the rest of the Bible. What changes if we read Genesis 1-2 to be more about the origin of a people than a scientific explanation for how the universe began?
3. Have one person read Genesis 1:1-2:4. Notice the correlation between Day 1 and 4; 2 and 5; 3 and 6. What do you notice about the link between these pairings? What does this tell us about God?
4. Read Genesis 1:28-31. What does this tell us about God’s relationship with creation?
5. Now read John 1:1-18. What does this text add to your understanding of Genesis 1?
6. How does Colossians 1:15-20 fill in more of the picture of Origins and Jesus?
7. For someone who struggles with reconciling the biblical account of Genesis 1-2 and our modern scientific understanding of the universe, how might you help them rethink these problems? How does your answer to #2 affect the way you help them?
1. Consider buying and reading some books that might help you grow in reading the Bible in a new way.
● Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart: How the Read the Bible For All It’s Worth
● John H. Walton: The Lost World of Genesis One
● Scot McKnight: The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
2. Consider reading through the Bible in 2 Years. You can find a reading plan here.