by Daniel Rodgers

In the Beginning God...
Dan Rodgers
Genesis 1:1
August 3, 2003

Psalm 90:1-2, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."

Psalm 90:4, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."

Psalm 93:2, "Thy throne is established of old: Thou art from everlasting."


1. In verse one of the book of Genesis the Hebrew name for God is Elohim, meaning, "Almighty God."

2. In Exodus 3:14, when Moses asked God His name, He replied, "I AM THAT I AM." The Hebrew name here is "Jehovah," which means, "Self-Existent One."

a. Elohim, in Gen. 1:1, has to do with His power; Jehovah has to do with His "Self-Existence."

3. In the passage we read from Psalm 90, the Bible tells us that God, "El," is from everlasting. The word everlasting is, "olam," thus; "El Olam," The Everlasting God.a. So, what we have is; The Almighty God, Who is Self-Existent and Everlasting.

4. Going back to Genesis 1:1, the Bible says, "In the beginning God. . ." Did you ever stop to think that God could have chosen to stop everything right there?

a. What if (vs.1) did not continue? What if we didn't have; "God created the heaven and the earth?" What if (vs.27) was not there? "God created man in His own image"

1) I can say this for certain; He would have been better off without us. Think of the grief and the sorrow we have brought to Him--the fall of man, the death of His own Son for our sins, and ultimately the future destruction of earth, as we know it today.

2) Genesis 6:6, "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."

3) The Hebrew word for "grieved" or "repented" (yinnahem) means to "pant, groan, lament, or grieve because of the misery of others or of oneself." 1

5. I'm glad fo ...

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