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Forward: Genesis to Joshua Commentaries

July 5, 2009

Several years ago, April 2005 to be exact, I began assembling my old notes from teaching an adult Bible class and from personal studies to begin writing my “own commentary” on the scriptures centered on the theme “what does the Bible mean to me” and how do I apply what it says. I began with the New Testament, continued with Psalms, and have just concluded the Old Testament Prophets. Thus, writing daily from my studies has become a devotional habit. I have enjoyed this journey and am looking forward to continuing it with these first six books of the Bible. I have included Joshua, making this study a Hexateuch instead of a Pentateuch so as to complete the journey of God’s people into their Promised land.

Thus, this writing will cover the approximate years of 4000 BC to 1500 BC or 42% of this earth’s recorded life. Yes, the Earth is young. The Bible says so and as the Word of God, the God who created all things, it is infallible truth; without error. Unfortunately, a majority of “scientists” believe there is no room for God in science and, therefore, science is required to explain our beginning without even considering the possibility [hypothesis] that God exists. That in itself is not true science. Thus, we have these wild unfounded theories of evolution being considered factual when there is no data supporting them. Most point to radioactive dating to prove the existence of long periods of time. But they are based on controlled conditions and a straight line linear extrapolation back in time. They do not consider that it may be a negative or reciprocal exponential curve. There have been studies of rock eruptions in Iceland and Mt St. Helens that show data supporting a negative exponential relationship.

Nevertheless, it boils down to where one chooses to place their faith; to believe God or to believe man. I choose to believe God, the Creator God. Throughout history God has never led man astray but man continually leads man astray. Let us be wise and place our trust in God. These first six books of the Bible will prove this point many times. Thus we must proceed with an open mind and an open heart to what God is telling us.

Before rejecting God in favor of evolution, consider these questions:

  1. How come what has been “created” is so much more complex that what man has created?
  2. If evolution is true, why don’t we see a change in constants such as gravity and other scientific proven formula? We have discovered much about our universe but we have yet to discover any irrefutable facts or data verifying the concept of macro evolution.
  3. Why is the same building concept of atoms and molecules the same as our galaxy, our universe. This fact alone points logically to a Creator and away from random evolutionary concepts.
  4. Why is animal life so similar and yet so different from humans? If evolution were true, why are the species so distinct?
  5. Why is it that we humans, the most sophisticated, intelligent, and complex beings are unable to define “the beginning” after studying the problem thousands or even millions of years according to evolutionary theory?
  6. If evolution were true, who created the elements and molecules together with the energy and contact necessary for them to come in to being? Can something come from nothing?

The Bible is not a scientific textbook but neither does it contain scientific error. The Bible tells us about relationships; our relationship [righteous and unrighteous] with God, our purpose in life, and our responsibility to the earth, others, and to God. It also tells us about God’s love, mercy, grace, and work of reconciling man’s sinful disobedience so that we can become God’s people, righteous and holy as HE IS HOLY. God’s work of restoration and reconciliation began at the beginning of time. It was not an after-thought. A study of these first six books of the Bible will bear this out. Under the umbrella of God is Sovereign, note the following emphasis of each book:

Genesis: creation, sin, salvation

Exodus: salvation, redemption

Leviticus: holiness, righteousness

Numbers: rejection and judgment

Deuteronomy: sanctification, restoration

Joshua: rest

     I have decided to comment on these books in lesson form similar to what I did for the Gospels and Acts. The exception will be Leviticus which I consider to be a Personnel and Operations Manual for the Priesthood. Leviticus will be outlined and commented on in a manner similar to most commentaries. There is little doubt among all scholars that Moses is the author of the first five books and Joshua authored the sixth. Proof texts for Moses’ authorship is first given in Exodus 17:14 and in Exodus 24:4.

May God bless you, for He has blessed me, in the study of His Holy Word.

In His Name, the Name above all Names,

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April 12, 2009

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