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January Scripture Portion: Genesis 1 - Leviticus 3 including the book of Exodus.

"Genesis" is a Greek Word meaning "beginning" or "generation." Therefore, the Book of Genesis is the book of beginnings, or generations. It is generally agreed that Moses was the author of the Book of Genesis, as well as the next four books of the Bible. Of course, Moses was not alive when the events in Genesis occurred; but the Holy Spirit directed Moses in his writings (see II Peter 1:20,21).

The simple statement, "In the beginning God..." cannot be improved upon by scientists or historians. It completely refutes atheists, agnostics, and any others who deny that God is the Creator.

God's personality is seen in chapter 1, for He speaks, sees, names, and blesses. Evolutionists may claim that matter just "came into being" and that life just "happened" through a gradual process, but God plainly tells us that He created the heaven and the earth.

Chapter 1 records the first six days of creation. On day one God created light; on day two He created air and water; on day three He created land and plants; on day four He created the sun, moon, and stars; on day five He created birds and fish; and on day six He created animals and man.

Chapter 2 records, "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." We also see in this chapter the first garden, the first law, and the first marriage.

In chapter 3 we see the fall of man--temptation enters the world. God is not the author of sin, nor does He tempt men to sin. This is the work of Satan. He came to Eve under the guise of a serpent; he never appears in his true character. He is a deceiver and liar, and he is out to destroy all who will allow him.