In autumn make a new beginning. Be-forehand make ready to guide laymen in reading Genesis. Commentary, H. C. Leupold. Opening message (1:1). Topic as above. Seeing God—in the Home—with its Sin—and the Covenant. In Genesis, as now, the home, not state or church, the most important place on earth. Interpret parts of Genesis in light of the New Covenant (New Testament).
“The Creation in God’s Likeness” (1:27). For headings often use sentences: In the beginning God made his children like himself in goodness. By sin they lost perfect likeness. By grace he now waits to restore such likeness.
“The Meaning of a Man’s Religion” (5:24). In a passage not for public reading, a word picture! Here and now, a Deepening Friendship with God. Hereafter, an Endless Fellowship with God. Ideally, God teaches us to think of goodness in terms of home and its friendship.
“The Gospel in the Rainbow” (9:13). After the direst disaster, due to sin, a symbol: “The Goodness of Our God”; “The Nearness of Our Neighbors”; “The Worthwhileness of Our Work”; “The Heavenliness of Our Hopes.” “The Gospel, the Gift of God to the Imagination!” Learn to see!
“The Meaning of a Man’s Faith” (Heb. 11:8). In a practical sense, faith means courage to Start Doing the Will of God; Perseverance to Keep On at Any Cost; Willingness to Make a Supreme Sacrifice for God. Before this, one needs saving faith.
“The Ideals of a Godly Father” (18:19). This means to be like God in the Home; show Godlikeness in Training Children; receive God’s Blessing as Their Father. Ideally, such a home, earth’s nearest approach to heaven. Actually so by faith.
“With God on His Proving Ground” (22:1, RSV). On a proving ground men test a new auto, hoping it will come through with triumph. For the best ...1
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