The lesson on March 17, 2019 was part 7 of the "Genesis" study. In today's lesson, Wayne looked at the unique words used only in Genesis which is "and God said" and we looked at a concordance of this in Hebrew. We learned that in the days of re-creation we see how God brackets the days by saying "and the evening and the morning were the xx day". Right after this statement, the next verse starts with "And God said..." which indicates God's re-creative work starting at the beginning of the next day. When you apply this grammatical logic, it clearly shows that in Genesis 1:1-2 were his Ex-Nihilo creation acts - something out of nothing - and then renewal process starts with "And God said. Wayne then moved on to repeat what we have learned about death before Adam sinned which necessitates the need for the tree of life. The tree of life was so powerful it would have made the sinner Adam live forever and that is why God put a Cherubim with a flaming sword to keep the sinners out of the garden and the tree of life. We then learned of a consistent principle found in scripture where God says "You may eat of all …. But “prohibition”. See Deuteronomy 14. Having looked at Genesis again with the clarity that the Hebrew provides us really has opened up the scriptures to provide more clarity that happens to match what science claims about the Earth's origins. Not that we are trying to substantiate creation from science since we only need the scriptures to believe that God tells us but it is nice that it matches what science says. In fact, Wayne provided us a URL to Gospel Coalition article entitled "William Lane Craig: Five Arguments for God" This article lays out a modern argument for the belief in God that is used to win debate after debate with Atheists. The scripture reading was from Genesis 1:29-31 KJV
"29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."