• The Royal Genealogy of Jesus Article by T. Desmond Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    The five books from Genesis to Deuteronomy form the first section of the Hebrew Bible known as the Torah. Unfortunately, the Hebrew term torah is often misleadingly translated into English as “law.” Torah is better understood as meaning “instruction.” As instruction, the books of Genesis to Deuteronomy provide an essential foundation for understanding all of Scripture. As the opening stages in the grand story of divine redemption, these books set the scene and give direction to all that follows. The diverse but coherent contents of Genesis to Deuteronomy are linked in a rich variety of ways to Jesus … View Resource

  • Creation Ex Nihilo Article by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2006 | Genesis 1

    No sentence is more pregnant with meaning than the opening one of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). It tells us several things all at once, four of which are worth reflecting upon: First and foremost, it tells us that God is the ultimate Being. Before there was a universe, there was God. He exists independently of matter and sequence of time. God transcends space and time. He is not limited by spatial considerations (He is everywhere in His fullness continually). Nor is He locked into the present in any way … View Resource

  • In The Beginning Article by Richard Phillips

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    The Bible opens by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The purpose of the creation account was not to answer twenty-first century scientific skeptics, but to teach the people of Israel about their God. The God who had delivered Israel in the exodus, who now revealed Himself through the pen of Moses, is the true God and Maker of everything that is. God is the source of all things; in the beginning He already is, and, by His Word, the very universe was made. In the Beginning Genesis chapter 1 reveals God’s agenda to … View Resource

  • Ancient Promises Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.” This famous statement by Saint Augustine expresses the remarkable way in which the two testaments of the Bible are so closely interrelated with each other. The key to understanding the New Testament in its fullest is to see in it the fulfillment of those things that were revealed in the background of the Old Testament. The Old Testament points forward in time, preparing God’s people for the work of Christ in the New Testament. The history of redemption began with creation itself. The book of … View Resource