We began a fundamental study of the Bible in the last lesson, and we will be laying foundation in this lesson. The twenty-four books of the Hebrew Canon are actually the same as the thirty-nine that we recognize. They just group many of the prophets into one book. The early Christians did not accept the Apocrypha (the books written between Malachi and Matthew) as part of the inspired Scripture and most Bibles today do not include them. The authorized King James Version of the Bible which we will use for our text book was translated over 350 years ago. We will not go into the technicalities of the translating of the literal point of view as much as the spiritual. Many religious people of the world today do not recognize any of the Bible except the first five books, (The Pentateuch or Torah). For our study here. I will explain from the very beginning that I believe that the entire 66 books of the Bible, Old and New Testament, are the inspired (God breathed) Word of God. The Old Testament is pointing forward to the birth of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament "prophetic books" and the New Testament is speaking of the second coming of Christ and the culmination of the ages. Galatians 3:24 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Galatians 3:25 "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." You see the Old Testament was given so we would realize our need for a Saviour. We will get into more of the historical things as we progress with the lessons. "Genesis" means beginnings. This book was believed to have been written by Moses. Genesis is the first book of the Pentateuch or law. The word Pentateuch means five books. These five books of Moses are really a collection of books of the Old Testament. The history of a nation (Hebrew) is traced throughout the Old Testament, until the prophetic writers and the history of the followers of Jesus Christ, are briefly presented in the Acts of the Apostles. The Old Testament ends with the prophetic books, and the New Testament also ends with a book of prophecy. You see, God believes in order, and His Book is a very good example of that order. The first statement in Genesis "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" tells so much. We realize from this statement that there was nothing before God. He is the Eternal One. It tells us that God is all powerful. The statement "In the beginning" lets us know for sure that nothing existed before God. He is the great "I Am". This statement denies the belief of many gods. It denies the theory of ultimately becoming God. It denies the evolution where things just evolve. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" lets us know that we must not worship nature because it was created. We must worship the Creator not His creation. In John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:2 "The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:3 "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." You see by this that God the Father's plans were carried out by God the Word (Jesus). Now, if you will look with me, we will see that there is, was, and always will be three. I John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." You see in St. John 4:24 We read in Jesus' own words, because it is written in red in the Bible. "God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth." You see the Spirit is one, but there are three manifestations (embodiments) of that Spirit. The very purpose of this particular study is to try to understand the spiritual message that is in the Bible. We have a tendency to confuse the physical with the spiritual, but we must train ourselves to look beyond the literal and into the spiritual. If God is Spirit, as His word says, then He wrote His Bible from a spiritual standpoint. Time is of no essence in the spiritual world. That is why this Bible lives on and is current to everyone of us today. In II Peter 3:8 We read "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." You see God is not so concerned with the literal as He is in getting His point understood. We, too, are a spirit and our spirit and the Spirit of God are what makes us like God. Let's go back now and look again at Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." You see by this one statement that God is the Creator. Satan is a destroyer, God is the Creator. So many people today are concerned about the earth, and how it is being destroyed. this is the work of Satan. The earth and the heaven did not just evolve. They were a creation of God. God created both from nothing. The carnal mind cannot accept this statement. but if you have trouble believing this, you should not continue this Bible study, because this one statement is the foundational rock for the entire study. This sentence "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" is the greatest miracle ever performed. If we believe this one statement, we should have no difficulty in believing the rest. Our carnal minds believe only the things we can see, but our spirits cry out for the supernatural. In Hebrews 11:1-3 We read about the difference between the literal and the spiritual. Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:2 "For by it the elders obtained a good report." Hebrews 11:3 "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." You see, the Bible itself explains to us that this did not just appear, but God spoke them into existence. Scientist can go back so far, but no further with their findings. They, too, like us, are the created and must look to the Creator as the source of everything. In Acts 17:28 "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." In the Words "In the beginning" there is quite a play of words. You see it does not say at the beginning, which is more specific. The word "In" means surrounded by, so you see this, too, is a Spiritual word. Surrounded by the beginning God created. It is difficult for the carnal mind to understand something or someone who has no beginning and no end. This very God that we are speaking of has no end. He created us on a time table here on this earth. But when we leave this earth, time will not be important any longer for us either, for we shall slip into eternity with God. In Revelation 10:6 "And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:" As we go into this study, please take note of the following numbers and their meaning. I am not a numerologist and do not intend to bring that teaching, but a spiritual message lies in some of the numbers. The following are some I would like to take some special note of: 1 - the unity of God 2 - agreement 3 - the plurality of God or God 4 - universal 5 - grace 6 - man 7 - spiritually complete 8 - new beginnings 10 - world government 12 - representative of the whole 40 - time of testing There are many other numbers and all have a spiritual significance. but these will be used several times in this study, and I think it wise for us to be familiar with their spiritual meaning. Also there are several metals which will be predominate in them. Silver - redemption gold - purity of God brass or bronze - judgement The three colors that are known as Godly colors are: red - blood or life blue - heavenly purple - royalty Also: white speaks of purity or cleanliness or righteousness wood speaks of worldly seas are sometimes symbolic of peoples As we go on, I will try to bring out through the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God many more of the spiritual meanings. My experience, in studying the word, has been that the more I study and read the Scriptures, the more God reveals to me. Don't feel badly if you need to read a particular Scripture eight or ten times before you really grasp the meaning. God, the Holy Spirit, is our teacher and will bring us to the knowledge of God if we do not faint. St. John 14:26 tells us that our teacher is the Holy Ghost, "But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." So you can easily see the three in the above Scripture. Father, Holy Ghost, and the He, (in the Scripture above) is Jesus Christ (the Word), because the Scripture again is written in red.