Many believe the first chapter of Genesis is the story of creation, but God did not express His eternal power and divine nature for the sake of creation. He expressed Himself in His power to save mankind from sin.
John, Paul, and Moses all agree salvation can be seen, not in what God created, but in the things that God made.
Moses wrote God made (not created) the firmament (Genesis 1:7), the two great lights (Genesis 1:16), and the beast of the earth (Genesis 1:25).
John wrote “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1–3)
The Apostle Paul wrote “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;” (Romans 1:20).
In this book we will read about Job, Stephen, the Samaritan woman who talked with Jesus at the well outside the city of Sychar, John, Peter, and Paul. They will guide us through the orderly fashion in which God brought life to the Earth and made a way for mankind to be saved from sin … before God created man.
SHOW ME YOUR GLORY
Traditionally we have been taught that the first chapter of Genesis is the story of creation and that each of the six days ended with God saying it was good. But has tradition steered us wrong? We are about to find out as we probe into the writings of Moses for each day. Then by comparing his writings to the other books of the Bible, we will determine whether Moses was writing about creation or … was he writing about God’s power for salvation.
Moses was a faithful servant of God. He testified to things that God said would take place in the future (Hebrews 3:5). God did not speak to him in visions or dreams, or with questions or parables. He spoke with Moses clearly and directly, “mouth to mouth” (Numbers 12:6–8), as if taking in a breath of air. Jesus said “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” (John 5:46).
Moses was eighty years old when God spoke to him from the burning bush. It was his obedience to God that brought him to the place of seeing God’s glory; this is Moses’ story.
Moses was a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was born in Egypt during a time when Pharaoh wanted all male Hebrew babies killed. As a newborn, Moses was kept hidden by his mother for three months. When she could no longer hide him, she placed him into a woven basket and laid it in the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. Moses was rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised him as her own son (Exodus 1:15–2:10).
When Moses was forty years old he killed an Egyptian while defending an Israelite (Acts 7:23–24). Knowing Pharaoh wanted him dead, Moses left Egypt and went to Midian (Exodus 2:15).
Moses was on Mount Horeb (also known as Mount Sinai) in Midian, tending a flock belonging to his father-in-law Jethro, when God spoke to him from a burning bush. He asked Moses to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt. God promised Moses, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.” (Exodus 3:12).
THE LOCATION OF MOUNT SINAI
The maps found in the back of many Bibles place Midian east of the Sinai Peninsula. Those same maps show Mount Sinai in the southern portion of the Sinai Peninsula, but fail to show the Mount Sinai in Midian. The apostle Paul said the biblical Mount Sinai is in the land of Arabia (Galatians 4:25).
Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, named the mount in the southern portion of the Sinai Peninsula “Mount Sinai”. Saint Catherine’s Monastery is located there. There is no evidence to support this location as the biblical Mount Sinai.
It would have been impossible for the Israelites to cross through the Red Sea (as the Bible says they did) if the biblical Mount Sinai was located in the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. (For more information watch the documentary The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai, with John Rhys Davies, Larry Williams, and Bob Cornuke.)
MOSES IN EGYPT
Moses was eighty years old when he and his brother Aaron first spoke to Pharaoh (Exodus 7:7). Pharaoh not only refused to let God’s people go, he demanded they work harder. This caused the Israelites to become angry with Moses (Exodus 5:6–21). God then gave four promises to Moses for children of Israel.
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. (Exodus 6:6–7)
God sent nine plagues to ravage the land. The night of the tenth plague a lamb was roasted for each family to eat, and possibly for a neighbor as well, since there were to be no leftovers. Everyone ate with coats on and walking sticks in hand, ready to leave in a hurry.
At midnight an eerie silence filled the air, not even a dog barked. The invisible presence