BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 1, Day 3: Psalms 8 & 90 with Genesis 1

Summary of passages:  Psalm 8:  David sings God praises, saying how majestic He is. God set His glory above the heavens.  The praises of children silence God’s enemies. David asks the question many of us ask:  when we consider all you have made (the heavens, moon, and stars), why do you care for insignificant man so and crown him with glory and honor by making him ruler over everything?

How majestic is your name!

Psalm 90:  Moses says before you brought forth the earth there was only everlasting God.  For a thousand years in your sight is like a day.  He says our days fly by quickly under God’s wrath so teach us (man) to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Moses asks God to relent his anger and have compassion on man so man may sing for joy and be glad.  Show man your deeds and rest your favor on man.  Give man work.

Genesis 1:  HERE

Questions:

6)  Psalm 90 speaks to how God’s time is not our time (verse 10).  In 2 Peter 3:8 the author says the Lord’s day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.  I am leaning towards saying it IS a 24-hour time frame.  It would be presumptuous to say that God could not create the world in 6 days and in 24-hour time frames since God can do anything so I would think He’d only need 24 hours in a day.

God created the sun and the days and the length of the days specifically for man to mark time (Genesis 1:14) and I would like to think His Sabbath is the same as today.  If you take what 2 Peter says then that would be a case for Evolution.  That the world was created gradually.  That it took 6000 years and that God needed 1000 years to rest.

Nope, don’t buy it.

I agree that God’s time is not our time.  But I think in the case of Creation, God didn’t need thousands of years.

7)  For His glory (Psalm 8) and because it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  He created us because He wanted to.  For His purposes.  And God can do whatever He wants.

I personally think he created the earth with the intention it be a home for man.  He created man for companionship.  The first days of the Garden show us this:  that God walked in the Garden, expecting to see man (Genesis 3:8).  Can you imagine?  Walking next to God in Paradise?  This is heaven now but back in Genesis.

God is the Father.  We are His children.  Most of us would say we cannot live without our children.  I think God feels the same way.  That’s why He sent Jesus after the Fall–to be with us.  Not separate from us.

David seems to be thinking the same thing in Psalm 8.  Why would God go to so much trouble of creating the universe if not for us?

We don’t know all of God’s reasonings but I do think the creation of the world has something to do with man.  You can call this presumptuous as well.  But having God in my life makes my life.

8 )  This question is confusing.  Verse 26 & 27:  God created man in His own image.  God created living from the living.  The dead cannot reproduce.  Thus, God is living.

God made everything (including everything that is alive like plants and animals) so this proves God is living as well.

We also know the Holy Spirit was there as exhibited by Genesis 1:2 so the Spirit is living as well.

I’m hung up on “living person”.  For is God a person?  Or is He God?  I don’t think of God as a person.  I know He is living. I know He was a living person in the form of Jesus Christ on this earth for a time.  But is God Himself a person?

I know we are made in His image so we must resemble Him somehow.  But does that make Him a person?

Calling God a person (to me) equates Him with humans and I just can’t do that.  He is above us.  Always has been and always will be.

My conclusion:  He is most definitely living (as many passages in the Bible attest to).  But is He a person?  No.  Not like me or you at least.

Conclusions:  Great lesson!  It definitely got me thinking.  You?  Thinking about things I don’t normally think about in my daily hum-drums of life.

All of these are personal questions and make you think about why we are here on this earth.  For His purpose.  That the world is His and we are mere transients.  We are here for Him.  He is the Alpha and the Omega.  It begins and ends with Him.

As I type this, I am sitting here petting my one remaining dog.  It’s been one week since I lost my female.  I’m remembering how one minute she was here, present on this earth, and the next she was gone.  Lifeless.  A mere shell of what she used to be.  How I miss her!

But I can’t wait to see her in her prime in heaven.  It gives me comfort to know she’s in a better place.

Still, I could never be a vet or a doctor.  Watching someone or something take their last breath in this world takes a special character to do repeatedly.  And that’s not me!

It’s a reminder of how time is precious.  How we need to do God’s work now.  How God has a purpose for us and we must discover it now.  No more excuses or ho-humming around.

Do it NOW!

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14 comments on “BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 1, Day 3: Psalms 8 & 90 with Genesis 1

  1. Dee Tippie says:

    So sorry about your dog… By hard to lose your companion. I was with our beagle when she died and cried for days.

  2. Vee says:

    I am so happy to be starting BSF again next week, and want to thank you for your input each week. It allows me to check my answers against yours and if there’s a difference, I go back and re-read the scripture, etc. to see where/why there is a difference. Once again, thank you! Vee Miller

  3. Maria says:

    My take on question 8:
    8. List at least three facts you learn about God as a living person from Genesis 1:
    God speaks, God has eyes and sees; God gave us the ability to think and reason and be free moral agents (we make our own decisions)

  4. Carol Peterson says:

    Great insight, love your answers. Look forward to Day 4…..

  5. cc li says:

    agree with you all, thanks, keep writing , i love your blog

  6. Julia says:

    comment on question 6: Agree with you — Common literal simple reading makes sense as a 24 hr.
    day. Moses believed it was 24 hr.(Ex20:11). No reason to have longer periods of time. The long
    ages came about to accomodate religion and science since scientists were saying earth was so
    old so the days must not be literal but rather long periods of time. In case of creation, I pick God
    over human science and the intellectuals.

  7. Julia says:

    Comment regarding question 8: Agree with you: God is Spirit but He is a personal, living God and
    not a cosmic force like some people say or that He created us and the earth and then left us to go
    on our own(Deist). God is loving; desires a personal relationship with us; That is why we were
    created in His image and can share beauty,truth,wisdom, and discuss meaning of life and why we
    are here which is to glorify Him. I agree with Maria in that God speaks,sees, communicates, and
    makes value judgments when He declared creation “good” and “very good”.

  8. JJ says:

    I approached this question sort of straight forward. As we are created in His image and these are characteristics that we have. I came up with these 4.

    God is living because:
    1. Exist — “In the beginning God”
    2. Speak — “God said …”
    3. See — “God saw …”
    4. Think — “God called …”

  9. Mona says:

    On #6, it is says and there was evening and there was morning the 1st day, verse 5, verses 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31 also say the same before 2nd day, 3rd day 4th day and 5th day so that is 24 hours, 6 days to compete the earth it took, says on vs 31.

  10. Brianna says:

    I stumbled upon your site when researching BSF and I have a feeling I will be here often. I just did a quick skim to see your thoughts about God being a person. I totally agree with you, I see God as a heavenly being, the creator & we as humans as his creation. I agree he can have qualities of a person (since we are created in his image). He most definitely Living & active =)

  11. Va. says:

    Sorry about your dog. They’re such great companions. I have been with a child taking their last breath of life. It has forever changed my attitude of life, but knowing heaven is on the horizon for them and will see them when I go there. I know they’re free of pain and can dance with the angels.

  12. Shannon says:

    God is spirit and we worship Him in spirit.He is omnipotent ,omnipresent and all knowing.

  13. CAROLINE GLOVER says:

    FORGOT HOW TO GET CLASS LESSON QUESTIONS FOR MATTTHEW LESSON 25 AND 26 FOR MY WEDNESDAY CLASS IN VISTA CA. HELP

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