“Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.”
One of the most important books that I was given in my teenage years was Henry Morris’s commentary, The Genesis Record. At the time, the book was fairly new – perhaps just three years since its publication in 1976. It seemed important to me to have a commentary on Genesis, so my sister bought it for my 18th birthday.
What was special about the book, and still is, is that it covered the whole of the book of Genesis and did not stop at chapter 11, as many creationist books on Genesis do – my own included. Morris said in his introduction, “It is so important for people to sense that the Genesis narrative is real and historical.” People instinctively know that Genesis 12 onward – referring to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph – is relating historical narrative. In my opinion, it is no accident that God inspired the account of Creation and the Flood in the same book as the histories of those patriarchs in order to emphasize that the first 11 chapters also are narrative history.
More than 40 years after the publication of Morris’s commentary, there are other commentaries whose authors have determined that Genesis is mythological and is addressing allegorical truths to an ancient people in a way that cannot be understood today. I praise God for the testimony of Henry Morris, who wrote the truth about the wonderful book of beginnings in a manner that still makes sense today.
Prayer: Lord, as we approach Your wonderful book of beginnings, I pray that You will open our eyes to the truths therein and that we will dig deeply to discover Your will for our lives. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Morris, H. (1976), The Genesis Record (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.
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