A famous verse in the Bible says many people who believe they are on their way to heaven will get blocked when they meet Jesus and He says, "I know ye not." Bob Hampton, Biblical teacher, said we don't want to get into that situation where because we don't know God, He will not know us when we meet him after death.
He further said a good way of getting to know God is through the study of the book of Genesis where one first learns of His Creation. He went on to list several items God invented in Genesis including man and woman and families.
Hampton further said, "God even gave us instructions on labor before there was an AFL-CIO or a Department of Labor."
We are also introduced to the concept of civilization, culture and even murder for the first time in the first book of the Bible, according to Hampton today during his lesson at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls, Texas.
"In Genesis we are first told of the concept of different races and languages during the story of the Tower of Babel," Hampton further said.
"Moses probably wrote Genesis because he is known to have written the first five books of the Bible. Sometime during all that time the children of Israel were wandering around in the desert, some with a forlorn attitude, Moses found time to sit down and write out five books," said Hampton.
Hampton said we are also told of the story of the great Flood which covered the earth and rose at least twenty feet above the highest parts "including Mount Everest". He said we will always have disasters like the tornado we had in Wichita Falls in 1979.
"I was six years old at the time," Hampton joked.
Jeff Moore, member of the Men's class at First Presbyterian, said, "You were pretty young to be sitting around drinking coffee with the nurses."
Moore's humorous reference was directed to the fact Hampton drove an ambulance during a previous career in another lifetime.
Hampton also briefly touched on the famous passages in Genesis 6 in which the Nephilim were referred to as the sons of God who had intimate relations with the daughters of men. Their offspring resulted in giants during that time. God was angered by some of their behavior and sent the Flood.
Some students of the Bible have held the opinion the Nephilim were fallen angels.
God also decreed a man's days would be limited to 120 years whereas before Mathuselah, Moses and others had lived for centuries.
Hampton also said God sent the rainbow as a sign of his convenant with Noah to never send a worldwide flood again. Barry Donnell, a member of the class, said everytime he sees a rainbow he thinks of God's covenant.
Hampton also said "everytime God made a deal he sent a sign. He sent us Jesus as a sign of the way to heaven like he sent the rainbow as a sign of no more floods of that magnitude."
When Hampton is not busy studying his Bible he serves as the County Treasurer for the citizens of Wichita County, Texas.
Dr. Isaac Butterworth is senior pastor of First Presbyterian and may be contacted at email@example.com.
Hampton teaches the Men's Sunday School Class beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls, Texas, at 3601 Taft across the street from Midwestern State University.
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