Did Jesus believe Genesis?

Did Jesus Believe Genesis

The importance of understanding what the Bible intends to communicate

by Lita Cosner

R.N. from the UK writes:

I am a 6 day young earth creationist like yourselves, and look forward to reading Jonathan Sarfati’s “The Genesis Account”. I remember reading somewhere that Jesus quoted x amount of times from Gen. 1–11, but can’t remember exactly how many times. When I tried to google it, I came across this article: [deleted per our feedback rules]. This seems to indicate that Jesus quoted Genesis only once, and only related to marriage. Can you clarify this please? Also, I don’t agree with the premise of this article at all. I was wondering what your thoughts on it were.


Lita Cosner, CMI-US, responds:

The Gospels record Jesus quoting Genesis 1–2 once, in Matthew 19:4–5, and the parallel Mark 10:6–7. However, that is the most restrictive way of counting references. Other instances of Jesus referencing Genesis in the Gospels are:

  • Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25—mankind is in the image of God.
  • Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51—Jesus references Abel as a historical, righteous person, and the first of the martyrs.
  • Matthew 24:37–39; Luke 17:26–27—Jesus compares His coming to the time of Noah’s Flood.
  • Matthew 26:52—Jesus references Genesis 9:6 when he says “Those who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
  • Mark 13:19—Jesus references God creating the world.
  • Luke 10:19—Jesus gives the disciples authority to tread on serpents.
  • John 8:44—The devil is a liar and a murderer ‘from the beginning’

So there are at a minimum 8 significant references Jesus makes to Genesis 1–11. This does not tell the whole story, of course, and most of them only make sense if Jesus is referencing them as history…

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