Genesis, as the first book of the Bible, has a very fitting name which means “origin or beginning”. In its fifty chapters it covers more of human history than any other book of the Bible. For many, it is one of the most interesting, important, and impactful books of not only the Old Testament but the entire Bible. Possessing such stories as Creation, the Fall, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, it is no wonder it is such a captivating and applicable portion of Scripture.
We could divide this book into two groups or sections. The first being chapters one through eleven which deals with God’s dealings with all of humanity. Then secondly we find chapters twelve through fifty which deal almost exclusively with one family… Abraham and his descendants.
The story of Genesis begins with the creation of everything in seven literal twenty four hour days. The crown of this creation was man, whom God gave dominion. They chose to sin, and thus sin entered into the world and death by sin. Nestled in the verses of chapter three, which is filled with failure and judgement, is a declaration of God’s abounding mercy and grace. Even in the midst of judgment toward failure and wrong, God makes a promise to redeem mankind. Though the message seems cryptic in nature, when placed alongside the complete cannon of Scripture, we see clearly Jesus’ substitutionary death is declared from the onset of man’s sinful condition. This declaration was that Christ heel would be bruised while crushing Satan’s head!
As the story of Genesis unfolds we see more evidences and signs of God’s faithfulness, love, and grace. He spared Noah and his family from the global catastrophe and judgment of the Flood. Man’s wickedness was beyond great, and yet Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The story of the Flood would later serve as a beautiful reference point to the salvation that is in Jesus alone.
The shift that occurs at the end of chapter 11, as we are introduced to Abraham, is subtle but oh so important. It is the beginning of God’s redemptive story through His people, the Jews. It is from this line Messiah will come, from Abraham will come the Christ, the Savior. One of the wonders of God’s plan to justify mankind was the meticulous care He took to lay everything in place. From the beginning God’s plan was set in place and executed with absolute perfection in His design. Though there was human error and failure, even in the book of Genesis, God plan was achieved and His grace revealed along the journey.
As you read this wonderful book, take time to ponder the great stories, their truths, and what amazing impacts they have on the total story of the Bible. Some have accurately stated that if Genesis is removed or discredited the rest of the Bible follows suit. It is an important and powerful book. Now enjoy the truth of God’s Word as it beginnings in this book of beginnings... Genesis.
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