Today we are going to begin something new with our bulletin articles. We are going to begin a series of articles that starts in Genesis and runs through Revelation. The goal will not be detailed exegetical work but general introductions to each book. Today we will start at the beginning, the book of Genesis.
The book of Genesis is a foundational book that ultimately sets the stage for all that follows. It describes the origins of the known universe, the origins of man (male and female), God’s plan for Adam & Eve, the beginnings of sin in this world, and the gradual, although quick, descent into sin. The word “generations, Heb. toledot” (English Standard Version, King James Version) stands as the key to understanding and dividing the book (Gen. 2:4; 4:26; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1; 37:2).
Each successive generation moves us toward the redemption and creation of God’s chosen line into a nation meant to usher in the coming Messiah. The promise of Genesis 3:15 and the seed (birth of a son) that would redeem and remove the curse brought on us through sin, drives the story. The birth of Seth, Noah, Isaac, Moses, Joseph, and eventually Jesus of Nazareth helps us understand that God is going to keep his promises and save us. Each story continues to point us toward Jesus Christ, the true seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) and the promised offspring of Abraham (Genesis 12:7; Galatians 3:16).
Each story is meant to help us understand and love our God. To reveal to us a God who loves us and wants to have a special relationship with us. The relationship revealed in the Garden of Eden (the paradise of God) where God walked and talked with his creation.
Don’t get hung up on the details and miss the bigger story! God created you, loves you deeply, and wants to secure your future eternity with him.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
(Genesis 3:15, ESV)
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”” (Genesis 12:1–3, ESV)