The book of Genesis answers the question, “Where did all this come from?” Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and the first book of the Pentateuch. (The five books of the Moses). Genesis is the story of how Israel began as a nation, the author also tells us about creation.
Genesis opens with God creating the heavens and the earth, the stars, the plants, the animals, and Adam and Eve. God places Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but they rebel against God, introducing a curse of sin and death to the world.. Adam and Eve have children and those children have children. Eventually the human race becomes so violent that God sends a great flood to destroy the world, but He spares the only righteous man, Noah. Noah builds his famous ark to escape the floodwaters with his family (and many animals). After the waters recede, God promises to never again destroy the earth with a flood. Hundreds of years later, God calls Noah’s descendant, Abram, to leave his family and journey to the land of Canaan. God promises to bless Abram with many descendants, and to bless all the nations of the world through him. Abram believes God’s promise, even though he is old and childless. God considers him to be righteous, and changes his name from Abram to Abraham. Later, Abraham has a son, Isaac. Isaac lived in the land of Canaan and has twin sons: Jacob and Esau. Jacob grows up, tricks Esau into giving away his blessing, and then leaves town to live with his uncle Laban. He then gets married, has children, and lives with Laban for 20 years before God calls him back to Canaan. As Jacob returns to the land of Abraham and Isaac, his name is changed to Israel. Israel has 12 sons, and young Joseph is his favorite. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, and he becomes a prisoner in Egypt. Joseph has the gift to interpret dreams and it became very valuable to the Pharaoh, so Joseph is released from prison and made second in command of all Egypt. Joseph warns Pharaoh that a terrible famine is coming, and stockpiles food for the coming years. Joseph’s predictions are correct and the famine reaches Canaan, and his brothers come to Egypt to buy food. The brothers make up with each other and Joseph provides for all the children of Israel to move to Egypt.. The book of Genesis ends with the death of Joseph, whose last prediction is that God will bring the children of Israel back to the promised land.
Did you know?
Genesis means “Beginning”
God is the only name in Genesis 1 (Mentioned 30 times)
The Bible does not provide a clear date for creation, the flood, and other events in Genesis.
Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Creation - Fall - Redemption
Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3)
Creation: God Creates everything.
Fall: Adam and Eve disobeys God by eating the Forbidden Fruit.
Redemption: God still works through them to populate and care for the earth.
Abraham (Genesis 12-25)
Creation: God promises Abraham countless descendants and land
Fall: Abraham tries to have a child by another woman since his wife is barren.
Redemption: God still keeps His promise by providing a son.
Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
Creation: Joseph has a dream about leading his family.
Fall: His brothers fake his death, sell him in slavery, and Joseph is unjustly imprisoned in Egypt.
Redemption: Joseph rises to a position of leadership in Egypt and provides home and food for his family.
“I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)
Quick outline of Genesis
The beginnings of all mankind (Genesis 1:1–11:32)
The beginnings of the world (Genesis 1–2)
The beginnings of sin, death, and judgment (Genesis 3–9:17)
They say the best way to move on is to never look back
but growing up, my
greatest fear was to forget
so I carved names in trees,
pressed flowers in my
collected scraps and pieces
(a seashell from the first time I
tasted the ocean)
(concert tickets to my favorite band)
(desiccated petals of bougainvillea
given by an ex-lover)
(a handkerchief from sixth grade,
signed by my ex-friends)
(souvenirs from different places)
(et cetera, et cetera)
and put them in a box
and I learned how to write
poetry and take photographs
with the hopes of immortalizing
my precious memories.
Now my box is heavy,
my wall filled with photographs
of people who are now strangers
and my poetry is all about a girl
who ran away from me.
Maybe this is my curse:
I prayed too hard that I shall never
forget and now that I need to,
all I have become
is a pillar of salt.
Folio 3 Genesis 19, 24-26: “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom…
”…and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.“
From ’The Augsburg Wunderzeichenbuch’; A mid-sixteenth century book of miracles. artist unknown, ca. 1550.