After my father retired from the business world, he went back to school and earned a doctorate in ministry. He pastored a small church in Northern Texas. Dad also dreamt of writing a book based on the Biblical research he did during his life. But, dad never realized this dream. However, he did leave all the information for me. I decided I would take one blog a month and write up this great information. If the details are beneficial for others, I will put them together in a book in the future.
As we embark on this journey through the Bible, may we remember to ask God to show us what He wants us to learn? Psalm 19:14; “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
- Author: Moses
- Audience: The people of Israel
- Date Written: 1450-1410 BC
- Length: 50 Chapters
- Key Word: Beginning
- Key Verse: Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them: male and female he created them”
- Key People: Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Joseph
The book covers over 2,000 years of history with eight distinct sections demonstrating the importance of beginnings. Those sections are as follows:
- The beginning of the universe: We find these details of the origin of our world in Genesis 1:1-25. God took nothingness and formed it into sky, land, sea, planets, stars, day, night, vegetation, and animals.
- The beginning of the human race: God created Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26-2:25.
- The beginning of the need for salvation: In this section, we see God confront Adam and Eve about their sins in Genesis 3:8-24.
- The beginning of human sin: We find the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:1-15.
- The beginning of godlessness in the world: We find sin so prevalent that God sends a flood to destroy His creation in Genesis 6-9.
- The beginning of Nations of the world: From Noah’s family, we learn how the nations formed in Genesis 10.
- The beginning of languages: God gives a variety of tongues to the people to confuse them at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11.
- The beginning of the patriarchal history of Israel: The remainder of Genesis takes us through the early figures in the lineage of Christ.
Genesis begins with God and ends with the death of Joseph. Or in other words, the book takes us from perfection to human sinfulness. The message of Genesis also displays man’s failure under every condition and shows how the grace of God meets it. Man fails amidst the ideal environment of the Garden of Eden, but God’s grace does not destroy them. Next, humans fail God’s standards and fall into sin, but God saves a remnant of people to start again. Finally, we see failure to follow those God anointed as patriarchs, which lays the groundwork for God’s grace in the form of our Savior. Where sin abounded, God’s grace abounded more.
Importance of Studying the Bible
Each book of the Bible contains lessons for us to learn as well as historical information. We need to study God’s Word to see what to do and what not to do in life. Paul reminds all of us of the importance of the words within the text in 2 Timothy 3.
“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:14-17;
Heavenly Father, guide our thoughts as we study your Word. Please show us how to apply the principles to our daily lives. Thank you for the many blessings we find within its pages. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.
Grace and Peace to you,
Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”