For the past couple of weeks, I have been contemplating my understanding of the Bible as a whole. The Word of God is Truth. It is Wisdom, and it points directly to the importance of Jesus Christ and His great work on the cross! Actually, I would say that everything from the Old Testament to the Gospels works to intricately and effectively culminate at the point of His death, and His resurrection to the work of the apostles and the Revelation of John, all go to support and fulfill His great power, love, and justice. The Word of God is a beautiful tapestry of various events that lead to one another, and I want to understand it all! I want to know everything that happens. I want to know what Book it takes place in, so that I know where to look for anything that I question.
So, this is the beginning of my attempt to document the Word of God as a whole, Book by Book.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
***If I miss anything, please comment and let me know what should be added to the list, and I may come back and edit these posts to include more information as I discover it! I will let you know, if I do.***
Some of this might make you think “I already know that…”, but I want to write it all out so that it is easy reference and see. I believe a review of Genesis is a good start for today because it has a wealth of events – here we go!
GENESIS – Sin comes into this world, and no matter what mankind does, we do not have the power to control or stop it. We need a Savior, and the prophecy of the One who will crush the serpent’s head begins to unravel in this Book of the Bible. Genesis establishes many major characters including Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, and it sets the stage for Moses and the Israelites as they exit Egypt.
- Genesis 1:1-25 | Creation of the heavens and Earth: God the Creator (“Elohim”) creates something out of nothing (“ex nihilo”). The beauty of His creation serves to testify to His great glory and power.
- Genesis 1:26 – Genesis 2 | The creation of Man: God creates the whole earth, and He sees that it is good! He creates man to have dominion over the earth, and He charges him to ” be fruitful and multiply”! Man is given the breath of life, and he dwells in the Garden of Eden as the companion of God.
- Genesis 3 | The fall and curse of Man: Man sins. Although God seeks them out after their sin, they feel ashamed and hide! Their sin causes a separation from God, and they are cursed for their disobedience. Man is cursed to work from the ground. Woman is cursed to bring forth children in sorrow and to be ruled by her husband. Most importantly, they are kicked out of the Garden!
- Genesis 4 – Genesis 5 | Cain and Abel, and Seth: I refer to this event as the continuation of sin! Although, we read nothing about how Adam and Eve raised their sons, it is cleared that no matter how perfectly they raised them, sin was passed on. This passage is a sign of the bondage of mankind under sin and the need for a savior. When Abel was killed, Adam and Ever were “appointed..another seed instead of Abel”. The Bible says that through Seth’s seed “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord”. From the line of Seth a man named Noah was born.
- Genesis 6 – Genesis 11 | Noah, the Great Flood, The Tower of Babel, and Shem: Noah becomes a metaphor of Jesus Christ. He is a messenger and true believe in God, and he provides a way for a countless number of people to be saved. Although the ark is in visible, it is hard for the wicked men to accept the impending doom and the mercy of God. The story of the flood also shows the great need for a Savior because even though the entirety of wickedness was wiped off the face of the earth, sin still continued to infest mankind through Noah! We see a short glimpse of the return of man’s wickedness in the events of the Tower of Babel, which is rectified by confusing the languages of the people. Finally, in these passages, we see the line of Shem, Noah’s son, producing Abram.
- Genesis 12 – Genesis 21 | Abram, Lot, Sarai, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac: These chapters depict the events of Abram’s life! They tell of the the promise that God makes to him claiming that he will be the father of many nations! The chapters of his life weave through a wild journey including Sodom and Gomorrah, being blessed by Melchizedek, trying to take things into his own hands by having a son (Ishmael) with Sarai’s handmaid Hagar, and having angels visit their tent (one of whom is the Lord). Everything eventually leads to the birth of Isaac, who is the fulfillment of God’s promise.
- Genesis 22 – Genesis 24 | Isaac, Abraham’s test, Rebekah: Abraham’s faith is tested when he asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac, the very fulfillment of the promise God gave him. Through the test Abraham clearly shows his great faith in God, and God shows his love and mercy. Isaac grows up to marry Rebekah and they have two sons.
- Genesis 25 – Genesis 36 | Esau, Jacob, Rachel, Israel: Finally, the story of Jacob and Esau reveals the creation of Israel – God’s chosen nation.
- Genesis 37 – Genesis 50 | Joseph: Joseph, Jacob’s son, becomes a metaphor for Jesus Christ. The story of Joseph is that of complete submission turning into great reward. Joseph rose to power, and he became a savior to the Israelites by bringing them to Egypt to save them from the great famine. Unfortunately, this event also marks the arrival for he Israelites in Egypt, which sets them up for a life of bondage under a new pharaoh that didn’t know Joseph.
Genesis has a wealth of characters and events! It all works to prove the need for a savior, and many of the major characters are a reflection of Christ. This Book sets up the line of the Savior through Seth, the “appointed” one, and it provides the background for the nation of Israel, God’s chosen nation. Next time we will begin our list from Exodus which starts with the bondage of Israel under Egypt and the birth of Moses.