Sunday, June 8, 2003
History—The Law or Torah
Genesis Theme: Beginnings
Genesis records the foundations for all of history: creation, fall, promise of redemption, flood judgment, formation of nations, and then narrows the redemptive theocratic line with his covenant to Abraham and his progeny, Israel. Genesis then traces this redemptive line through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
Genesis: Key Verses
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between
your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise
him on the heel."
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Trace the Theme of Genesis
As a result of the prehistoric fall of Satan and the angels who chose to fall with him, God judged the earth. This is assumed, but not recorded in Genesis, by Moses, the author. Genesis begins with the re-creation or restoration of earth so that man may inhabit it (1-2). Satan in the form of a serpent tempted Eve and then Adam. Both chose to disobey God and became sinful (fall) (3.1-7). LORD God then made his redemption plan known to Satan and to Adam and Eve.
God was going to solve the sin problem through a man born in the line of Adam and Eve—true humanity (3.14-16). Chapters 4-11 trace the growth and spread of man’s line. During this period mankind became so degenerate that the line of true humanity might be corrupted, so God destroyed all but Noah and his family through the universal flood.
God called Abram who lived in Ur, a prestigious commercial and political city of about 350, 000 situated north of Persian Gulf. He sent Abram to Canaan. The promised redeemer was to be through Abram’s line (Israel). Genesis traces this line through Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve sons.
Joseph (37), a son of Jacob, was sold by his brothers to be a slave. Joseph, by God’s design, ended up in Egypt, where he became a high official in the Egyptian government. Eventually, Jacob brought his family to Egypt (46). Joseph took care of them and from this family of 70 the nation of Israel grew into the Exodus generation.
Genesis ends with Joseph confirming that God will return the Israelites to Canaan; he received a promise that they will take his bones back with them. He then dies (50).
Genesis Chapter Titles:
Chapter 1. Creation Six Days
Chapter 2. Creation of Adam and Eve
Chapter 3. Fall of Mankind
Chapter 4. Cain and Abel
Chapter 5. Adam to Noah
Chapter 6. Noah – Build the Ark
Chapter 7. Flood Over the Earth
Chapter 8. Flood Recedes
Chapter 9. Noah Covenant
Chapter 10. Table of Nations
Chapter 11. Tower of Babel
Chapter 12. Land, Nation, and Blessing Promise
Chapter 13. Lot Chooses Land
Chapter 14. Abraham Rescues Lot
Chapter 15. Lord’s Covenant with Abram
Chapter 16. Ishmael Born
Chapter 17. Covenant Through Isaac
Chapter 18. If Ten Righteous in Sodom?
Chapter 19. Lord Destroys Sodom and Gomorrah
Chapter 20. Abraham and Abimelech
Abraham and Isaac, 21-24
Chapter 21. Isaac Born
Chapter 22. Isaac Offered As Sacrifice
Chapter 23. Sarah Dies
Chapter 24. Isaac Marries Rebekah
Isaac, Jacob, and Esau, 25-27
Chapter 25. Abraham Dies – Jacob and Esau Birthright
Chapter 26. Lord’s Covenant with Isaac
Chapter 27. Isaac Blessed Jacob
Jacob and Esau, 28-36
Chapter 28. Jacob’s Ladder Dream
Chapter 29. Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
Chapter 30. Jacob’s Spotted and Speckled Lambs
Chapter 31. Jacob Returns to Canaan
Chapter 32. Jacob Wrestles with the Angel of the Lord
Chapter 33. Jacob Reunited with Esau
Chapter 34. Jacob’s Son Revenge Dinah
Chapter 35. Jacob Named Israel;Isaac and Rachel Die
Chapter 36. Esau’s Descendants
Chapter 37. Joseph Sold to Ishmaelites Going to Egypt
Chapter 38. Judah and Tamar
Chapter 39. Potiphar’s Wife Accuses Joseph
Chapter 40. Pharaoh's Cupbearer and Baker in Jail
Chapter 41. Seven Productive Years and Seven Famine Years
Chapter 42. Joseph’s Brothers’ First Visit;Leave Simeon
Chapter 43. Joseph’s brothers’ Second Visit; All Eat Together
Chapter 44. Joseph’s Silver Cup in Benjamin’s Pack
Chapter 45. Joseph Reveals Himself
Chapter 46. Joseph’s Family Goes to Egypt
Chapter 47. Joseph’s Famine Policy in Action
Chapter 48. Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
Chapter 49. Jacob Blesses His Sons, then Dies
Chapter 50. Joseph’s Final Days
Key Words Used
Genesis: Key Doctrines
Lessons For Us Today