Today we embark on the adventure of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
The word “genesis” means “origins” or “beginnings”.
And in fact, this book records many beginnings:
- God created the world
- how the first humans interacted with and had perfect relationship with God
- sin’s devastating results
- God’s love of humanity despite their sin
- God’s desire to bless all nations
In this book, we meet many unique people:
- Adam and Eve
- Noah and his family
- Abraham and Sarah
- Isaac and Jacob
And yet, in all of these new starts, new people, and new places, we see a lot of repetitions and patterns, the interweaving of characters, of good, of bad, and everyday happenings as well as change.
The book of Genesis was recorded by Moses, and captures the story of the world’s ancestry and history from eternity past through Joseph.
Many scholars dissect the book of Genesis, and in fact, there are many smaller stories within this book’s larger story. Moses reveals much about the heart and character of God, the fallenness of the human race, and God’s love for humanity despite their depravity and self-serving ways.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will attempt to see the larger story of God’s heart for His Creation, His character, and His love for a renewed relationship with all people. We will explore how the smaller stories knit into the fabric of the larger story, God’s story.
I look forward to this adventure, and I invite you to join me on the journey.