The English title “Genesis” comes from the Greek translation of the Pentateuch and means “origin,” a very apt title because Genesis is all about origins – of the world, of the human race, of sin, and of the Jewish people. The Hebrew title is translated “In the beginning,” using the first phrase in the book.
In Genesis God created the sky, seas, and land. He created the plants, animals, fish, and birds. But he created human beings in his own image. At times, others may treat us disrespectfully. But we can be certain of our dignity and worth because we have been created in the image of God.
When Adam and Eve were created by God, they were without sin. But they became sinful when they disobeyed God and ate some fruit from the tree. Through Adam and Eve we learn about the destructive power of Sin and its bitter consequences.
Abraham was asked to leave his country, wander in Canaan, wait years for a son, and then sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Through these periods of sharp testing, Abraham remained faithful to God. His example teaches us what it means to live a life of faith.
Isaac did not demand his own way. He did not resist when he was about to be sacrificed, and he gladly accepted a wife chosen for him by others. Like Isaac, we must learn to put God’s will ahead of our own.
Jacob did not give up easily. He faithfully served Laban for over 14 years. Later, he wrestled with God. Although Jacob made many mistakes, his hard work teaches us about living a life of service for our Lord.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and unjustly thrown into prison by his master. Though the life of Joseph, we learn that suffering no matter how unfair, can develop a strong character in us.
1450 – 1410 B.C.
To Whom Written:
The people of Israel
To record God’s creation of the world and his desire to have a people set apart to worship him. It tells how God created the world as very good, but that was destroyed in the flood as a result of man’s disobedience. The new world after the flood was also spoiled by human sin. The call of Abraham, through whom all the nations would be blessed, gives hope that God’s purpose will eventually be realized through Abraham’s descendants.
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