Genesis overview


This reading is an overview of Genesis.  You may just want to take your Bible and scan through Genesis, the first book of the Bible.  I thought this would be a good way to start the year. 

Who wrote this and when was it written?  Moses.

Who was it written to?  It was originally written to the people of Israel, but it has meaning for Christians and all others as well.

Why was it written?  Genesis means beginnings or origins.  The book of Genesis was written to document the creation of the world and human beings, to tell the beginnings of human history and to teach us God’s desire to set apart a people for relationship with him.

You may have read or heard some of the stories in Genesis many times.  But try to read it like you are reading it for the first time.  There are countless important teachings in this book.  There are also many stories you have probably never heard before. 

Genesis has lots of stories so it is relatively easy to read and moves along quickly.  I’ll start by doing a chapter at a time but will do multiple chapters later.

What are your initial thoughts when you think about Genesis?  Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like.


4 Responses

  1. In Genesis Moses teaches how all creatures were created and where sin and death came from. But, immediately after, he teaches us where our help is to come from, namely, not by the law or men’s own works, but by the ‘seed of the woman,’ Christ, promised to Adam. Genesis, then, is made up almost entirely of illustrations of faith and unbelief, and of the fruits that faith and unbelief bear.

  2. “Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 [NAB]

    God spoke into the darkness and created the light…

    God made light. God has power over the darkness.

    That stands out to me. I only stumbled upon this blog recently, so I havne’t yet read the archives, but I’ve just gotta say…

    The darkness is real. It is more than palpable. The more you realize jsut how avctive the demosn are in this world, on a personal level, the more you are and will be faced with a choice. To serve Him, or to fall to them.

    I’ve battled mroe demonic oppression in the last month or so then I have in my entire life, and that darkness has driven me onyl further into the light. Sometimes, the darkness seems overwhelming.

    But God spoke into the darkness, and created the light. From nothing, something, made by God.

    I rely on Him for a different kind of light… the Light. Without it, without embracing it at every moment, I will fall. United with it, no demon can touch me. I earnestly hope that if any of you who read this have been, are, or will be afflicted as much -or far, far more – than I have been, that you embrace the Light. It will drive out the deepest Darkness. As Christians, we know the Way, the Truth, adn the Life.

    Walk the Way, know the Truth, and live the Life. Though you may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil. The Shadow only proves the existence of the Light, and the Shadow will flee that Light. Truly, the bright Morning Star has rendered the Darkness powerless to control you without you letting it.

    So, now I pray. He that spoke into the darkness and created the light, defend us. Surround us in Your light, bathe us in it. Let us nto be blinded to Your glory and grace. Let Your lvoe and mercy rain down upon us. Let us be a conduit of Your Light to the world. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Hidden One

    PS: So now, I hope you see why that verse stands out to me. 🙂 Sorry for getting a little off-topic.

  3. Hi Rebecca – Amen!

    Hi Hidden One,

    Thanks for your comments! I didn’t consider that off-topic at all (and even if it was, that’s ok).

    I was in the middle of writing about Genesis 1 and had already pasted in John 1:1-5 (which includes “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”) So your comment was very timely.

    I prayed for your oppression and I praise God that He has drawn you to the light. Blessings to you.

  4. Blessings to you as well.

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