Many of our modern words like genes, genetics, generations, and genealogy, come from the same root word as Genesis, meaning origin or creation.
The book of Genesis reveals our beginnings. Here we have the beginnings of the universe, of the human race, of sin; the beginning of God’s program of redemption and of the Jewish people, who were the ones through whom God would bring the Messiah into the world.
The first eleven chapters of Genesis focus on primeval history, while the rest of the book gives patriarchal history—the story of Abraham and his descendants.
Genesis 1 through 11 describes four great events:
• The Creation,
• The Fall,
• The Flood, and
• The Tower of Babel.
While Genesis 12 through 50 tell of four great persons:
The book of Genesis sets the stage for the entire biblical story and provides foundational lessons for us.
As we read Genesis, we’re reminded that no matter what life brings or how evil intrudes, God has a plan; and His ultimate plan cannot be deterred.
Many of the events recorded in Genesis permanently affected life on earth. Yet in spite of those epic events, God’s plan remained on schedule.
We can trust His ability to make sense of our lives even if our world appears to be upside down.
When we read the book of Genesis, we’re reminded that our Creator God is sovereign and He is always in control—from
beginning to end, from Genesis to Revelation.
God is the origin of all things—the universe, the earth, life, humanity, the Jewish people, and the plan of redemption.
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them” (Gen 50:20-21).