“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made, in Him was life and the life was the light of men. The Word of God is the light of men, that Word is our LORD JESUS’ (John 1:1-4).
The theme of the Bible is “JESUS CHRIST”. This Book is to survey that Word through Genesis to Revelation. The Book that reconciles man to God, his Creator, showing the process of Reconciliation, Redemption, Regeneration and Restoration. Genesis is properly described as the ‘book of beginnings’. It may be divided into two main parts; the first part is concerned with the early history of mankind. The second part deals with the history of the specific people whom God chose as His own.
The author presents the material in a very simple manner. He offers ten “stories” readily discerned from the outline of the book. Some of these stories are brief and much condensed, but they nonetheless help to sound out the content.
It is quite likely that the author of Genesis used sources, oral and written for his accounts to go back to the earliest history of mankind. Though much has been written on the subject of the possible literary sources of Genesis, there are two main valid objections to accept the finding of source analysis.
The Book of Genesis emphasizes throughout its pages the unmerited grace of God. In the Creation of the world, grace displays itself in the wonderful provision that God made for His creatures.
In the Creation of man, the grace of God is presented as bestowing even God-likeness upon him, God’s grace is in evidence even in the flood.
Abraham was chosen not because he was worthy but rather because God is gracious. In all His dealings with the patriarchs, God displayed great mercy. They always receive far more favour than any one of them could merit.
Another important feature of Genesis should not be overlooked, which is the eminently satisfactory way in which it answers our questions about origins. Man will always want to know how the world as a whole came into being. He also will want to know how man originated.
Moreover, it feels rather painful! that some major disorders have come upon the world and would like to know what its nature is. In short, he is concerned about how sin and all it dire consequences came about. Then man must know if a basic and sure hope of redemption exists for this world and its inhabitants, what that hope is and how it came into the possession of man. The writing of the Book of Genesis has been ascribed to Moses.
OUTLINE Of THE BOOK OF GENESIS
INTRODUCTION: THE CREATION ACCOUNT-CHAPTERS 1:1-23.
FIRST STORY:HEAVEN AND EARTH-CHAPTER 2:4-4: 26
Supplementary Explanation-Chapter 2:4-25.
The Great Crisis in the relation of Heaven and earth-Chapter 3 Early Developments-Chapter4
SECOND STORY: ADAM – CHAPTER 5:1- 6:8.
THIRD STORY: NOAH-CHAPTER 6:9;9:29.
The Flood-Chapters 7:1;8:22.
Basic Ordinances Governing the postdiluvian world-Chapter 9:1-17. The future of the races of mankind-Chapter 9:18-29
FOURTH STORY:THE SONS OF NOAH: CHAPTERS 10:1; 11:9
Table of Nations-Chapter lO:l-32
The confusion of Tongues-Chapter 11:1-9
FIFTH STORY:THE DESCENDANTS OF SHEM-CHAPTER 11:10-26
SIXTH STORY: ABRAHAM-CHAPTERS 11:27;25:11
Call of Abram and departure from Haran.Chapter 12:1-9
Trip of Egypt during Famine – Chapter 12:10-20.
Separation from Lot Chapter 13:1-18.
Abram’s Victory over the Kings-Chapter 14:1-24
God’s Covenant with Abram-Chapter 15:1-21.
Birth of Ishmael-Chapter 16;1-16
Covenant sealed by New names and circumcision-Chapter 17;1-27.
The Lord’s Appearance at Mamre-Chapter 18:1-33
Wickedness of Sodom, its overthrow, degeneracy of Lot- Chapter 19;1-33
Abraham and Sarah at the court of Gerar-Chapter 20:1-18
Birth of Isaac. Expulsion of Ishmael-Chapter 21:1-21.
Covenant with Abimelechi-Chapter 21:22-34.
Sacrifice of Isaac, Burial of Sarah-Chapter 22:1-23, 20
Marriage of Isaac-Chapter 25:1-67
Abraham’s Children, Marriage and Death-Chapter 25:1-11
SEVENTH STORY: ISHMAEL -CHAPTER 25:12-18
EIGHTH STORY: ISAAC-CHAPTER 25:19, 35:29.
Birth and History of the two Brothers-Chapter 25:19-34
Scenes from Isaac’s life-Chapter 26:1-35
Isaac Blessed Jacob, Departure of Jacob and vision Chapter 28:22, 27:22
Jacob’s Double Marriage and family-Chapter 29:1-30:43.
Jacob’s Flight from Laban-Chapters 31:1-55.
Jacob and Esau-Chapter 32:1-33:20.
Preparation for Meeting Esau-Chapters 32:1-32.
The Brothers’ Reconciliation – Chapters 33:1-20.
Seduction of Dinah avenged-Chapters 34 :1-31.
Last Events of Isaac’s life-Chapter 35;1-29.
NINTH STORY: ESAU: CHAPTER 36:1-43
TENTH STORY: JACOB-CHAPTER 37:1-50-26
Joseph and his Brothers-Chapter 37:2-36
Judah and Tamar Chapter 38; 1-30
Joseph’s Imprisonment and Liberation Chapter 39:1-40:23
Dreams lnterpreted-Chapter 41:1-57.
Joseph and his brothers in Egypt- Chapters 42:1-45:28.
Israel Settled in Egypt-Chapters 46:1-47:26
Jacob’s preparation for his end-Chapter 47 :27-49-32.
Death of Jacob and Joseph-Chapter 49:33-50:26.