Happy new year’s eve! Friends, we are so excited to start reading the Bible together tomorrow! To prepare, we wanted to start researching the books we’ll be reading first: Genesis and Matthew.
Our venture into the word of God begins with the book of Genesis. Written by Moses to the people of Israel in 1450-1410 B.C., this book is the part of the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible, known as “Torah” (meaning teaching) in the Hebrew Scriptures.
It all begins with God and the story of creation. In a world fascinated with evolution, it is so important for believers to be firmly established in the truth that our God is the ultimate Creator.
There are a lot of firsts in this book too: the first marriage, family, sin, murder, pride. If you think your favorite TV show has more drama, I urge you to re-read the book of Genesis with a producer’s mindset: see the stories unfold in your mind – complete with treachery, envy, evil plotting, heroes and heroines, redemption and love (there’s even a love triangle towards the end!).
As you read though, ask how those stories of old apply to you and your life today. Because they do. Observe how Satan manipulates Eve’s feminine insecurities – he lies, makes false promises and then watches her stumble into sin. He employs those same moves and lies to every one of us today – when he tells us that we’re not good enough, that God is lying to us, or a million other variations that cause fear, doubt, and sin.
We can choose to learn from others’ mistakes or we can watch history repeat itself and learn those lessons on our own. Don’t just read Genesis as history book; read it with a prayerful and open heart.
Here is an outline of what we’ll be learning about:
- The story of creation (1:1-2:3)
- The story of Adam (2:4-5:32)
- Adam and Eve
- Cain and Abel
- Adam’s descendants
- The story of Noah (6:1-11:32)
- The flood
- Populating the earth
- The tower of Babel
- The story of Abraham (12:1-25:18)
- God promises a nation to Abram
- Abram and Lot
- God promises a son to Abram
- Sodom and Gomorrah
- Birth and near sacrifice of Isaac
- Isaac and Rebekah
- Abraham dies
- The story of Isaac (25:19-28:9)
- Jacob and Esau, Isaac’s twin sons
- Isaac and King Abimelech
- Jacob gets Isaac’s blessing
- The story of Jacob (28:10-36:43)
- Jacob starts a family
- Jacob returns home
- The story of Joseph (37:1-50:26)
- Joseph is sold into slavery
- Judah and Tamar
- Joseph is thrown into jail
- Joseph is placed in charge of Egypt
- Joseph and his brothers meet in Egypt
- Jacob’s family moves to Egypt
- Jacob and Joseph die in Egypt