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Introduction to Genesis
The Book of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible, starts with ďIn the beginning God created Heaven and earthĒ and goes on to introduce how the world came to be, the birth of nations, languages, groups and select individuals. Read Genesis to learn about creation, sin, marriage and family, language, civilization and Godís judgment.
Moses has been identified as the author of Genesis and the first five books of the Bible known as the Pentateuch, from Genesis to Deuteronomy. Genesis is also a Book of Covenants made by God to man. These covenants in Genesis form the foundation for the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Three significant covenants made by God are recorded in Genesis
1. Godís Covenant to Adam and Eve known as the Adamic Covenant (Genesis 1:28-30, 2:15-17)
2. Godís Covenant with Noah known as the Noahic Covenant (Genesis 8:20-9:17)
3. Godís Covenant with Abraham known as the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3) The first eleven chapters of Genesis serve as a general introduction then focuses on Abraham and his descendants.
In Genesis you will see that God and man had close in person relationship. In the Garden of Eden, God is seen walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8), Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:24). As you continue reading you will see how sin entered in and this relationship changed.
Manís wickedness and deliberate denial of the Creator was a pain to God. Yet God did not forsake His creation which He formed and which He blessed and so He set up a plan in which God decided to sacrifice His own, sinless Son as a substitute for sinful man. (St. John 19:1-42)
The Book of Genesis is a record of events that happened a long time ago but mankind still struggles with sin every day. The Bible beginning with Genesis lays out a blue print for each of us to be able to live a productive life.
Now is a great time to begin getting a new understanding of the benefits of reading the Word and developing a closer relationship with God.
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