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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 and how it relates to our life today. Read Genesis to learn about creation, sin, relationships, Godís judgment and promises.
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. These are principles that we need to know and understand.
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)
In Genesis you will see that God and man had a 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.
As you enter into a new period of your life, it is a good time to begin to get a better understanding of the fundamental structure that we need to build our life around in order to build and develop a solid foundation. This is the principles we need to use to make the right decisions and take proper actions to walk in God's grace, mercy and favor.
You might think that the Book of Genesis is a record of events that happened a long time ago but as you read Genesis you will see we are still faced with the same sins today. Genesis lays out a blue print for each of us to be able to live a more fulfilled and productive life.
Take the time to read or reread Genesis to get a refreshed understanding of the benefits of a closer relationship with God.
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