Where It All Began – Introduction

 

Have you ever heard a storyteller start by saying, “Let’s start at the beginning”? In order to get a handle and perspective for an account you really need to go back to the beginning. When you buy a used car the wise consumer wants to know a bit about its previous history. You can look up if the car has been in any previous accidents or had any major repairs and by doing so you can determine whether or not it is a lemon. When you buy a house you are required to look back into the history of the house to make sure any additions to it are to code and done in compliance to the law. When you marry someone you want to know their history. You want to know about their parents, their family history. When you apply for a job what does your potential employer ask for? They ask for your resume which is an employment history. You can tell a lot about something from its beginnings. You can tell a lot about someone from their beginnings. Genesis is God’s first word on Himself; His nature and His way of doing things. If you want to know God you should start at the beginning, in Genesis.

Genesis – The Book of Beginnings

The word “Genesis” means “Origin” or “beginning.” It is in this book that we find the beginning or origin of so many things such as:

·         The beginning or origin of God’s Revelation.

·         The beginning of history.

·         The beginning or origin of the universe.

·         The beginning or origin of order and complexity.

·         The beginning or origin of the solar system.

·         The beginning or origin of the atmosphere and hydrosphere.

·         The beginning or origin of life.

·         The beginning or origin of Humanity.

·         The beginning or origin of Marriage.

·         The beginning or origin of Evil.

·         The beginning or origin of Language.

·         The beginning or origin of Government.

·         The beginning or origin of Culture.

·         The beginning or origin of Nations.

·         The beginning or origin of Religion.

·         The beginning or origin of the chosen people.

The book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible and Where It All Began. Genesis is the rudimentary and foundational book of the Bible. Henry Morris in his book The Genesis Record makes the following statement on the first book of the Bible:

“The Book of Genesis is probably the most important book ever written. The Bible as a whole would surely be considered (even by those who don’t believe in its inspiration) as the book that has exerted the greatest influence on history of any book ever produced. The Bible, however, is actually a compilation of many books, and the Book of Genesis is the foundation of all of them. . . . The Book of Genesis thus is in reality the foundation of all true history, as well as of true science and true philosophy. It is above all else the foundation of God’s revelation, as given in the Bible. No other book of the Bible is quoted as copiously or referred to so frequently, in other books of the Bible, as is Genesis.” [1]

To a great extent Genesis is one of the main foundation stones to God’s 66 book Biblical revelation. If you want to fully and correctly understand the message of God in His word, you have to at some point understand the book of Genesis. Truly, the person who wants the complete and correct understanding of God’s revelation has to go to the book of Genesis is Where It All Began.

 



[1] H.M. Morris, The Genesis Record ( Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976) pgs. 17-18. 

#ChapterTitleListen
1Genesis 1:1Where it all beganPart 1
2Genesis 1:2- 2:3 CreationPart 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4
3Genesis 2:4-25 The formation of humanityPart 1Part 2
4Genesis 3:1-24 The hall of humanityPart 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4
5Genesis 4:1-26 Failed Offering, Fratricide, and Revival of FellowshipPart 1, Part 2Part 3
6Genesis 5:1-32 Adam’s Fallen Sinful Nature Family and Its SolutionPart 1
7Genesis 6-7 Days of Noah and the floodPart 1Part 2
8Genesis 8-9 Then God rememberedPart 1
9Genesis 10-11 People Roots and Religious RebellionPart 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4
10Genesis 11-12 The Call of Abraham – Man of Faith and Friend of GodPart 1, Part 2Part 3
11Genesis 13-14 Altered Abram and a Lot of TroublePart 1, Part 2Part 3
12Genesis 15 Abram’s Fear Defeating Righteous FaithPart 1Part 2
13Genesis 16The Pain of Impatience and Submission of the FleshPart 1, Part 2Part 3
14Genesis 17The way God worksPart 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4
15Genesis 18-19The Walk of the LORD and Risk of the WaywardPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5
16Genesis 20-22The fear of man or the faith in the LORDPart 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4Play 5
17Genesis 23Mourning and moneyPart 1
18Genesis 24“Being on the Way, the LORD led Me”Part 1Part 2
19Genesis 25The election of GodPart 1, Part 2Part 3
20Genesis 26What will you do in the time of testing?Part 1Part 2
21Genesis 27-28How a family falls a part and how to fix itPart 1
22Genesis 29-31The Consequences of a Conniving Life 
23Genesis 32-35The way to personal revivalPart 1
24Genesis 37-39Godly Joseph and worldly JudahPart 1
25Genesis 40-41Patient Prison PreparationPart 1
26Genesis 42-46The providential hand of GodPart 1
27Genesis 47-50The prophetic promise of God's provisionPart 1