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Genesis

The Hebrew word 'genesis' means 'beginning'. In the book of Genesis we read of important beginnings, or 'firsts', in God's plan for the Earth.

"In the beginning God …" (Genesis 1:1)

So God was there first before everything else.

We are told that God created everything.

  • In chapters 1-2 we read of the beginning of life on the Earth and the creation of man.
  • In chapter 3 we are told how sin and death first came into the world and also of the promise of a Saviour.
  • In chapters 6-9 we read of the Flood and of a new beginning for Noah and his family.
  • In chapter 11 we are told of the Tower of Babel and of the origin of different languages and races of people.
  • Chapters 12-32 record the beginnings of the nation of Israel and of God's promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Abraham lived first in Ur of the Chaldees - a city on the river Euphrates to the south of Babylon. God called him to leave Ur and to travel to "a land that I will show thee" - to Canaan. Here God gave him some astounding promises.

God promised Abraham:
1. A 'seed' or descendant (Jesus Christ).
2. A nation (Israel).
3. Everlasting inheritance of the Promised Land.
4. Blessings for all nations.

Finally,

  • Chapters 37-50 tell the story of Joseph and how the descendants of Jacob (Israel) went into Egypt.

 

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