God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly.
God makes a promise that He will bless all nations through Abraham's family. But with aging husbands, impatient matriarchs, blessing-stealing children, and jealous siblings who keep mucking things up, how will God's promise prevail?
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Genesis, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Genesis, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
God calls Abraham
While Chapters 1 through 11 describe God's relationship with the entire world in the Book of Genesis, Chapters 12 through 50 transition to God's focus with one particular family.
As Abraham and Sarah learn to trust in God and believe His promises, their lineage brings about the Nation of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Church many centuries later, ushering in a heavenly kingdom that is established by faith and love.
Plenty of mistakes and wrong choices are made along the way, but God continually delivers them through His grace and kindness in the Book of Genesis. Note the importance of God's covenant with Abraham, a special contract sealed by blood that comes full circle with the Messiah's sacrifice on the cross.
God tells Abraham to go to Canaan and promises him numerous descendants. Abraham overcomes his doubts, believes God, and miraculously has a son with Sarah.
Sodom & Gomorrah
A foreshadowing of future mercy and judgment, God saves Abraham's nephew Lot from the destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah after Abraham intercedes.
Isaac and The Blessing
Still sojourning in Canaan, Abraham's blessing continues through Isaac and God gives him Rebekah as his wife. Isaac has twin sons - Jacob and Esau.
Jacob steals Esau's birthright and runs for his life. Jacob's uncle Laban cheats him and his jealous wives compete, but all find forgiveness in the end.
Joseph and Egypt
Joseph is hated by his brothers who sell him into slavery in Egypt, but God uses the situation to save them from famine. God turning evil on its head is the Book of Genesis' overall theme.
Another crucial skill for reading the Bible effectively is learning how the biblical authors have designed these books to make the main ideas clear....
Related Podcast Series
Torah Crash Course
3 Episodes •
This set of lectures was my effort to condense the first five foundational books of Jesus’s Bible because they introduce the Plot conflict and storyline that Jesus believed he was bringing to fulfillment.
Torah Crash Course Episode 1
This is the first of a three part series called the Torah Crash Course, exploring the book of Genesis. This important biblical book sets the basic plot line and core themes of the entire biblical storyline.
Torah Crash Course Episode 2
This is part two of a three part series called Torah Crash Course. This episode explores the important stories of the exodus and giving of the law at Mt. Sinai.
Torah Crash Course Episode 3
This is Part three of a three part series called the Torah Crash Course. If you haven’t listened to Parts 1 and 2, I highly recommend it. We finish by exploring the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and how they develop the storyline that Jesus believed he was bringing to fulfillment.