RBT – March

Introduction to Genesis

A Video Introduction Is Available Here – Genesis Intro

We stand at the door of the Holy Bible, the Christian Scriptures,  God’s message to the human race. Genesis means origin. This book, written by Moses some time before 1273BC, tells   of the beginning of God’s wonderful plan of redemption. Here we read of the first sin, the first murder, the first war, the first sacrifice… and here we are introduced to all the basic foundational doctrines of the Christian faith.

What then is the first great truth or doctrine we encounter as we enter into Genesis, God’s own introduction to the Bible? Some say it is creation, the foundational truth, the whole universe and everything in it made out of nothing. Others point to the opening words of Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…” They point out, rightly, that before anything was made God was there alone and He was sovereign in creating the universe (material and spiritual) and  is sovereign in upholding and controlling all that He has made.

These doctrines are true, vital and foundational to our understanding of Biblical truth, but there is one doctrine which logically comes before them, namely revelation. We cannot see God, let alone understand Him by using our physical senses. If we are to know Him and about Him, He must reveal Himself to us. Our Christian faith begins with a belief, a trust, a conviction that there is a God and that He communicates with us. A belief in God, that “He is there and He is not silent” is the beginning of all true religion.

Genesis chapter 1 shows us these things very clearly. The events described here happened before there was anyone to see and record them. We only know about them because the living God caused Moses to give us the precise account He intended us to have. Likewise the rest of Genesis gives us the early history of the human race told from God’s point of view. It tells of His interaction with mankind and the unfolding of His gracious plan of redemption.

Genesis can be divided into two main sections

  1. Genesis 1-11 gives a general overview and history of the world down to the time of Abraham. Tracing events from the creation (ch 1-2) through to the fall (ch 3). Moses tells of the spread of sin and corruption through all the human race. From the time of Cain’s murder of Abel (ch 4) killing and violence increased rapidly. Even the godly line of Seth became corrupted. Eventually God, in judgement, washes the Earth clean with a world-wide flood (ch 6-9). Noah, who finds God’s favour by grace, is saved along with his family, in the Ark. Humanity’s rebellion against God continues at Babel and the nations are scattered across the face of the Earth (ch 11)
  2. Genesis 12-50 Moses here relates the history of His own family the Israelites. Starting from the call of Abram (ch 12) he relates how God cared for and guided the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their families. He concludes by recording how Joseph became Prime Minister of Egypt and saved the family from the great famine.#

Most importantly Genesis shows the unfolding of God’ s plan of redemption. As early as Genesis ch3:15 there is promise of a Saviour.

Reading Plan

This plan is available to download here (Reading Plan in PDF)

Tues 1stGenesis 25:19-34Esau and Jacob
Wed 2ndGenesis 26God’s promise to Isaac, Isaac and Abimelech
Thurs 3rdGenesis 27Jacob steals the blessing
Fri 4thGenesis 28Jacob’s flight to Laban and his dream
Sat 5thGenesis 29Jacob marries Leah and Rachel
Sun 6thGenesis 30Jacob’s prosperity
Mon 7thGenesis 31:1-21Jacob flees from Laban
Tues 8thGenesis 31:22-55Laban pursues Jacob
Wed 9thGenesis 32Jacob fears Esau, Jacob wrestles with God
Thurs10thGenesis 33Jacob meets Esau
Fri 11thGenesis 34The defiling of Dinah
Sat12thGenesis 35God blesses Jacob, Deaths of Rachel & Isaac
Sun 13thGenesis 36Esau’s descendants
Mon 14thGenesis 37Joseph’s dreams, Joseph sold by his brothers
Tues 15thGenesis 38Judah and Tamar
Wed 16thGenesis 39Joseph and Potiphar’s wife
Thurs 17thGenesis 40Joseph interprets two prisoners’ dreams
Fri 18thGenesis 41:1-36Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams
Sat 19thGenesis 41:37-57Joseph rises to power
Sun 20thGenesis 42:1-25Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt
Mon 21stGenesis 42:26-36The brothers return to Jacob
Tues 22ndGenesis 43:1-15The brothers return to Egypt
Wed 23rdGenesis 43:16-34The brothers meet Joseph
Thurs 24thGenesis 44Joseph tests his brothers
Fri 25thGenesis 45Joseph provides for his brothers
Sat 26thGenesis 46Joseph brings his family to Egypt
Sun 27thGenesis 47:1-12Joseph’s family settle in Egypt
Mon 28thGenesis 47:13-31Joseph and the famine
Tues 29thGenesis 48Jacob blesses Joseph’s son’s
Wed 30thGenesis 49Jacob blesses his sons
Thurs 31stGenesis 50Jacob’s burial, Joseph’s death