DATE: 1450-1410 B.C.
Genesis means “origin” and thus is the perfect title for the book that records the origins of all human history. Genesis is a real-life history record of the origins of the world, man, sin, civilization, the nations, and Israel, as well as a revelation of the God of all creation.
Genesis also introduces God’s purpose and plan in all things by progressively revealing important theological themes such as, the doctrine of the living, personal God; the doctrine of man made in the image of God; the doctrine of the fall and the consequences of man’s sin; the promise of a Redeemer (3:15); the call of Abraham and the raising up of a nation (Israel) and the covenant promises God made with Israel (12:1-3; 15:18-21).
OUTLINE OF GENESIS
I. The Creation of the World, 1:1-2:25
A. The Beginning of Creation, 1:1-2
B. The Days of Creation, 1:3-2:3
C. The Beginnings of Man and Woman, 2:4-25
II. The Sin of Man, 3:1-24
A. The Temptation, 3:1-7
B. The Judgments, 3:8-24
III. The Beginnings of Civilization, 4:1-5:32
A. Cain and His Descendants, 4:1-24
B. Seth, 4:25-26
C. Adam to Noah, 5:1-32
IV. The History of Noah, 6:1-9:29
A. The Causes of the Flood, 6:1-13
B. The Course of the Flood, 6:14-8:19
C. The Events After the Flood, 8:20-9:29
V. The Descendants of Noah and the Tower of Babel, 10:1-11:26
A. The Sons of Japheth, 10:1-5
B. The Sons of Ham, 10:6-20
C. The Sons of Shem, 10:21-32
D. The Tower of Babel, 11:1-9
E. The Descendants of Shem, 11:10-26
VI. The History of Abraham, 11:27-25:11
A. The Family of Abram, 11:27-32
B. The Call of Abram, 12:1-20
C. The Separation of Abram and Lot, 13:1-18
D. The Deliverance of Lot by Abram, 14:1-24
E. The Covenant with Abram, 15:1-21
F. The Birth of Ishmael, 16:1-16
G. The Circumcision of Abraham, 17:1-27
H. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 18:1-19:38
I. Abraham and Abimelech, 20:1-18
J. The Birth of Isaac, 21:1-34
K. The Offering of Isaac, 22:1-24
L. The Death and Burial of Sarah, 23:1-20
M. The Marriage of Isaac, 24:1-67
N. The Death of Abraham, 25:1-11
VII. The Descendants of Ishmael, 25:12-18
VIII. The History of Isaac and His Sons, 25:19-36:43
A. The Birth of Jacob and Esau, and Selling of Esau’s Birthright, 25:19-34
B. Isaac and Abimelech, 26:1-35
C. The Blessing of Jacob by Deception, 27:1-46
D. Jacob’s Flight to Paddan-aram (Mesopotamia), 28:1-9
E. Jacob’s Dream at Bethel, 28:10-22
F. Jacob and the Daughters of Laban, 29:1-30:43
1. Jacob meets Rachel, 29:1-14
2. Jacob marries Leah and Rachel, 29:15-30
3. Jacob begets children, 29:31-30:24
4. Jacob bargains with Laban, 30:25-43
G. Jacob’s Return to Canaan, 31:1-33:20
1. His separation from Laban, 31:1-55
2. His reconciliation with Esau, 32:1-33:20
H. Jacob’s Later Life, 34:1-36:43
1. The massacre at Shechem, 34:1-31
2. The renewal of the covenant at Bethel, 35:1-15
3. The deaths of Rachel and Isaac, 35:16-29
4. The descendants of Esau, 36:1-43
IX. The History of Joseph, 37:1-50:26
A. Joseph Sold into Slavery, 37:1-36
B. Judah and Tamar, 38:1-30
C. Joseph in Potiphar’s House, 39:1-23
D. Joseph Interprets the Dreams of the Cupbearer and the Baker, 40:1-23
E. Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream, 41:1-57
F. Joseph’s Brothers in Egypt, 42:1-45:28
1. The first visit of his ten brothers, 42:1-38
2. The second visit of his eleven brothers, 43:1-44:34
3. Joseph’s revelation of his identity, Gen 45:1-28
G. Joseph’s Family in Egypt, 46:1-47:31
H. The Blessing of Joseph’s Sons, 48:1-22
I. Jacob’s Blessing of His Sons, 49:1-27
J. Jacob’s Death and Burial, 49:28-50:14
K. The Last Days of Joseph, 50:15-26
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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