An Introduction to The Book of Beginnings
The Book of Genesis is arguably the most popular book in the Bible. Whether you grew up in church or you have only ever seen the outside of stained-glass windows, you have probably heard the phrase: “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth”. This commonly known yet heavily debated phrase is at the foundation of the Genesis, the whole Bible, and possibly all of humanity. For generations scholars around the world have researched and debated the source, cause, and purpose of human existence. The very notion that there is a God who claims to have created everything was just as controversial in the 15th Century BC as it is today.
However, as tempting as it may be to discuss all the interesting arguments for and against creationism, a faithful reading of Genesis will have us thinking about so much more. Not to say that these arguments cannot be helpful, but they can often hide the powerful message(s) of Genesis. Though creation is at the foundation of the book, the implications of this covers a broad spectrum: marriage, family, sin, redemption, covenant and much more. We not only see the history of Israel, but the history of humanity. Genesis contains some of the most popular accounts such as Cain and Abel, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Father Abraham.
Over next few months – possibly longer – we will be taking a good look at Genesis and all the themes that run through it.