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BOOK OF GENESIS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BEGINNING

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The Book of “Genesis” means “beginning”. This book is the foundation of the whole Bible, on which everything is built. The book tells of the Creation, followed by the rebellion of our first parents. It then records the growth of wickedness in the earth, followed by the Flood, in which the only human survivors were Noah and his family. Another rebellion against God’s commands is stopped by the introduction of different languages. The first 11 chapters reveal four outstanding men, which are Adam, Enoch, Noah, and Nimrod. The rest of the book is the early history of the Jewish nation (also called the Israelites, Hebrews, or the children of Israel). Genesis Chapter 12 onwards primarily focuses on another group of four outstanding men, which are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

SATAN’S HATRED OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS

While Satan’s hates the entire Sacred Scriptures, there are two books in the Holy Bible the great adversary of God and humankind especially hates and the enemy has spent all his energies to discredit these books, which are Genesis and Revelation. The adversary has attempted to overthrow Genesis with relentless attacks from the secular scientific community, famous atheists, and popular pagan philosophers. The enemy dislikes Genesis because the book honors God in creation (Genesis 1:1-31) and the book portends his downfall. Genesis tells readers who (Genesis 3:15) will bring about Satan’s defeat, while Revelation gives readers the details of Satan’s ruin (Revelation 19 and 20).

GENESIS GREAT VALUE

Genesis is one of the most important books in God’s Sacred Scriptures. Every great leading fact, truth, and revelation is found here in seed form. Genesis is the seed-plot of the whole Bible and its words are essential for understanding all its sections. It is the foundation on which the Divine Revelation rests and on which it is buildup. It is not only the foundation of all Truth, but it enters into various forms of subsequent inspiration, according to Dr. Bullinger.  Genesis has great value because it is the first real history book.

GENESIS AUTHOR AND ORIGINS

The book of Genesis was written by Moses when he compiled and edited ancient records around 1450 BC. The records were derived from ancient stone tablets containing information about human history that originated from eyewitness accounts, according to the tablet theory of Mosaic authorship. Genesis chapters one and two probably originated from God (7:37-38) when Moses was fasting atop Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:16-18). The Genesis narration is simple and straightforward, it is consistent everywhere with itself, it is accurate with its dates, it is impartial with its biography, it is correct with its philosophical details, it is pure with its morality, and very benevolent with its spiritual design. These observations confirm that Genesis had an extraterrestrial origination.

GENESIS LITERARY STYLE

The Book of Genesis is written in prose and not in poetry. This fact is significant because poetry forms handy clothing for myths and legends, which decorates many other primeval books. Genesis is written not as mythology, but as straightforward history. Therefore, Genesis is really history, purely fact, and literally true and it is not decorated with fables, myths, or colorful exaggerations.

GENESIS SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS

Genesis chapter one highlights the beginning of the universe when God created the heavens, the planet Earth, plant life, marine life, land animals, and humankind during six-24-hour-days. Exodus 20:11 and Exodus 31:17 says God created the universe in six days.  Genesis Chapter two sketches the beginning of the human race after God blessed the seventh day because it begins the Sabbath. Chapter two retells the creative acts of the six day with additional details related to Adam and Eve’s formation. Genesis chapter three reveals the beginning of human sin when the serpent deceived Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden. God curses the whole Earth and Adam and Eve were forced out of the Garden of Eden. This chapter also uncovers the beginning revelation of redemption when God predicts the seed war (Genesis 3:15) between the fallen one and the woman.   Genesis chapter four reveals the consequences of murder when Cain kills Abel and God curses Cain and Cain’s descendants and family history. This chapter mentions the beginning of human civilization. Genesis chapter five shows the chronology of the family history of the line of sons from Adam to Enoch to Noah.  This chapter mentions Enoch the first prophet who was raptured to heaven at age 365.

In Genesis chapter six, a Godless and violent civilization emerged when wickedness in the Earth increased because fallen angels had sexual relations with human females and together they produced a Hybrid, gigantic, and violent Nephilim population.   God declares He will destroy the Earth with water and God commands Noah to build an ark. In Genesis chapter seven, Noah, his family, and animals enter the ark and the flood waters completely cover the whole Earth and all humans and land creatures outside ark were destroyed. In Genesis chapter eight, the flood ends and the waters recede; Noah, his family and the animals exit the ark; Noah made a burnt offering to God. In Genesis chapter nine, God blesses Noah and three sons (Ham, Shem, and Japheth), outlines their new diet, makes ‘anti-global flood’ covenant with them. Later, Noah gets drunk and he speaks a curse on Canaan before he Noah dies at age 950.  In Genesis chapter 10, the family history of Shem, Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah are given. In Genesis chapter 11, Tower of Babel built; LORD scatters and confounds the people from Babel and the family history of Shem’s descendants to Abram is given. Finally, from Genesis chapters 12 to 50, we see a biographical sketch of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

ANALYSIS OF GENESIS

This book’s distinctive message reveals humanity’s failure under every condition met by God’s Salvation. It was necessary for us to know by failure our own weakness and insufficie

ncy before we would voluntarily choose Good. In the book of Genesis, we all failed as human beings in every era of the testing. During the perfect environment of the Garden of Paradise we failed. Under the rule of human consciousness from the Fall of Humanity to the global Deluge we failed.   Under the patriarchal rule from Noah to Joseph we failed. However, human failure is met by Divine grace and activity. Where sin abound, grace did much more abound.

RELATED SOURCES

Halley’s Bible Handbook; Henry Halley; 1965. The Bible; Jim Bell and Stan Campbell; 1999. The Bible; Dr. Jeffrey Geoghegan and others; 2003. The Complete Guide to the Bible; Stephen Miller; 2007. The Dead Sea Scrolls; Craig A, Evans; 2010 The Septuagint With Apocrypha: English; Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton; 1851. Understanding The Bible; Kendell H. Easley; 2000. The Book Genesis Outline by Robert Lee.  The King James Version (KJV). The New King James Version (NKJV).

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