Open Your Bible 2017 – Genesis

Genesis

Welcome to Open Your Bible 2017! We hope you’ve been enjoying your readings from Genesis. So many things happen in the first few chapters. Moses really packed a wallop when he penned those words! We move from creation to the fall, the flood, tower of Babel, and the call of Abraham in very short order. Let’s take a minute to look at some of the major themes in these passages.

Creation!

Creation! God spoke, and it happened. Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Lou Giglio says we serve a star-breathing God. How awesome is that!?

The Fall

The Fall came close on the heels of creation. God’s creation was perfect. People, not God, messed it up. Read Lysa Terkeurst’s sidebar (bottom right) for her insights on this.

One of the beautiful things about the Fall is what God did. Adam and Eve had blown it and they knew it. They tried to cover themselves with leaves. God, in His infinite mercy, covered them with clothing made of animal skins. We can think of this as an animal sacrifice to cover their sin. Hebrews 9:22 says “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” This theme of sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins is repeated throughout the Old Testament, pointing toward the ultimate One who would die to take away the sins of the world – Jesus.

A Great Nation

By Genesis 12, Abram/Abraham had been called by God and told that God would make him into a great nation. Genesis 12:3 says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” This statement, that ALL people will be blessed through Abraham, is again pointing to the coming of Jesus. He would come, born a descendant of Abraham, to bless all people on the earth.

Sacrifice

In Abraham’s life, we see another time when God provided an animal sacrifice. In Genesis 22, Abraham had been asked to sacrifice his only son, and was obedient to the point of building an altar for the sacrifice. God stopped him from following through, and provided a ram caught in the thicket for Abraham to sacrifice instead. One translation says “God provided himself a ram.” God had a ram in the right place at the right time that day, prophetically looking to the time when He would provide His Son, the perfect Lamb of God, as the sacrifice for all our sins.

Observe and Concentrate

As you read through the Old Testament this year, be watching for things that point to the coming of Jesus, because that’s what the Old Testament is really all about.

Like Noah, concentrate on what God has given you to do, and leave the rest to God. – Life Application Bible, p. 18

“[God’s] goodness has been apparent since creation. When He formed and shaped and painted and sculpted this world and its creatures into being, His goodness seeped in with every thought and touch… When Adam and Eve chose to sin, their sin infected and infiltrated the goodness of all God had made…

When sin entered the world, it broke the goodness of God’s design…. But in no way did sin affect the goodness of God.”

–Lysa Terkeurst, Uninvited, pp. 19-20.