We should read the Bible to learn Godís
plan for our livesóto see Godís agenda, not our own. The book of
Genesis gives us an in-depth view of God as a real Being who works in
peopleís lives to effect His good will for them.
Throughout the Genesis stories, we see
four things repeated as God works with His people: (1) Blessing; (2)
Knowledge of God; (3) Community/fellowship; (4) Rest. These four
elements in the stories show us Godís character. Look for them as you
The following chart illustrates these
themes found in the book of Genesis. The left column, except for
the first entry, is man's perversion of God's way. The right
column shows God's will working in the lives of His people after they
finally believed Him. Faith in God's word brought reconciliation
to every aspect of their lives.
Chapters 1 and 2 give us
Godís plan for this worldóHis perfect, blessed creation.
Abraham received the Blessing of
3: Manís plan implemented as Adam rejects the vertical aspect of
worship, turning to self-worship, and the results which occur when
Godís plan is rejected by Adam and Eve (rejection of Godís way
12- 24: Abraham, after many attempts to do things his own way and
seeing the results, learns to do things Godís way = man
reconciled to Godís will, and deciding to "do things"
Godís way, receives knowledge of who God is.
4: Manís relationship to his brother, and the results when Godís
plan is rejected by Cain.
25-33: The brothersí relationship repeated and expanded; finally
Jacob could say "I have seen Godís face, and now am no
longer afraid of your face"
(33:10) = reconciliation between
6-9: Reveals man in a society/ community relationship which turns
bad and results in the world-wide flood.
Joseph and his family/ brothers (community/society) repeated and
expanded = reconciliation of the family unit.
11: The tower of Babel is manís attempt to recreate the vertical
aspect of worship but on his own terms, and to give themselves a
great name (vs. 4) and to be a great nation; again dire results
come from not following Godís plan.
12: Fulfillment of Godís promise to Abraham Ė great name,
great nation (Romans
4:13-25) in contrast to manís attempts to
save himself = rest in the finished salvation of God and
reconciliation with God through Christ (Romans 3:24,