DISCOVER GENESIS

What do you want to learn about Genesis?

Why you will love Genesis.

Genesis will open your eyes to your meaning and purpose, to God’s good design for all areas of life, and most importantly, to the gracious character of God. Genesis reveals that the God of all creation cares deeply about the creation he loves most—you and me—despite our failures. Genesis will end your search for meaning. It will show you that you are part of a grand story—one that God is still writing today.

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What is the Book of Genesis About?

We hope this 5-minute book intro helps you find your bearings in the Bible story, and inspires you to open Genesis!

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GENESIS THEME VERSE

Genesis 1:1 NIV

In the beginning

God created

the heavens
and the earth.

Understand Genesis

Discover the message of Genesis, how it contributes to the story of the Bible, and how it speaks to you today. 

Genesis in One Sentence - Beginnings

Beginning of the heavens and earth, man and woman, family and civilization, sin and salvation, and much more.

HISTORICAL
CONTEXT

Traditionally, Moses is considered to have been the author of Genesis and the rest of the Pentateuch (see Numbers 33:2; Deuteronomy 31:24; John 5:46).

From Bibles.net: Remember that the ultimate author of every book of the Bible is the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:21). He has written this book to equip you for life, to help you know the true God, and to give you hope (2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4). The Holy Spirit wrote Genesis for your good and to lead you into joy.

Moses lived much later than the events of Genesis. Presumably, stories were passed down about those earlier events, and Moses brought them all together. 

The Near East at the Time of Genesis

c. 2000 B.C.

The book of Genesis describes events in the ancient Near East from the beginnings of civilization to the relocation of Jacob’s (Israel’s) family in Egypt. The stories of Genesis are set among some of the oldest nations in the world, including Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, and Elam. 

The period of the patriarchs is the groundwork and basis of all history. It covers the time from Adam to Moses. In consequence of the failures on the part of people during this early period, God called out an individual. He put aside the nations and called a man, Abraham, who was to become the father of the Hebrew nation. We enter into this period in Genesis 12.

There are five patriarchal fathers: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Job. (The book of Job must be put after the book of Genesis and before the book of Exodus. Job certainly lived before Moses, and we read of Moses in Exodus 2.)

God called Abraham and with him made a covenant, known as the Abrahamic Covenant. Become familiar with this covenant (Genesis 12:1-3). If you are not, the whole study of the Chosen People (in fact, the whole Old Testament) will have little meaning. God repeated that covenant to Abraham’s son Isaac and again to his grandson Jacob (see Genesis 26:1-5; 28:13-15). He repeated it to no one else.

These three, therefore, are the covenant fathers, and that is why you read in Scripture, “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Acts 7:32). He never adds anyone else. God gave His covenant to these three and it is for them to communicate it to others. What is the covenant? Read Genesis 12:1-3, 26:1-5 and 28:13-15.

This content is from What the Bible Is All About, written by Henrietta Mears. Copyright © 1953, 2011 by Gospel Light. Copyright assigned to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2015. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a division of Tyndale House Ministries., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, this content is adapted from the ESV Global Study Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright ©2012 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Video Overviews

OPEN THE BIBLE

BY COLIN SMITH

This series doesn’t stop with these four messages on Genesis below!
Consider listening to the entire Open the Bible series, which takes you through the whole story of the Bible.

MESSAGE SERIES

THEMES

IN GENESIS

Check out this phenomenal 12-part message series by R.C. Sproul. In short 30-minute messages, R.C. Sproul compares the biblical worldview to the secularist worldview, helping us understand the foundational importance of Genesis to biblical faith.

Tough Questions
from Genesis

INSIGHTS

The following insights are from pastors and scholars who have spent significant time studying the book of Genesis.

The book of Genesis is no mere collection of myths and legends; it is the actual, factual record of real events and real people at the beginning of history. Neither is the book of Genesis merely a tedious scientific or theological treatise; it is an intimate diary of some of the greatest and most fascinating men and women who ever walked this earth. Furthermore, all of its scientific and theological inferences are profoundly important and literally true.  

The book of Genesis thus is in reality the foundation of all true history, as well as of true science and true philosophy. It is above all else the foundation of God’s revelation, as given in the Bible. No other book of the Bible is quoted as copiously or referred to so frequently, in other books of the Bible, as is Genesis.  

—Henry Morris

Source: Morris, Henry M. The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on The Book of Beginnings. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976. (p.xii, 21) 

There are basically two ways to read the Bible—as a book of law, or as a book of promise. Our natural religious psychology wants to read the Bible as law: “God is explaining here how I can win his favor.” A law-hermeneutic is the pre-understanding we naturally bring to our Bible reading, every page. But in Galatians 3 Paul explains that he reads the Bible as a book of promise, and he wants us to as well. He sees every page of the Bible as gracious promise from God to undeserving sinners. Is there law in the Bible? Yes. But it was “added” (v. 19). Law was inserted after the promises to Abraham were established. It is promise that comes first (Genesis 12), then law comes later (Exodus 20). It is promise, therefore, that defines the all-encompassing framework within which we are to read everything else in the Bible… Every page [in the Bible], most deeply understood, shines forth as a promise of grace to sinners in Christ. 

—Ray Ortlund  

Source: Grace Quotes  

What God planned and promised and prepared in Genesis, he accomplished and perfected in the coming of Christ, and is now, today, applying and fulfilling in the lives of those who believe his Word.  

—Henry Morris  

Source: Morris, Henry M. The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on The Book of Beginnings. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976. (p.xii)

The simple fact of the matter is that all the philosophical fruits of Darwinism have been negative, ignoble, and destructive to the very fabric of society. Not one of the major twentieth-century revolutions led by post-Darwinian philosophies ever improved or ennobled any society. Instead, the chief social and political legacy of Darwinian thought is a full spectrum of evil tyranny with Marx-inspired communism at one extreme and Nietzsche-inspired fascism at the other. And the moral catastrophe that has disfigured modern Western society is also directly traceable to Darwinism and the rejection of the early chapters of Genesis. 

At this moment in history, even though most of modern society is already fully committed to an evolutionary and naturalistic world view, our society still benefits from the collective memory of a biblical worldview. People in general still believe human life is special. They still hold remnants of biblical morality, such as the notion that love is the greatest virtue (1 Corinthians 13:13); service to one another is better than fighting for personal dominion (Matthew 20:25-27); and humility and submission are superior to arrogance and rebellion (1 Peter 5:5). 

— John MacArthur 

Quoted from his article, “You’re No One Special.” 

Genesis demonstrates how God can take all the evil we create and make something good, and he does so not because he has to, or even because he should, but because he made a gracious promise that he would. Genesis demonstrates how God can take all the evil we create and make something good, and he does so not because he has to, or even because he should, but because he made a gracious promise that he would. 

— Spoken Gospel 

Quoted from the video, “The Bible Explained: Genesis 

Read More About Genesis

Books

Articles to Read

Reflect on Genesis

by David Mathis at Desiring God, 12 Minutes

by John Piper at Desiring God, 5 Minutes

by Keith Welton at Desiring God, 7 Minutes

by Aaron Armstrong at The Gospel Project, 5 Minutes

by John MacArthur at Grace To You, 10 Minutes

by Bibles.net, 12 Minutes

Experience Genesis

The Bible doesn’t aim to inform us, merely; it’s God’s living Word that intends to transform us, leading us to treasure God himself. The following resources help you experience the truth of Genesis and we hope they lead to your joy. 

GENESIS PLAYLIST

Discover music inspired by the message and content of the book of Genesis.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

by Keith & Kristyn Getty & The Getty Girls |  Children’s

Change the World

by Derek Minor feat. Hollyn | Rap

Lord of Patience

by Shai Linne feat. Melissa T. | Rap

Canaan Bound

by Andrew Peterson | Chill & Relaxing

Who But You

by Mark Hall & Megan Garrett | Pop

Promises

by The Worship Initiative feat. Trenton Bell, Dinah Wright | Praise & Worship 

The Invasion (Hero)

by Trip Lee feat. Jai | Rap

Infographics to help you see Genesis

NOAH’S TIME IN THE ARK

How long was Noah in the Ark? How did the events of the flood unfold?

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM PRAISE

This beautiful hymn praises the promise-making, promise-keeping God we meet in Genesis.

TWO HISTORIES OF DEATH

This graphic compares the evolutionist’s explanation of death with the biblical worldview.

MOVIE INSPIRED BY GENESIS

Genesis:
Paradise Lost

Experience the creation of the world through incredible imagery recreating the first chapter of Genesis. Consider watching this thrilling discussion on the origin of life, created to bolster your faith in the truthfulness of God’s Word. 

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT GENESIS?

My Genesis Moment

We would love to hear how God’s Word in Genesis changed your life, whether in a big or small way. We believe that even incremental transformation in the human heart is miraculous, and we would love to praise God for the miracle his Spirit has done in you today.