by Russell Sherrard
Welcome to our Weekly Bible Study. Each week we will study one Chapter of a Bible Study Book. We are going to start by studying Genesis: Book of Beginnings from the Book Series “Journey Through the Bible Book 1”. I hope you will join us each week as we “Journey” through Genesis to see what God has given us for that week. At the end of each study there will be some study questions for you to mull over during the week and if you can’t answer the questions we will give you our answers the following week.
This book (Genesis) is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.
Time: Creation to 1580 B.C.
Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (1:31)
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you . . . and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ ” (12:1-3)
Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.
1. The Earliest of History 1:1-11:26
a) Creation 1:1-2:3
b) Adam and Eve in Eden 2:4-25
c) The first sin and its consequences 3:1-24
d) Cain and Abel 4:1-16
e) Two genealogies 4:17-5:32
f) The great flood 6:1-9:29
g) The spread of nations 10:1-11:26
2. Patriarchal History 11:27-50:26
a) The life of Abraham 11:27-25:11
b) The descendants of Ishmael 25:12-18
c) The life of Jacob 25:19-35:29
d) The descendants of Esau 36:1-37:1
e) The life of Joseph 37:2-50:26
The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason, Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.
Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.
There is no substitute for you reading the Bible directly for yourself. The Holy Spirit can speak directly to you as you read the Word. However, some people who read the Bible are like the man in Acts 8:26-39. When asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” he replied “How can I, unless someone guides me?” To help you understand the Bible, God has given pastors, evangelists and teachers. In addition, a series of study questions can guide you through the Scriptures. These study questions should be a great tool in increasing your knowledge of God and His Word.
Genesis: Book of Beginnings
by Russell Sherrard
Journey Through the Bible Book 1
This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.