Knowing the Bible

The Book of Genesis

Week 1: Genesis 1:1-2:3

As you reflect on the creation narrative in chapter 1, think about this: How would you respond if your young child asked, “Where did I come from?” You might answer “New Jersey," or maybe you would say “Your dad and I got married and had you as a baby." Perhaps you would give a biologically detailed explanation of how conception works (though we tend to dodge this topic!) Or maybe you could give an account of labor and delivery complete with city and date and time marker. If you are more relational, you might draw a family tree with all the important characters mentioned.

It important for us to consider what the author of Genesis was trying to communicate when he wrote chapter 1. Chapter 1 is not a biology textbook or a detailed timeline, and it certainly does not answer every question we might have about creation. Dr. Sandy Richter writes in The Epic of Eden, “Genesis 1 was written to answer the questions: Who is God and what is His relationship to us? What was God’s original intent?”

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Jan. 12, 2020  |  Family Album: God

Pastor Craig Carter


In His creative work, God saved the best for last - the creation of humankind. God’s image is imprinted on each one of us. He made us “to be like [Him].” God looks at you and says, “Very good! You look just like me!” This fact alone give us immense dignity and destiny. 

And while both the sinfulness of our world and our own sinful choices affect the degree to which we actually are like the Lord, we at least have the potential to reflect His character and model His behavior... Read more  

Week 2: Genesis 2:4-3:24

Last week we considered Genesis chapter 1, which is the creation account and serves as an introduction to God and to the whole of the Bible. In chapter 2 the creation account is reiterated and expanded as the emphasis moves from God’s overall creative activity, to God’s specific creation of man and woman. In chapter 2 humankind becomes central to the storyline and there is much to learn about the creation and purpose of humanity, its relationship with the creator, and the relationship between man and woman. As we move into Genesis 3 we find humanity failing in its calling, sin is introduced to the storyline, and the consequences are significant and enduring.

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Jan. 19, 2020  |  Family Album: Adam and Eve

Pastor Craig Carter


In the portrait of Adam and Eve in our Family Album, Volume 1, we see ourselves – sinners in a long line of sinners that stretches from Eden to Lynn Haven. But let’s not forget that we find another portrait in a later volume that shows us our ultimate destiny when we put our faith and trust in Jesus our Savior. Separated from God’s presence due to our sin like our ancestors were, Christ brings us the opportunity for a right relationship with God and new life in Him ... Read more  

Week 3: Genesis 4:1-11:26

Sometimes sin has immediate consequences, as we saw in Genesis 3 with Adam and Eve. In the next major section of Genesis, we see the longer-term consequences of sin. The fall of Adam and Eve initiates a downward spiral of sin, beginning with Cain’s murder of Abel, the days of Noah, and finally the Tower of Babel. Genesis chapters 4-11 is an overview of how sin spreads among the peoples of earth. As we look at the stories in this section, our questions focus on how sin spreads, the ensuing punishment, and signs of God’s grace.

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Jan. 26, 2020  |  Family Album: Noah

Pastor Terry Tatum 


What took place in the garden wasn’t just your everyday act of disobedience; it was an act that separated us from God. Sin entered the world and humankind never looked back. At the time of Noah there was every kind of sin you could imagine. The story of Noah found in Genesis chapters 6-9 proves that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. ... Read more  

Week 4: Genesis 11:27-16:16

If Genesis 1-11 is the cosmic story of God and humankind, then Genesis 12 marks a turning point and the story narrows in focus to the story of God in relationship with one man, Abram. Abram will eventually become a family and then a nation, whose mission it is to be a blessing to all the nations and peoples of the earth. Our story this week opens with God calling Abram, giving him instructions, and making big promises. Sometimes Abram has great faith. Sometimes he struggles and makes poor decisions. As we watch Abram’s life unfold, consider how our personal faith journeys often have similar highs and lows.

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Feb. 2, 2020  |  Family Album: Abraham

Pastor Craig Carter


Few people in Scripture receive as much attention as Abraham. Fourteen chapters in Genesis are devoted to him. We meet him at the ripe old age of 75 in Genesis 12 and his story ends 100 years later in chapter 25. Abraham is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments more than 300 times as a pillar of faith and one whose life we should emulate if we too want to live by faith and not by sight as the Bible commands. ... Read more  

Week 5: Genesis 17:1-22:24

This section of Genesis opens with God reaffirming His promises to Abram, changing his name to Abraham, and marking this special covenant with a new sign. God’s intention to bless the nations through Abraham is evident in all the readings this week – as Abraham intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah and later brings blessings on the Philistine King Abimelech. We see the miraculous birth of Isaac and later Abraham’s offering of Isaac. Throughout, God’s faithfulness is clear, He keep His promises and hears the prayers of His people.

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Feb. 9, 2020  |  Family Album: Sarah

Pastor Terry Tatum 


There’s a saying that goes like this, “behind every great man is a great woman.” As we learned last week, Abraham was definitely a great man. At one point God even tells Abraham that, “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” And Scripture makes it clear that Abraham’s wife Sarah was a great woman standing beside him. When God chose to bless the world through Abraham, he also chose Sarah. ... Read more  

Week 6: Genesis 23:1-26:33

In this transitional section of Genesis, God’s covenant promises are passed from Abraham to Isaac. Sarah passes away, and Abraham focuses his attention on finding a wife for his son Isaac. The story of Abraham’s family continues in the account of Isaac, and the birth of his sons Esau and Jacob. Isaac not only receives the promises of God given to Abraham, he also inherits some of Abraham’s weaknesses. In this section, we want to focus on how the promises to Abraham are passed on to the next generation.

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Feb. 16, 2020  |  Family Album: Hagar

Pastor Craig Carter


From Hagar we can learn how to respond when life doesn't make sense: Remember God’s Promises, Rely on God's Plan, Recognize God's Provision, and Rest in God's Presence. Just because life doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t mean it’s senseless. Even when we hurt, even when we’re confused, even when we don’t know what to do, God can and will use us and our circumstances to bring about His divine will. ... Read more  

Week 7: Genesis 26:34 - 31:55

In the previous section of Genesis, we saw God’s promises passed from Abraham to Isaac. Now the story follows Isaac’s son Jacob. Jacob’s name means “the deceiver” and the Bible does not downplay his manipulative, con-man like character. Isaac the elderly father is tricked, and he passes on the covenant blessings to Jacob not Esau. Jacob – willing to lie, cheat, and steal – would flunk anyone’s morality test. Watch in this section as he pays dearly for his trickery and is himself deceived and cheated by his uncle Laban. Jacob will spend 20 years in personal exile – during which time he builds a family and learns many lessons. His character is changed through this hardship and repentance, and he returns from exile ready for a remarkable reconciliation with his brother and God himself.

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Feb. 23, 2020  |  Family Album: Isaac and Abraham

Pastor Craig Carter


In the portrait on Abraham we mentioned a “test” God administered to Abraham - you likely know the story. When he "picked up the knife," Abraham showed his willingness to give up anything and everything for the Lord. It was a clear demonstration of total obedience, true faith, and undivided love. Is there anything in your life that you’re holding on to that is a hindrance to your relationship with the Lord and is preventing you from following Him fully?  ... Read more  

Week 8: Genesis 32-35

In the previous section of Genesis we saw that Jacob went into exile in the land of Laban and experienced the pain and drama of being deceived. During these twenty years of exile, God has been working in Jacob’s heart. In this section of Genesis, Jacob faces his greatest fears in reconciling with his brother Esau. Jacob wrestles with God, is given a new name, and finds a remarkable picture of the grace and forgiveness of God in his reconciliation with Esau.

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March 1, 2020  |  Family Album: Isaac and Rebekah

Pastor Craig Carter


Have you noticed how much we become like our parents? (e.g. speech, mannerisms). At a deeper level we also realize that we’re like them in ways we’d prefer not to be (e.g. habits and even addictions, interpersonal skills, character flaws). This is the concept of generational sin and it’s the idea that we are inextricably connected to previous generations in both good and bad ways. ... Read more  

Week 9: Genesis 36-41

While the story of Jacob introduced us to the twelve tribes of Israel, the story of Joseph shows how God preserved Israel outside of the promised land. The story of Joseph is longest individual person’s story in the Old Testament and serves as a bridge from the patriarchs in early Genesis to the nation of Israel and the events in the book of Exodus. In this section the dreamer Joseph is sold into slavery and forgotten in prison, but God providentially preserves him and his family.

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March 8, 2020  |  Family Album: Jacob

Pastor Craig Carter


According to one Bible dictionary, God’s blessing means “divine goodwill and favor that brings contentment and happiness.” In simpler terms, it’s that inner feeling or conviction that all is well because God is on your side and taking care of you. The story of Jacob contained in the Book of Genesis gives us a vivid portrait of what it looks like, how it is secured, and what it means for our lives. ... Read more  

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Week 10: Genesis 42-47

Stories of reconciliation dominate the book of Genesis. We have already seen the story of Jacob’s reconciliation with Esau. In this segment we see Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers and reunion with his father. The story shows the end result of Joseph’s experience in prison, and the fruit of God’s ongoing grace in Joseph’s life. Overall, the journey to Egypt in this section fulfills God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:12-16 and sets the stage for the exodus.
 
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