Introduction to Genesis

We will be undertaking a series of sermons on the first three chapters of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. The place to begin reading a book is at the beginning, however many people have the habit of reading the last chapter of a book first. But if you try that with the Bible, you will become very confused. There are, however, many who find it difficult to begin with Genesis. They are thrown off by the language, which they find to be a bit stiff and somewhat antiquated, especially if they are reading one of the older Bible translations.Some come to Genesis rather prejudiced by the widespread rejection of this book as unscientific or primitive in its concepts. So they read the book, especially the first chapters, with a sense of distaste. They read it simply to be informed about a book that is widely known. But they are already prejudiced against it, and consequently they never really see what is here.

I suggest that we attempt to read this book as though it is our first time, to carefully study what is said and what is not said. We must remember that Genesis is the first chapter of the story that ends with the birth of the Jesus Christ and the declaration of the way God has found to obtain the release of human life from despair and death and to bring it into power, excitement, and grace. In other words, the God of Genesis is the God of the rest of the Bible.

It is a completely wrong idea to assume that the God of Genesis is different from the God found in the rest of the Bible, to view Him as a cold, stern, harsh, rather remote Being–a Creator only–whose attitude toward humanity is quite different from in the New Testament. But this is not true at all. The idea has come from people who have taken isolated texts from the Scriptures and used them to build a distorted picture of God. But you will find the grace of God shining through the book of Genesis as much as it does in the New Testament. The love of God, His compassion, His tenderness, His sweetness, are manifest as much in Genesis as they are anywhere else in the Bible.

If we read this book carefully, we will discover that the God of Genesis is undoubtedly the God of the rest of the Bible. In the New Testament, He is the Father of the Jesus Christ and all those who believe in Him; He exercises a father’s heart. But our first glimpse of this same God is as the Creator. That is the way we are introduced to Him in the first chapter of this beginning book of the Bible.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

This is my Father¬ís world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father¬ís world!, I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

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