Happy New Year everyone! Vicar of St Silas’ David McCarthy kicks us off with the following introductory thoughts on the book of Genesis. If you are joining us on this plan, feel free to add your responses or notes of encouragement!
Genesis is a book of beginnings. The word means “origins” or “beginnings.” It sets the stage for the rest of the Bible, telling us God’s blessing of, and plan for, creation. Genesis reveals the nature of God as Creator and Redeemer; the value of a human life – created in God’s image and for his purpose.
It’s a beautiful and poetic description of who created us and why, rather than how and when, and it shows us clearly the consequences of disobedience and sin – separation from God and from one another. We also get a foretaste of the coming Messiah, who will restore that broken relationship.
The key characters are Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph. In them we see something of the mix we find in ourselves: searching and longing for more, selfishness and kindness, restlessness and contentedness. There are acts of bloody violence, heroic deeds and gentle souls. Above all their stories reminds us of our need for God and His desire that we live in relationship with Him..
Genesis is not always an easy read, but it is one that helps us understand why things are the way they are and God’s purposes for us.
As you read it, ask God to speak to you about how this book applies to your life, and allow the lessons learned to transform your thinking.