The Book of Genesis The Holy Bible • Bible is one whole book written by different people led by the Holy Spirit. • 66 + 7 canonical books (old testament 39 books & new testament 27 (3x9) books. • 1500 year by more than 40 authors in 3 languages Outline of Old Testament I The Pentateuch III. The Books of Wisdom • • • • Called the Law Declared the need for a Savior for liberation from bondage Encompassed the story of humanity from its fall until the it stood on the threshold of the divine promise IV. The Books of Prophecy • II. The Historical Books • A history of God's work with His people in the new land (a) The period prior to kings (b) Era of judges (c) Era of the kings (d) Division and captivity Give us practical understanding of faith for life with God, to support us until we traverse this life Appearance of prophets in a spiritually dark period, urging people to repent and ascertaining the need for the coming of Christ Outline of the five Books • These books represent a part of history, that begins with Creation and ends on the eastern bank of the Jordan River as Moses, representing the Law, turns over his leadership to Joshua, representing Jesus; the Law leads us to Christ (Romans 10:4). • In these books, history mixes with faith, so that the history becomes inseparable from religious belief ... nonetheless this history is preparatory for the coming of the Savior. • Preparing for Salvation: The Book of Genesis • Choosing His People: The First Part of the Book of Exodus • Supporting His People: The Second Part of Exodus & The Book of Leviticus • His people in the Wilderness: The Book of Numbers • Moses in Moab: The Book of Deuteronomy The Author • The author is Moses the prophet according to the testimony of the two testaments: the Old (Exodus 17:14 & 24:4 and Numbers 33:2) and the New according to the Lord Christ and His apostles (John 5:46). • Moses the prophet wrote it in historical form not as poetry in order to show us the truth with simplicity and clarity, unlike the fairy tales that had spread all over the world. Genesis PURPOSE AND CHARACTERISTICS • God is the Father, who created everything for man, and established him as master of the earth and what surrounds it. • He cares that every human should enter with Him into a personal relationship, and offers humans His Divine Mysteries. • He gave to man the commandment to practice love with obedience and exchange love with love, respecting his sacred free will. • He pointed out the sanctity of the body, marriage, human life and material creation, and declared man's need for salvation and renewal of his creation. • It is the book of beginnings: the beginning of creation (1:1); the beginning of man (1:27); the beginning of the Sabbath (2:2,3); the beginning of marriage (2:22-24); the beginning of sin (3:6); the beginning of sacrifice or salvation (3:15); the beginning of prophecy (3:15); the beginning of human authority (9:1-6); the beginning of nations (11); and the beginning of God's people (12:1-3). Outline of the book of Genesis • God the creator & controller (Chapter 1-11) – – – – The creation (1-2) The fall & promise of salvation (3-5) The flood, Noah and the renewal of the world (6-9) Tower of Babel and start of nations (Confusion of Tongues) (10-11) Outline of the book of Genesis • God concerns for His chosen people (Chapter 12-50) – – – – Abraham (12:1-25:18) Isaac (25:19-26:35) Jacob (27-36) Joseph (37-50) Main events • Creation – What is day mean even before the Sun. (2Peter 3:8 & Psalm 90:3) – The fall of human • Adam and His son – Cain and Abel • Wickedness in the world; Noah and the Flood • God’s covenant with Noah • The tower of Babel Main events • Abram and Lot; The LORD’s Covenant With Abram • • • • • • • God’s promise to Abram Abraham and Isaac Jacob and Esau Jacob and his sons Joseph Jacob and his sons goes to Egypt The death of Joseph SYMBOLS OF CHRIST IN GENESIS • In objects: the Tree of Life (3:22); the coat of skin (3:21); the ark (1 Pet 3:20,21); and Jacob's ladder (28:12). • In people: Melchizedek (14:18-20 and Hebrews 8); the sacrificial Isaac; and Joseph.