2. Read Genesis to Develop a Higher View of God
Genesis introduces us to some of the Bible’s most important characters–Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Rachel, Judah, and Joseph. These names occur repeatedly throughout the rest of the Bible’s narrative. Yet, the most important person we meet is the one introduced to us in the Bible’s first verse.
Genesis shows us the character and power of God. We see who he is, what he can do, and how he relates to the people he made. Understanding who he has revealed himself to be will help us gain a better understanding of who we are and how we are to live in this world.
Genesis reveals God as the creator of the world. God did not create the world out of a need that he had, but rather for his own glory and for our joy. In creation, God speaks the world into existence out of absolutely nothing, showing us both his eternal power and limitless beauty.
God also shows himself to be holy in Genesis. He calls sin into account and righteously deals with disobedience. He banished Adam and Eve from the garden. He sentenced the serpent to crawl on the ground and promised to crush his head. He caused Cain to be a wanderer on the earth. He wiped out the vast majority of humanity with a flood and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from heaven. God does not tolerate sin and the writer of Genesis will not allow us to miss this important point.
We fail to see God as he reveals himself in Genesis if we stop with his holiness and power. The grace of God walks through the pages of Genesis. God provided for Adam and Eve in the garden. He promised to crush the head of their enemy after the fall. He protected Cain from those who would kill him and saved Noah’s family from the flood. He gave children, land, and blessing to Abraham. He was with Joseph during the worst of his trials in Egypt. The grace we see in full form in Jesus Christ has its origin in God’s acts in Genesis.
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