This diagram sums up Genesis from chapter 1 to 50. In the first 11 chapters, we see the downward spiral after the fall of man and the extent of sin's destruction in this Paradise Lost. Chapter 12-50, however, showed us God's faithfulness in keeping His promises through the generations of one man, Abraham. Genesis reminds us that there is a story beyond our short lives here on earth. Our lives are wrapped up in a larger narrative, beyond what we can actually imagine.
The past 60 weeks in Genesis have brought us through these passages, and as we close, there are some key themes in Genesis. What have we learnt about:
Relational conflict and reconciliation
Suffering and sovereignty of God
God's people, a nation of priests
Can you list the passages and verses that show each of these themes? More importantly, what are the implications for your life today?
As we close this study series, it would be immensely beneficial to take some time to journal your thoughts on some of these things. Perhaps these questions might help too!
In one sentence, what is the message of Genesis in the context of Scripture?
What has God been saying to you throughout the book of Genesis? What are some key personal takeaways? Identify 2.
What is one thing you can do immediately to apply what you have learnt from this book? Here are some examples:
- Taking steps to know God more
- Confessing your sin to a fellow believer
- Being a blessing to someone else through practical acts of service (e.g. offering rides, offering to buy a meal)
- Taking time to encourage someone in Christ and pray with them
Genesis shows us the extent of sin's destruction and the utterly hopeless state we are in. Yet, it shows us grace greater than our sins. It is by this grace, that we have been saved, through faith, because of Jesus, the promised seed of the woman, the promised Son, the greater Joseph.
Let us continue to walk by faith, not by sight, till the race is finished and the work is done!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)