God’s Beautiful Story: Genesis 1-11

God’s Beautiful Story: Genesis 1-11

God’s beautiful story

  • Act 1: God establishes his Kingdom: Creation
  • Act 2: Rebellion in the Kingdom: Fall
  • Act 3: The King chooses Israel: Redemption Initiated
  • Interlude: A Kingdom Story Waiting for an Ending
  • Act 4: The Coming of the King: Redemption Accomplished
  • Act 5: Spreading the News of the King: The Mission of the Church
  • Act 6: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed

Key themes in Genesis 1-11

  • Yahweh creates by bringing order and beauty out of chaos and darkness.
  • Humans are the divine image bearers
  • Human selfishness and sin lead to the fracturing of the divine-human relationship and the ruin of human relationship on all levels (chs 3-11)
  • Yahweh responds to human sin in two ways: He brings justice on rebellion and offers grace by promising future blessing for His world (chs 3-11)

Things to look for in Genesis 12-50

  • Yahweh initiates his plan to rescue humanity through his covenant with the family of Abraham (ch 12)
  • God’s blessing to the nations through Abraham provides the foundational storyline for the rest of the Bible.
  • The drama of Gen 12-50 consists of the sin and folly of the family of Abraham and how they constantly put God’s promises into jeopardy.
  • God remains committed to this family and his promises, and constantly intervenes to rescue them.
  • The pattern of how God works in the world begins in Genesis and continues through the Bible: he works through people of low status who are weak or marginalized.

Source: The Bible Project

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