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