Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

30 October 2012

How to read ALL of the Bible # 2 - Genesis

The Bible begins right at the beginning. God created the world and created human beings, in His image, to be in relationship with Him and with one another. What follows after the creation account are the stories of God at work in and through the lives of particular individuals. This starts with Adam and Eve - and within only three chapters of the Bible sin has entered God's perfect creation through Adam and Eve’s disobedience and as a result the relationship between humanity and God is fractured. Following Adam and Eve are the stories of their sons Cain and Abel, and then Noah, ABRAHAM and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau and finally Jacob's family, particularly Joseph.

Towards the end of Jacob’s life, he and his direct descendants - seventy in all - find themselves living in Egypt, with his second youngest son Joseph second in command to Pharaoh, all having left the land of Canaan which is severely ravaged by famine. God tells Jacob he will no longer be called Jacob but be known as Israel.

This diagram is from Gospel and Kingdom: A Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament by Graeme Goldsworthy, page 32. (Published by Paternoster Press in 1982)

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