About Genesis 1-11
Translated as ‘origin’ from the Greek word, the Book of Genesis tells us how everything began from humanity’s history to the world we know today. One could call this the ‘problem statement’ for humanity, one the rest of the Bible will be answering.
It reveals a dramatic prologue of God’s love for us, the tragedies of sin and the human race, and God initiating a brilliant plan to win us back from the clutches of darkness. He does this by passing down a covenant blessing through Abraham and his family, including Isaac, Jacob, and other individuals, in order to bless all the families of the earth.
These descendants will become the foundation for the Nation of Israel and Jesus the Messiah who will bring salvation for all of humanity.
Garden of Eden
Sin Enters the World
Scattering of Nations
Thoughts to Ponder
- Take a look at God’s first commandments to Adam and compare them with his first commandments to Noah after the flood. What do you notice? Now look at Matthew 28:19-20. Do you notice any similarities here?
Note that the Bible is not necessarily set up in chronological order. In this set of chapters, an easy place of confusion may be chapters 10 and 11. These chapters seem to contradict themselves in saying that everyone spoke different languages (10:5) and then everyone spoke one language (11:1). This means that these chapters are either out of order chronologically or that the event of chapter 11 took place during the broad period covered by chapter 10.