Welcome to my Bible Summary series! These posts at times, like today’s post, are tedious and require a large amount of time to go over the text. So I plan for these to appear about once a week at least. As the title states, I will give a summary to the selected book of the Bible, but will provide more focus and details to particular parts that I believe are important. I will use headers to break down the topics in the book, if you want to skim. Verses will be included, if you would like to follow along, highlight, or read through later. Enjoy!
Genesis in Greek means, “Coming into being.” While in Hebrew means, “In the beginning.”
Consisting of 50 chapters. This is where our existence, our world starts. Unfortunately, Christians can start huge debates against themselves, and sometimes with non-believers starting with Genesis. All because of our concept of time.
Ch.1 God created everything, He saw that it was good. Ch.1:26 God references Us, which indicates at least God, and the Holy Spirit. One thing to understand that is quite an honor, God made us in His image, according to His likeness. We were the last thing He made.
God spent six days working on creation, and on the seventh He rested. Does it really matter if it means 24 hour days? No, absolutely not. Time is a concept of man because of man. We are mortal because of sin. With God, time does not matter at all. Scripture says a day with God is like a thousands years, and a thousand years like a day.
First rule of Bible study, don’t get tripped over the small details. We have bigger matters to cover. Such as God resting on the final day. (Ch.2:02) From the beginning, God set the precedent to making sure we take one day out of our work week to rest. This is important to God so much that this becomes part of the 10 Commandments in the next book, Exodus.
Fun Fact: Something interesting Ch.2:05-06, God did not send any rain. Mists sprung up from the ground.
Fall Of Man
Ch.2:21, God created woman for man from his rib.
Ch.2:25, Man and woman were both naked in the garden, and they weren’t ashamed. Shame did not enter man till sin.
In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were taken well care of. They could eat from any of the trees, except one. Ch.2:16-17
Sin was a choice. It was a choice to eat fruit from the tree of good and evil. Eve was tempted. She did fall in temptation, eat from the fruit, and gave fruit to her husband…who was with her. (Ch.3:06)
Something important to note is the fact, Eve was not by herself when she ate from the tree. Adam was with her. Adam, who was created first, and to look over the garden of Eden, did not question Eve, stop her, or reach out to God.
Eve was at fault, but so was Adam.
(Ch.3:9-24) When God walked in the garden, both of them hid, ashamed of their nakedness and afraid. Adam threw his wife under the bus, blaming her for giving him the fruit. Eve admitted the truth. God laid out the consequences of sin. Mankind will die. Man will toil. Women will struggle. He sends them out of the garden. Sending a cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the tree of life. (Ch.3:24)
Motive Of Sin & First Murder
Right from the beginning, after the fall of man, we start to see sacrifices being offered to God. Which is how we are introduced to Cain and Abel, the first two sons of Adam and Eve.
Ch.4:03-05 Cain brought an offering of fruit of the ground to God, while Abel brought the firstborn of his flock, and their fat. Clearly, Abel put thought behind his offering. With how scripture reads, it sounds like Cain may very well have picked up fruit from the ground, and offered that. So it isn’t surprising God was pleased with Abel, but not with Cain’s offering.
But Cain isn’t happy and his countenance falls. God even tries to warn him because God knows what sin can do to us. (NIV) Ch.4:06-07, “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.“
This is where we have ultimate motive of sin. Sin desires to have us, but we must rule over it. We must overcome temptation.
Unfortunately, Cain failed to listen to God. In his anger, he took it out on Abel, killing him.
But even through this tragedy, God showed mercy. Though Adam and Eve lost a child, they had another son, and named him Seth. It is through the bloodline of Seth, we get Noah.
Fun Fact: Ch.5:24, Enoch, first man to be taken by God, did not die on earth. Many think Elijah was the first man taken, but he was not.
Corruption Of The Earth & New Promise
Every thought of the heart of man on earth was evil. (Ch.6:05-06) God regretted creating man. It was that bad. Yet, through of all of this, Noah found grace. (Ch.6:08)
Only Noah, and his family were spared. He followed God’s instructions to build an ark (Ch.6:14-16 & 19), and took two of every animal.
After the flood, Noah made an offering that was a pleasant aroma to God. (Ch.8:21) God then says that every beast, bird, anything that moves on the earth will dread man. All was given into the hand of man. God makes a covenant with the Earth that He will never flood the Earth again by giving us the rainbow to represent His promise.
Ch.9:04, is where we get the understanding of why Jews don’t eat certain things. (NAS) Ch.9:04, “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”
Blood is very symbolic, representing life. When Abel was killed, his blood was spilled, and it cried out to God. This is why we see the phrase, “blood of Christ” or “washed in the blood”. We are cleansed by the life Christ gives us through the shedding of His blood, His life.
Scattering Of Nations
What lead to the scattering of everyone and different languages?
Ch.11: 01-09, story of the Tower of Babel.
Promise To Abram & Journey To Cannon
Ch.11:26, Abram (later Abraham) is from the line of Shem, Noah’s son.
Ch.12:01-04 God tells Abram to leave the country because God will make him a great nation. He was 75 years old. Abrams takes his wife, Lot, his herdsmen, basically everyone and everything.
Ch.13:07-13 Abram tells Lot to choose a direction, and he will go the other to save conflict against them and their herdsmen. Lot chooses the beautiful Jordan (where Sodom and Gomorrah existed), and Abram heads to the land of Cannon.
Lot later gets captured, and Abram saves him. Ch.14:11-12 & 14-16
Melchizedek, the priest, later meets up with Abram, after his return of getting Lot. Ch.14:18-20. This is important to understand because Melchizedek was a priest before the bloodline of Levites (this happens in Exodus) If you would like to learn more about the priesthood Melchizedek represents and connection to Jesus, click here.
Ch.15:15 Abram struggles to trust God’s promise. God tells Abram to go outside, look at the stars and attempt to count them all. He encourages Abram to know that He will keep His promise to Abram. His decedents will be as numerous as the stars, even though right now Abram has no heirs.
Hagar And Ishmael
Ch.16 Sarai, unfortunately did not believe God. She was confident because she and Abram were old, they would have no heirs. Therefore, she persuaded her husband to sleep with her servant Hagar. And Abram did so after marrying Hagar, and waiting ten years.
Hagar became with child.
But immediately afterward Sarai became jealous, and dealt harshly with Hagar. This caused Hagar to flee.
But God again comes through. The Angel of the Lord approaches Hagar, and encourages her to go back to Sarai. He promises that He will multiply Hagar’s decedents. He tells her to call her son, Ishmael because God has heard her affliction. Ch.16:11
Fun Fact: Hagar is the first woman, and perhaps, the first person to interact with the Angel of the Lord.
Abram is 86 when Hagar gives him a son.
Ch.17 God tells Abram his name will be known as Abraham and Sarai as Sarah. God gives him the rules and significance of what circumcision means. (This is why circumcision is important to the Jews). Again, He tells Abraham that he will have a son, even though Abraham laughs that he is now 100.
God also promises that He will bless Ishmael so he isn’t forgotten.
Sodom and Gomorrah’s Destruction
Starting with Ch.18:17 we learn that God is planning on destroying Sodom and Gomorrah due to the immense wickedness.
Ch.18:23-33 Abraham does his best to save the areas. So he requests that God not destroy if there were at least 50 righteous men in the city. God agrees to this.
Abraham, at this point, probably took a deep breath, and then requests to God if He wouldn’t destroy it, if there 45 righteous men. God agrees.
Abraham proceeds to request lower numbers to God, and God is fine agreeing to them. Abraham gets down to 10 righteous men, and God still agreed not to destroy if He found 10.
However, that number was not reached, and destruction was impending.
Angels In Disguise & Lot Is Spared
If you are familiar with the phrase, “Angels in disguise.” It probably comes from this story in Ch.19
Ch.19:01-11 Two angels go down to Sodom, and Lot immediately invites them into his home, feeds them, offers a place to sleep etc.
Because of the wicked and selfish nature of the people’s hearts in Sodom and Gomorrah, they banged on Lot’s door demanding Lot turn over the two men so that the people of Sodom could have sex with the two guests. Lot refuses, even offers his virgin daughters to the demanding people.
His door is almost broken down, and the two men pull Lot in, and cause blindness to those near the doorway so they do not find the door.
Ch.19:12-38 due to Lot’s actions, the two angels tell him, if he has family, even friends (anyone) he has in the city, to get them out of the area.
Perhaps Lot was in denial, it took the two angels urging him, and taking the hands of him, his wife, and his daughters to set them outside of the city. The Lord was merciful in waiting for them to get out before the city got destroyed. They are told to escape to the mountain.
They reached safety, but Lot’s wife looked back, and immediately turned into a pillar of salt, as they were warned not to look back. Having no male to carry on the name, Lot’s daughters made him drunk, and slept with him so they could both carry on the legacy.
The firstborn named her son Moab, and this is where the bloodline of the Moabites comes from.
The second named her son Ben-Ammi, and this is where the bloodline of the Ammon people comes from.
Isaac Is Born & Hagar And Ishmael Are Protected
Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, which makes Ishmael 14. Sarah is uncomfortable with Ishmael, fearing birthright between two boys. Abraham feels bad about Sarah’s thoughts towards Ishmael, but after some guidance from God, Hagar and Ishmael are sent out. Hagar is convinced she and her son will die, but God reaches out to her, and assures her that they will be okay, and, as promised, her son be will be great.
Abraham’s Faith Is Tested
Ch.22:01-19 God tells Abraham to take his only son, and offer him as a burnt offering.
Ch.22:08, Isaac sees the fire and wood, asking Abraham, “Where’s the sacrifice?”
His father answers, “God will provide.”
Abraham trusted God, and follow the instructions he was told. He had Isaac and the knife in his hand, ready to slay his son. But then the Angel of the Lord stops him. Ch.22:11-12
In-Between Chapters’ Summaries
Ch.21:22-34– Abraham and Abimelech
Ch.23- Sarah’s Death And Burial.
Ch. 24- Bride For Isaac.
-Isaac marries Rebekah.
Ch. 25- Abraham Remarries.
-Rebekah is pregnant with twins, after being barren, and God tells her, “The older shall serve the younger.” Ch.25:22
Which leads us to Esau (the older twin), and Jacob (the younger twin) the sons of Isaac and Rebekah. Ch.25:24-28 Isaac loved Esau, and Rebekah loved Jacob.
We about halfway through Genesis. After a few days of debating, I decided I am going to break up this post into two pieces. This will probably happen for other books as well that I cover. At the end of the book summary, I will also include a Timeline Review, and Key Points Of (Name of book).
So far, I’ve put in 8+ hours of work in writing the post, so I really hope that it helps you all who are reading these. Thank you so much for your support.
I’ve tried my best to keep it well organized, and fairly easy to follow. Not every piece/story will be covered. I’m not going to talk about Judah and Tamar for example, but I am doing my best to cover main pieces/topics that believers should be aware of.
I only want this series to encourage you to read the Bible, and find out what it says for yourself. Every time I read the Bible, even pieces I’ve read multiple times, I feel the Spirit speak to me, and encourage me.
Right now, I’m encouraged to be like Abraham, and trust that, “God will provide,” while I continue to follow what God has called me to do.
For Pt. 2 click here
~T. R. Noble
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