Genesis ~ A Super-Short Summary (and a Less-Than-Super-Short Summary)
“In the beginning, God created…”
~ Genesis 1:1
Genesis introduces the world as God created it and sets the stage for everything that follows.
We meet God’s beloved Adam and Eve, the first man and woman.
God’s enemy Satan then slithers onto the scene and believes he’s bested God by tricking Adam and Eve into rebelling against Him.
Adam and Eve’s disobedience ushers sin into the world and destroys man’s relationship with God.
When Adam and Eve sinned, Satan no doubt thought he’d won, but God set him straight.
Before God had even created this big terrestrial ball we call home, God had already planned to use Satan’s prideful heart against him. Along with Adam and Eve’s rebellion, God used Satan’s evil plot to set His great plan for man’s redemption in motion and seal Satan’s eternal doom.
In Genesis 3:15, God speaks to Satan and promises He’ll send a Savior who will redeem man and destroy Satan.
All who trust in the promised Savior, Jesus Christ His only Son, receive forgiveness from sin and new life in Him forever, free from even the possibility of sin. One day. (Clearly not yet.)
Adam and Eve’s Family
Genesis follows Adam and Eve’s family, and things get worse fast. (The first murder was fratricide.)
Their descendants become so evil God brings judgment through a global flood. But He saves Noah and his family because Noah believes and obeys God.
God reconfirms His promise of a Savior and creates a nation for Himself through a childless man named Abraham. God chooses this ancient man and his geriatric wife, Sarah, to birth a nation through their son, Isaac, in the land of Canaan.
But first, barren Sarah gave Abraham her maid, which resulted in a different son, Ishmael, but not the promised son, Isaac. Sarah eventually had Isaac, just as God promised.
In a powerful picture of God the Father offering His Son Jesus Christ on the cross, God called Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham set his heart to obey because he believed God would raise Isaac — the promised son — back from the dead if necessary.
God credited Abraham’s faith as blamelessness, and God didn’t require Abraham to actually sacrifice Isaac. Instead, God provided a substitute for the offering for sin — and another picture of Jesus Christ.
Isaac grew up, married Rebekah, and had twins boys, Esau and Jacob.
Jacob and His Twelve Sons
Like Isaac, God chose Jacob to be the son of the promise before he was born, obviously not based on anything the boys had done.
Jacob turns out to be a cheater, but he loves God. Esau doesn’t cheat, but he doesn’t care about God’s promise.
Jacob marries and has 12 sons – the 12 tribes of Israel. Some aren’t the greatest guys on the planet.
They sell their brother Joseph into slavery in Egypt, but God was with Joseph, and his life gets way more interesting – as does theirs. The dramatic events move the family to Egypt, and that’s where they are at the end of Genesis.
God Gives Us a Picture
Through the family of Israel, God shows us what it looks like to belong to Him rather than to the world. And He gives us glimpses of the promised Savior, Jesus.
God also shows us the shocking depth of evil in man’s heart through the fantastical, yet true, events.
Genesis’ mindboggling stories confirm and reconfirm that, unless we set our hearts on following Him, we’d rather be our own God than serve the one true God.
Throughout Genesis, mankind shows sin ruling their hearts as they try to rule others. Yet God proves He rules supreme. He orchestrates events with precision to reveal mankind’s (and our) desperate need for a Savior and His ability to keep His promise to send Him.
God’s Promise in Genesis Fulfilled
God promised a Savior in Genesis 3:15. His chosen people, Israel, looked forward to the fulfillment — Jesus’ coming — but they didn’t see it in the days of Genesis.
At the right time, though, God fulfilled His promise. We get to read about it in the four books known as the Gospels, which are books #40, 41, 42, and 43. It’s going to be awhile before we get there.
The Gospels record the birth, death, and resurrection of God’s Son Jesus Christ.
That’s not just good news. It’s the best news.