Genesis: The Method of Faith

Genesis is the book of beginnings. It takes us back into the very dawn of human history and yet as we read it, it is as up-to-date as tomorrow morning's newspaper.

Bible Studies in the Book of Genesis

Foundations for Living

In the Beginning V Gen 1:1
Out of Darkness V Gen 1:1-5
The Invisible Kingdom V Gen 1:6-8
To Bring Forth Fruit V Gen 1:9-13
Signs and Seasons V Gen 1:14-19
The Heights and Depths of Life V Gen 1:20-23
Born to Reign V Gen 1:24-26
The Glory and the Misery of Man V Gen 1:26-28
Sex and Food V Gen 1:27-31
The Seventh Day V Gen 2:1-3

Understanding Man

Was Adam for Real? V Gen 2:4-7
The Making of Man V Gen 2:4-17
The Making of Woman V Gen 2:18-25
The Enticement of Evil V Gen 3:1-5
The Heart of Temptation V Gen 3:6
The Package Deal V Gen 3:7-13
God at Work V Gen 3:8-21
The Devil's Burden V Gen 3:14-15
Love's Disciplines V Gen 3:16-19
Exit From Eden V Gen 3:20-24

Understanding Society

Why do men Hate? V Gen 4:1-8
The Mark of Cain V Gen 4:9-16
Too Much, Too Soon V Gen 4:17-26
Adam's Book V Gen 5:1-27
Signs of Collapse V Gen 6:1-12
The Way of Escape V Gen 6:9-22
The End of the Old V Gen 7:1-24
The New Beginning V Gen 8:1-22
Who Needs Government? V Gen 8:21-9:17
The Three Families of Man V Gen 9:18-28
God's Funnel V Gen 10:1-32
Controlling God V Gen 11:1-9

The Man of Faith

The Beginning of Faith V Gen 11:31 - 12:9
The High Cost of Letting Down V Gen 12:10 - 13:4
Letting God Choose V Gen 13:5-18
When You Need a Friend V Gen 14:1-16
The Peril of Victory V Gen 14:17-24
Faith Conquering Fear V Gen 15:1-6
The Furnace and the Lamp V Gen 15:7-21
It all Depends on Me V Gen 16:1-15
The Circumcized Life V Gen 17:1-27
When God comes to Dinner V Gen 18:1-15
How Prayer Works V Gen 18:16-33
The Wasted Years V Gen 19
Old Natures Never Die V Gen 20
Ishmael Must Go! V Gen 21:1-14
This Thirsty World V Gen 21:14-34
Life's Hardest Trial V Gen 22:1-19
Till Death do us Part Gen 23:1-20
Here Comes the Bride V Gen 24:1-67
The Abundant Entrance V Gen 25:1-8

Overview the Book of Genesis

from Adventuring Through the Bible

This Bible is given to us to read. It is a great book, a tremendous book. Let us begin at the first of the Bible and go through it all, book by book -- from Genesis to Revelation -- and look at the setting, the message, and the relationship of each to the whole. This will be a zoom-lens view, book by book. Such a panorama is one of the most helpful ways to understand and see the divine pattern of revelation. One of the most powerful and unanswerable pieces of evidence for the truth of inspiration is to see the divine pattern that runs through the Bible. How can this be explained apart from God, that a book as diverse in its authorship, written under equally diverse conditions should have such a remarkable pattern of truth unless it comes from one divine author?

We are so familiar with the Bible that we scarcely consider what an ancient book it is. There is a Greek philosopher named Herodotus, a teacher and scholar who lived some three hundred years before Christ, who is called the father of history; he is the first historian whose writings have been preserved to us. Anyone who has studied something of ancient history knows about Herodotus. But the outstanding thing about the Bible is that Moses, who wrote the first five books of our Bible, had finished his books and was in his grave a thousand years before Herodotus saw the light of day.

That's how ancient Genesis is. It is the book of beginnings. It takes us back into the very dawn of human history and yet as we read it, it is as up-to-date as tomorrow morning's newspaper. That, again, is a mark of the divine afflatus behind this book, the in-breathing of God. The Bible has so much color and life about it in these revelations of early human life. Those who are familiar with archaeology know that these cylinders and slabs and potsherds from the past give us but the faintest glimpse into the bare facts of life in these ancient lands. There is little of human interest about them. There is no color, no life, no flesh. But when you open the pages of Genesis you discover here that these men come alive. Abraham is better known than some of our more distant relatives. Isaac and Joseph, with others, are familiar household names to us. We feel that they're people we use to know back where we came from. They are as close to us as that, because this book has so marvelously preserved for us the color, the depth, the flesh and the tone of life in those days.

Genesis is not only a history. Obviously it would have little significance to us if it were only that. But the book of Genesis is one with a tremendous message which can be declared in one statement. It reveals to us the inadequacy of man without God. That is the whole purpose of the book, and, as such, it strikes the keynote of all subsequent revelation of God. It reveals that man can never be complete without God, that he can never discover or fulfill the true meaning of his life without a genuine personal relationship with an indwelling God.

Now this inadequacy is revealed to us in three realms, realms in which each of us live. First it is revealed in the realm of natural relationships, through what we call the natural sciences: cosmology, the study of the universe, its origin and make-up; then geology, about the earth, all the manifold aspects of it that we think we know so much of today; and biology, the study of life itself in all its manifestations. These natural relationships circumscribe our contact with the physical world around us. The second area is the realm of human relationships. This takes in what we call sociology, psychology, psychiatry, along with all the other "psychs" that are made so much of today. And then finally, the realm of spiritual relationships -- theology, soteriology and philosophy. In all three of these vital areas, including many of the particulars with which we are concerned, the book of Genesis reveals that man apart from God is totally inadequate. This one message echoes throughout the book like the sound of a bell.