Genesis 12-50

A blog entry by Craig has got me thinking about the riches contained within this part of Genesis.

A couple of years ago there was a sermon series at Toms looking at Genesis 1-11, which naturally focused on Creation, the fall, the genealogy from Adam to Noah, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and the genealogy from Noah to Abram. I never thought much of the fact that we didn’t go past Genesis 12 (a key chapter when it comes to understanding Biblical Theology) at the time, but since at church we’ve split series dealing with the entire books of Romans and Revelation over several years, perhaps Genesis 12-50 could be treated by our leadership team in a similar manner (probably over a term as opposed to smaller chunks drawn out over 3 or 4 years).

My slightly abridged reasoning for this (since I have limited time right now) is that the stories of the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph are key foundation blocks in the salvation story that ties the Bible together as a whole. God establishes his plan to reconcile people to himself through key promises made to Abraham, and his faithfulness in many situations (such as the promise of a baby to Abraham and Sarah, even though Sarah is barren) is shown consistently. It paints the picture of the birth of God’s chosen people through a man of faith who showed obedience and mostly unwavering faith in situations where any other person may have dismissed these promises as a pipe dream. It has many important events that lead, at the end of the book, to the descendants of Abraham settling in Egypt, where they would be soon held in bondage by the Egyptians. This sets the scene for what we see in Exodus.

Furthermore, the Bible study group that I am a part of is looking at the life of Abraham with the guidance of the very helpful Lifeguide bible study book about him. This has helped in part to fuel my agreement on the exposition of these vital chapters in our church meetings.

The concept of biblical theology is one that all Christians in my opinion need to have a good understanding of, not merely to enhance their Bible knowledge, but to recognise that their salvation is not just the death of their Saviour, but was the culmination of many promises made by God, which were fulfilled in Christ. Genesis 12-50 is a pivotal part of the story that we can all do well to be reminded of, be it in our private Bible study, or formal gatherings of believers.


2 Responses

  1. While there is a natural division in chapters 1-11, 12-50 of Genesis, and it would be worth warranting separate series, there is no doubt that there is a dearth of good stuff on the latter chapters, especially given the significance of the Abrahamic covenant!

  2. I called the Romans and Revelation series B.Rom and B.Rev because they were like a whole batch of uni lectures over 4 years related to the same field of study.

    I’ll sort of unabridge what I’ve said soon though – thinking about it more, I can see where the separate series could occur. Abraham probably warrants its own.

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