Book of Law of the Old Testament, 1 of 5

This book was most likely written by Moses, guided by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:17; John 7:19)

Genesis means ‘origin

Genesis “exposes satan as the enemy of God and the deceiver of the human race; it foretells his destruction; it depicts his doom” (Genesis 3).

Genesis is the book of the beginning:

of the world 1:1-25

of the human race 1:26-2:25

of sin 3:1-7

of the promise of redemption 3:8-24

of family lie 4:1-15

of civilization 4:16-9:29

of the nations of the world 10,11

of the Hebrew people 12-50


“The period of the patriarchs is the groundwork and basis of all history. It covers the time from Adam to Moses… We enter into this period in Genesis 12. There are five patriarchal fathers: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Job.”

– Job lived before Moses.

– God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)(Genesis 26:1-5)(Genesis 28:13-15)

– Joseph (Genesis 37-48) is the link between the transition on the family, to the nation.

– In the Bible, Joseph is recorded without any sin, even though as a human he did sin; there are at least 130 parallels between the life of Joseph and Jesus; Joseph can be seen as the patriarch who reflected Christ Himself.

Creation (Genesis 1-2): (1:1-5,26-31; 2:7-22)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

– The answer to the beginning of life.

-Our God is a Trinity, the Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit.

-Jesus is the God mentioned in the beginning of Genesis; He is the Creator of the Universe. (John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1)

“Know this, God created people in His own image to have fellowship with Himself. But we have cut ourselves off from God by sin. Only when sin is removed can we have fellowship again.”

– And sin is removed through Jesus Christ.

The Fall (Genesis 3-4): (3:1-24)

– A Savior, Jesus, is promised (Genesis 3:15)

– Cain’s offering was rejected because he most likely did not have the right motives, or did not follow God’s commands. (Genesis 4:5)

“The first writing began when God put a ‘mark’ or ‘sign’ on Cain.” (Genesis 4:15)

– People saw this mark and began to use these signs to “record ideas, words, or combination of words.”

“The civilization before the flood is called the ‘antediluvian civilization.’ It perished in the judgement of the flood. It was the civilization started by Cain. It ended in destruction.”

“The Bible teaches and the archaeologist confirms that the people of the world before the flood were not mere savages.” (Genesis 4:16-22)

– The civilization before the flood were just as great as Greece or Rome, but was destroyed because God’s judgement was upon it. (Genesis 6:5-7)

The Flood (Genesis 5-9): ( 6:1-7; 7:7-24; 8:6-11,18-22; 9:1-16)

“Noah had warned [the people] for 120 years while he was building the ark. Even after Noah and his wife and his three sons and their wives- taking with them two of every unclean and fourteen of every clean animal- had entered into the ark of safety, there was a respite of seven days before the flood came; but God’s mercies were refused and so people had to perish. (Genesis 6-7)”

– Christ is our Ark of safety.

“For the first time God gave people human government.”

“The most solemn responsibility God agve to humans is the taking of a life for a life. (Genesis 9:6)”

Babel (10-11): (11:1-9)

– Took place after the flood.

“The human race was then divided into nations speaking different languages, according to Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth”

1. Shem’s songs settles in Arabia and to the east

2. Ham’s sons settled in Africa

3. Japheth’s sons settled in Europe.


“At the tower of Babel, people in their pride tried to glorify themselves, but it is God’s purpose that people shall only glorify Him”

– We were created for this very purpose; to glorify God, always.

The Call of Abraham (12-38):

God wanted a chosen people:

1. To whom He might entrust the Holy Scriptures.

2. To be His witness to the other nations.

3. Through whom the promised Messiah could come.


-God calls Abram to become the father of a mighty nation, the Jews. (Genesis 12:1-3)

-Jacob, the son of Isaac, Abraham’s son, has his name changed to Israel, which means a prince with God. (Genesis 32:28)

The chosen people were then called Israelites, and his twelve sons became the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Genesis 49)

Descent into Egypt: (Genesis 39-50)

“Isaac and Rebecca made the mistake of playing favorites with their two sons. Isaac favored the hunter Esau. Rebecca favored the quiet Jacob. Jacob did the same thing in the treatment of Joseph, which aroused jealousy in the other sons.”

“It was through Joseph that Jacob’s family was transplanted into Egypt. Joseph’s life is one of the most perfect illustrations in the Bible of God’s overruling providence. He was sold as a slave at seventeen. At thirty he became ruler in Egypt; ten years later his father, Jacob, entered Egypt.”

“God knew it was necessary that the Israelites leave Canaan until they had developed national strength so they would take possession of the land of Canaan. God wanted to safeguard them against mingling and intermarrying with the idolatrous peoples then in the land.”

– Jesus comes from the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49:10)

“The book of Genesis ends in failure. The last words are in a coffin in Egypt. Death only marks the pathway of sin; the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) The people needed a Savior!”

Eight names to remember from Genesis in order: God, Adam, Satan, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.

Six places of importance in Genesis: Eden, Ararat, Babel, Ur of the Chaldees, Canaan (Promised Land) and Egypt.