A True Beginning (Genesis)

Genesis 1:1-2 – This Would Be The Start Of Something Big

God begins His special revelation by showing us where everything in our universe came from and how He feels about it.

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Genesis 1:3-25 – The Home Office

In the first 6 days of the Creation Week we see the place God set up which would become our home, office and temple.

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Genesis 1:26-2:4 – Special Agents In Charge

In His final act of creation during the first week, God makes something special – human beings – who would administrate the world as His representatives.

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Genesis 2:4-25 – The Garden State

God brings man and woman together in the Garden of Eden and along the way shows how lavish and generous He is in His many gifts toward humanity.

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Genesis 3:1-24 – It’s Only Natural

Adam and Eve give in to temptation and sin by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Along the way, we learn some things about human nature, the Devil’s nature, and God’s nature.

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Genesis 4:1-16 – How To Get Away From Murder

Cain and Abel bring an offering to the Lord, showing the condition of their hearts, and Cain decides to murder his brother.

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Genesis 4:17-25 – The Not-So-Great Society

The societies that come from the line of Cain are contrasted with the one that comes from the line of Seth. The difference is that one is full of believers, the other is not.

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Genesis 5:1-32 – Take A Walk

Enoch and Noah stand out in the Godly line of Seth as men who faithfully walked with God.

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Genesis 6:1-12 – The Big Unfriendly Giants

In the days of Noah, the sons of God and the daughters of men produce the Nephilim, an evil race of demigod-like creatures, in an effort to stop the promises of God from being fulfilled.

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Genesis 6:13-22 – Very Important Persons

God gives Noah a very important job – making an ark that will keep him and his family safe, along with all kinds of animals during the flood.

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Genesis 7:1-24 – Working For The Week’s End

The flood finally comes after one last week of warning. Along the way, Noah works urgently and continually to obey the Lord and save lives.

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Genesis 8:1-22 – Wait Till Your Father Gets You Home

The flood is over, but Noah spends week after week waiting for the Lord to speak and tell him to leave the ark.

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Genesis 9:1-17 – Rainbow: Cursed Blood

The flood survivors leave the ark and God explains to them the features and responsibilities that await them in their new world, including the eating of meat and their obligation to enforce capital punishment.

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Genesis 9:18-29 – It Was The Worsts Of Vines

Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk, being seen by his son, Ham and leading to a great rift in their family and a long lasting prophecy.

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Genesis 10:1-32 – 70 Kids And Counting

In the Table of Nations we learn about the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth and how they spread out to fill the earth. Along the way, we meet a shady character named Nimrod.

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Genesis 11:1-26 – The Awful Tower

The people of Babylon join in unified rebellion against God to build a city in an effort to make an immortal name for themselves.

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Genesis 11:27-12:9 – Father Abraham Hadn’t Any Sons

We begin the story of Abraham, the friend of God, the father of the faith, who had a bit of a rough start in his walk with the Lord.

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Genesis 12:10-20 – Movin’ On Down

Abraham moves down to Egypt in an attempt to escape a famine but ends up causing much more trouble for himself and his family.

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Genesis 13:1-18 – Home Is Where The Lord Is

Abraham and Lot have to decide what’s next in life and where they will live. Each has a different mindset, leading to very different outcomes.

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Genesis 14:1-16 – Brothers In Arms

Lot is swept away in Chedorlaomer’s military campaign so Abraham, along with three Amorite brothers, go on a rescue mission.

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Genesis 14:17-24 – The Mysterious Melchizedek Society

Abraham returns from his rescue of Lot and encounters two kings: Bera of Sodom and Melchizedek of Salem, to whom Abraham gives a tithe of all.

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Genesis 15:1-21 – A Star On God’s Walk Of Faith

Abraham’s conversation with God about the course of his life leads to one of the great covenants of the Bible.

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Genesis 16:1-16 – The Sequel Was Terrible!

Abraham and Sarah try a disastrous plan to get themselves a baby, leading to strife, disappointment and scandal.

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Genesis 17:1-27 – The Futures Contract

God appears to Abraham and reveals more about His promises and a new responsibility Abraham and his sons will have.

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Genesis 18:1-33 – Mealing And Dealing

Abraham serves the Angel of the Lord a meal and then talks with him about sparing Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Genesis 19:1-38 – The Lost City

Lot, driven by his love for worldly things, hesitates in Sodom while the angels try to rescue him and his family.

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Genesis 20:1-18 – Tell Me Your Wife Story

Abraham relapses into an old lie, telling Abimelech that Sarah is his sister, causing terrible problems for both Abraham’s family and the Philistine nation.

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Genesis 21:1-21 – The Boys

Isaac is finally born, but problems arise between him and Ishmael, leading to Abraham driving Ishmael and Hagar out.

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Genesis 21:22-34 – Fair Water Friends

Abimelech notices that God is present in Abraham’s life and wants to make a covenant with him, but first they have to resolve water rights.

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Genesis 22:1-19 – Kill Your Darling

God asks Abraham to offer Isaac on Mount Moriah, a dress rehearsal for how Jesus would be offered in the same place to save us all.

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Genesis 22:20-23:20 – Promises Made, Pilgrimage Kept

Sarah dies, but Abraham has nowhere to bury her. How would the father of faith respond in light of the many promises of God?

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Genesis 24:1-28 – The Runaway Bride

Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac in a faraway country, acting as a type of our service to the Lord and His providence in our lives.

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Genesis 24:29-67 – I Just Walked 500 Miles, Now Let Me Walk 500 More

Abraham’s servant avoids distraction and delay in order to finish his quest to find a wife for Isaac.

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Genesis 25:1-18 – No One’s Ever Really Gone

Abraham and Ishmael die and are gathered to their people in the afterlife while the work of God continues in the family of faith.

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Genesis 25:19-34 – Turning Red

The family of faith drifts into selfishness, culminating in Jacob’s famous red soup being traded to Esau for his birthright.

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Genesis 26:1-35 – Like Father, Like Son

Isaac reacts to different provocations that come against him from famine, fear, foes, and family.

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Genesis 27:1-45 – Who Are You? I Really Want To Know.

Jacob and Rebekah catfish Isaac to steal Esau’s blessing, while Isaac tries to defy the command of God.

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Genesis 27:46-28:22 – Are You Gonna Go My Way?

The family of faith work hard to solve their problems, but all forget to go God’s way.

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Genesis 29:1-13 – The Old Man And The Sheep

Jacob arrives in Haran and meets Rachel, but not before telling some strangers how they should tend their sheep.

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Genesis 29:14-30 – Sister Wives

Jacob works seven years for Rachel, but is deceived when Laban gives him Leah instead.

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Genesis 29:31-30:24 – Baby Blues

Rachel and Leah use Jacob and their sons as pawns in a bitter birthing war.

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Genesis 30:25-43 – The New Deal

Laban tries hard to cheat Jacob out of the deal they make, but as always God is working behind the scenes.

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Genesis 31:1-55 – This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land

Jacob can’t get away from Laban before they have a tense showdown, marking out who gets what.

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Genesis 32:1-32 – The Long And Fighting Road

Jacob takes the road to Israel, anticipating a fight with Esau but facing another battle along the way.

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Genesis 33:1-20 – You Take The South Road And I’ll Take The North Road And You’ll Be In Seir-Land Afore Me

In Jacob’s meeting with Esau we have a beautiful picture of God’s gracious, faithful, enduring love for us.

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Genesis 34:1-31 – Blood Brothers

In response to Shechem assaulting Dinah, Jacob’s son go on a murderous spree, showing the downfall of being outside the will of God.

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Genesis 35:1-29 – Funeral March

Jacob completes his vow and sets off to go to his father but has several sorrowful funerals along the way.

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Genesis 36:1-43 – Mountain Men

Esau’s family rises in power and status, but in doing so get farther and farther away from God, leading ultimately to their ruin.

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Genesis 37:1-36 – Lord Of The Dreams

Joseph’s dreams turn into a nightmare because of his brothers’ hatred and rebellion against God and their father.

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Genesis 38:1-30 – No One Cared Who I Was ‘Til I Put On The Mask

Judah cheats his daughter-in-law, Tamar, driving her to a desperate situation, culminating in a dramatic unmasking.

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Genesis 39:1-23 – Undressed For Success

Joseph is enslaved, falsely accused, and unjustly imprisoned, causing God to say he was successful.

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Genesis 40:1-23 – The Headless Breadman

Joseph interprets two dreams, showing us a portrait of the Gospel and an example of ministering to others even when we’re suffering.

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