Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Genesis 1-11 Review, Part 2

Here's a follow up post on reviewing Genesis 1-11.  The summaries are intended to be brief!

1. Genesis 6: Increasing Wickedness and Intro. to Noah

Again, mankind is not improving. God ought to be honored and worshiped but instead everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  Genesis 6:5 is of particular importance as it reveals the real character of natural man.

Noah wasn't born righteous but was chosen by God to spare humanity and continue the line of the Seed of the Woman.

2. Genesis 7: The Flood

The wrath of God burst forth. God justly annihilated every human being and every animal on the face of the earth except those who were saved in the Ark.

We are reminded that God is Holy and that God is just. Either you seek refuge in Jesus or you will face the wrath of God for eternity righteously punishing you for your sin.

3. Genesis 8: The Flood Subsides

God is just. But also, God is gracious (Genesis 8:1). God has a purpose for mankind. His grace will prevail in that He will have a people who are loyal to His name, who will come to Him in repentance and faith and serve Him and walk with Him most joyfully.

4. Genesis 9: God’s Covenant with Noah

Life will continue. God is after the production and the protection of life. Also, man post-fall and post-flood is STILL made in the image of God. So, murder is a heinous crime because it’s an attack on God’s image.

Genesis 9:13 - The rainbow reminds us that God is faithful to His promises. More importantly it reminds us that God’s promise not to flood the earth had a grander purpose and that was to, at the right time, send forth Jesus.

Also in this chapter we see: Noah falters. He’s not the Messiah. He’s not the one we should trust in. He is an arrow pointing to our need for Jesus.

5. Genesis 10: Genealogy of Noah’s Sons

The nations are settled. And we see the ongoing line of the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman.  We are reminded in this chapter that God is God of the Nations.  Whether people acknowledge that the YHWH is God or not, He still is on His throne and all will answer to Him one day.

6. Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel

Man was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Instead mankind wanted autonomy. They wanted to be gods themselves.

Remember, Genesis 3, Genesis 4, Genesis 6, Genesis 9, Genesis 11 - The negative pictures of mankind in these chapters isn't just “back there”. That isn't just how people “used to be”. Genesis 1-11 is a picture of us.Yes we were made in God’s image. Yes we are the climax of God’s creation. But something is terribly wrong now. And that is we are naturally in rebellion against Him.

7. Conclusion:

The end of Genesis 11 introduces us to Abram, who would later become Abraham. It is through this line that Jesus came. It is through this line that God would redeem and is redeeming a people for Himself from every nation, all those who turn from their sins and trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

In Genesis 1-11, we've seen 4 major events in this section which we entitled “Primeval History”*:
1. Creation
2. Fall
3. Flood
4. Babel
We've seen the faithfulness of God and the wickedness of man in this. We've sought to have a bigger view of God’s majesty and a more healthy view of man’s fallen, sinful condition.

As we continue in our sermon series in Genesis we will continue on that trajectory as we pick up “Patriarchal History” which is Genesis 12-50. In it we’ll see 4 major people:
1. Abraham
2. Isaac
3. Jacob
4. Joseph

We’ll continue to see God’s plan of redemption unfolding, all pointing us to Jesus Christ.

Are you resting in Him?

*The names of these divisions, Primeval History and Patriarchal History, as well as the 4 sub-points under each, are taken from J. Sidlow Baxter's Explore the Book.

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