Reflections on Genesis

It seems strange to post anything after Mikayla’s announcement, but I guess I would have to post sooner or later, right? Just seems a little anticlimatic.

The yearly Bible reading plan is going great, and I just finished Genesis. I had many thoughts on this fascinating book, but here are some of the main thoughts on Genesis that have stuck with me.

-Moses was a great writer and definitely knew what he was doing. The organization of the Genesis narrative is superb, the transitions seamless, the relation of themes subtle but understandable, and his use of language poetic. I never realized how literary, for want of a more precise term, he was as a writer.

-Genesis is earthy. From the creation account to Eve’s creation, the fall and curse, sex, childbirth, animals, blood, rainbows, food and wine, astrology, wilderness wanderings, etc. etc. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but romanticize about how amazing it must have been for the first generations to live so close to the earth.

-Besides being earthy, Genesis also has some pretty weird stuff. Who were the Nephilim? Where did the mysterious king/priest Melchizedek character come from and why does he disappear as soon as he is introduced? What’s the deal with all the concubines, polygamy, and wife rivalry? How did Joseph live in Egypt with all their pagan divinations and gods? How was music invented/discovered?

-I should be much more cognizant in using the many names of God, especially in prayer. I was especially struck by Jacob calling God “The Fear of Isaac,” twice. The text note in my Bible says it could be translated “The Awesome One of Isaac.” Jacob was pretty stupid and sinful sometimes, but he at least had a deep-rooted, covenantal reverence for God.

-Most importantly, in only the first book of the Bible, it is inarguable that the main character of Scripture is the Triune God, with sinful humans merely the roll players in God’s divine story of redemption. It’s not about how we should follow the great examples of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (how sinful were they?!), and it’s not a nice collection of stories. It’s about Christ! It is difficult to miss the fact that Christ is absolutely the center of Scripture, starting with creation and moving through the promise of His victory over Satan in Genesis 3, the preservation of the Messianic line in the geneologies, and the many foreshadowings of Christ throughout the book (Abel, Noah, Isaac, Joseph, and even Judah).

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