Analysis Of The Book Of Genesis

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The book of Genesis gives us insight to many things in terms of our human lives and the condition of our hearts and souls. (1) The Bible opens with an account of the creation of everything and then continues to tell us the stories of people’s lives and the places that they lived. Genesis also tells us about the events that take place over an incredible amount of time. Due to this, some people who read the Bible view Genesis as a history textbook, to be read but not studied. I see Genesis as a part of the living, breathing Word of God that grants us a unique insight into the natural world before sin tainted it. A view that nothing else can grant us. The book of Genesis can be used to study the nature of our human relationships, how civilization …show more content…
Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NIV) Mankind was created as the pinnacle of God’s creative work. We were charged with the stewardship of His creation in Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 2:8-20 and the presence of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil shows that we were also charged with obedience so that we could also partake in God’s grace and blessings. (3) We were given that responsibility due to how we were created, in God’s image and likeness. Because we were created as God’s image bearers, we are also able to reflect just a miniscule amount of His character. God gave mankind an ability that He did not give to any other creation, the ability to reproduce the ways of God. Our identity first began in God’s image and, as such, we all are still God’s image bearers. But we see in Genesis that we also bear the sinful image of Adam. (4) The image of Adam that we all bear also helps us identify what Genesis says about human …show more content…
God created man and woman to be separate people that come together in one flesh to pursue God’s heart through their love and obedience to Him. (Genesis 2:24) Genesis talks about more relationships than just that of Adam and Eve though. For example, the story of Cain and Abel is also the story of the first murder. They were brothers that were birthed from Adam and Eve and their relationship shows the poisonous effect that sin had on the world. Cain kills Abel in a jealous rage after Cain is too proud to offer a proper sacrifice to the Lord. He then follows the murder with attempting to hide it from God. (Genesis 4:1-8) What I believe we see in Genesis about human relationships is that God created them to be holy, supportive and worshipful in nature. But mankind’s sin poisoned them with our selfishness, bitterness and

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