WEEK ONE: ABSTRACT
Reading: Genesis 1-11; John 1:1-3; Psalm 8, Psalm 104, Psalm 12
This week we read Genesis 1-11. Our reading began well:
- THE GRAND STORY OF CREATION (Genesis 1-2); God first cause of all things. Man, imbued with dignity, purpose, and companionship.
What started out so well began a downward spiral that gathered momentum with every generation; not exactly the best way to inspire our reading!
- THE FALL (Genesis 3): Rebellion; Shame; Judgment; Murder; Polygamy (Genesis 4:19); However, Seth is born and people began to call upon the name of the Lord (Gen. 4:26)
- THE FLOOD (Genesis 6-9): God is grieved; The flood destroys all but Noah’s family; God establishes His covenant with Noah and gives as a sign of his promise the rainbow.
- THE NATIONS (Genesis 10-11) The children of Noah populate the earth, forming the early nations; The people rebel and God confuses the language of the whole world at The Tower Of Babel.
John 1:1-3 was included in our reading in order to provide additional insight into the creation account. This text reveals the role that Jesus played in Creation and that His arrival marks a new beginning.
John 1:1–3 (NIV84) — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In the beginning was the Word . . . Jesus is eternal
and the Word was with God . . . Jesus is distinct in personality from the Father and the Spirit
and the Word was God . . . Jesus is Divine